D’Cellers Sports Bar

It's just us and the band at sports bar-cum-Russian Club Reviews

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Well, this is a rather unfortunate case of false advertising. Visit the Rio Hotel’s website and you’re greeted with a shiny image of a sports bar, with the inviting message that ‘D’Cellars is for the sports enthusiasts [sic] who enjoy watching live sports combined with excellent and affordable dinning.’

Our spider sense should have tingled when we saw a sign directing us to ‘D’Cellars Russian Club’. Instead, we ventured inside and, caught off balance by the too-enthusiastic waitress, were seated before we had the chance to take in the surroundings. Slowly we realised we were the only punters in this drab, slightly dated establishment (at 10pm on a Tuesday), while half a dozen staff loitered round the bar.

Just as our (forgettable) food arrived, the ‘band’ took to the stage – two Eastern European blondes in matching dresses flanking the brunette that fronted this sorry karaoke outfit. They even let the youngster at the back playing with the laptop join in. There’s something sad about playing to one person (us) – it’s a pity clap, and they know it – but both parties are locked in the pretence. It was a battle of wills to endure a good hour out of politeness alone.

By Rob Garratt
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews bars anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Smana Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 325 9966
  • Travel: Port Rashid Road
  • Website

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Posted by: Buzzed1 on 26 Oct ' 14 at 11:39
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

Not a friendly happy place. Over zealous wait staff took our orders before we were seated and when our drinks came the manager threw us out because we were wearing shorts. He insisted that we pay; we didn't. But bad policy all round. Oh, the bar staff etc. outnumbered all the punters. In fact we were the only two.

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