Vii Terrace Bar and Lounge

Fantasy-infused nightspot at the Conrad Dubai
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Time Out Says

Among Dubai’s stacks and stacks of identikit hotel bars, Vii arrives looking like something Lewis Carroll would have put to paper. Sure, there’s a distinct lack of hurried white rabbits, chain-smoking caterpillars and invisible cats (or are there…?), but everything else about this vibrant new Sheikh Zayed Road nightspot feels plucked from the pages of Alice in Wonderland.

Located on the seventh floor of the Conrad Dubai, a plush indoor lounge leads out to the venue’s impressive ‘secret garden’ – and it’s worth striding straight through for. Inside, high ceilings and low lighting lend a clubby vibe, accented by the sofas lining the walls and the few tables scattered between. With heavy, ornate mirrors mounted around the room, the space is minimalist, but distinctly upmarket.

When we arrived at around midnight on a Friday night, the lounge was relatively quiet. A short walk through the tunnel leading outdoors revealed a livelier scene and Vii’s main attraction, with a canopy of leaves sheltering the bar, mirrored walls covered in green pasture and regal gold armchairs upholstered in faux grass.

Despite the retro-royal furnishings, the bar feels deeply modern thanks to the clever juxtaposition of simple wooden panelling, vibrant lighting and a contemporary bareness throughout. A large DJ booth, where the resident decksmith plays deep tech and soulful house, sits next to the bar, where staff are eager to show off their mixology skills.

When we asked the bartender for the mixed drinks menu, only to learn there wasn’t one in existence yet, he promised to make us anything on request. With the elaborate nature of the venue rubbing off on us, we placed an order and watched as he whipped up a passion fruit-infused concoction – a refreshing drink that managed to strike the perfect ratio of flavours. It was only later, as we picked up the bill, we realised we’d been stung to the tune of Dhs75 – a little steep for the ingredients, and lucky we didn’t offer to get a round in. (We’ll be wanting a close look at that menu before we take a date).

Nevertheless, with its welcoming, lively atmosphere and fairy tale features, this trendy joint is a chic new addition to Sheikh Zayed Road. You’d be mad as a hatter not to try it.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 02 Jun 2015

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TypeBar & Pub, Bar/lounge
8:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Sunday: 8:00 PM to 3:00 AMMonday: 8:00 PM to 3:00 AMTuesday: 8:00 PM to 3:00 AMWednesday: 8:00 PM to 3:00 AMThursday: 8:00 PM to 3:00 AMFriday: 8:00 PM to 3:00 AMSaturday: 8:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Show number 04 327 6000
Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates


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