75 of the best outdoor bars and terraces in Dubai
From beach bars and shisha lounges to wine bars, rooftop terraces and more…
There’s nothing we love more than being able to get back outside. And in Dubai, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to drinking and dining alfresco. From romantic rooftops to sundowners in the sand, we’ve rounded up an extra-long list of outdoor bars in Dubai to fill your Instagram feed with.
Here are 70 of the best outdoor bars in Dubai.
The perfect spot for a laidback drink in the sun, Wavebreaker has live sport on LCD screens, shisha, a barbecue menu, and it’s right on the beach.
VIEWS: Ocean views from the terrace and picture-perfect views of Ain Dubai.
FOOD: Meat and seafood fresh from the charcoal barbecue, healthy salads and a selection of vegan dishes.
GO FOR: Low-key weekend drinks and alfresco dining.
Hilton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR, Dubai, daily 12pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 399 1111. hilton.com/dubai
Bla Bla Dubai
The rooftop at Bla Bla offers guests the choice of 5 outdoor bars which include The Light Box, Tag Bar, The Lounge, Record Room and The Irish Pub.
VIEWS: The JBR venue overlooks the Gulf Sea, Bluewaters Island and Ain Dubai.
FOOD: Plenty of bar food available at the venues.
GO FOR: The fun vibes, the views, the deals and more.
Bla Bla Beach Club, The Beach opposite JBR, Dubai, weekdays Beach bars 10am to 3am, rooftop bars Sun to Thur 4pm to 3am, weekends 2pm to 3am. Tel: (0)58 606 3535. @blablabeachclub
In a prime location overlooking the Sky Dive Dubai drop zone, the futuristic Zero Gravity is a bar, restaurant and beach club.
VIEWS: Sand, sea, and sky-divers drifting back to earth.
FOOD: A full and eclectic menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes.
GO FOR: Topping up your tan over a tipple.
Sky Dive Dubai, JBR, Dubai. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
Holiday vibes abound at this beachside lounge at the Sheraton on JBR.
VIEWS: The curved banquettes enjoy uninterrupted views of the sea.
FOOD: Sushi and tapas dishes that are ideal for sharing.
GO FOR: Cocktails and nibbles with friends.
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Al Sufouh, Dubai. open daily 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3995533. blissloungedubai.com
Pure Sky Lounge
Located next door at Hilton Dubai The Walk is the glam Pure Sky Lounge located on the 35th floor – a great option for al fresco dining.
VIEWS: The blue and white colour scheme and ocean views give the venue an Ibiza vibe.
FOOD: Grazing plates and grills, Sunset lunches.
GO FOR: Glammed up Instagram worthy cocktails or bubbles.
Hilton Jumeirah The Walk, JBR, Dubai, Tue to Sat 5pm to 2am, closed Sun and Mon. Tel: (04) 318 2319. hilton.com/dubai
This pool and beach club occupies a prime position at the Rixos Premium JBR.
VIEWS: It’s a great spot for sunset, with views across the beach, ocean and Ain Dubai.
FOOD: Typical poolside snacks such as sandwiches, salads, pizza and burgers.
GO FOR: A chilled day by the pool.
Rixos Premium, JBR, The Walk, Dubai, daily 10am to 8pm. Tel: (052) 777 9472. azure-beach.com
This open-plan terrace is filled with restaurant and lounge seating offering a tranquil setting for a chic evening of Asian bites and cocktails.
VIEWS: Views of the gardens and Arabian Gulf are lit up by a warm U-shaped bar.
FOOD: Sushi. And plenty of it. On Sushi Sundays, you’ll get unlimited sushi for Dhs168 per couple with a bottle of wine.
GO FOR: The flaming bar counter – theatrical flaring at its finest.
Zengo, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Sun to Fri, 7pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 316 5550. zengo-dubai.com
A big and busy beach club with a large lounge area next to the beach.
VIEWS: Ain Dubai serves as the backdrop for most Insta snaps.
FOOD: A wide variety of international dishes including sushi.
GO FOR: A therapeutic beach day that gets lively as the sun goes down.
