Legendary Downtown bar NEOS reopens

Address Downtown bar returns with views from the 63rd floor

It’s back, and the views, almost three years on from its closure, are sure to be better than ever. Swanky 63rd-floor bar NEOS has finally reopened at Dubai’s Address Downtown, promising panoramic views of the city’s ever-changing skyline.

Promising art deco-inspired interiors, designed by New York design firm Meyer Davis, the open-plan bar returns to the ranks of the city’s best bars with views, looking out over Downtown and out to the surrounding neighbourhoods of DIFC and Business Bay.

Floor-to-ceiling windows allow visitors spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa – though you’ll need deep pockets to make the most of a night here. Mixed drinks start from Dhs60-70, running all the way up to Dhs2,600 for the most elaborate of its Royale range, though a glass of grape starts from a much more reasonable Dhs55.

That said, NEOS has reopened with a daily happy hour from 5pm to 8pm, which offers 50 percent off both drinks and bar bites, including a number of small plates for sharing (or scoffing all to yourself while your date’s distracted by the view).

Snacks and dishes are surprising in their variety, but market-standard (for a posh nightspot) in their price. Sure, there’s caviar and oysters, but a swish signature seafood platter (grilled prawns, teriyaki salmon, chermoula-spiced fish) comes in at Dhs200, while a, erm, chicken shawarma will set you back Dhs90.

Whether Dubai’s favourite street food will be city-beating here, we’ll have to wait to find out – but the views certainly top those of our best-loved backstreet snack spots.
Open daily 5pm-2.30am, happy hour daily 5pm-8pm. Level 63, Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).

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