Time Out Says
Punters’ arrival at the Holiday Inn Al Barsha haunt is heralded by a collage of imagery of colourful trucks, plastered along the walls leading to the entrance. Once you’re in, however, the club’s own hues are more subdued – a moody medley of dark concrete floors and black walls offset by low ceilings and exposed pipes. It’s enjoyably grungy, brightened only by the flashing of colourful lights.
The centrepiece of the club is the stage, surrounded by dancefloor and home to the bar’s resident band, who, on the night we visited, were rocking a familiar mix of classic Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses tracks, complete with lasers and a smoke machine. But the music policy is relatively open (between sets, everything from Alicia Keys to Another Level is piped through the speakers), and better still, requests are encouraged, with pens and paper scattered across the venue’s tables. On weekends, you can even get up on stage and show off your karaoke skills.
Elsewhere throughout the nightspot you’ll find pool tables and shuffleboard, darts, hops pong and even giant claw-grabbing machines on which to win teddy bears.
If this is what Manila-style fun means, put us down for a flight to the Philippines.
The Bottom Line
A grungy, fun and unpretentious nightclub in the heart of Al Barsha.
By Time Out Dubai Staff | 16 Aug 2016
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