With a name like Entourage Lounge, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the type of place to rock up to with a full posse in tow. But this small haunt isn’t exactly designed for large groups – they’d feel out of place here, and most likely fill the place up. In fact, with only seven tables in the joint, you’d be lucky to bag yourself a seat. Despite it calling itself a lounge bar, it really operates more like a restaurant. One half of the space reminds us of a butcher’s kitchen mixed with a supermarket fish counter – an upmarket one at least, serving oysters. The other corner of the bar is a little bit like The House of Blue Leaves – the Japanese bar in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill – with its minimalist decor and skinny wooden bar stools.
Located in a quiet corner of Souk Al Bahar, Entourage Lounge isn’t the type of place you’d head to for a big night out, but with that said, it’s a decent spot to grab a drink or two if you find yourself nearby. It’s designed with an industrial feel – think exposed brick walls painted white, giving it a cool, urban feel. Coupled with the cosy, black booths and marble tables, it looks and feels like a trendy New York eatery. Due to a lack of seating, calling ahead is your best bet if you want to secure a table.
The venue has an air of refinement about it and aside from the impressive oyster bar and seafood menu, the drinks are the main attraction. The ‘Signature prestigious mixology’ menu offers all sorts of exotic concoctions – drinks are carefully made and blended with enticing, colourful ingredients and will set you back on average Dhs70. Those who do go in big groups will enjoy the sharing jugs of mixed drinks, which are reasonably priced at Dhs240.
Having visited on a Friday night, the small space filled up quickly, and had a vibe similar to 40 Kong at The H Dubai – owing to the cool crowd and lively music. What impressed us further still was the DJ, who played everything from Beyoncé tracks and commercial chart hits to edgy house music, getting us into the party mood. While it did have quite a fun atmosphere, though, we doubt it’s the type of place Vincent Chase and his entourage would hang around in.