Drab sports bar in desperate need of a pick-me-up
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Time Out Says

We love to the bars in Deira.

The watering holes in the old part of town have their own distinct charm, warmth and a quirky sense of style that is all of their own.

So we couldn’t wait to head out for the evening to take a look at Spectators, the sports bar at Avani Deira Dubai Hotel.

Within mere seconds of walking in, though, it’s clear we’re not set for another round of Deira delight.

In fact, just getting a round is harder than it really should be. Not because of a mass of bodies battling to get to the bar (the place is empty on our visit) but because they don’t actually serve very much in the way of liquid refreshments – there are no beverages on tap, just two types of bottled hops, which might come as a surprise to those who have visited the many other bars in this area.

As well as the beverages offer being in need of a bit of a spruce-up, the decor could do with a refresh, too. It’s dull and tired-looking, and the tatty, well-worn chairs have seen better days.

Spectators provides a unique experience, but not one we’re keen to revisit.

The bottom line

Dull bar serves up only disappointment.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 26 Sep 2017

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TypeBar & Pub, Bar/lounge
12:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMMonday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMThursday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMFriday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Show number 04 601 3999
Dubai, Deira, Corner Abu Baker Al Siddique and Sallahudin Road - Opp Al Muraqqabat Police Station, Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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