Ul­ti­mate sports hub Neze­saussi in Dubai Ma­rina is our bar of the month

An An­tipodean melt­ing pot in the Ma­rina

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Fancy go­ing out for a drink in the Ma­rina but don’t want to change out of your flip-flops/jan­dals? Well, this is the place for you. Neze­saussi – as in New Zealand, South Africa and Aussie – has been serv­ing sport fans in Down­town for a decade, and there’s now a Neze’ in the ma­rina that fea­tures 18 screens. The Dubai Ma­rina branch’s main point of dif­fer­ence is that it’s a smok­ing pub (the Al Manzil op­tion is smoke free). There are also pool and foos­ball ta­bles, a pin­ball ma­chine, a dart board and a juke­box – and they’re all free to use, too.

The menu is pub grub, but re­fined. For in­stance, the fried cala­mari starter (Dhs60) isn’t a bat­tered ring, but a crispy, lightly fried nat­u­ral squid that’s per­fectly ten­der on the in­side. You’ll find ev­ery­thing from pies to bunny chow for mains – but we rec­om­mend leav­ing room for the sticky tof­fee pud­ding (Dhs30), which is de­li­cious. An­tipodean wines start from Dhs180 a bot­tle, and there are three craft beers on tap (although there’s not a huge va­ri­ety of South African, Aus­tralian or Kiwi lagers).

One thing we have to note is the ser­vice – just like with the other Neze­saussi, the team are friendly, ef­fi­cient and on top of things. Top tip: keen to go and watch a match that you fear may be too niche to be on the big screen? Re­serve one of the ta­bles that come with their own screens and you are free to change it to what­ever chan­nel you want. Bonza.

The Ad­dress Dubai Ma­rina, Dubai, daily 4pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4367777. Tram: Dubai Ma­rina Mall. thead­dress.com

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