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Calabar, Address Downtown Dubai
Highly Commended for Best Barfood
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With a sprawling terrace offering uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, Calabar offers a chic and trendy option for downtown post-work revellers, with a hip young crowd descending on the venue with loyal regularity. The menu reflects the sociable nature of the patrons, with sharing platters and tapas featuring heavily. Food falls into the fusion category, with calamari and Spanish-style dishes sitting alongside Asian options such as samosas. Each dish is priced over Dhs50 and you’ll need several if you’re looking for a meal, so it’s not particularly cheap, but the standard is decent, with the calamari arrive fresh and the sliders well cooked with a lively salsa. Our only qualm is with the service, which can be disorganised and a little inattentive. If time isn’t a priority, though, then Calabar is a good option among the higher-end bars in the city.
Open Sat-Thu 6pm-3am, Fri 4pm-3am. The Address Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

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