No.5 Terrace

A great location and fine drinks combine at No.5, but it’s the stellar beats that keep us coming back for more. There are a lot of reasons why we like No.5 Terrace. But there’s one reason that keeps us coming back again and again: the music. On a good night, you’ll hear some of the most compellingly eclectic grooves in town here. But first, an introduction. The name No.5 isn’t new; it was always the name of Ritz-Carlton’s pleasant, but somewhat overlooked, indoor lounge bar. Earlier this year the venue launched a new space in the hotel’s courtyard, in essence creating a new standalone venue. So now, while an older crowd suck on Cubans indoors, it’s a more youthful and better dressed crew who are being drawn to the terrace. And the minute you walk outside it’s easy to see why. Sitting a couple of floors up in the midst of DIFC’s gleaming, angular high-rises, it’s feels remarkably spacious where it could have felt claustrophobic, offering a novel perspective by being neither on the ground floor, nor the top. Crucially, it’s accessible to the rest of the complex via this walkway, removing the need to ever step inside the hotel. Which may well be why the bar is picking up a healthy trade from DIFC’s affluent after-work crowd — especially on Wednesdays. The bar’s trademark ladies’ night out-classes its contemporaries by serving every member of the fairer gender with a plate of (really not bad) sushi, alongside the token bubbly. Combined with the fast and friendly service and some fine mixed drinks, it’s not hard to see why this bar is starting to get noticed. But it’s the music that’s likely to keep this place on the radar, with an exotic mix of funk, soul, Latin and Brazilian beats spun by resident decksmith Break DJ Lobito, best known as the driving force between the Deep Crates Cartel. Currently playing every night but Saturday, it’s worth heading down just for the sheer joy of hearing this guy play. Lobito manages to avoid all the lounge bar clichés with a genuinely engaging mix of rarities, giving the bar an arty edge which may feel at odds with the hotel’s five-star status, but is well in keeping with the bar’s position as the official after-party venue for DIFC Art Nights. With buzz building steadily since March’s launch party, the only thing hampering this venue right now is the onset of summer — so get down there soon. But we’ve got a feeling No.5 will be back for a far larger bite of the apple when cooler climes return.

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