Char­lie’s Pub

→ Open noon-4pm; 6pm-2am. Four Points by Sher­a­ton, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).

Time Out Dubai - - MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE -

THIS BRI­TISH WATERING hole will re­mind you of your lo­cal back home, with dim light­ing, wooden fur­nish­ings and dark leather that’s all a bit Rovers Re­turn.

There’s a mix­ture of cosy booths, scat­tered ta­bles and high stools and when we visit for a mid­week bev, the venue is busy with the post-work crowd.

De­spite the amount of peo­ple, how­ever, it’s weirdly quiet vol­ume-wise.

It seems like pun­ters have stopped by for a lone pint rather than a so­cial get-to­gether and we feel as though our conversation soon be­comes pub­lic knowl­edge.

There’s sport show­ing on a mul­ti­tude of screens and a menu fea­tur­ing heav­ily in steaks and burg­ers that’s rea­son­able, though drinks prices are high for the set­ting – with a glass of grape set­ting you back the same as it would if you were vis­it­ing the far classier rooftop bar Level 43 in the same ho­tel. Visit dur­ing happy hour – daily be­tween 6pm and 8pm – for a bet­ter deal. Or would be, if we could get served.

We wait for a good ten min­utes at the bar be­fore we even get a drinks menu, at which point staff dis­ap­pear only to wan­der back after a lengthy pause, by which stage we are pos­i­tively parched.

The pub it­self is laid-back and a good stop-off on the way home, though we wouldn’t ven­ture out of our way for the plea­sure – or for a pri­vate conversation.

WHAT IS IT... A typ­i­cal Bri­tish pub show­ing live sports WHY GO... The ex­ten­sive menu of steaks and grills

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