The Golden Lion

Traditional British pub serves up a unique night out
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Time Out Says

There’s nothing like trying something different on a night out, and there’s no shortage of options in Dubai, from the dizzy heights of sky-high bars to those with a bowling alley.

And a traditional British pub on the iconic QE2 cruise liner, now transformed into a luxurious floating hotel in Port Rashid, is up there with the coolest of ideas.

Despite being a new addition to the Dubai social scene, stepping into The Golden Lion feels like going into a time warp. It’s meant to, however, as the ship is kitted out as it was in its heydey, when it was launched on its maiden voyage in 1969.

Journeying to the pub is a fun experience in itself – especially for any cruise ship aficiandos out there. Exploring the retro, narrow, low-ceilinged corridors is a far-cry from the huge, airy, open-plan vessels that are in fashion today.

Depending on your viewpoint, it’s either a fun step into the past, or it will feel incredibly dated – and that goes for The Golden Lion, too.

Decked out in dark wood, with commemorative shields from the QE2’s various ports of call adorning the walls, it’s a blast from the past.

Visitors can pass the time playing pool or darts while they try out the variety of hops on tap.

It is a fine place to relax and share a laugh with friends, most probably after touring the QE2 or at the newly-launched brunch, as it’s not a place you’d stumble upon otherwise.

Although The Golden Lion has the look of an authentic British watering hole, it lacks the warm atmosphere of a proper local pub, due to a lack of patrons. However, it’s not overpriced and it’s a fun spot. Once the ship opens up further dining options, it’s sure to see a surge in visitors.

The bottom line 
Retro pub that’s niche, but has potential.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 22 Aug 2018

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