If you’re in Dubai, you need this Address…
April 23, 2013
We’re always on the lookout for the most luxurious and superior bar and restaurant experiences here at Luxuria Lifestyle, The Address, Downtown Dubai is certainly one address you’ll want in your little black book.
Whether you’re visiting on business or pleasure, this place is unmissable, but don’t just take our word for it… Neo’s on the 63rd floor has just been named as ‘Highly Commended for Best Lounge Bar’ in the Nightlife Awards for Timeout Dubai, while the hotel itself was named ‘Best Hotel in the World’ at the Global Traveler Annual Reader Survey Awards earlier this year.
But with such a fabulous reputation to live up to, would our experience be faultless?! Well, in a word, yes…
As we took the elevator up to Neo’s, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Many sky lounge’s in Dubai boast fabulous views across the skyline, yet the view from the windows of The Address from the 63rd floor were jaw-droppingly spectacular.
There are actually 5 stunning hotels in the Address group currently gracing Dubai, (with another 2 planned in the near future) although the Downtown location of this one gives it that extra edge over the others…
Magnificent in stature, the hotel benefits from unrivalled views of the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the Burj Khalifa lake. Every half hour, another show starts, always different and every time more breathtaking than the last. And the back drop to these amazing fountains is the Burj Khalifa – the tallest man made structure in the world! Needless to say, any glass of wine or platter of food is going to taste good with such a fabulous view of Dubai to look at, but thankfully, both the food and drink lived up to its 5 star expectation anyway.
The seafood platter (which at nearly £50 is quite pricey), was actually worth every single penny – jumbo shrimp, Alaskan king crab, fresh oysters and tuna tartar. The caviar melted in the mouth, popped on the tongue and was washed down with a very satisfying cold, crisp glass of Chablis. A sharing desert platter followed including sweet sugary churros and a warm chocolate melting pot – deliciously sweet and indulgent.
The wine list is extensive, and there’s an elaborate cocktail menu to match. If you’re looking for inspiration, try the ‘Level 63’ signature drink – a martini cocktail made with Smirnoff red vodka, red grapes, lime leaves, lemongrass and elderflower syrup. Delightful.
So with innovative cocktails and the fabulous view of a futuristic cosmopolitan metropolis below, the décor at Neo’s, is by contrast, very different. There’s a cool ‘James Bond-esque’ art deco theme to the design. Dim lighting, decadent sofas, thick red curtains, black marble flooring, and twinkly star scattered ceilings make for an impressive setting, while metallic centre pieces, and black stalk stools add a retro feel to the classic designs. It very much reminded me of the scene in ‘Casino Royale’ when Bond is poisoned at the poker table.
The clientele wouldn’t be out of place in a Bond movie either. There is a dress code here (and rightly so…), which gives it an exclusive air. As my friend Isa always says ‘You can never be too over dressed in Dubai.’ So go glam, wear your best heels, and I promise you won’t look out of place.
While the atmosphere is super chilled early on (there’s quite a calm, serene atmosphere around 8), after 11, Neo’s transforms into a buzzing, bustling lively drinking den. It’s almost impossible to grab a seat around the elegant centre placed oval bar, while shots are downed and cocktails are shaken. While there’s no dance floor, the beats are definitely dance worthy – I’m secretly hoping that’s part of the new grand plans as there’s also a flashy makeover happening in the next few months.
But as the hotel strives to out do all of those other super bars springing up, I’m pretty confident the face lift will be something extra special. With the brilliant manager, Daniel Hannich (who has worked at some of the world’s best hotels including The Ritz, London), Neo’s will undoubtedly be one of the most glamorous bars to be seen in for a long time to come.
While you’re at the Address, why not also check out…
The Cigar Lounge.
On the 13th floor of the hotel you’ll discover a relaxing bar area with stylish décor, deep dark wood flooring, the finest Chesterfields and the pleasant yet intoxicating smell of expensive cigars all around you.
While the private terrace overlooks Dubai Mall, the impressive fountains and the Burj Khalifa, the expert staff are on hand to guide you through their impressive cigar portfolio with 40 renowned brands. There’s also classic cocktails, global vintages and a selection of the delicious canapés to choose from including foie gras, caviar and Scottish salmon. Oozing with class and sophistication, soft jazz and swing playing in the background, this hidden gem is perfect for taking a little time out to unwind.
In sharp contrast, Calabar at the foot of the Address (on the 5th floor) is a vibrant Latino inspired lounge bar which attracts the ‘it’ crowd every night of the week. Perfect for sundowner cocktails, with slouchy relaxing bean bags to lounge in on the terrace, Calabar is a chilled out hidden utopia with plenty of greenery outside and a stunning view to match, or inside, a classy stylish haven for cool sexy clubbers and drinkers. There’s also a happy hour which adds to its popularity from Sundays through to Thursdays, while there’s 50% off drinks (including champagne) on Fridays 4pm – 8pm.