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Old Jun 30th 2008, 5:25 am
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Want to go out on Wednesday for a glass of wine with a friend over from the UK.

I'm not looking for 500dhs+ a bottle type stuff just somewhere with a little bit more of a selection than one house white or one house red.

A half decent Burgundy; Rully, Meursault or Givry would be ideal.

Anyone out there with some suggestions where we might go?


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Old Jun 30th 2008, 6:00 am
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most places have a pretty good selection to be honest...try the agency in the madinat or emirates towers, or vintage in wafi (they do decent cheeses there too)...

...mind you, a meursault is going to cost over 500 dhs for sure...

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just noticed you're in the marina, you could also go to the buddha bar or barr 44 in the grosvenor...

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definitely agree about the Agency in the Madinat. very nice wine.
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Default Re: Decent Wine in Dubai?

Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post
just noticed you're in the marina, you could also go to the buddha bar or barr 44 in the grosvenor...

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I agree with MD, though Buddha bar can be noisy at times (big crowd) and Bar 44 can be a little bit expensive.

A good alternative..my favourite... is Munchi Thai restaurant in the gardens of the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa near Dubai Marina. They have a large and inexpensive wine list and you can sit outside in the garden area next to the babbling brook. You can also go inside (upstairs with A/C) and can smoke too if you wish. You don't have to buy food - they are happy to get all customers...though sharing a light mixed entree (dim sums, satays etc) with your wine would be nice. You can also get a decent cup of coffee.
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Originally Posted by MacScot View Post
I agree with MD, though Buddha bar can be noisy at times (big crowd) and Bar 44 can be a little bit expensive.

A good alternative..my favourite... is Munchi Thai restaurant in the gardens of the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa near Dubai Marina. They have a large and inexpensive wine list and you can sit outside in the garden area next to the babbling brook. You can also go inside (upstairs with A/C) and can smoke too if you wish. You don't have to buy food - they are happy to get all customers...though sharing a light mixed entree (dim sums, satays etc) with your wine would be nice. You can also get a decent cup of coffee.
that sounds brilliant....I wouldn't mind doing that now.
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that sounds brilliant....I wouldn't mind doing that now.
Thanks to all

Some decent suggestions......

BB is my local as I live right next door and yes MM you are right the restaurant has a massive selection albeit well overpriced. However I see it more of a cocktail, rather than a "savour the bouquet" type place

Bar 44 would be my first choice for the ambience alone if only I could guarantee some seating. Always at a premium and the bar itself can be a bloody scum.

Hadn't heard about the Academy nor Munchi.... may well give one of them a try...

will report back Thursday

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Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post

...mind you, a meursault is going to cost over 500 dhs for sure...

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Too true.... Have not been in Dubai very long but the price of wine has been a bit of an eye opener for sure....

Not sure if its the importers or just a local tax to try and discourage...would suggest the former than the latter though
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Want to go out on Wednesday for a glass of wine with a friend over from the UK.

I'm not looking for 500dhs+ a bottle type stuff just somewhere with a little bit more of a selection than one house white or one house red.

A half decent Burgundy; Rully, Meursault or Givry would be ideal.

Anyone out there with some suggestions where we might go?


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Oscars in the Crowne Plaza is meant to be pretty good... (not been myself though)

on a different tip - I really enjoyed the new Belgian Beer Cafe in the new Crowne Plaza in Festival City. Really big space, reminded me of good London type bars. On two levels, big terrace overlooking the Creek. Big selection of decent beers including Leffe on tap plus a load of decent bottles. Really good bar food, mussels etc...

Worth checking out...

Later this year I hope that the other outlets at DFC open with an Irish Village and Left Bank by the Creek - that's nice....
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Oscars in the Crowne Plaza is meant to be pretty good... (not been myself though)

on a different tip - I really enjoyed the new Belgian Beer Cafe in the new Crowne Plaza in Festival City. Really big space, reminded me of good London type bars. On two levels, big terrace overlooking the Creek. Big selection of decent beers including Leffe on tap plus a load of decent bottles. Really good bar food, mussels etc...

Worth checking out...
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Autonomy you are the 2nd person to the Belgian Cafe - bit of a slap for me but " if it has to be done"
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Oscars in the Crowne Plaza is meant to be pretty good... (not been myself though)

on a different tip - I really enjoyed the new Belgian Beer Cafe in the new Crowne Plaza in Festival City. Really big space, reminded me of good London type bars. On two levels, big terrace overlooking the Creek. Big selection of decent beers including Leffe on tap plus a load of decent bottles. Really good bar food, mussels etc...

Worth checking out...

Later this year I hope that the other outlets at DFC open with an Irish Village and Left Bank by the Creek - that's nice....
I like the Belgium beer place as well....reminds me of Belguim
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I like the Belgium beer place as well....reminds me of Belguim
3 positives

I think my Friday afternoon and evening is now booked
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Originally Posted by MataHari View Post
I like the Belgium beer place as well....reminds me of Belguim
the Irish Village reminds me of Belgium.... that's all there seemed to be in Brussels... Irish bars...

Great mussel pots in the street cafes though....
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Originally Posted by ssuh View Post
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I think my Friday afternoon and evening is now booked
very nice...try sitting downstairs if there is space...upstairs isn't as nice...
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the Irish Village reminds me of Belgium.... that's all there seemed to be in Brussels... Irish bars...

Great mussel pots in the street cafes though....
oh no...can't stand the IV myself...
the cooked mosselen are the best...love them...not had them in the Belgium place yet, heard mixed reports from Dutch people that have been there...the chips are nice though...
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