Pancho's Villa's

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Time Out Says

Many long-time residents of the city will have fond memories of jovial nights out at Bur Dubai’s Pancho Villas – many going back as much as 30 years.

Famous for its live music and mixed drinks, the Tex-Mex-themed nightspot was first opened in the 1980s by Rudy Rivas (who also set up the original Cactus Cantina in what is now the Chelsea Plaza hotel, and since moved and reopened the venue at Wafi Pyramids) and Dave Blakely (the man behind the fondly remembered The Alamo at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, where Loca now sits).

It still stands in the heart of Bur Dubai, not far from the Creek, on the first floor of the Astoria Hotel. Named after the famous Mexican revolutionary, back in the ’80s and ’90s Pancho’s was among the city’s most popular bars.

Today, familiar wooden statues of cowboys and bandits stand guard outside the saloon-style doors, and though the decor and furnishings have been slightly upgraded over the years, it feels as though little has changed, the walls still plastered in themed posters while a cow skull hangs behind the bar.

Half Mexican cantina and half ’80s discotheque, the biggest difference is in the atmosphere – Pancho’s is another spot that seems to have fallen victim to the inevitable passing of time, expansion of the clubbing and bar scene and the relocation of many people to New Dubai.

Instead of some of the city’s top bands performing to throngs of familiar faces and a tight-knit crowd, a Russian collective perform in their native tongue for a much smaller, more sparse audience.

Drinks are reasonably priced – if not as reasonable as the good old days, but the same can be said all over town. There’s not much choice, but you’ll still get a classic Mexican mixed drink.

It’s also still a down-to-earth spot, and worth a look if only to acquaint yourself with a bit of Dubai’s old-school expat history. For those who lived it, sometimes memories are best preserved – at least you always had Pancho’s.

The Bottom Line

Just like the old days, just not as good.

By Time Out Dubai Staff  | 28 Sep 2016

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TypeBar & Pub, Bar/lounge
7:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Sunday: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AMMonday: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AMTuesday: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AMWednesday: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AMThursday: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AMFriday: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AMSaturday: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Show number 04 353 4300
Dubai, Oud Metha, Astoria Hotel

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