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5 bars for a Bur Dubai pub crawl

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Recently I was asked out on a bar crawl of Bur Dubai, and I have to admit I was hesitant. I had only been to the district a handful of times before to visit Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and take visitors to the Dubai souks. The only occasion I’d stayed past sunset was for Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa’s Fawlty Towers interactive dining experience, based on the hit British TV series. Unlike the live show, which never returned after 2012 (much to my dismay), it turns out that Bur Dubai thrives after dark. After tourists retreat back to their five-star hotels, the area’s nightlife scene lights up. Off-the-radar pubs? Live music venues? Packed clubs? My friend insisted we’d find them all, so I agreed to take part. What’s the worst that could happen?

Stop 1: George & Dragon
Where: Ambassador Hotel
It made sense to kick off the bar crawl at Bur Dubai’s first ever hotel, Ambassador Hotel. The George & Dragon was, as could be surmised from the name, a typical Englishman’s pub with a quiet ambience that made it a good place to catch up over a decent drink before the madness began. With its chintz-y, country hotel carpet and dark wood furniture, it’s very much warming up territory
Visit: www.astamb.com

Stop 2: Sherlock Holmes
Where: Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
Sherlock Holmes is decidedly kitsch – think fake windows with curtains, chests of drawers and old leather sofas. That said, like the George and Dragon, it was equally welcoming and made for an enjoyable pit stop and a few entertaining selfies. The Victoriana theme (stenciled mirrors, various engravings) is at least consistent with the times unlike, say, Shakespeare’s 100-year timeshift.
Visit: www.sherlockholmespub.net

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