The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill

Unfathomably huge TV screens, rocking live music and a fresh new look
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Time Out Says

For many an expat new to Dubai, The Huddle plays a temporary home-from-home when settling in to the city, especially during the football season.

Recently revamped and given a fresh new look, this classic Bur Dubai sports bar has a cleaner, shinier feel than its Al Barsha sibling – which excels in dark and smoky sporting action.

Where the Al Barsha incarnation focuses almost exclusively on sport, which it does well, The Huddle at the Citymax in Bur Dubai is a more multipurpose venue, and its new look adds greatly to its charm.

We arrive late on a Thursday night, and the place is pumping. We’re greeted on arrival by a live band playing an excellent cover of Bohemian Rhapsody (brave choice, we know), and when the fist-pumping, head-banging, adrenaline-inducing solo kicks in, the place erupts. It’s fun, it’s care-free, and it’s brilliant.

Despite one or two more questionable song choices in the band’s set, almost every single track goes down brilliantly.

The bar’s happy hour runs each day from noon until 6pm, but sadly doesn’t offer the late-night, second edition of happy hour served up in Al Barsha.

For sports fans, The Huddle fulfils its life’s purpose with ease, by cramming as much live sport as is humanly possible on to the walls around the bar.

While we’re enjoying the live music, there’s cricket and European football being beamed onto the 100-inch TV, and the unfathomably huge 165-inch digital wall. It brings the occassional cheer and jeer to a chorus of We Are the Champions (they’re Queen fans here, clearly), and it once again emphasises how diverse and fun-loving this top Bur Dubai bar really is.

The bottom line
It’s sporty, loud, lively and jolly good fun.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 11 Oct 2017

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Show number 04 407 8000
Dubai, Bur Dubai, Citymax Hotel

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