Can a second serving of What’s On Awards 2016 Best Bar be even better?

The original Lock Stock & Barrel in Barsha Heights is so good that it won Best Bar at the What’s On Awards last year. It’s with great anticipation, then, that we visited its second branch in the more tourist-heavy spot of JBR.

The split level super-bar is twice the size of the original. There’s a mixture of cosy leather booths, high tables by the bar and comfy dining options.

They’re still not serving food, but once they are, you’ll be spoiled for choice. An indoor street food market area offers up a host of world cuisine from shipping containers. Lebanese is available from the aptly named ‘Habibi’ section, Chinese is served from ‘Chopsticks’, and ‘Jacks’ serves up the best of British grub.

Downstairs retains similar design and music elements to the original Barsha Heights venue. It’s got the staple phone wall, scattering of pool tables and front-facing stage hosting resident live bands 13 Daze and Gorgeous George.

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Drink highlights includes the Cool Runnings (Dhs79), an expert blend of chilli-infused rum, amaretto and homemade ginger beer.

The menu also has sharing pitchers and ‘battle shots’ that are perfect for groups, and a craft beer section for hipsters. For a more private option, there’s even a hidden bar complete with a leafy ceiling and floor-to-roof windows that open out onto the resort.

With so much option, and a brilliant location, we may have just found our new favourite bar…

Rixos Premium, JBR, Dubai, Mon to Fri 4pm to 3am, Sat and Sun 2pm to 3am. Tel: (058) 836 2891. Taxi: Rixos Premium JBR.

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