Dubai’s best indoor bars with a view

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The pick of the city’s sundowner spots, complete with AC…

August is officially the hottest month of the year, so we’re sticking firmly to the comfort of our AC while we seek out our new sundowners spots. But that doesn’t mean skipping on views. Dubai has plenty of indoor bars with some amazing views around the city – so, we’ve rounded them up for you.

From the Burj Al Arab to Business Bay, here are Dubai’s best indoor bars with a view.

Above 21

Popular for its sleek al fresco bar The Penthouse, FIVE hotel on Palm Jumeirah is also home to a lesser known indoor spot, Above 21. Split over two floors, the focus here is on cigars and whiskeys, with a host of premium and rare offerings of both available. While the lower floor on level 13f the hotel is open to all, level 14 is a members-only space, featuring a walk-in humidor.

Above 21, FIVE, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 2pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 455 9989. fivehotelsandresorts.com

At.mosphere

The world’s tallest restaurant and lounge, you’ll find yourself 122 floors high when you enjoy a drink at At.mosphere. But you’ll pay a premium for the privilege – signature cocktails start from Dhs100.

Level 122, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, daily 7am to 2am. Tel: (04) 888 3828. Atmosphereburjkhalifa.com 

Buddha Bar

The upscale Buddha-bar features a four metre-tall gilded statue of Buddha, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out to Dubai Marina. The upstairs bar was totally revamped last year and is decked out with gold columns with dragons on each side, wine displays and high bar stools adorned in tassels. Chilled house beats dictate the tempo through the week, with a livelier vibe taking over on the weekends.

Buddha-Bar, Tower One, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, Sat to Weds 7.30pm to  2am, Thurs and Fri 7.30pm to 3am. Tel: 043176000. Buddhabar-dubai.com

Gold On 27

One of the Burj Al Arab’s most luxurious spots, Gold On 27 offers views of the Arabian Gulf thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows. The aptly named gold bar is (unsurprisingly) drenched in gold interiors, and you’ll have to have a reservation for the exclusive spot before being granted entrance.

Gold on 27, Level 27, Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, daily 6pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 301 7600. Goldon27.com

Iris

Iris makes bold claims to be the best lounge and restaurant in Dubai and features a unique menu of international dishes and tasteful cocktails and mocktails. You’ll find live entertainment twice a week, and impressive views of the Dubai skyline.

Iris, Level 27, The Oberoi Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, Sun to Weds 5pm to 2am, Thurs 5pm to 3am, Fri 1pm to 3am, Sat 3pm to 2am. Tel: (056) 951 1442. Irisdubai.com

The Observatory Bar & Grill

Equal parts restaurant and bar, you’ll get some of the Marina’s best views from the 52nd floor of the Marriott Harbour Hotel, where you’ll find The Observatory. The views are pretty special, so be sure to bag a table by the window.

Observatory Bar & Grill, Level 52, Dubai Marriott Harbour, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina, daily 12pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 319 4000. Marriottharbourdubaidining.com

Q43

Media City watering hole Q43 is modelled on an American-style loft, with a central bar, cushy leather sofas and scattered with pool tables. It serves up a weekday two-for-one happy hour, value Friday evening brunch  and a new Saturday ladies’ night offering bottomless drinks for Dhs59 from 8pm to 3am.

Q43 43, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Sun to Weds 11am to 2am, Thurs, 11am to 3am, Fri and Sat 5pm to 3am. Tel: 04 443 5403. Q43dubai.com

V Lounge

Formerly W Lounge, V lounge is a huge space occupying the entire 30th floor of the recently rebranded V Hotel. There’s a daily happy hour from 5pm to 8pm, where you’ll get some great drinks deals served up from a central bar, alongside top sundowner views.

V Lounge, V Hotel by Curio Collection, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Sat to Weds 8am to 2am, Thurs and Fri 8am to 3am. Tel: (04) 435 5577. curiocollection3.hilton.com

Vault

The Vault delivers some stunning views of the city from its enviable location on levels 71 and 72 of the JW Marriott Marquis. Go on a Tuesday, and ladies can enjoy three complimentary drinks, while on Thursdays, a bottle of wine and cheese platter is priced at Dhs175.

Level 71 and 72, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai, daily 5pm to 3am. (04) 414 3000. Jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

Weslodge

Popular with Dubai’s hipster crowd is Canadian-inspired Weslodge. It’s a great spot for a fun night out – with DJ Keza taking to the decks on Thursday for a retro hip hop night, and a lively ladies’ night on Wednesdays which offers two free drinks for all ladies’ or four free drinks and 50 per cent off main courses when dining.

Level 69, JW Marriott Marquis Tower B, Business Bay, daily 5.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 560 1700. weslodge.ae

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