Whether you’re after a sports bar with tapas or rooftop vibes by the pool…

If you live around Sports City or IMPZ, we’ve got good news for you, as two new watering holes have just opened in the area.

Both found in the newly opened Occidental Hotel, guests can choose from sports and tapas at Champs Sports Bar, or al fresco cocktails and international bar food at Stage Sky Bar & Lounge.

The latter is found on the roof of the hotel, adjacent to the pool deck, and is inspired by an old American movie theatre complete with bright furnishings, retro bar and a mix of low level lounge seating and high bar tables. On the menu, expect a fully loaded cocktail menu, as well as twists on international bar bites including BBQ beef ribs, Vietnamese summer rolls and banana fritters.

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It’s joined by the smaller Champs Sports Bar, which promises retro sports bar vibes with a concise tapas menu. There are an array of screens dotted through the venue for watching live sports, as well as a super screen that will play the major games. Foodwise, it’s tapas style with a few international influences – and we’ve already got our eye on a grilled octopus with garlic, and the prawns a la plancha.

Both venues are set to launch weekly promotions including happy hours, ladies’ nights and a seventies night at Champs.

Champs Sports Bar and Stage Sky Bar, Occidental Hotel, IMPZ, Dubai, daily 4pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 246 4500. barcelo.com

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