Meet Axe House Dubai, a great little nightlife spot tucked away inside JLT. Read on to discover The Huntr’s full review…
In terms of aesthetics, Axe House Dubai is as urban and cool as they come. Think Shoreditch, London vibes. Graffiti art, raw wood tables, metal chairs, neon signs and pretty string lights. There’s also a section at the back called ‘The Den’, which offers pool and air hockey, plus we were amused to discover that you can book to do beer pong (190AED) or wine (from 225AED), sparkling wine (from 275AED) or spirit (from 725AED) pong, which includes the drinks and one hour of play. How fun?
We visited Axe House on a Monday night and we lucked out, because on Mondays this JLT gem throws its ‘Busker’s Code’ night. A talented singer was there with his acoustic guitar, belting out classics and providing an ‘Open Mic Night’ vibe. And the good vibes didn’t stop there, busy and buzzy even on a Monday evening, Axe House was bubbling with ‘after-work drinks’ type folk from the surrounding neighbourhood. The staff here really impressed us too. Our server Jenny was potentially the greatest server we’ve ever encountered in the city. Passionate about Axe House and its humongous amount of events and offers (more on that later), she was knowledgeable, friendly and provided the kind of service you would expect in a fine dining spot, but not necessarily a casual gem like this.
Not only does Monday night guarantee you some great live music, Axe House also offers ‘a burger and a beer’ deal for 99AED. We decided to sample some bites from the a la carte menu. From what we tried, we thoroughly recommend: the Halloumi Fries (48AED), which feature finger-shaped halloumi pieces, coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried, served with a tangy yoghurt and juicy pomegranate seeds, the Onion Rings (25AED), which were crispy and delicious. And the Sweet Potato Fries (25AED) and Axe House Fries (25AED). We did also try a couple of other dishes (tuna sashimi mini pizza, baja fish tacos and the chargrilled king prawns) that didn’t quite hit the mark, nonetheless, we shared our feedback with the Axe House team and for now we recommend sticking to the easy nibbles – which are the perfect accompaniment to the drinks on offer and the nightlife vibes.
Monday night isn’t the only night that there is something going on at Axe House. Far from it in fact. There’s a daily happy hour (2-for-1) from 12noon until 8pm. (So technically, there’s a daily happy eight hours). Plus a business lunch deal Sunday-Thursday, which offers a 2-course lunch for 65AED or a 3-course lunch for 85AED, 12-4pm. Tuesday is the ‘Friends With Benefits’ ladies night. Running from 5pm until midnight, ladies get 4 complimentary drinks and ladies and gentlemen also get 2-for-1 on house drinks until midnight. Mixed groups of guys and girls dining also receive 50% off main courses when dining as a group on Tuesday nights. Wednesday night offers a free bottle of wine for groups (between 2-20 people) who order the Axe House signature sharing platters. On Fridays between 1-4pm it’s brunch time – 250AED for the soft drinks package or 350AED for house drinks. Saturday is ‘The Morning After Brunch’, where between 10am-4pm you can enjoy a 2-hour ‘unlimited ordering package’ priced at 225AED for the mimosa packaged, 195AED for the bloody mary package and 150AED for soft drinks. The food includes breakfast classics like pancakes, eggs Benedict and French toast. Lastly, from 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays there’s a roast dinner deal – where 99AED gets you a roast dinner and a house drink (selected beer or wine).
The only negatives were the dishes that didn’t quite hit the mark, if the kitchen can elevate the food to a gastropub level and knock out consistently great plates, this would be an amazing all-rounder. As it stands, it’s still the perfect spot for after-work drinks or a night out, with casual nibbles and some of the best offers and nightly events in the city. Check it out.