What’s On has details of the new themed movie nights at Claw BBQ. Plus other alternative movie screenings including Cinema Akil at A4 Space.

As a wise young Ferris Bueller once said: “life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Good thing then that Claw is giving film fans a chance to stop, relax and enjoy great flicks – including some ’80s classics – at its new movie nights.

Throughout the summer, Claw’s new private room, The Barn, is screening a back catalogue of epic films. Dates for the diary include SATC (July 8), followed by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (July 22), Dirty Dancing (August 5) and then finishing off with Top Gun (August 19).

To really get a taste of the action, the team at Claw serve each guest a special food and drink menu tailored to the movie on show, think SATC served up with Cosmopolitans.

It might not be quite possible to twist and shout at the front of a Chicago parade or achieve that Dirty Dancing lift, but it is possible to enjoy a movie with friends while you all chow down on themed food and drink, served at the exact time it appears up on screen. In case you’re still hungry, there’s also popcorn and candy floss on offer.

Hidden at the back of the restaurant, The Barn is Claw’s new private dining-meets-game-room. Channelling an American tavern feel, darts boards, retro arcade games and a 65-inch screen deck the walls – imagine men in baseball caps saying things like ‘brewskis’.

The price of a ticket includes all food and and booking is recommended.

Until August 19
Claw, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 8pm, Dhs300. Tel: (04)43223000. Taxi: Souk Al Bahar. clawbbq.com

Meanwhile, indie movie fans should head to hipster haunt A4 Space in Al Serkal this summer where award-winning international films are screened most weekends as part of the Cinema Akil’s summer screening programme.

Movies include, Little Miss Sunshine (July 8 to 10), Sunset Boulevard (July 15 and 16) and Empire Of The Sun (August 12 to 14) as well as foreign films such as Utomlyonnye Solntsem (July 22 to 24), Sans Soleil (August 19 to 21 and Davandeh (August 26 to 28).

Until August 28
A4 Space Screening Room, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 9pm. Tel: (050) 5569797. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. cinemaakil.com

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