I love being pleasantly surprised by a venue.
Thus, when I walked down the stairs to the newly converted Backyard at the Steigenberger, I had no idea what I was in for. Fortunately, this new urban garden terrace was everything I didn’t know I was looking for. Much like the difficult to describe layout at the classic Barasti, The Backyard is a funky bar meets lounge meets park meets ultimate chill out location. With high ceilings, picnic tables, a huge screen, dance floor, DJ booth, eclectic graffiti pieces, and a food truck, the location has all of the elements necessary for a great night or afternoon.
While Business Bay does have nearby Treehouse (among other outdoor venues), The Backyard seems a bit more upbeat and trendy (and you don’t have to walk through another restaurant to visit).
In case you needed a few more reasons to plan a visit, there is a ladies night on Thursday and Friday nights (with 2 complimentary drinks). Also, ice cream. Yup, what is a backyard without some Ben & Jerry’s, after all? Seriously — they’ve thought of everything! While I was able to try a few small bites off the menu, there are a number of dishes worth coming back to try (Ulitmate Backyard Burger, I’m looking at you).
I love when hotels get creative and offer something I didn’t even know the market needed. Well done, Steigenberger! I’m looking forward to my next visit.
Do you have a favorite spot in Business Bay?