Barasti Barasti began life in the early ’90s as a beach hut serving refreshments to the workers constructing the DIMC marina. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
Chelsea Arms While The Red Lion is the oldest pub on the Dubai side of the creek, the Deira-based Sheraton claims to have a few months on the Lion, opening in April 1978. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira (04 228 1111).
George & Dragon With The Red Lion gone, this Brit working men’s club-style spot claims now to be the oldest pub on the Dubai side, opening in 1987. Ambassador Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 393 9444).
Harvesters It may have upped the number of TVs, but the rest of the Harvesters’ decor seems to have survived since opening in the mid-’90s. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Jebel Ali Club This archaic shack looks like it hasn't changed since its '70s heyday, and still hosts a lively buzz. Near Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali (04 884 6628)
Old Vic A rowdy crowd and clapped-out pool table provide working-class-Brit authenticity at this pub, which opened 15 years ago. Ramada, Bur Dubai (04 351 9999).
The Pub The Red Lion has a couple of years on this Brit watering hole, a home away from home for expats since November 1980. Radisson Blu Deira (04 205 7333).