Cove Beach, Caesars Palace, Bluewaters, Dubai, Sun to Weds 10am to 1am, Thur to Sat 10am to 3am. Tel: (050) 454 6920. covebeach.com
The London Project
A foliage-filled restaurant and bar with a balcony overlooking Dubai Marina.
VIEWS: Dubai skyline and Ain Dubai.
FOOD: British cuisine available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
GO FOR: The great cocktails.
The London Project, Bluewaters Island, weekends noon to 1am, weekdays noon to midnight. Tel: (0)54 306 1822. thelondonproject.com
The Selfish Bull
Blue Water’s champion steakhouse, The Selfish Bull is a prime spot nestled under Blue Waters showstopper, Ain Dubai. For meat lovers, this laid-back eatery does not mess around.
The Selfish Bull, Bluewaters Island, Dubai. Open Sat to Wed 12pm to 11pm, Thur to Fri 12pm to midnight. Tel: (0)4 399 3638. theselfishbull.com
Atelier M is the sophisticated dining-to-drinks bar and restaurant that occupies the top three floors of Pier 7.
VIEWS: Get 360-degree views of Dubai marina from this super-chic terrace lounge
FOOD: Try their Tuesday ladies night, which includes dinner in the restaurant with three drinks for Dhs149.
GO FOR: A sophisticated catch-up with your bestie or a romantic date-night spot
Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 6pm to 2am Sat to Mon, 6pm to 3am Tue, 6pm to 2am Wed, 6pm to 3am Thu and Fri. Tel: (04) 450 7766. atelierm.ae
This beach bar needs no introduction. It’s a Dubai institution that draws in people over the weekend.
VIEWS: Sitting right on the beach makes it a pretty sweet place to watch the sun go down.
FOOD: The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
GO FOR: Sundowners, tranquil beach views and fun vibes.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Daily 9am to 1pm. Tel: (04) 318 1313. barastibeach.com
The Blacksmith Bar and Eatery
One of Dubai’s most elegant beachside lounge with chill-out music, light fare and cool drinks.
VIEWS: Pretty special. Accessed via a winding path through the lush gardens of the One&Only Royal Mirage, Jetty Lounge is perched right on the sand, with sweeping views of the ocean and the Palm.
FOOD: Light bites.
GO FOR: Jetty Lounge is great for impressing visitors or celebrating a special occasion – plus the jetty screams sunset photo opportunity.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, daily 3pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 399 9999. royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com
Ikigai Resto + Bar
Go for: Izakaya style dining, vibrant atmosphere and great experiences.
As pretty as this bar is inside, it’s even better out on the terrace, where you’ll find a glam crowd mingling around the pool or lounging on leather cushions.
VIEWS: Grosvenor House is a great vantage point to take in the twinkling lights of Dubai Marina by night.
FOOD: Mediterranean/Asian fusion dishes.
GO FOR: Evening drinks in stylish surroundings
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Sat to Wed 5pm to 1am, Thu and Fri 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 317 6000. siddhartalounge.com
An Amazon-themed bar with plenty of jungle-esque decorations and views of Dubai Marina.
VIEWS: Pier 7’s usual offering of the luxe yachts down below.
FOOD: Unique and quirky dishes influenced by Latin America, Caribbean and Asia.
GO FOR: Upscale after-work drinks and unique interiors.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Sat to Wed 12pm to 1am, Thur and Fri 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 240 4747. mamazonia.com
Wane by SoMiya
A rooftop bar in the heart of Dubai Marina, the infinity pool here gives it wow-factor.
VIEWS: From the lofty heights of this rooftop terrace you can watch boats making their way along the water below.
FOOD: Lounge and finger foods.
GO FOR: Poolside shisha surrounded by skyscrapers.
Wane by SoMiya, Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 8 to 4am. Tel: (052) 8844 879. @wanebysomiya
Drift Beach Dubai
A luxe beach club with a French restaurant and outdoor bar overlooking the beach.
VIEWS: One&Only’s private beach and the Dubai Marina skyline.
FOOD: International bar bites.
GO FOR: A glass of wine during the sunset.
