A host of new venues recently unveiled in the heart of Downtown
Has anyone else noticed how Souk Al Bahar has exploded of late? Much of it left dormant for far too long, in the weeks either side of summer we’ve been gifted with a slew of new, young and funky bars and restaurants. To help you keep up, we’ve visited them all. Read on...
Café Habana An established Mexican-flavoured brand arriving straight from Manhattan, there’s little authentic about Café Habana, which instead deals a lovably kitsch ethos and relaxed party atmosphere. It’s always lively and well worth stopping by for a cold one. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 422 2620).
Claw BBQ This self-consciously kooky crustacean-themed diner is making a name for itself, as much for its gigantic drinks as it’s slop-heavy food. And perhaps even more for the buckaroo-style ride at its centre. Unashamed good fun, and the food’s up to scratch. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 432 2300).
Fuego This sleek and slick bar eatery isn’t the only new Latino-themed joint in town, but it’s central location, great mixed drinks and friendly staff are likely to keep it on the radar. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 449 0977).
Kanpai Lounge & Restaurant The Japanese bar-restaurant has a taste Manga, and a heap of Oriental style. Neat and cosy without being imposing, and tastefully decorated to boot. Although there’s competition from another Asian-themed venue round the corner... Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 441 9262).
Sake No Hana From the team who brought us People by Crystal, and following months of veritable hype, there was no way the arrival of Sake No Hana was going to be overlooked. Still, there was a danger it might not live up to the hype – a danger this lounge/restaurant/bar neatly sidestepped in style. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 432 7808).