The restaurant and bar replaces Cocktail Kitchen in JLT’s Armada Blue Bay Hotel…

Earlier this year, we learned that popular JLT hotspot Cocktail Kitchen was closing its doors.

Now, after a quick facelift and a little roughening around the edges, craft beer bar and restaurant Axe House is all set to take its place.

Brought to you by the same people behind the What’s On award-winning Lucky Voice, Axe House is described as a a casual dining concept with ‘wholesome dishes, experimental cocktails and a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere’.

Opening from midday on Tuesday December 5, the restaurant and bar aims to bring London’s Shoreditch-cool to the city.

With a strict ‘no Despacito played here’ policy (we’re not exactly complaining) it focuses on exposed brickwork, concrete floors and graffiti walls that offer up a modern, urban feel.

Launching with a daily happy hour from 12pm to 8pm, there will be eight hours of two-for-one drinks to kick things off at the new spot. The offer will be valid on all drinks, so you might just find us making our way through that experimental cocktail menu.

Later in the month, a Tuesday ladies’ night will offer four free drinks for girls and two-for-one on all drinks for everyone till midnight, while a bottle of wine comes free on a Wednesday from 5pm to 10pm with every platter ordered.

A weekly business lunch will be priced at Dhs65 for two courses and Dhs85 for three, and a Friday brunch, Saturday all-day breakfast brunch and Saturday roast are expected to launch in the New Year.

A first look at the menu shows an array of easy eats that will remind British expats of the food found at one of London’s foodie markets. Think Jerk Chicken from the famous Notting Hill, a Portobello veggie burger, Tikka Salmon from Brick Lane and a seafood platter that makes you think of holidays in good old Brighton.

Although it doesn’t look like a typical sports bar, we’re told Axe House will be home to ‘The Den’, with a 100-inch TV screen showing all the big sporting events, pool table, air hockey table and a selection of ‘pong’ games to keep the sporting fans busy.

Axe House, Armada Blue Bay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 3999 577.

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