Tochka

A longstanding bar that’s been given a Russian facelift
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Time Out Says

When we heard that legendary Dubai dive bar Rock Bottom Café had rebranded itself as a late-night Russian-themed “dine and dance” venue, we were intrigued.

Just how can an American bar filled with hardcore 1970s Harley Davidson merchandise change colours so quickly?

The short answer is, it simply hasn’t. Rather bizarrely, the TVs littered around the place are all showing programmes in Russian, it’s been renamed to Tochka and there’s a distinct Russian air about the dancers parading the stage in the early hours.

But apart from that, it’s the same old Rock Bottom that’s hosted many the end of a good night out, with doors open until 4am.

The walls are still bedecked in Harley Davidson merchandise, the playlist is still American and the menu is still full of classic Tex-Mex favourites.

Rock Bottom – or indeed Tochka – describes itself as “suave” and “effortlessly stylish”. It’s definitely not. This bar is dark and it’s a total dive – yet you can’t help but warm to it. There are loads of deals, with a happy hour running every day from 5pm to 10pm, and bottles of house shorts going for Dhs600.

The bar also has perhaps the biggest and most advanced lighting rig of any bar in Dubai. We count 20 rotating spotlights illuminating a dancefloor that measures little more than 12 metres square. It has lasers, it has spotlights, it has smoke machines – and when it’s all suddenly powered up at 9pm it looks like a gamma ray has exploded.

Bizarrely though, it merely adds to the hilarity of Tochka’s mixed-up theme. Against all odds, this bar, oddly, works.

WHAT IS IT...
A longstanding bar that’s been given a Russian facelift

WHY GO...
It’s weird. In a good way

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 14 Nov 2018

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Dubai, Bur Dubai, 41 - 41 Sheikh Khalifah Bin Zayed Rd - Opp. Burjuman Shopping Centre - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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