Trade in modern Dubai bars for a trip to a vintage bar and restaurant…

With pretty much every kind of bar and restaurant you can think of right on our doorstep, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a venue to visit in Dubai. This week, we’re going old school with a trip to some of the city’s coolest vintage bars for that welcome trip down memory lane.

Mimi Kakushi


Japanese restaurant Mimi Kakushi is the latest addition to Restaurant Village at Four Seasons Resort on Jumeirah Beach Road. Mimi Kakushi was the name for a distinctive bob-style haircut which covered the ears, back in the 1920’s. You’ll see nods to that era all around the restaurant, from the decor to the soft background music of trumpeter Fumio Nanri’s, known as the Satchmo of Japan, creating a jazz vibe. Expect typically Japanese cuisine when dining at Mimi Kakushi. Enjoy sharing plates boasting signature dishes such as sashimi, sushi, tempura and gyoza.

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Mimi Kakushi, Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, open 6pm to 1am daily. Tel: (04) 379 4811. @mimikakushi


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This retro Havana-inspired restaurant will take you straight back to the 1950’s. Authentically Cuban, Rumba has nods to the Latin American culture everywhere you look. The detail goes beyond traditional food and pretty artwork, you’ll see hints of Cuba right down to the napkins. The menu is designed as an old fashioned newspaper, packed with dishes and facts, as well as some cool creative cocktails.

Rumba, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 1am. @rumbadubai

Torno Subito


You’ll find cool Italian restaurant Torno Subito at the futuristic W Dubai – The Palm hotel, where it boasts a retro vibe from the 1960’s. Inside, marvel at the pops of pastel colors and cool artwork that adorn the walls, as well as the polaroid pictures dangling from the ceiling in the bar area. Outdoors on the terrace is where the ‘Italian Riviera’ feeling really starts, with colourful clusters of seating and pastel deckchairs. The decking looks out onto the golden sand and, beyond, to the Arabian Gulf.

Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 12.30pm to 3pm, 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Fri & Sat 12.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 245 5555.

Cubano Lito

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Havana-inspired bar, Cubano Lito will transport you into the rich heritage, music and culture of the famous Cuban capital city in the 1970’s. It’s decked out in an eclectic mix of distressed woods, vintage wallpaper and contrasting hues of teal and burnt orange. There’s also a cosy botanical outdoor terrace for those who enjoy basking in the balmy Dubai temperatures. The new offerings at Cubano Lito include a Friday brunch, daily happy hour, ladies’ night and fabulous dining deals.

Cubano Lito, IBIS One Central, World Trade Centre District, Dubai, open daily 8am to 2am. Tel: (0)4 519 5523.

Brass Monkey

You’re certainly set to get that feeling of nostalgia at Brass Monkey. The gigantic venue comes complete with a with a 12-lane bowling alley, arcade, pool tables, and two dining concepts. It also has two huge ares dedicated entirely to old arcade games from the 1980’s such as Space Invaders, Pac Man, air hockey, table tennis. It’s like your childhood playground dreams come to life.

Brass Monkey, Bluewaters Island, Dubai, open 4pm to 1pm daily, play cards start from Dhs100 and don’t expire. @brassmonkeysocial

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