Happy hour in Dubai: 20 of the best
From all-day drink deals to discounts on dinners, here are 20 happy hours in Dubai you should know about.
From JBR to Jumeirah, there are so many fantastic deals to be found in Dubai’s bars – as long as you know where to look.
We’ve rounded up 20 of the best happy hours in Dubai for their incredible views, foodie-friendly offers, drink deals that keep on giving, and even a couple of brand new options.
Best for… the views
With unobstructed views across Dubai Marina and JBR, The Observatory has some pretty impressive Insta-opportunities from its 52nd floor location. The daily happy hour runs from 4pm to 7pm, with wine and cocktails starting from Dhs30. There’s also a daily ‘power hour’, with selected drinks for Dhs25 between 7pm and 8pm.
Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 4pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 319 4795. More info on website
folly by Nick & Scott
From 3pm to 7pm, you can enjoy folly by Nick & Scott’s special ‘Sundowners’ menu, which includes the signature Prosecco Pop (an ice lolly served up in a glass of prosecco) for Dhs25. The rooftop, overlooking the beautiful Madinat waterways, is one of our favourite spots in the city to take visitors.
folly by Nick and Scott, Madinat Jumeirah, daily 3pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 430 8535. More info on website
This leafy outdoor Business Bay bar has some pretty Insta-worthy views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown skyline to go with its daily happy hour. There’s discounted prices on beverages including wine, house spirits, beers, selected cocktails, and mulled wine for winter. There’s also an offer on food (three starters for Dhs110).
Taj Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai, daily 6pm to 9pm. Tel: 050 648 3083. More info on website
You can enjoy 50 per cent off a wide selection of house drinks and signature cocktails, as well as a range of dishes such as nachos and mini burgers at Jumeirah’s 360’s daily ‘Seek the Sunset’ happy hour. Located at the end of a pier off Jumeirah Beach Hotel, there’s a trendy soundtrack and some of the best panoramic views of the Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf.
360º, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, daily 5pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 406 8741. More info on website
This popular British spot runs a happy hour deal every weekday, with selected wine, spirits and beers from Dhs25. But really, it’s all about the views. There’s a large open terrace that sweeps around the restaurant, offering up some pretty impressive vistas of Dubai Marina. It’s another great option for visitors.
4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Sun to Thurs 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Tel: (04) 222 2328. More info on website
Best for… the food
If you’re looking for some dutch courage to tackle those karaoke classics, Lucky Voice offers a daily two-for-one deal on a selection of beverages. But they feed your stomach as well as your inner Mariah Carey, with two-for-one on all pizzas during happy hour too.
6th Floor, Grand Millenium, Barsha Heights, Mon to Thurs 2pm to 8pm, Fri 4pm to 8pm, Sat and Sun 5pm to 8pm. Tel: 800-58259. More info on website
Happy hour runs daily from 6pm to 9pm at Weslodge and offers a special menu of drinks and bites all priced at Dhs35. Bites include Weslodge’s signature take on dishes such as mac and cheese, sliders and southern fried chicken, paired with selected cocktails and stunning views of the Dubai skyline from the 68th floor.
68th floor, Tower B, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, daily 6pm to 9pm. Tel: (04) 560 1700. More info on website
This Polynesian lounge is best known for its late-night, party-hard vibes, but it also serves up a pretty good happy hour deal beforehand. Guests can enjoy 50 per cent off selected cocktails and tiki bites, which include soft shell crab sliders, fried pepper squid and edamame, from 7pm till 10pm every day except Monday.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, Tues to Sun, 7pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 380 7731. More info on website
For Downtown dwellers, this Lebanese export offers half price drinks daily from 5pm till 8pm, making it a popular hang out for the after-work DIFC crowd. They also have a happy hour menu of bites such as sliders, quinoa salad and samosas starting from Dhs17.
