20 Jan 2019 AT 09:57 AM

Bar review: At.mosphere Lounge

Take midweek drinks to new heights in the Burj Khalifa’s swanky lounge
20 Jan 2019 AT 09:57 AM

Got out-of-town guests to impress? Reserving a spot on the 122nd floor of this architectural marvel might seem like the logical option. So, is it?

After strolling through the Armani Hotel entrance, prepare to head up on a lift ride that seems to last a lifetime, ears popping as you ascend.

That imagined sense of opulence is instantly materialised in the deep mahogany interior. The lounge is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the city’s pinnacle view. Lights from the surrounding offices, houses and malls – each dwarfed by the world’s tallest building – flicker you settle into your nook (window seats come with a AED350 minimum spend per person, regular seats AED250).

Complementing the moody ambience is the soft, soulful sound of a live musician covering Frank Sinatra classics, accompanied by a saxophone. It’s just the right volume to allow some privacy between tables without overwhelming your catch-up with visiting rellies.

We stick (very fittingly) to bottles of bubbles, nibbling canapés of crispy potatoes croquettes, light salads and mozzarella quesadillas throughout the night.

What strikes us about the evening is the lack of pretention from the staff and setting. Yes, it’s not an ‘every Thursday after work’ kind of place, but when the time comes to showing off Dubai, it’s tough to beat.

Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 888 3828
Website: atmosphereburjkhalifa.com