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It was about six months later that The Hideout was revealed by the same team behind the ill-fated, cheesy club (and not the tasty dairy kind), and it’s fair to say that the bar’s aims are rather broad, and ambitious.
Broad enough, it seems, to boldly lay claim to being the city’s first “gastroclub” – a moniker it has itself created.
It claims the gastroclub is a restaurant-meets-bar-meets-club concept, which is precisely what Sass Café attempted to do, ultimately unsuccessfully, during its stint on the Dubai scene.
There’s the promise of banging tunes late into the night, football matches on big screens during weekend afternoons, and live music during the evening to transform the venue from day-to-night.
There’s also the prospect of brunch every night, which intrigued us, and led to our excited arrival.
We don’t quite know how to describe The Hideout, other than by saying its ambitions to become a Jack of all trades have consequently led to it not quite being able to pull any of said trades off as slickly as you’d hope for, or expect.
For starters, the brunch option is wildly inflexible – if you’re not a fan of chicken then you’re going to end up spending more to get an adequate dinner.
The drinks package itself (which is roughly Dhs200 for three hours of unlimited drinks) is good value, though, whichever way you look at it, since it includes house drinks, draught hops, grape and more.
There are old Laurel & Hardy videos playing on gigantic screens embedded into the walls around the bar – it’s kitsch and a bit trendy, but when videos are played on loop it makes us acutely aware of how long we’ve been sitting here for. And that’s frustrating when we’ve spent most of our visit in what’s much of an empty bar, where there are a handful of men on their own.
It livens up later on, when live music arrives around 10pm in the form of a guitar and keyboard duo (who, of course, play Despacito...), but the musicians are sloppyin places, and when Summer of ’69 invites punters on to join the band on stage it all starts feeling a bit tacky, which sums the whole place up, really.
WHAT IS IT...
A new restaurant-bar-club in Dubai Marina
Bargain value drinks packages and live entertainment
By Time Out Dubai staff | 19 Dec 2018
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