Nippon Bottle Company

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Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nippon Bottle Company Dubai Reviews

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'Japanese' bar in Dubai Sep 19, 2015
The Nippon Bottle Co. in Dubai seems to have it all. "Secret" location behind bookcase? Check. Reasonable selection of whisky? Check. Vaguely Japanese sounding branding? Check. Yet my experience of this so-called speak-easy whisky bar at Dusit Thani Hotel lacked vital elements to make this a must visit location on the whisky aficionado's to do list. First and foremost, the whisky selection is a ruse. Most of the whisky on offer is only available as full bottles, not individual drinks - which is cool if you're an oil magnate and willing to pay AU$600 for a bottle of Johnny Black, or somewhere in the vicinity of AU$1000 for a single malt. Secondly, many of the popular whiskies (particularly the Japanese ones) were sold out. And thirdly, no-one wants to be the only customer in a bar at 10pm on a Saturday night. Which is exactly what I was. Now, to be fair, most Dubai locals tend to go out on Thursday and Friday rather than Saturday night. So that explains the 6:1 ratio of staff to customers. Also, the lack of music and hushed conversation were due to the recent tragedy that occurred, rather than a strategic move to ensure their secret location was not given away by the sound of good times.

This bar's only saving grace was the staff. I managed to score many free drinks simply by chatting to the head bartender about whisky, including some beverages that I would have quite happily avoided (such as charcoal infused black tequila). All in all, the Nippon Bottle Company was an expensive night out, and somewhat disappointing, yet redeemed by the friendliness of the staff. Thursday nights go off apparently. And they have a happy hour around 6pm. Otherwise, maybe stick to your hotel bar on a Saturday night.
The fake bookcase, behind which th…
Some of the many bottles on displa…
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