Dubai's most stylish man caveJune 21, 2014
Remember how we told you to watch the World Cup at Cave? Well, here's why:
With its six different high-end bar and restaurant options, the Conrad Hotel didn’t so much as introduce itself to Dubai’s nightlife last year, as storm on to the scene swinging wildly from the chandeliers with sparklers in hand and paparazzi in tow. The spectacle was enough to rouse the Downtown and the Marina–based masses from their territorial bias and breathe new life into ‘that end’ of Sheikh Zayed Road. But several months on – and all the fanfare aside – it is the hotel’s chic understated wine bar, The Cave, that is proving to be the jewel in the crown. The Parisian-inspired nightspot is tucked away on the mezzanine floor with a rather understated entrance way. But, true to its name, as you progress deeper in, you realise that the bar is actually divided up into multiple separate nooks, with cosy daybeds, a fireside lounge and even a private tasting room. A clever use of lighting, dark wood flooring, backlit latticing, exposed brickwork and funky furniture genuinely make this place look and feel like a cave – albeit the swankiest cave that we’ve ever been inside.
Unlike many of the city’s Paris-inspired nightspots, The Cave focuses less on kitschy black-and-white photos of the Eiffel Tower and more on its food menu. The menu is packed with Parisian delicacies including foie gras macaroons, escargot, lobster a la mode and impressive cheese and charcuterie boards – making sure they keep thing distinctly Gallic.
Stocked with 500 different bottles of vino, this is a wine bar to be taken seriously. With an in-depth selection of old- and new-world vineyards available, it can be a touch on the intimidating side, but a quick word with the bar’s helpful ‘wine guys’ will have you boldly sampling a glass of something new. Chilean reds, you say? Why not! [gallery link="none" ids="3781,3780"] Details: The Cave, The Conrad Hotel, Dubai. Visit Conraddubai.com