Distillery

A new late night bar in Downtown Dubai
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Time Out Says

With industrial-style fixtures, exposed air vents and barrels for bar tables, the set up at brand-new Downtown Bar Distillery is quite cool.

There’s a pinball machine in the corner – which is a fun, if not unexpected touch – and a selection of low (slightly rickety) tables and a string of stools along the bar. And being an all-indoor bar, the summer is the best time to test it out.

When we visit it’s on the quiet side, literally, which is odd as there are plenty of people in. However, true to its label as a late-night spot, the vibe picks up as the evening goes on, with the harsh lighting adjusted and the crowd getting livelier.

Drinks prices are what you’d expect for the area – around Dhs40 for house shorts, hops and grape while there’s a daily happy hour from 4pm until 8pm where drinks are Dhs30, so it’s worth visiting then.

There’s also a large selection of Scottish short beverages, ranging from Dhs40 to Dhs130 depending on your budget and taste, and several lesser-seen apple-based drinks, too.

Mixed drinks are on the inventive side, too, using ingredients include jalapeño, pineapple, coriander (like it or loathe it) and even yoghurt.

The menu is interesting – and meaty – with dishes including chicken Caesar croquettes, and a pecan maple bacon cheesecake and a toasted short-rib and cheese sandwich among the eye-catchers.

The “gastropub” moniker we’d question, however, judging by the food we order. Potato skins – shoestring strips of the root veg – are lip-smackingly heavy on the salt.

The peri peri meatballs are decent, large orbs swimming in a punchy, tomatoey, garlicky sauce, though the roast chicken is also best avoided. Stick to the snacks, and you’ll be okay.

The bar also has two brunches to check out, a Friday night one and a lazy Saturday version, boasting breakfast classics and hearty mains. There’s a ladies’ night on a Wednesday – though it’s one for the night owls rather than for post-work drinks, starting at 10pm. You’ll get four free drinks though, and if you pitch up early you’ll get two-for-one snacks from 8pm until 10pm.

It’s a place to visit later when the lighting is lower and the vibe is more buzzing, and, although we’re not wowed, it has potential.

Finger crossed...

WHAT IS IT...
A new late night bar in Downtown Dubai

WHY GO...
For the deals and central location

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 19 Aug 2019

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Details

4:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Sunday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMMonday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMTuesday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMWednesday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMThursday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMFriday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 054 998 2003
Dubai, Downtown Dubai, Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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