Fai Lounge, The Palace Hotel, Downtown Dubai

by Pawan Manghnani on May 3rd, 2016

About

​FAI is the Thai word for fire, a fitting name for a place that is encircled by water and enlivened by fire. Set within the serene and verdant gardens of The Palace Downtown Dubai, FAI is a chic and intimate cocktail lounge with elegant sofas and a stunning outdoor verandah. The vibrant lounge offers good music, great cocktails, and breathtaking views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Lake.

Review

There’s no dearth of Pubs/Lounges/Bars in Dubai, but its amazing how each one strives to be different than the other. One of them is this quaint little place called Fai bar in The Palace hotel in the Downtown area. Even the walkway leading upto this place is completely gorgeous! There is an amazing Thai restaurant called Thiptara just a wall away. (Just Saying)
​The Ambiance:
Fai is definitely one of the most attractive places I’ve been to, for the mere fact that the outdoor bit of the place is surrounded by water and gives you the luxury to experience the Dubai dancing fountains from your seat, time and again not to forget the exquisite view of the Burj Khalifa. It personally brings out a very romantic vibe within that place. The music grows louder with every passing hour but they do pause it during the time of the fountains or tone it down a bit. “Fai” in Thai means Fire, and seeing the fire lamps in the water, that surround this place; the name seems justifiable. The crowd seems mixed but mature! Have been there twice and never seen a fresher around (which is awesome)
​The Alcohol:
So the first time i visited the place, my wife and I sat in the outside bit and were informed by the bar tenders that we are lucky to have walked in at the time(6pm- we were actually strolling around downtown before that). We had a groupon voucher, so basically we got six drinks for a meagre price, and it was totally worth it! 

We had the following: 
“From the vine” Raspberry flavoured vodka and lemon- can’t really go wrong with that!
“Aperol fizz” which had bubbly in it- Amazing !!!
“Truly Passion” which had some Thai kick to it- outstanding as well! 
Pity we didn’t try any food at the time but the drinks were quite potent and we were swaying after the repeat order of both of them.
​The second time I visited the place was as a continuation to the Zomato Meetup at Thiptara where we received free vouchers for couple of drinks & sheesha at Fai lounge. ​Ordered the Mojito which was overly sweet, had to leave it after 2 sips and then some Passionfruit drink which was really good. While the cocktails were overly sweet and felt more like MOCKtails. The interesting thing about the sheesha was that apart from the funky design it had been filled up with cognac making it a double whammy in terms of getting us high. Literally, 5 puffs each and we all were set for a gooooood kick.
​The Service:
Cant complain! The servers and the managerial staff was on point and made sure everyone was well taken care of! The drinks did get a bit slow later in the evening when the crowd pulled in but nothing too overwhelming.

Rating

​Cuisine–
Finger Food

Service & Hospitality –
Average

Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Excellent

Ambiance –
Good

Value for Money –
Average

Quality & Taste of Food –
Average


Cost–
About AED150-200 Per PAX

Verdict–
It could get a bit pricey-yes! But the view and the ambiance make it worth it. Also, there are a ton of options in Souq-Al-Bahar where you could hop to once you are done gawking at the dancing fountains! 
​Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) embark on a unique adventure trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out our various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


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michelle - May 12th, 2016 at 1:51 AM
Overall drinks are bad

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