New Moonshine app offers beverage deals in UAE

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Jul 2017

Moonshine, an app that partners with nightlife venues to offer discounts on beverages, has launched in the UAE. The subscription-based app, which can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices, offers subscribers the first beverage on the house at partner venues. Sylvia Youssef, executive director and co-founder of Moonshine, commented: “We are very excited to

Cucumbers to be used as currency in Dubai bars

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Apr 2017

Hendrick’s has partnered with bars across Dubai to accept a cucumber in exchange for a G&T on 17 May. Participating outlets include Bridgewater Tavern, Copper Dog, Siddhartha, Rhodes W1, Geales, the Maine and Iris. The bars will accept cucumbers of any species as currency in exchange for a Hendrick’s & Tonic during the world’s first

UAE regional selection process for Diageo World Class underway

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Dec 2016

The regional selection process is underway for the 2017 edition of World Class, an annual bartending competition hosted by Diageo Reserve to find the world’s best bartender. Now in its eighth year, the regional leg of the competition, World Class UAE, offers a platform for the country’s bartenders to learn, grow, and test themselves against

Dubai’s Ibis One Central launches Cuban bar

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Dec 2016

Cuban-themed lounge bar, Cubano Lito, has opened at Ibis One Central in the Dubai World Trade Centre district. The vintage lounge bar serves authentic Cuban dishes, cocktails and cigars, and a live band provides the entertainment with salsa and rhumba music. Fitted with Cuban décor, the space features an antique jukebox, a Cuban cigar lounge,

Gates Hospitality launches brand showcase “Local Heroes”

by Crystal Chesters | 10 Aug 2016

Gates Hospitality, the name behind well-known Dubai venues Reform Social & Grill, Bistro Des Arts and Ultra Brasserie, has launched Local Heroes, a book to showcase its growing portfolio of brands. Featuring interviews, exclusive details of upcoming venues and some of the most popular recipes from each restaurant and bar, the book is available to

Diageo World Class reveals UAE’s best bartender

by Dina Maaty | 26 May 2016

The winner of the Middle Eastern leg of World Class, an annual competition hosted by Diageo Reserve to find the world’s best bartender, has been announced. The annual competition, which took place on 21 – 22 May 2016 at Grosvenor House Hotel Dubai, is aimed at discovering the next generation of bartending talent and the latest

Opinion: Making a night of it

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

Samer S. Hamadeh, founder & managing partner at Aegis Hospitality says nightlife venues should not be put off by oversaturation or competition. Nightlife is one of the more interesting businesses born out of the social realm we refer to as the third place. Nightlife venues are some of the most accessible to many people, save

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