Dubai – The H Dubai Hotel is welcoming the Electric Pawn Shop to its hospitality venue, with the aim of blending underground music with innovative drinking and dining experiences. Envisaged by influential DJ Lobito Brigante and Beirut bar owner Lynn Lin, the concept seeks to augment conventional nightlife experiences in the Middle Eastern region.
Notable design elements include fragmented concrete island bars, an indoor amphitheatre and a sci-fi style cocktail lab, while drink highlights include experimental cocktails with playful names such as ‘Shanghai Superfly’ and ‘Strait Outta Malacca’. Here, the bar subverts the traditionally luxurious aesthetics commonly associated with Dubai hotels. By doing so, the bar is likely to attract a younger, more alternative crowd to the UAE.
Lynn Lin, co-founder of Electric Pawn Shop, says: ‘We’re challenging the status quo of bar lifestyles one shop at a time, starting with Electric Pawn Shop,’ highlighting this could just be the start of a wave of new hotel bars that are becoming destinations in their own right.
When creating new hospitality spaces, consider working with local creatives to bring your space to life and establish a unique identity. Avoid overused visual cues that are emblematic of old luxury