DRIFT Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com
This oh-so-Britsh restaurant and bar has a huge terrace overlooking Dubai Marina.
VIEWS: From the fourth floor of Pier 7, The Scene has panoramic views of Dubai Marina.
FOOD: It’s proper British grub, with a great veggie section too.
GO FOR: Great Marina views.
4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai. daily noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 222 2328. thescenedubai.com
Fish Beach Taverna
This outdoor restaurant combines twinkly lights, a beachfront setting and Mediterranean cuisine together in Dubai Marina.
VIEWS: Over the lawn and sand to the Arabian Sea and Palm Jumeirah.
FOOD: Aegean & Mediterranean and plenty of seafood (of course).
GO FOR: Beachfront dining that feels like a European holiday resort.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, daily 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 511 7373. fish-dubai.com
A huge terrace wraps around this circular venue inside Pier 7.
VIEWS: Top-notch. Asia Asia is a great spot for dinner overlooking the water.
FOOD: Asian-inspired fare that’s perfect for sharing.
GO FOR: The creative cocktails, midweek dinners, Friday brunch or try the fantastic sushi on Saturdays.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Sun, Mon and Wed 6pm to 1am, Tue and Thu 6pm to 2am, Fri 2pm to 2am, Sat 2pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 276 5900. pier7.ae
Barsha and The Greens
Soluna Restaurant and Lounge
A popular Pan-Asian restaurant and bar located in the heart of the Greens.
VIEWS: Beautiful pool views.
FOOD: Pan-Asian cuisine with flavour-packed dishes and drinks.
GO FOR: Mouth-watering food with cool interiors and vibes every day of the week.
LAH LAH, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, Sat to Wed 11am to 12am, Thur and Fri 11am to 2am. Tel: (0)4 519 1111. zabeelhouse.com
The outdoor bar area of this Media One eatery is a popular post-work drinks spot.
VIEWS: Not worth mentioning, instead cast your eye over the unusual objects used to decorate the bar.
FOOD: Mix of healthy meals and comfort food.
GO FOR: After-work happy hour with your colleagues.
Qwerty, Media One, Media City, Sun to Thu 12pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
Garden on 8
Also in Media One Hotel, Garden on 8 is so laid-back it’s almost horizontal – perfect for drinks with friends and work mates.
VIEWS: A few glimpses of surrounding buildings, and live sports on the big screens.
FOOD: Solid pub grub.
GO FOR: Beers with your buds.
Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, Sun to Thu 4pm to 1am, Fri and Sat 12pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
The fairy-lit palm trees and shimmering swimming pool give this bar on the eighth floor of Media One Hotel an urban escape kind of feel.
VIEWS: The views (largely of neighbouring office buildings) aren’t the main reason to visit Coco Lounge. Go instead for the happy hour deals, picturesque poolside setting and DJ sets.
FOOD: It serves light bites and bar snacks.
GO FOR: A post-work wind-down.
Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, daily 12pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
Tamanya Terrace is back with a transformation that will remind you of a TIKI tropical paradise.
VIEWS: Sit back and watch as twilight falls over the Dubai Marina skyline.
FOOD: TIKI cocktails and tropical bites
GO FOR: The popular party nights, stop-and-stare views of the Marina skyscrapers and the cheeky TIKI beverages.
Radisson Blu, Media City, Dubai, Wed to Fri 4pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 366 9111. radissonhotels.com
JLT & The Lakes
Inspired by the Greek Island that sits in the heart of the Aegean Sea – Paros is the only rooftop pool bar and restaurant in JLT.
Views: Located on the 46th floor of the hotel, Paros offers guests a chilled sanctuary that goes from dawn to dusk.
Food: Distinctly Mediterranean flavours with influences from Southern Europe, the Levant and the Middle East adorn the menu.
Go For: Nisi Thursday Night Brunch and after brunch
Paros, Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, open 12pm to 1am on Saturday to Wednesday and 12pm to 2am on Thursday and Fridays. Tel: (04) 5741 111. parosdubai.com
Reform Social & Grill
Reform has the British gastropub thing nailed, right down to the beer garden. Happy hours keep the after-work crowd happy during the week, and at the weekend it serves up one of our favourite roast dinners.
