Calabar

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With its stylish, nouveau-’90s lobby, its attention-grabbing eateries, and it’s oh-so-stunning views of the Burj Dubai, The Address is one ‘destination’ hotel that actually deserves the prefix. I didn’t doubt that Calabar, the so-called Latin-American themed bar, would make for a swank evening out.

Things were off to a good start when we arrived early to take advantage of breathtaking view of the sunset from the outdoor terrace. The decor, as expected, was stunning: a dark wood, modernist interior gives way to a multi-level space with sunken seating and understatedly greige-coloured bean bags. (Griege is the happy marriage of grey and beige, if you have to ask – the colour that is to the noughties what magnolia was to the ’90s: safe, ‘classy’ and ubiquitous.) By day this terrace is light and relaxed; by night it is dimly lit and relaxed. But at all times Calabar offers one of the city’s best views of the Burj Dubai, the nearby Souk Al Bahar and what – once it’s finished – looks set to be the truly spectacular sweep of The Dubai Mall’s promenade.

It seemed like nothing could break our reverie, we were all set to dub this sleek bar as our new favourite spot in Dubai. And then we tried to order.

Our relaxing experience quickly turned into a game of ‘grab the waiter’. Even after we hunted our server down at the night’s end to settle up, we were left waiting for the bill, until, finally, we had to track down an elusive staff member on our way out). The drinks and the food, to give them their dues, were mainly spot on. The crisp-coated hammour rivalled Japanese tempura in the lightness of its batter. Though the mussels, floating in an otherwise deliciously smoky chimi churri sauce, were gritty. But at these prices (teeny ‘tapas’ ranged from Dhs50-Dhs75), and in this setting, we expected more.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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

Details

  • Location: The Address, Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 436 8888
  • Travel: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
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Posted by: Liam on 22 Oct ' 14 at 19:32
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Faultless. Excellent service. Favourite hotel and bar in Dubai.

Posted by: dwi puspa indah on 17 May ' 13 at 13:05
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nice view, nice for hangout, happy hour

Posted by: Farah on 23 Nov ' 12 at 07:57
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Farah on 23 Nov ' 12 at 07:57
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Farah on 23 Nov ' 12 at 07:56
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Jay C on 19 Jul ' 12 at 09:39
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Don't listen to any other review. This place is SUPER chill!

Posted by: marina on 15 May ' 12 at 13:12
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

one of my favourite place! love it!

Posted by: anne on 14 Nov ' 11 at 14:55
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Went here and they said bar was located in the other Address property. Called Calabar and said no its the one in Burj Khalifa went back and they said no its the other Address hotel .Staff doesnt seem to know what bars /restaurants are on thier property.Never coming here complete waste of time.

Posted by: din david on 24 Mar ' 10 at 12:08
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

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