This Polynesian paradise is famous for its outrageous cocktails, crowd-pleasing tunes and hedonistic setting. A raucous playground for fun-seeking ex-pats, Mahiki has gained quite the rep as our region’s current club du jour.
EW’s Fashion & Beauty Writer, Annah at Mahiki Dubai
Typically tiki with wicker chairs, bamboo-lined walls, seashell lamps and plenty of oversized wooden masks and totems. Think tribal meets modern urban cavern. An illuminated Aloha sign greets you at the door, as does the tropical scent of fresh coconuts.
Cuisine is a fairly recent, yet welcome, addition to the bar and club – after all, the vivacious crowd need to keep their energy up. The island grill menu offers old-time favourites such as Tuna Tartar, Crab Cakes and the best chunky chips in town. However, cocktails are the order of the evening. Notoriously strong and topped with fresh fruits they’re guaranteed to get you heading to the dance floor. Try the famed Treasure Chest, but be warned, heads will hurt the next day.
Once you’ve passed the velvet rope, the club is typically busy and buzzing, with an upbeat, good-time vibe. The cocktails and tongue-in-cheek interiors ensure nobody takes themselves too seriously. Dressing to impress is order of the day (well, night) and the gorgeous crowds certainly do so with panache.
This is a great spot for post-work refreshments to blow off some steam. But we say wait until 11pm, when the dance floor and second bar opens up, to make a real night of it. Leave pretensions at the door, let loose and dance to some golden oldies. Mahiki’s open door policy welcomes all – as long as you’re willing to wait in the wraparound line.
Girls who just wanna have fun.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Tel: (04) 3807731