Bar Guide Dubai

22 August, 2016


The Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Mezzanine 1, Hotel Lobby (side entrance)

Little Black Door, at the base of a hotel and billed as a restaurant bar, is actually neither a hotel nor restaurant bar. You enter through – wait for it – a little black door and once inside you will find founder Yasin Saleh has gone against the grain with the design – there’s no gold in sight. We’d say it’s classically leaning, but not in the old-fashioned sense. There’s certainly nothing old-fashioned about the atmosphere – stay late and this place can really rock. Drinks are intelligent spins on classics and served on an impressive bar that runs the length of what is a large space. But this is no drinking hall. Indeed, the nooks and secret rooms of this place add to the experience – if you can find them. Little Black Door is an unexpectedly characterful bar that not only refuses to follow the rules of the Dubai bar scene, it likes to break them.


Nick Strangeway


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