VIEWS: Grassy lawns and lake views.
FOOD: Reform serves food all day, including a cracking breakfast.
GO FOR: Tasty pub grub in a pleasant garden setting.
The Lakes, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4542638. reformsocialgrill.ae
This Irish stalwart now has several branches in Dubai. The JLT terrace is a Dubai institution for after-work drinkers and weekend party people.
VIEWS: They aren’t that great from the basement of the Bonnington hotel, but it’s one of JLT’s busiest spots regardless.
FOOD: It’s a solid menu of tasty Irish pub grub.
GO FOR: Proper Irish craic.
Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai. Sun to Wed 12pm to 2am, Thur and Fri 12pm to 3am and Sat 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 378 0800. mcgettigans.com/jlt
This friendly neighbourhood sports cafe in Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers has a cool industrial-chic design, with high tables, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace.
VIEWS: As it’s on the ground floor, this is more about a relaxed vibe than megawatt views.
FOOD: Hearty dishes include nachos, pizzas, pies and burgers.
GO FOR: The eight-hour happy hour that runs every day, with 50 per cent off selected beverages.
TJ’s, Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, open 11am to 1am on weekdays, 11am until 2am on weekends. Tel: (04) 5741 111. tajhotels.com
Nola won What’s On award winner for favourite bar in 2021 with good reason as it remains one of JLT’s most consistently busy spots.
VIEWS: JLT’s towers are nothing special, but “The Porch” is an inviting space regardless.
FOOD: A New Orleans-inspired menu offering a healthy alternative to the typical deep Southern food.
GO FOR: Bumping into all your other JLT-dwelling pals.
Cluster P, Armada Bluebay hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 399 8155. nola-social.com
Koko Bay is Bali inspired beach bar and restaurant that has taken the city by storm. You’ll find it at Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah.
VIEWS: Incredible views out to the iconic skyline of Dubai Marina, especially at sunset.
FOOD: A new menu that includes Australian black Angus T-bone, pan-seared Alaskan black cod, lobster linguine in tarragon cognac bisque, as well as a host of new vegetarian and vegan options.
GO FOR: Choose from seating in the Bali-inspired restaurant, out on the decking, or bag a seat right there in the sand, from cushy blue bean bags to clusters of comfortable wicker seating.
Koko Bay, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat to Wed 12pm to 12am, Fri and Sat 12pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 572 3444. @kokobayuae
Offering front-row seats to the world’s largest fountains and panoramic views of the Palm Jumeirah, Levantine-Mediterranean inspired restaurant Samakjé is the perfect spot to dine al fresco this Winter.
VIEWS: Picturesque views of the Palm Jumeirah and the world’s largest fountain.
FOOD: Levantine – Mediterranean inspired menu inclusive of delicious mezzes and delectable seafood mains.
GO FOR: The Instagram worthy views of the Palm Jumeirah and the dancing fountains.
Samakjé Restaurant & Lounge, East Marina, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Open Sun to Sat 12pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 584 6777.samakje.com
A relaxed and stunning terrace, overlooking breathtaking views of the ocean. By night, it transforms into a funky, neon-lit hangout.
VIEWS: Uninterrupted sunsets over the Arabian Gulf on one side, Palm Jumeriah and Wet Deck on the other.
FOOD: Snacky bits including nachos with molten cheese from the skillet.
GO FOR: Escandalosa Ladies’ Night on Wednesdays from 7pm to midnight where you can get four drinks for Dhs120.
SoBe, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Sun to Thurs 5pm to 1am, Fri and Sat 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 245 5555. marriott.com
Riva’s Gazebo Bar is next to the swimming pool and right on the beach.
VIEWS: Across the water, you can see the sail-shaped Burj al Arab back on the mainland.
FOOD: Riva Ristorante serves up Mediterranean-inspired fare.
GO FOR: A beach day rounded off with a sundowner on the sand.
Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 430 9466. riva-beach.com
Perched atop party hotel Five Palm Jumeirah, The Penthouse is great both for sunbathing and partying by night.
VIEWS: Breathtaking skyline views.
