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).
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.
This branch of the Irish pub is just as much an institution as the JLT original. It gets busy and pulls in a diverse, lively crowd.
There are the sports fans who, on match days, are truly the making of this place. They’re passionate and emit some good vibes – the venue took home our Highly Commended Sports Bar accolade at this year’s Music & Nightlife Awards for good reason.
Then (thanks to its location just down the road from the World Trade Centre halls), there’s the post-event crowd, whose spirits are kept high by the DJ pumping out some solid hip-hop tunes and good, singalong chart-toppers, mixed in for good measure. It has that please-all aesthetic, but in a very good way.
It’s not exactly cheap – a pint of hops will set you back Dhs43 with a glass of grape ringing in at Dhs45 – but there are some good deals to take advantage of – happy hour Sunday to Thursday offering drinks from Dhs29, 2pm to 7pm, and That Thirst-Day Feeling with drinks from Dhs19 every Thursday from 4pm to 9pm, being just two.
Whether it’s the deals, the sport or keeping the spirit of a good show alive, this is the bar to make a beeline for.
The bottom line
An upbeat sports bar that caters to all.
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