A friend made the suggestion of having drinks at the Burj Al Arab to be able to see it while not having to spend $1500 a night to stay there. She visited Gold on 27 and my initial plan was to go there. However I read up on the Sky Bar which was on the same floor and decided to head there instead.
By this time I had already checked into the Jewel of the Seas that started out with an overnight in Dubai. So after a brief lie down where I published an audio blog I put on the one suit that I brought added a pretty blouse, some dangly earrings and head out.
I called an Uber and made my way over. Upon arrival at the gate the driver opened my passenger window so that I could show my reservation code to security. They waved the car through and I alighted.
Once I walked in I went to a desk and said I had SkyBar reservations, they told me it was straight up the escalator to the back and someone would assist me to the bar.
I was about 10/15 minutes early (7:00pm reservation) and gave my name to the woman who was waiting there, she asked me to take a seat for a minute, I sat down for about 3 minutes and then she said “ma’am I’ll show you up now.” She opened the elevator doors wherein I stepped on board, road up, stopped out to another lady who said “Welcome Ms. ______” and pointed me out to a Maitre’d that showed me in. She walked me toward one lounge table and then said “You should sit here, it has a nice view of the city.” And readers, it had the best view of the city than any other space in the bar! In one area you can see the water, which is probably nice during the day, but at night you want to be seated to the left (from when you walk in) in order to see the city glint and shine! (Note: I requested a window seat when I made my reservation. I also arrived early at 7pm before the bar became busy.)
Each area near the window had a small lounge table and 2 lounge chairs.
I sat down and perused the menu switching off to absorb the lovely 27th floor view.
The wait staff was attentive and friendly. They noted that I mentioned I was a vegetarian in the booking, and clarified what I would eat, in order to make sure that what I ordered would be in line with my food choices.
They then asked if I’d like some water and I ordered a small bottle (about 43aed) and brought over a tray with snacks consisting of seasoned olives. (Not sure what seasoning, but it was delicious!) Coated cashews and wasabi peas. I then ordered my first drink a ‘Blood and Sand’.
I then placed my appetizer order and had Cabbage rolls and Potato wedges. Everything was tasty and the drinks had a decent amount of alcohol and considering how much it cost it ought to! Minimum spend was 300 AED which is about $80 USD. Drinks started around 115 AED. The appetizers were about 60 AED each. I finished off with a Hemmingway Daquiri. All toll I spent 438 AED which is about $115-120. Pricey but about what you’d spend in an upscale NYC hotel bar for drinks and bites, and certainly less than what it would cost for the experience of staying at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
When everything is said and done, I’d probably go back to experience Gold on 27 and perhaps even book a night or two there to see what it’s like. The experience was nice, the staff was wonderful and it was a great way to end my last evening in Dubai.
Tip: Switch to your stilettos in the Taxi cab/Uber/Careem. I wore a pair of low wedges before my arrival and after I left in order to do more sightseeing.
Tip: Always account for traffic in the time it takes you to get anywhere in Dubai. Especially in the evening.
Note: Like most places (and many cars, tour buses etc) in Dubai, there is free WiFi at the Burj Al Arab, so feel free to connect and post on Instagram, your blog or connect with friends and family without running up your mobile data bill.
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