Club Silk

Is Barsha venue starting to fit in with leftfield climate?

Time Out Says

Sometimes it seems as though Sheikh Zayed Road splits New Dubai’s nightlife in half. It’s like trench warfare either side of the divide: while all the pretty party people are hitting Trilogy and over-indulging at N’Dulge, for some time now the come-as-you-are, jeans and T-shirt crew have been hanging in Barsha.

It started back in 2010 when Catwalk’s opening was followed shortly by Cuban bar Casa Latina’s overhaul as a club venue. Since then, Barsha has become a haven for the more obscure and leftfield music on offer in Dubai, sprouting numerous indie, bass and hip-hop nights.

While many of them appear to vanish as rapidly (and mysteriously) as they arrive, Deep Crates’ recent second birthday was a welcome reminder of the buoyancy of Dubai’s underground scene.

We’re not sure how snugly Club Silk fits into this climate. Launching in September with its flagrantly un-Barsha flagship club night Massive R&B, within a month that night had folded. Did the management misjudge the terrain? The club is now veering into housier territory on Fridays – boat party-monger Sunstroke has found a welcome new monthly home here – with Thursdays provisionally put aside for more eclectic electronic outings.

When we visited the club after midnight on a Friday, it was pleasantly busy, but far from rammed. The interior is certainly a high-heeled step up from those more used to Catwalk’s grit; there’s a door policy, entry charge and reserved tables. Inside, twirling strobes and glowing blue globes create a welcome retro feel, although modern white sofas clash with old-ish burgundy upholstery, and the two huge projectors feel as though they’d be better for showing the football than stoking a dancefloor crowd. Worryingly, two small dancers’ stages sit either side of the DJ booth; we guess these got plenty of use at the axed R&B night.

But despite a few design missteps, Silk’s large dancefloor and decent sound system offer a welcome platform for forward-thinking promoters. As well as Sunstroke, new monthly hip-hop/electro night Bounce has moved in (with the next event taking place on Friday November 16), and there’s even been a midweek live rock gig. If the management keep up such an open-minded music policy, Club Silk could yet evolve into another leftfield hangout that side of Sheikh Zayed Road.

By Rob Garratt  | 30 Oct 2012

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Details

TypeBar & Pub, Bar/lounge
10:01 PM to 2:00 AM
Sunday: 10:01 PM to 2:00 AMMonday: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AMTuesday: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AMWednesday: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AMThursday: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AMFriday: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AMSaturday: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 050 179 3179
Dubai, Al Barsha, Al Barsha 1, Near Mall Of The Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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