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