Gentlemen’s nights in Dubai
Time Out profiles some of the gentleman’s nights in Dubai, including drink deals at Hunters Room, The Hide, Reform Social & Grill, Ten Street and Weslodge
It’s not just the girls who get discounts. Guys, these ones are for you
When Canadian venue Ten Street opened last year, it billed itself as a bar, restaurant and nightspot. Although it has since stopped serving a full menu (bar bites are still available) and now focuses more on nightlife, as a sports bar, it’s pretty good.
Located in the spot that used to be home to Trader Vic’s, the space doesn’t benefit from a passing crowd, so you’d have to know it was there.
But once you discover it, you’re likely to head back, not least because of the excellent happy hour prices. It’s not fancy, but it’s functional and fun, with urban décor and graffiti murals on the walls.
High tables are dotted around, all with decent views of the multitude of TV screens. Staff are friendly and helpful – if the sport you want isn’t already showing they’ll happily find it – but the main draws are the pool tables. There are three of them, full-size, ten-ball, and they get busy, seeing the build-up of long queues.
The upcoming openings of Black Tap and Lock, Stock & Barrel at Rixos Premium Dubai just across the road could prove to be quite the competition, but time will tell.
If playing pool and watching sport is your thing, then this will be right up your (Ten) street.
The bottom line
Laid-back sports bar that’s perfect for a game of pool.
Described as an “American Meatery”, The Hide (like cow hide, geddit?) is more than just a steakhouse – however, the dry-aged American black Angus rib-eye and Irish salt moss cave-aged beef that hang in full view of the dining room are superb. Small plates include a delicious steak tartare, towering onion rings and excellent Californian hamachi. If you’re not in the mood for steak, try the “Manwich”, a beast of a butty with smoked brisket, two fried eggs, Iberico beef, cheese, dill pickles and mustard leaf. There is plenty to please everyone (okay, maybe not vegans).
Sleek and modern in design, with an open kitchen that lets you spy on the chefs, this eatery is a great place for a relaxed steak night with friends. The al fresco terrace is a popular spot, with plenty of waiting staff to keep diners happy. One of Hunters’ USPs is its salt selection sourced from across the world – try a sprinkle on some bread and butter and you’ll realise it’s more than just a seasoning. Of the starters, the Ranger Valley beef carpaccio and the chicken liver parfait are well worth a try. As you walk in, you’ll likely spot the meat cabinet, especially the giant, 2.6kg double-bone tomahawk. But if you don’t fancy eating for four, the 27-day grain-fed Australian black onyx tenderloin should be your go-to – perfectly prepared and suitably satisfying. The USDA pure land black Angus filet mignon, meanwhile, is ideal for those looking for a lighter, fat-free slab of beef.
The steak here is very good. We particularly recommend the USDA rib-eye. It’s tasty, with enough fat running through the medium-cooked meat to give it a good, rich flavour. The Australian wagyu fillet is excellent, though the tender flesh just don’t hold the same sway for us as a piece of meat marbled with fat. It’s a shame then, that some of the sides doesn’t really deliver to the same standard. Service is well meaning, but staff aren’t always particularly on the ball. The slight niggles are compensated for by the very reasonable prices, making this a decent Marina option.
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