With winter Came the arrival of a brand-new terrace for Taj Dubai’s The Eloquent Elephant – and it’s a top addition to the cool Business Bay pub.
In October the swish new terrace was launched, and it’s been busy over the winter. By night it’s cosy and friendly, with twinkling lights and comfy green furnishings. By day it’s bright, airy and chilled. It’s fresh, it’s modern and it’s a great pub garden. It also means that what was once a non-smoking bar now has an outside smoking area.
Indoors it’s all dark woods and moody lighting with a cool, mellow vibe. It’s also a great place to watch the match, thanks to several large TV screens, and it’s quite frequently packed on weekends and game days.
The menu has also had a revamp recently, so expect dishes including the barbecue-glazed Angus short rib – as well as several new vegan options including the Elephant’s Barley Burger, a veggie patty made of barley, carrot and celery, encased in a soft chia seed bun.
We’ve long been fans of the food here, too – it’s a former winner of our Best Pub Food title – and so if you’re heading along it’s definitely worth trying some of the hearty, gastrogrub dishes.
However, the pub is just as good if you’re just after a quick drink after work.
Drinks are relatively reasonably priced, starting at around Dhs40 for house grape and Dhs62 for mixed beverages, while the pub also prides itself on its range of craft hops.
And there’s a heap of deals throughout the week, including a quiz night on a Monday and live music on Tuesdays to make it even more appealing. Ladies, visit on a Wednesday and you’ll get three free drinks plus 30 percent off food, while there’s a brunch on Friday from
The weekends offer a top deal as well, where you can get four drinks and a dish (roasts are included, but we also recommend the pie) for Dhs179.
If you’re looking for an excellent pub in Business Bay, look no further.
WHAT IS IT...
Trendy gastropub in Business Bay
The swish new terrace and daily deals
Themed on the uber-trendy Lower Manhattan neighbourhood of Tribeca, this JBR hangout might reminds you of being in a sort of arty student bar.
It’s spacious, kind of dark, and with some foot-tapping tunes pumping out. There are quirky design touches dotted around the bar, like comic-booked themed wallpaper, a chair that’s also a giant face, a warehouse-style exposed ceiling and a hops pong table.
It’s also pleasantly busy every night, and its live music night every Sunday is rammed. Highly commended for Most Original Night Out at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards, the Go Play The World open mic night is packed full of talented local musicians, and is free to anyone wanting to come along and play a few songs.
Along with a menu of Americana-themed grub (think nachos, ceviche, Caesar salad, pizzas, steaks, tacos and more), plus a happy that runs every day except Friday, this is a funky and lively spot that’s well worth a visit, whatever night of the week it happens to be.
The bottom line
Cool JBR bar that’s fun and laid-back.
Burj Khalifa – check, city skyline – check, blooming shrubbery – you bet.
Treehouse is the type of place you should definitely take visitors. The view from the rooftop terrace is out of this world and showcases the city from its very best angle. At sundown it’s stunning, and when the buildings all light up it’s pretty special, too.
Once you peel your eyes away from the spectacle in the distance you can go on to appreciate the beauty of what surrounds you.
As you might expect from the name, Treehouse has taken the garden theme and given it the Alan Titchmarsh treatment. Fairy lights entwine the branches of strategically-placed trees, while lush foliage runs between low sofas and tables.
Dancing flames seem to move in time to the chilled-out electro music and the vibe is laid-back, yet strangely sort of enchanting.
Drinks come in on the pricey side, as you’d expect for the views, although there are a range of speciality mixed drinks that have been carefully thought out. There’s also a daily happy hour from 7pm until 10pm, which is worth heading to this Business Bay bar for.
We’re fans, and we reckon you will be too. What’s not to like?
The bottom line
A garden path we’d happily be led down.
If you’re looking for a laid-back pub with a friendly vibe and a spacious garden, look no further than Time Out Dubai’s 2018 Pub of the Year, The Irish Village.
The traditional pub at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium has been a longstanding Dubai institution for many a year – it turns 22 in 2018, in fact.
And its appeal is as enduring as it ever was. Despite a slew of young upstarts putting up fierce competition, this established Garhoud watering hole has firmly stood its ground.
With its rustic, dark wood interiors and sprawling patioed (and pet-friendly) garden, punters continue to pour in week after week for great-value pints of the black stuff and classic pub grub, from Irish stews, fish and chips and fry-ups, to hot and tasty toasties in a variety of forms.
Service is spot-on, and many of the staff have been familiar faces to regular drinkers and diners at the pub for several years. You’ll always get a warm welcome and you’re sure to stay longer than you expected, too.
With a front designed to look like an authentic village and a lush green lawn, it’s hard to beat this spot for a lazy afternoon in the sunshine. Don’t miss a trip to The Irish Village.
If you know it, you’ll love it.
The bottom line
A perfect place for a pint.
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