This new entertainment hub in Dubai set to open on October 1 is hilarious

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Brass Monkey, a new entertainment hub in Dubai will be opened for public on October 1, and is full of fun and joy. Located on Bluewaters Island, right underneath the picturesque Ain Dubai Ferris wheel, this licensed hangout spot features a bowling alley, virtual reality racing simulators, plenty of retro arcade games, pool and snooker, two dining venues and more, all spread across two storeys. ‘Grow young again’ is the motto of this game center, which may be exactly what you’d be going to experience there.

Available games

The interiors have a retro vibe, complete with exposed pipes, brick walls and a lot of neon lighting, while taking pride of place on the ground floor is the 12-lane bowling alley. Plenty of arcade games are set up towards the side, while a raised platform in another corner serves as the setting for live performances.

Upstairs, guests will find more pool tables, a DJ booth and a temporary-tattoo booth overlooking the bowling alley. There’s also an upstairs arcade section serving up a blast from the past, with games such as Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter. The space also has two virtual reality racing simulators.

Those looking to play can purchase a “play card” for Dh100, with credit that can be redeemed at machines. The card can be topped up and credit doesn’t expire when you leave.

Dining available

Brass Monkey is equipped with excellent service to feed you with glorious bites when you feel hunger after nerve wracking games. Americana, located on the ground floor, is a casual joint that serves a number of skewers, tacos, nachos, sliders and pizzas, with prices starting at Dh25. There are also vegan options, from the mushroom pizza to the Beyond Meat slider. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy churros or an Eighties banana split.

If you’re looking for something more upscale, head upstairs to Bushido, a Japanese restaurant with booths overlooking the bowling alley. On the menu are starters such as duck bao buns, grilled prawns, upside-down gyoza and edamame.

Mains include baked sea bass, chicken ramen, charred miso salmon and spicy lamb noodles. There’s also Brass Monkey’s Signature Chicken, a dish featuring chicken stuffed and rolled with glass noodles, red curry, sweet potato and Cantonese sauce. Prices range from Dh45 to Dh150 for mains.

Safety measures

In line with government regulations to stem the spread of the coronavirus, temperature checks will be carried out upon entry and face masks must be worn at all times, except when guests are seated at a table and dining.

Tables have also been spaced apart, and sanitizer dispensers placed on each one.

According to a representative, alternate lanes in the bowling alley will remain empty to reinforce social distancing. Attractions, including all games, will be disinfected after every use.

Timings

Brass Monkey will open Sunday to Wednesday, from 2pm-1am; Thursdays from 2pm-3am; Fridays, noon-3am; and Saturdays, noon-1am.