FOOD: Contemporary Japanese cuisine fusing traditional French cooking methods by Chef Frederick Faucheux.
GO FOR: Whether it’s daytime or evening, just be sure to go – it’s one of the city’s best bars.
Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sun to Wed 4am to 3am, Thur and Fri 4pm to 4am. Tel: (052) 900 4868. fivehotelsandresorts.com
Aprons & Hammers
In the fresh-faced West Beach development, this restaurant-bar delivers toes-in-the-sand drinking and dining.
VIEWS: Some of the best sunset vistas in Dubai. Seriously.
FOOD: Cracking-good seafood – literally. Smash into a bucket of crustaceans with your trusty hammer.
GO FOR: Sunset drinks that turn into laidback dinners on the sand.
Aprons & Hammers, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, open daily 12pm to 12am. apronsandhammers.com
A gorgeous restaurant and probably one of the most romantic spots in Dubai, serving up a fine-dining menu to match.
VIEWS: Dubai Marina reflecting onto the water.
FOOD: A seafood menu featuring fresh squid-ink pasta with sea urchins, whole tourteau and king crab josper.
GO FOR: To celebrate a special occasion.
101, One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 440 1030. oneandonlyresorts.com
A chic terrace off the back of Akira Back’s namesake restaurant in W Dubai – The Palm.
VIEWS: Great views of Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina.
FOOD: Japanese cuisine by Akira Back.
GO FOR: An after-dinner aperitif.
Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 245 5800. akiraback.com
The Beach House
Gazing out towards the Arabian Gulf is the aptly named Beach House. On the water’s edge of Anantara The Palm it’s got great food in a family-friendly setting.
VIEWS: Soaking up the views out towards Atlantis and the open ocean.
FOOD: Mediterranean cusine which can be enjoyed alfresco with friends and family.
GO FOR: Superb sunsets and sundowners right by the sea.
Anantara, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 1pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 567 8888. anantara.com/en/palm-dubai
At this Atlantis The Palm hotspot, dine on the sand under a crocheted umbrella, or up in the beachy-keen restaurant.
VIEWS: People-watching and Arabian sea scenes with views of the Dubai Skyline and the shores of the Palm island.
FOOD: The sun-kissed flavours of the Med come to the fore.
GO FOR: On Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, entry to White Beach is Dhs150, fully redeemable on food and drink. On Friday and public holidays it’s Dhs300 with Dhs200 redeemable on food and beverage.
White Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Rd, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am to 10pm Entry 21+. Tel: (0)55 2004321. atlantis.com/dubai/bars-and-nightlife/white-beach-club
Breeze Beach Grill
Breeze Beach Grill on the Palm has a Mediterranean feel that makes you feel like you’ve left the shores of Dubai behind.
VIEWS: Soak up the views across Jumeirah towards the Burj Al Arab.
FOOD: Beach barbecue style cuisine with a Caribbean twist.
GO FOR: Beachside sundowners with your toes in the sand.
Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel (04) 568 3000. @breezebeachdxb
This restaurant by Massimo Bottura boasts a fun and colourful interior and an outdoor terrace inspired by the Italian Riviera.
VIEWS: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and sea views.
FOOD: Italian cuisine by the chef who owns one of the world’s best restaurants.
GO FOR: Delicious comfort food and friendly service.
Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. Sun to Thu 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Fri and Sat 11.30am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 245 5555. marriott.com
Chic outdoor Infinity Bar is located in hip Portuguese restaurant Tasca.
VIEWS: This lofty bar is known for its breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.
FOOD: Genuine Portuguese flavours with a contemporary twist,
GO FOR: The carefully curated cocktails best enjoyed during sunset.
Infinity Bar, Tasca, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Tel:(0)4 777 2231. mandarinoriental.com
Belgian Beer Cafe
Watching the sun go down with a chilled glass of hops is hard to beat. As its name suggests, the Belgian Beer Café is a good spot for doing just that.
VIEWS: The Arabian-themed waterways at the Madinat Jumeirah.
FOOD: Belgian fare including frites, mussels and waffles.
