It’s fair to say the Deira nightlife scene isn’t exactly jumping, particularly in the older reaches of the neighbourhood. Compared to sports bars in Downtown, Al Barsha and Dubai Marina, new kid on the Old Dubai block Mistakes is yet to draw a crowd – but that doesn’t really matter. In fact, it’s something of a pull in itself.
Situated in the unassuming, funky Hues Boutique Hotel, a stone’s throw from both the souks and the towering Hyatt Regency, Mistakes is ideally placed to lure in thirsty tourists and deal-hunting shoppers (or to perpetuate a stereotype, their weary husbands, at least). Despite it’s relatively modest size, there’s plenty to grab your attention inside – for starters, several large TV screens show live sports, though at least one is wasted by its badly thought-out placement behind the drinks display above the bar. There’s also a pool table, foosball table, small games machine and a brand new dartboard – all of which brings us to the Mistakes’ pull. With a relatively sparse crowd since opening, there’s no lining up for a game of pool or game of foosball, and little chance of hitting any unsuspecting bystander with a stray dart.
Promotions are currently in full swing to draw in the 2014 FIFA World Cup crowd, with deals including bargain pitchers, buckets and plates of food all named after participating teams. Prices that start from Dhs79 for a pitcher and a plate of food could go some way to justifying the cab fare for those who don’t live nearby – particularly when taking into account time spent on pre-match warm-up activities in the venue.
As a sports bar, Mistakes certainly doesn’t make any. Staff are efficient and friendly, the bargains are many and the place itself is fun, unpretentious and likeable. Deira’s nightlife scene is richer for its existence, and World Cup fans would do well to use the month-long event to discover new haunts before defaulting to one of the city’s fancier all-singing, all-chanting tents.