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Bidi Bondi – Where Timing is Everything

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by  on November 20, 2015
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Opening Hours

Mon-Wed: 10:00 - 00:00
Thurs-Fri: 10:00 - 01:00
Sat-Sun: 10:00 - 00:00

Price

50-199 AED

Location

Clubhouse Al Manhal, Shoreline buildings

Telephone

04 427 0515

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Positives

Great for watching the big games
Perfect for when it requires a big session
Off peak, a great place for a quiet drink
Drinks reasonably priced

Negatives

Loud and rowdy on a weekend
Can be a little ugly
Food overpriced
Service very hit and miss

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Atmosphere
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Decor
B+
Quality of ingredients
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B
Choice
B+
Cleanliness
B-
Value
B-
Service
C-
Bottom Line

Great for the big games, or if you're young and thirsty.

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What we say

If you like your bar/restaurants loud, rowdy and on a game day full of testosterone, Bidi Bondi could be your regular.  99 times out of 100 the banter is full of great spirit that only very occasionally spills into bad temper.  It shifts up a gear from midday onward on either day of the weekend, as well as on big game days and nights. At these times you want to time your entrance like you’re really catching a wave. Get it right and it can be exhilarating, get it wrong and you’ll have left long before you can crash and burn. (You could of course “paddle like crazy” to catch up).

Outside the busy hours this is a nice pub/restaurant to sit in and chill with friends, family or even by yourself. Well designed, good space, bright, colourful – with good wi-fi. Food is solid pub grub with an antipodean twist, but like anything else on this side of the Palm, way too expensive for what it is.

Don’t order the coffee. It’s terrible.

 

What they say

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“If Bondi is an Aboriginal word describing the sound of water breaking over rocks (it is, apparently), then perhaps Bidi Bondi should be renamed to describe the sound of a perfect sizzling steak or tender burger being placed onto a soft bun… Bidi Bondi serves up burgers, ‘sangers’ and pub grub as well as anyone in Dubai… Oozes surf chic …  Bidi possesses an un-replicable community feel. Like an ‘old man’s pub’ for young men (and women). TimeOutDubai.com, 2014

 

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“Bidi Bondi brings a touch of surfer dude chillout to the Palm Jumeirah. It offers a very laid-back, relaxed atmosphere and superb views of The Palm and the coast beyond. The outdoor deck is a particularly good spot for some slow, refreshing sundowners and a bite to eat.”  Alpha Magazine, 2011

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Orwell Huxley
A journalist and editor who has lived in Dubai for 20 years and on the Palm for the last 6. Having bought his own home on the island, he really feels it is home, loves it, and believes it could well become the best place on the planet.

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