The quirky wa­ter­ing hole is the talk of the town, but does it live up to the hype?

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In a city full of uber-luxe bars, The House Party Bar is try­ing to be dif­fer­ent – it’s an unashamedly cheesy, retro, multi-roomed bar with beer pong, ta­ble foot­ball and a ball pit. Put sim­ply, it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of the clas­sic house party, with even a kitchen (al­ways the best place to hang out at a party).

It’s taken over a por­tion of the space for­merly oc­cu­pied by Cirque Le Soir (although a smaller ver­sion of the cir­cus­themed club opens later in the night, ac­cessed via a se­cret door from The House Party Bar). Clev­erly split into a se­ries of rooms you’ll find those afore­men­tioned games, while down­stairs is the kitchen (where you’ll find the bar), a liv­ing room (with another bar), a gar­den, bed­room and a bath­room com­plete with tub and toi­let.

The food isn’t fancy, and that’s ex­actly why it works. A con­cise menu boasts a col­lec­tion of ap­pe­tis­ers, burg­ers, piz­zas and sides, with a hand­ful of dessert op­tions. It’s mostly fin­ger food and served on boards and bas­kets that wouldn’t be out of place at a col­lege frat party. Quirk­ily named starters in­cluded Dip Me Baby One More Time moz­zarella dip­pers (Dhs40) which are dunked in a spicy tomato sauce and I Don’t Wanna Miss A Wing chicken wings. The wings were drenched in a spicy sauce which was tasty, but slightly over­pow­er­ing, and left us gasp­ing for a glass of wa­ter served up in kitsch red plas­tic cups. The piz­zas are easy to share, gen­er­ously por­tioned and come in four sim­ple top­pings, or a make your own. The Good­fel­las (Dhs75) was a dou­ble moz­zarella base heaped with slices of pep­per­oni. It’s not the best pizza you’ll try (the base was a lit­tle dry), but as a bar snack it worked per­fectly well. Be sure to load up on sides – it’s a choice of clas­sic fries or sweet potato (both Dhs25) and a por­tion of onion rings served with tartare sauce (Dhs35). There’s also an op­tion to dou­ble up on your fries and add three ex­tra onion rings for a rea­son­able Dhs25, which you won’t re­gret.

Be­tween snack­ing, you can tackle some gi­ant Jenga while the DJ spins ’90s and noughties hits that will have you on your feet by the end of the night.

The House Party Bar may not be the most novel name for a throw­back venue, but its cheesy tunes, in­ven­tive in­te­ri­ors and retro games make it a must-try for a nos­tal­gic night out.

aFair­mont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Mon and Thurs 6pm to 3am Sun, Tues, Weds and Sat 6pm to 2am, Fri 4pm to 3am. Tel: (050) 9955400. Metro: World Trade Cen­tre. face­book.com/ HousePar­tyBar

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