Gate Village Building 5, above Gaucho, DIFC, daily 5pm to 8pm. Tel: 055 455 6106. More info on website
Alongside their daily ‘Sip the Sunset’ happy hour, which offers two-for-one on selected drinks from 5pm to 8pm, Zero Gravity has also introduced a food deal. From Sunday to Wednesday between 7pm and 10pm, enjoy 50 per cent off the venue’s food menu with dishes such as wagyu beef burgers, chicken quesadilla and crispy calamari.
Sky Dive Dubai, Sun to Weds 7pm to 10pm, 50 per cent off food, daily 5pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 318 1313. More info on website
Best for… all-day value
The aptly named Long’s Bar in the Towers Rotana has one of Dubai’s longest happy hours. Running from 12pm to 3am, guests can enjoy a 30 per cent discount on selected house beverages all day, every day.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 343 8000. More info on website
From Saturday to Thursday, McGettigan’s JLT runs an eight-hour happy hour from noon until 8pm with drinks starting from Dhs20. Guests can enjoy a selection of premium drinks, including bubbly and wine from Dhs20, and premium draught pints from Dhs35.
Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, daily except Friday, 12pm to 8pm. Tel: (04 378 0800). More info on website
West Beach Bistro
Located within the Movenpick on The Walk, JBR, this hidden-away sports bar and bistro offers up one of the Marina’s best happy hour deals. It runs for nine hours daily from noon, with beers, wines, and spirits from Dhs35.
Movenpick, JBR, Dubai, daily 12pm to 9pm. Tel: (04) 449 8830. More info on website
Mint Leaf of London
The happy hour at this upscale DIFC restaurant and lounge is so good it never ends. House beverages are on offer daily from Dhs25 and include beers, wines, classic cocktails and a selection of premium mixed drinks. It’s coupled with picture-perfect views of the Burj Khalifa and a weekly schedule of live entertainment from saxophonists to acoustic sets.
15th floor, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, daily 12pm till late. Tel:(04) 706 0900. More info on website.
Every hour is happy hour at this casual JLT bar, with selected house drinks at Dhs25 all day every day from a selection of beer, wines and spirits. Coupled with a lively atmosphere and hearty comfort food, there’s also a brand new ‘madness hours’ with drinks at Dhs19 from 6pm to 8pm every day except Friday, when they’re Dhs19 from 4pm to 7pm.
Mövenpick Hotel, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, daily 12pm to 3am. Tel:(04) 438 0000. More info on website
Best for… brand new deals
Brought to you by the same people behind Lucky Voice, this brand new JLT spot (which replaces Cocktail Kitchen) has a daily happy hour from 12pm to 8pm, with a two-for-one offer valid on all drinks.
Armada Blue Bay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, daily 12pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3999 577. More info on Facebook
Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR
Quickly becoming one of the busiest bars in town, the super-sized Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR runs its happy hour every night of the week. There’s buy-one-get-one-free drinks every day from 4pm to 8pm, valid on a selection of house drinks.
Rixos Premium, JBR, daily 4pm to 8pm. Tel: (058) 836 2891. More info on website
Toro & Ko
This Barcelona-inspired tapas bar in City Walk has just launched a daily happy hour, ‘GRIN + TONIC’, between 4pm and 8pm, with discounts available on a variety of house beverages, including hops, wine, house spirits, espresso and vodka martinis.
The Square, City Walk, daily 4pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 590 5433. More info on website
Coco on 8
Formerly known as the Dek on 8, the poolside outdoor lounge at Media One Hotel has had a Miami-inspired makeover, and now goes by the name of Coco on 8. It runs a daily happy hour deal from 5pm to 8pm called 30/30, where you can enjoy selected beverages and bites for Dhs30. If you’re heading down on a Saturday, it’s valid all day.
Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, daily 5pm to 8pm. Tel:(04) 427 1000. More info on website
Funky new fusion tapas bar Cuisinero Uno has a daily happy hour from 3pm to 7pm, offering 50 per cent off selected beers, spirits, grape and Jack Daniels.
2nd Floor, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, 3pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 431 7816. More info on Facebook