10 great sundowner spots in Dubai to try
Treat yourself, it’s Thursday…
Work’s out and the weekend is in, and that calls for a toast to the start of the weekend. And what’s better than after work drinks on a Thursday? Thursday evening drinks with a side of brilliant sunset views.
So, for your viewing pleasure, we’ve rounded up 10 awesome outdoor bars that are perfect for evening sundowners while we enjoy the last few winter evenings.
1. Mama Zonia
With awesome Marina views, Mama Zonia is Pier 7’s most recent offering. Located on the 2nd floor, it has fast-cemented itself as one of the best spots to hit there for after-work drinks. Their happy hour is from 5pm to 8pm on a Thursday, so haste your way there to grab a seat watching the sun set behind the Marina towers.
Mama Zonia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sat to Mon 12pm to 1am, Tues to Thurs 12pm to 2am, Fri 1pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 240 4747. facebook.com/mamazoniadxb
Sobe, located on the far-west crescent of the Palm, is definitely worth hotfooting over town for on a Thursday evening.Open from 4pm, it’s a relaxed and stunning terrace, overlooking breathtaking views of the ocean. By night, it transforms into a funky, neon lit hangout quite unlike anything you’ve experienced before. What’s more, they have a sunset ritual to take you through to evening and a 2-4-1 happy hour from 4pm to 7pm.
Sobe, W Dubai – The Palm, Sat to Tue 4pm to 1am, Wed to Fri 4pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 2455555. marriott.com
Treehouse is a cool urban hangout, perfect for sundowners with epic views of the Burj Khalifa and downtown buildings. Set alfresco at Taj Dubai, you’ll be eased into the weekend listening to funky house hits from the DJ, with a happy hour running from 6pm to 9pm.
Treehouse Dubai, Taj Dubai, Burj Khalifa Street, Sat to Mon 6pm to 2am, Tue to Thurs 6pm to 3am, Fri 1pm to 3am. (058) 827 2763. treehousedubai.ae
This great new rooftop bar at the new Grand Plaza Movenpick Hotel is definitely one for the views, with a glass-fronted terrace to watch the sun go down over The Palm. It’s especially handy for those working in and around Media or Internet City. Their daily happy hour runs from 4.23pm to 7.23pm with house beverages for Dhs23.
Twenty Three, Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City, Sheikh Zayed Road. 4pm to 3am, daily. Tel: (04) 525 7777. movenpick.com
5. folly by Nick & Scott
Folly is the brainchild of homegrown heroes Nick Alvis and Scott Price. Set over three split-level floors, it has a kitchen bar, private balcony for a dining experience for up to ten people and of course, a garden terrace and lounge with spectacular Madinat views. Their daily happy hour runs from 4pm to 8pm, and if you order anything, make sure it’s a follypop.
folly by Nick and Scott, Madinat Jumeirah, daily 3pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 430 8535. folly.ae
6. Level 43
The aptly named Level 43 is found on, you probably guessed it, Level 43 of the Four Points by Sheraton on Sheikh Zayed Road. It’s got stunning panoramic views of the city, and an impressive cocktail list to match.
Level 43, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 2pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 316 9888. level43lounge.com
7. Cielo Sky Lounge
Whilst Dubai Creek is a little further away from the heart of the city, Cielo Sky Lounge is totally worth the trip. Relax on the ultra-chic rooftop terrace and wind down with chilled beats from the Dj whilst enjoying panoramic views of Old Dubai and the Creek.
Cielo Sky Lounge, The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 6pm to 3am, Fri 4pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 416 1801. cielodubai.com
With dramatic views of Downtown Dubai, this contemporary Japanese bar and restaurant makes for a cool place to head for your afterwork tipple. Their Zodiac happy hour runs daily from 6pm to 8pm where you can enjoy two house beverages and a bar bite for Dhs89.
Morimoto, Renaissance Downtown, Marasi Drive, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 6pm to 12am, Fri 12.30pm to 2am. Tel (04) 512 5577. facebook.com/MorimotoDubai
9. The Penthouse
The Penthouse has firmly cemented itself as one of the go-to places in Dubai for its ladies’ nights, pool parties and club nights. A rooftop bar with incredible views of the glittering Dubai skyline, it’s on of the most Instagrammable hotspots in Dubai, frequented by celebrities.
The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah. 12pm to 3am Saturday to Wednesday 12pm to 5am Thursday to Friday. Tel: (04) 455 9989. fivehotelsandresorts.com
10. Joe’s Backyard
This BBQ spot in Festival City is the place to head for seriously relaxed rooftop vibes. Transforming you to a humble friend’s backyard some place far away, enjoy your sundowners with a couple of bar bites like the chicken quesadilla or fried mac and cheese. Their daily happy hour runs from 5pm to 7pm.
Holiday Inn, Dubai Festival City, 19th Floor, Dubai. Sun to Thurs 5pm till late, Fri & Sat 1pm till late. Tel: (055) 709 4509. joebackyard.com