Velocity sports bar and restaurant at Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi - Eat, drink and watch sport in the fast lane

Matt Jones 20/05/2017
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Watch all your favourite sports teams on one of Velocity's 38 screens

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).

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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.

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REVIEWS: Reebok Floatride

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Choosing the right footwear to fit your health and fitness needs is just as important as the goals you set yourself on a daily basis, whether it’s in sport or the workplace.

The Reebok Floatride is an excellent running shoe that combines the optimal mix of cushioning and responsiveness, marking yet another coup in Reebok’s long history in producing the best footwear in the market.

The shoe offers cushioning, stability and a bouncy heel to help you get the best out of your sporting performance.

In addition, the Floatride is combined with a sock like seam-free one piece ultraknit construction to offer support and breathable flexibility, and to help balance the foot throughout your running stride.

Having competed in many long distance races over the past year, these runners are the best I’ve used so far. Not only are the Floatride’s breathable but their comfortable design allows athletes to push to the maximum.

What impresses me about the Floatride is how the cushioning softens the impact while you run. Other shoes don’t offer enough support so your feet always feel heavy during your training session. With the cushioning on offer in this exceptional Reebok model, you can run with confidence.

The price itself – at AED 645 – is mid-range but if you are a passionate runner and want to achieve your goals, then these shoes are the ideal fit.

Coming in a lovely combination of blue and black with a white sole, the design is stylish – but very much built for getting the best out of your training experience.

Overall, I was extremely impressed by the Floatride’s comfort, design and support – and I would definitely recommend them for any runner in the UAE or the Middle East.

RATING 9/10

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REVIEWS: Local UAE brand Elevaete release Square One collection

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The highly-anticipated launch of Elevaete’s first collection has finally arrived with the brand releasing ‘Square One’ – a four-piece line made in the UAE aimed at supporting women in the Emirates on their fitness journeys.

Elevaete began with the purpose of providing products for empowerment and a community for encouragement, and after releasing their ‘Emira-Tee’ last December in honour of UAE National Day, they’ve now brought to life their very first collection.

UAE-born-and-raised duo Tanvi Malik and Dana Miskulnig are the masterminds behind Elevaete and their goal is to create pieces that cater to all women.

“Our first collection is a reflection of where we come from and where we want to go,” says Malik, the designer of the brand. “We are laying down the foundations to build a strong brand and make a positive impact on our community. We want to encourage everyone to celebrate their ‘Square Ones’ – this isn’t the bottom, it’s the start.”

Community is an important part of Elevaete’s ethos. They’ve brought together leaders in the UAE fitness industry along with fitness enthusiasts in their Stretch+Talk Series and are keen to play a part in connecting active and inspiring women here in the Emirates.

Here’s a look at their new collection:

BRING IT UP TANK

This tank is designed to take you from zero to burpees real quick. The asymmetrical hem can be worn loose or tied up for when things get serious. Mesh panel in the back allows for ventilation, round neck gives enough coverage to work with any bra and it’s finished off with the brand’s signature AE logo.

Colours: white, red & black or black, green & white

Sizes: XS-L

Price: Dh115

LEVEL UP LONG SLEEVE TEE

Inspired by traditional baseball tees, the raglan long sleeves give maximum stretch and mobility to this loose-fitted top. Whether you wear it as a cover up or while you train, the double-paneled back is open on both sides to allow cross-ventilation and the thumbholes keep it in place while you move.

Colours: white & red or black & green

Sizes: XS-L

Price: Dh160

THE BASE SHORT

Classic 5” shorts with a retro twist, color-blocking and a hidden interior pocket at the waistband so they can take you as far as you’re ready to go. These aren’t basic, these are your base.

Colours: black, red & white or black, green & blue

Sizes: XS-L

Price: Dh150

THE GROUNDWORK LEGGING
This legging comes in two options, one with mesh and one fully color-blocked, to give a little more class or a little more sass, depending on the look you’re going for. Hidden interior pocket and wide waistband for best support and signature AE logo to top it all off.

Colours: black, green & white or black, blue, red & white

Sizes: XS-L

Price: Dh235

All products are available for purchase at www.elevaete.com/shop and you can follow the brand on social media @elevaete on Instagram and on www.facebook.com/elevaete.

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