The Agency

Price guide: Mid-range

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Price guide: Mid-range

The Agency

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#14 of 40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
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Ambience:
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Service:
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Nightlife, Trendiness

Expert review of The Agency

A popular wine bar with some excellent views.

At some point in your visit to Dubai, you'll probably find yourself in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a winding maze of stone-walled corridors themed on the traditional Arabic market, surrounded by a series of Venetian-style waterways (complete with gondolas), and packed full of excellent restaurants and bars. If wine's your thing, then you'll be pushed to find a better spot than The Agency, located towards the back of the complex, with incredible views out towards the Gulf and the Burj Al Arab hotel. 

Food and drink: 

Wine is the main event here and the menu is international and excellent. There are snacks to be had too, mainly of the lah-di-dah variety, including crab, prawns and foie gras. A popular choice is the cheese fondu, which comes in a bubbling pot with an endless supply of bread. 

Ambience: 

This is a popular nightspot and gets noisy with chatter and the clink of glasses from about 7pm onwards. It gets a mixed crowd of tourists and the local business community, with suits happily mingling with shorts and flip flops.  

Service: 

Almost always excellent. Don't expect to ever have to top up your own wine glass.  

Location: 

The Agency is sat at the back of the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, by the Jumeirah Beach coastline. 

Price advice: 

Bottles vary from the reasonably to the astronomical. Generally, a bottle of the house variety will cost around 120 dirhams, but there are always different deals on. Currently, on Wednesdays you can get either five glasses from a variety of wines, or a bottle from the list, for 100 dirhams. 

Tables to book: 

If the temperature is on your side, try to get a table outside to experience the views. 

Other useful branches: 

There's another branch in Jumeirah Emirates Towers. 

More information on The Agency:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Wine bar
Food:
Snacks
Address:
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Telephone:
04 366 6730
Website:
http://www.jumeirah.com/en/Hotels-and-Resorts/Destinations/Dubai/Madinat-Jumeirah/
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am, Thu-Fri 6pm-3am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Wine

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