[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mahiki is the brain child of Piers Adams, David Phelps and Nick House – and their collective group of super-successful restaurants and bars around the world paved the way for this Dubai institution which opened back in 2011.

Situated at the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Mahiki is a Polynesian paradise with traditional style bamboo, totems and tribal decoration mixed with more modern graffiti style paintings on the walls and booths surrounding the outer edge of this popular bar. You’ll be greeted at the door by hostesses below an apt ‘Aloha’ sign before you are transported down the stairs to be engulfed in the strong theming and ever stronger scent of fresh coconuts.

Mahiki Dubai comes in two parts; the first being the main bar area being absolutely perfect for a sit down and catch up with your pals over some tiki cocktails and light bites. We’d strongly suggest sticking around until 11pm or midnight, as Mahiki reveals a whole new vibrant space with a dance floor and DJ area – just in time for the party to continue into the early hours.

The crowd at a Mahiki is young and full of party spirit. Even in the middle of the week you’ll find glamorously dressed girls and dapper guys adorning the booths and propping up the bar. The official dress code is smart-elegant with no sportswear allowed, so get dressed up if you want to enjoy a night at this stunning oasis.

There seems to be a never ending amount of staff both behind the bar and on the floor, and despite how busy Mahiki can get, you’re never left waiting long for drinks or food. Each drink is expertly made and comes with the added ooh’s and aah’s of being presented in various tiki style cups, coconuts or bowls. The more outrageous the name normally brings a more outrageous serving style – we just wish we could collect them all up and take them home!

Mahiki has an incredible weekly line up of events, kicking off with Industry night on a Sunday and then their infamous ladies night by Love Parties on a Tuesday with complimentary drinks until 1am (50% off thereafter). Juice Box follows on a Wednesday for ‘freshly squeezed’ RnB & Hip-Hop tunes and a for Fridays it’s Mahiki’s Glitter Disco Night, with glittery treats for ladies on arrival and bottomless drinks packages from 7-Midnight. Special events fill the calendar at this Jumeirah Beach Hotel jaunt, so make sure you check out their Facebook page for the latest and greatest.

The Cocktails

Pina Colada – Grog mixed with coconut cream and freshly pressed pineapple juice.
Mahiki’s world famous grog is blended on site, mixing five of the best Caribbean rums made from a recipe handed down from Papa Jule to Big Daddy G. This mixed with the smooth coconut cream and sharp pineapple juice is a soothing start to any night out, taking your mind straight to a Polynesian beach (you can almost hear the waves hitting the sand!) Of course this amazing concoction isn’t simply served in a glass – you’ll receive your tipple in a full pineapple to really get that holiday feeling.

Zombie – White, Gold & Over-proof Rums shaken with maraschino, grapefruit, syrups and absinthe.
This classic cocktail is served worldwide at various Mahiki’s and other Tiki style bars alike, but we really think that Mahiki have got that upper edge on their version of Don The Beachcomber’s original recipe. Not for the faint-hearted (come on – there’s absinthe!) this cocktail will seriously knock your socks off with the intense flavours, but the mixologists are pure genius and have the ratios of ingredients down to a tee, offering a smooth flavour throughout.

Mahiki Treasure Chest – Mahiki Grog, brandy, peach liqueur shaken with lemon and sugar. Topped with champagne or prosecco.
This has to be seen to be believed! This drink (can we even call it a drink due to the pure size of it?!) isn’t just served to table – it’s paraded with the addition of what seems like most of Mahiki’s staff helping carry it with flashing lights, copious amounts of cheering and all eyes on you! The prosecco or champagne is theatrically poured into the mixture of rum, brandy and liqueurs before straws the length of your arm are plonked into the mixture for you to enjoy. And enjoy you will!

The Food

Chicken Sliders
More than just a bite, Mahiki’s chicken sliders are perfect to share with your friends at the table. Chunky pieces of juicy grilled chicken breast are sandwiched in a sesame seed bun, with melted cheese and Mahiki’s BBQ sauce. Fresh lettuce adds the perfect amount of crunch alongside the slightly toasted bun – and unlike a lot of sliders around the city, you’ll certainly be filled up with this bigger-than-bitesize burgers.

EBI Tempura Roll – Deep fried prawn, cucumber & yamagobo – rolled with tempura flakes and topped with spicy mayo
Perfectly rolled and perfectly presented, the EBI Tempura Roll is cut into bite-size pieces – an ideal pick for sharing dishes on the table. The Tempura prawns are crispy, crunchy and still warm inside the roll with the Yamagobo giving the dish it’s distinct Japanese flavour. You’ll get a kick from the tempura flakes and mayonnaise, which gives the Tempura Roll some smoothness alongside that added hint of spice.

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