The Warehouse

Review: The chic and stylish grape and tapas bar is the Time Out Abu Dhabi Bar of the Year 2019

Cool grape and tapas bar The Warehouse is officially our Bar of the Year for 2019, and from the moment you walk through the cave-like entrance, it’s quite obvious why.

The barrels, bottles of grape and stone walls of the circular corridor make it feel like you’re entering a historic European grape cellar, and it’s very inviting.

This venue clearly likes to do things a bit differently, and the decorations are understated but classy, with more grape barrels covering the walls and plenty of soft leather booth and sofas.

It’s all quite quirky and themed around the venue’s passion for grape variteties from around the world, and quality plates of Spanish-inspired tapas.

On our latest visit, there’s football playing up on a huge projected screen, and the place is buzzing with people – either here for a drink, watching a match or munching on sharing plates.

Most of the clipboard-style menu is dedicated to beverages, and it’s clear why this is a dreamy place to hangout for anyone with a keen passion for grape.

There’s a long list of red, white, sparkling and bubbly options  from around the world, some creative Spanish grape mixtures, mixed drinks and plenty of hops.

Whatever your choice, this is the kind of place you won’t mind lingering at. That quick drink can turn into a whole night very easily. 

If you don’t order food, you might change your mind upon seeing orders flying out of the kitchen. We certainly feel jealous of the mini sliders and flatbreads on the tables around us, so order some avocado hummus and a goats’ cheese and red onion flatbread to go with our drinks.

There’s a mix of healthy and indulgent bar snacks on the menu, and the silky smooth dip is utterly tremendous here. The base of the flatbread is beautifully fresh and crispy, and our server is attentive and happy to assist us with any requests.

Even though the menu and placemats are decorated with stereotypically manly symbols such as moustaches and stags’ antlers, there’s nothing ‘laddy’ about the place at all. In fact, with ladies’ nights on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and a classy yet unpretentious atmosphere, we’d say it’s suitable for everyone. Whether you want nice food, a super drinks deal, or a place to watch sport, The Warehouse is perfect for every occasion. A deserving winner.

A trendy grape and tapas bar

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