Speakeasy in Dubai
I searched the web - and directly found their very own website.
Which. Puts. Their. Name. To. Shame.
So Wednesday they have a ladies night. How in the name of hell, they would do a ladies night in a speakeasy? But it is not only that. I see bright colorful [hello artificial] drinks on there, and a dart board and a rowdish crowd with beers cheering; or "impressing" girls.
How is Dubai to screw up the character of a speakeasy bar?
Now, it is important to understand - what exactly a speakeasy is and why is it called like that [maybe the guys of the Ramada should have researched this as well and might just used a different name for their venue]?
Speakeasies were clandestine bars, which served alcohol, in the prohibition era in the United States.
Yes - there was no alcohol allowed in the US of A. It would be here too much to explain in length the political and society enmeshment of the noble experiment - but this is the reason, why you would look up the wikipedia article.
Anyway - as alcohol was prohibited and the bars obviously illegal, patrons supposed to keep silent, while drinking - and if the alcohol and other factors let somebody be too boisterous and loud, the bartender reminded the guest to "speak easy" to avoid discovery of the police.
Nowadays, speakeasies are a sign for cocktail revival and craft bartending. Usually there are also strict house rules, which ensure an adequate and sophisticated night out, where gents can practice their politeness and style and ladies remain unbothered of malapropos braggers.
Examples for speakeasies are Milk & Honey [both London & NYC], PDT, Employees only, Bourbon and Branch and so on - and well, you could blindly assume, that you could not count "Speakeasy" to them.