Trader Vic’s Al Ain

A Polynesian spot that’s an Al Ain institution, with good reason

When you visit Trader Vic’s, you know what you’re going to get. The outlets vary slightly from location to location, but what you’re guaranteed is Polynesian décor, a warm welcome and tiki-tastic drinks.

There are six branches across the UAE, but one of the most beloved is in Al Ain. It helps that there’s not a wealth of options in the area, meaning that the bar is always packed – but the friendly staff and ace menu keep us coming back, too.

The brand, which was established in 1934 by Vic “The Trader” Bergeron, has gathered a massive following over the years. Although it might be a little dated in some areas, it’s in the best possible “old-school” kind of way.

It’s on the bright side for a bar (the room might benefit from a bit of mood lighting) but the vibe is upbeat and buzzing.
It can be hard to find a seat, as it’s always so busy, but pull up a stool to the bar, if you can, and watch the mixologists at work. Order a drink and your exotic mixed beverage will most likely come in a quirky vessel.

The drinks menu has a wide range of mixed beverages, so take some time to peruse it properly. Drinks at Trader Vic’s aren’t the cheapest you’ll find, but neither are they bank-breaking, so it’s a good mid-range spot for date nights or a catch up with friends. Don’t miss the snacks either – the jalapeño cheese balls are a favourite, as are the chicken skewers, best dipped into rich peanut sauce with a chilli kick.

With all the décor you’ve come to know and love (think ceiling-strung canoes and lobster pots hanging from the ceiling) and a fun and friendly crowd, it’s a fail-safe spot for pre- or post-dinner drinks.

The bottom line
A popular bar that’s an oldie, but a goodie.

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