“ Address: Sheikh Zayed Road / Dubai / PO Box 72127 / United Arab Emirates / Tel: 00971 4 319 8088 „
Having heard so much about this bar, I wanted to visit it during one of my visits to Dubai. The bar is set on floor 51 of the 'Hotel' Tower, of the famous and well-known Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
One of my first concerns when arriving at this bar was that I would probably fall asleep in the elevator (51 floors must take a while even if there aren't any stops en-route!!) but having anticipated this, the builders installed 4 or 5 'faster' or dedicated elevators, which allow visitors to the bar to speed straight through - and it really is so fast!! It felt almost like the elevator from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may have felt!!
Now for the bar... When you enter, there is a quiet and calm ambiance with the main bar area and lots of tables and chairs near the windows (as can be seen in the pic). The staff provided table service which is a nice personal touch and the windows provide (or at least when I went) panoramic views of Dubai - apparently, seeing the sunset from this vantage point is amazing!!! It is also possible to see all of the famous Sheikh Zayed Road (a main road), and the more famous landmarks but I found it to be a little awkward with the angle at which the windows have been set to continue looking through for a lengthy period of time.
It was quite late when I went (around 2-3am), so it wasn't so busy and I was able to talk to my friends easily but we almost felt like it wasn't a venue in which you would go too wild - it is far too sophisticated for that! Having said that, we did have a laugh and fun - it's just that other than the 'Vu' (view) this bar is very similar to many of the others in Dubai....
Drinks were also pricey - I can't remember now exactly how much we paid, and even so exchange rates affect these things hugely too - but I remember a comment regarding the steep prices. Having said that, they bar staff were very accommodating and would try to make drinks which suited our individual tastes and I had a pretty amazing cocktail!!
I think I would recommend seeing this bar once if you're around, but you won't spoil your holiday if you miss it out!