District Lounge

Nestled among restaurants in DIFC, District Lounge is quintessentially Dubai. Apparently inspired by New York venues, this Lounge bar doesn’t really make you feel like you’re in the Big Apple. It’s not reminiscent of Paris either. This place is unmistakably Dubai. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact District Lounge manages to masterfully combine seated table areas, a DJ booth for the tunes, a small area for dancing and a sprawling 3,000 square foot terrace for al fresco drinks or shisha faultlessly. Inside, the interior is ultra modern with a sleek bar, shiny floors and ambient lighting, which changes colour throughout the evening, morphing from blue hues, to purple, pink tones. As a concept it sounds dreadfully naff but remarkably it actually doesn’t feel particularly gimmicky or daft — it just quietly fits with what the people at District Lounge are looking to achieve. And we think what they are trying to do is create a destination for young, beautiful professionals. And they haven’t done a bad job. The bar attracts attractive people in there twenties and thirties in their droves and that creates a buzzing atmosphere. Outside there’s trendy wooden furniture and cushions dotted around tables with umbrellas. It might not be the most amazing of spaces as you’re not on a beach or out on a jetty with views of the Burj Al Arab or the Marina skyline, but with plenty of plants scattered about the place it has a cosseting atmosphere and we found it a perfectly pleasant spot to chill for a few hours. In terms of music it’s an eclectic mix ranging from commercial classics, hip-hop, reggae, dancehall and urban — so more or less there’s something for everyone at some point. As you might expect in DIFC, District Lounge is not the cheapest of places, but with a decent ladies’ night that offers two free mixed drinks and canapés between 8pm-11pm on a Thursday it’s still worth dropping by. And if you get peckish, you can tuck into some of the decent bar snacks with dishes such as mini Wagyu beef burgers. Just remember though — the place is only open for business on Thursdays and Fridays.

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