GO FOR: The views, cheesy Belgian frites and a vast array of beers.
Belgian Beer Cafe, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 447 0227. belgianbeercafe.com
From its prime position at Pearl Jumeira, you can’t get much more beachfront than this.
VIEWS: Turquoise waters and sugar-white sands.
FOOD: This blissful beachfront setting is great for relaxed meals of poke, mezze or mixed grills overlooking the sea, and cocktails as the sun sets.
GO FOR: Sundowners in a slice of Caribbean luxury
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah, off Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 376 6000. nikkibeachhotels.com
This glamorous lounge is located on the rooftop of Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. The lounge added a few new elements to the venue so visitors can now snap up photographs with a charming new Vespa, a new winged mural and a floral arch. There’s a new menu, too.
VIEWS: Burj Khalifa and Downtown skyline.
FOOD: There’s something for fans of Italian, seafood and vegetarian folk.
GO FOR: Celeb spotting and an out-to-impress crowd.
Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah, daily 7pm to 3am. Tel:(04) 270 7777. fourseasons.com
Rooftop at Folly by Nick & Scott
Offering a modern take on European fine-dining, this split-level restaurant and bar has some of the Souk’s best sunset views.
VIEWS: Stunning sunsets over the Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
FOOD: Modern European cuisine co-created by two of Dubai’s top chefs.
GO FOR: Killer cocktails as the sun sets in Dubai.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 4pm to late. Tel: (04) 430 8535. folly.ae
McGettigan’s Souk Madinat
McGettigan’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 447 0219. @mcgettiganspubs
Another stalwart Dubai beach bar is Shimmers, and it’s popular for good reason.
VIEWS: With a neutral colour scheme and simple, yet luxurious setting, this place lets the view of the Burj Al Arab, and beyond, do the talking.
FOOD: Mediterranean delicacies.
GO FOR: Choose from the sun-dappled restaurant, set out under a white-washed canopy, or sit on a bean bag on the beach as you enjoy drinks off the award-winning menu.
Shimmers on the Beach, Madinat Jumeirah, 1pm to 10.30pm, daily. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
LookUp Rooftop Bar
This pretty-as-a-picture bar is one of only a handful of licensed venues in City Walk.
VIEWS: Look straight over to Downtown and the Burj Khalifa.
FOOD: Light bite bar snacks; head to one of the hotel’s other restaurants for a dinner experience.
GO FOR: It’s still relatively unknown, so a great hidden gem spot for soaking up the views. It also offers a sunset pool brunch on Fridays.
La Ville, City Walk, daily 10am to 1am. Tel: (054) 309 5948. livelaville.com/lookup
LPM Restaurant & Bar
The stunning Rivera style terrace is the perfect spot for leisurely drinking and dining. Guests can sit back and relax whilst dining on the exquisite a la carte menu which has stayed true since its creation by Chef Patron, Raphael Duntoye.
VIEWS: Charming Belle Époque inspired shutters, wall mounted glass lanterns with hanging greenery and bright blooms
FOOD: Brings a chic approach to French cuisine. The exquisite Mediterranean micro-cuisine is light, heavy, and deliciously palatable
GO FOR: French-Riviera vibes
LPM, Gate Village No, 8, DIFC, Dubai. Open Sun to Thur 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Fri and Sat 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Tel: (04) 439 0505. www.lpmrestaurants.com/dubai
Luna Sky Bar
A chic rooftop bar with fashion-focused interiors and an outdoor terrace overlooking Downtown Dubai.
VIEWS: Burj Khalifa can be seen pretty well from the terrace, along with the surrounding DIFC area.
FOOD: Posh lounge snacks including truffle arancini and ponzu dumplings.
GO FOR: An elegant cocktail evening and moonlit views of the city.
Luna Sky Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, Gate Village 9, DIFC, daily 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 506 0000. lunadubai.com
Flair No 5
An alfresco urban jungle, the expansive outdoor bar is a leafy spot that’s great for post-work drinks. It’s got a lively vibe with an excellent choice of botanical cocktails, herb-infused drinks and a floral-inspired sharing menu.
VIEWS: Not the best, it’s mainly the neighbouring buildings but the decor is great!
