The new DIFC restaurant and bar promises fusion Levantine cuisine alongside ladies’ nights and live music…

It’s one of Lebanon’s sleekest hangouts, and now Antika has opened a new outpost in Dubai. Found in Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Anitka Bar Dubai promises modern Levantine cuisine and live entertainment inspired by the speakeasy theatre’s of 1950s Lebanon.

Split between a restaurant and bar, inside you’ll find dramatic, plush and colourful furnishings and antiques, lit by vibrant neon lights. At the centre, an elevated stage will serve as a centre piece for the daily live entertainment.

On the menu, expect mezza plates, hearty mains such as braised lamb shanks with freekeh and caramelized onions and grilled chicken taouk with a creamy wasabi sauce. 

Throughout the week, there’ll be dedicated theme nights each with differing music policies and live entertainment, ensuring there’s something for everyone at the new DIFC hotspot.

Kicking things off on Sunday, Antika Bar’s resident singers will take to the stage to perform classic Arabic hits, bringing the classic sounds of the Middle East to DIFC.

Mondays will be dedicated to classic Arabic tunes and a live four-piece band, while a fusion of Khaliji and Arabic remixes will dominate the soundtrack to Tuesday nights.

On Wednesdays, ladies can look forward to three complimentary beverages and 30 per cent off the menu of Levantine fusion food while listening to a mix of Arabic and commercial chart hits.

Ring in the weekend at Antika on Thursday with a live band and exotic belly dancers who’ll keep guests entertained as they roam through the venue.

Antika Bar Dubai will host live performances and entertainment by pop-up live acts and entertainment, the resident band and exotic belly dancers every Friday. Expect to expect the unexpected.

On Saturday, it’s a retro affair as the DJs spin their way through the best of 80s and 90s Arabic pop.

Antika Bar Dubai, First Floor, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, daily 5pm to late. Tel: (050) 735 9177.

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