2013 April 10 12:00
The story of the Rivington Bar
Dubai, 10 April 2012: The bar of Rivington Bar & Grill in Souk Madinat Jumeirah offers something both new and old in its appeal. The bar has a worn-in feel to it, in stark contrast to the clean, simplistic white panelled walls of the ground floor with its touches of Rivington blue and funky neon artworks.Instead, the interior of the bar is an amalgamation of rough, natural materials. Re-claimed scaffold boards nailed to the walls, raw encaustic floor tiles and a hammered pewter bar all bring a touch of Shoreditch, the birth place of the Rivington Grill, to Dubai.
The re-claimed scaffold boards, reportedly, were used on the building site of one of the most resplendent palaces in Dubai. It is said that one sheikh commissioned the palace to be built specifically for his beloved wife, on discovering that she had been secretly unhappy with their former home. The white paint splattered randomly on some of the boards is the same as that of the palace exterior.
The three different outdoor terraces of the bar use relaxed lounge-style furniture to encourage customers to sit back with a drink and enjoy the breathtaking views; the shimmering coast just beyond the Dar Al Masyaf villas, the stunning Burj Al Arab and abras meandering along the Madinat Jumeirah waterways. The bar snack menu is perfect for al fresco dining and consists of miniature versions of favourites from the à la carte menu including the haddock fishcake and the Rivington burger.
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