Reporter Matt Jones takes in a Champions League evening at Velocity, Abu Dhabi's newest sports bar and restaurant, located at the Marriott Downtown. A faux paux on their part - they clearly had no idea how much this man likes his chicken wings!
Do you ever go to your favourite or nearest sports bar to watch your team play but have to get there early because of the lack of good viewing angles to see the TV?
It’s annoying, right? The venue might be conveniently situated to home, may even have a cool vibe, a decent DJ and reasonably priced food beverages. But if you can’t see the TV when the game is on, it ruins the experience.
At Velocity – Abu Dhabi’s latest venue to cheer on your boys (or girls) – viewing options aren’t an issue at all as the bar has 38 different screens. Yes, you heard correctly, it has 38 different screens, including two mammoth 6×3 metre ones that you could probably watch the game on from Dubai! For the record, that’s the same size as a full-size football goal.
All this means is that wherever you’re sitting – whether it be in one of the comfy, white leather clad booths with your pals; on a stool propped up at the bar, or the superb upstairs viewing area with a length of the room balcony – you’ll never miss a single moment of the action.
Any night of the week is a good day to head down to Velocity, which is located at the Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, and has been open for the last six months or so.
Velocity kindly invited Sport360 along for a evening of hospitality, clearly trying to appeal to our sport-loving nature by informing us some of the best nights to attend are during Champions League evenings.
We went down on the night European powerhouses Barcelona clashed with Juventus and Bayern Munich took on Real Madrid in the first leg of the quarter-finals.
It was lively and entertaining, both on the field and at the venue, but even if you weren’t a sports fan, there are enough secluded spots for you to hide away from the many screens and just enjoy a quieter night catching up with friends.
We were treated to complimentary beverages as well as getting to sample the food menu. Me and a friend both decided on a burger for our main course, but started off with two portions of the chicken wings to start.
They would have been enough for a main meal in themselves and the varieties of sauces and style of cooking were breathtaking. We went for the Thai style and southern fried options and were mightily impressed.
Of course, despite feeling satisfied already, we soldiered on ahead with our burgers, and we were glad we did. I went for the Velocity Burger
(100 per cent wagyu beef patty, gruyere cheese, mushroom & thyme ragout and was again impressed while my friend picked the Home Run
(100 per cent wagyu beef patty, turkey bacon, monetary jack, onion, tomato chutney and the burger did exactly what it promised to – knocked it out of the park.
As if any of the above wasn’t enough, Velocity have deals on pretty much every night of the week, including: daily happy hour from 12:00 to 00:00 with Dh18 drinks (plus fees).
Monday is Grape Night: Dh10 for a glass (NETT) from 18:00-21:00; Wednesday is Ladies Night: ladies receive five complimentary house beverages and 50 per cent off entire menu; Thursday Dh10 pints (NETT) from 16:00-19:00.
Saturday Recovery Sessions: Relax , recover, rejuvenate and support your team while enjoying 50 per cent off menu price of all Velocity burgers and sandwiches. Plus the Velocity Mary for just Dh20.
Sunday Crafted Wings, buy 12 wings and get two craft beverages on the house.
Grant Forbes Reid, Velocity manager, said: “Velocity is a highly energetic and sophisticated sports bar and restaurant. Our food menu exists of three main components; gourmet burgers, lobster snacks and specialty wings, which is served alongside an extensive selection of draft and craft hops, and home infused cocktails.
“Whether you are looking to watch your favourite team play or looking for a night out with the girls, our state of the art audio visual system and flexible seating options enable a smooth transition from sports bar to a late night music venue.”
With the Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax and the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus all coming up, Velocity is the perfect place to watch.
Get down to Velocity at Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi and accelerate the enjoyment of watching your team or any night out.