FOOD: It’s mainly about the drinks, but you can also order light bites designed to share.
GO FOR: After-work drinks, or ladies’ night on a Wednesday – it’s a chic midweek wind-down.
Flair 5, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai. Sat to Fri 7pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 372 2555. ritzcarlton.com
La Cantine du Faubourg
La Cantine is back with a whole new look that will only elevate your dining experience with no change to the Parisian-inspired flair that you’ve come to know and love. Now that the cooler season is setting in, make a reservation to enjoy a night out on their new revamped terrace.
VIEWS: The lush garden terrace will take you away from the bustling city while the skyscrapers rise and peek through cosy intimate pergolas.
FOOD: New dishes to try including salmon carpaccio, spicy beef bouchées, prawn linguini etc and a sushi station.
GO FOR: The deals, cool vibes and for escapism.
La Cantine Du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, DIFC, Dubai. Tel: (04) 352 7105. lacantine.ae
Tucked beside La Cantine du Faubourg in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, this hidden alfresco gem is decked out with palm trees, fairy lights, lanterns and cushioned couches.
VIEWS: Lush foliage and glittering skyscrapers.
FOOD: Elegant Arabic and North African flavours
GO FOR: The atmospheric vibe.
Ninive, Jumeirah Estates Towers, DIFC, Sun to Thur 6.30pm to 2am, Fri and Sat 6.30pm to 3am. Tel: (0)4 326 6105. ninive.ae
French-Vietnamese eatery Indochine is a hotspot for Dubai’s chic crowd.
VIEWS: cascading greenery creating a fairytale ambience.
FOOD: French-Vietnamese dishes such as pomelo salad, Vietnamese ravioli and shaking beef.
GO FOR: The botanical vibes.
Indochine Dubai, Gate Precinct Building 3, Level 2, DIFC, Sun to Wed 12pm to 1am, Thur and Fri 7pm to 3am, Sat 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 208 9333. indochinedxb.com
Business Bay & Downtown
Ce La Vi
Located in Address Sky View, this gorgeous bar won best newcomer bar in the What’s On Nightlife awards 2020.
VIEWS: Unbeatable panoramic views of the city including Burj Khalifa,
FOOD: An elaborate and customizable food menu
GO FOR: Sundowners, drinks under the stars and a perfect Instagram photo on the swing.
Cé La Vi Dubai, Address Sky View, Downtown Dubai, daily noon to 3am. Tel: (056) 515 4001. @celavidubai
Now that the cooler season has set in, the terrace at ROKA is open. The space reflects the restaurant’s stylish interior, showcasing an industrial chic design that is effortlessly cool.
VIEWS: Breath-taking views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown skyline.
FOOD: Indulge in Rainer Becker’s award-winning menu and try out ROKA’s signature dishes.
GO FOR: Chilled out vibes, cocktails and dinner with Instagram worthy views.
ROKA, The Opus by Omniyat – Level 1, Business Bay, Dubai. Open Sun to Sat 12pm to 3:30pm, 6:30pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 439 7171. www.rokarestaurant.com
At the start of summer, Seven Sisters Dubai was given a makeover complete with fresh green foliage, wood panelling, gold accents and monochrome tiles.
VIEWS: Pretty picturesque views of Dubai Canal.
FOOD: A small but tempting menu of Mediterranean/Asian flavours.
GO FOR: The great vibes.
Seven Sisters, First Floor, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai. Sun to Wed 6pm to 3am, Fri and Sat 3pm to 3am. Tel: (056) 775 4777. sevensistersdubai.com
A neon-hued rooftop lounge on top of the Four Points by Sheraton, Level 43.
VIEWS: Above: the sparkling city skyline, and below: Sheikh Zayed Road in all its frenetic glory.
FOOD: Quirky tapas and sushi.
GO FOR: Sundowners or pre-dinner cocktails.
Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Bur Dubai, daily from 2pm. Tel: (056) 414 2213. level43lounge.com
This popular leafy rooftop cocktail bar is a hidden gem in Downtown Dubai’s urban jungle.
VIEWS: Are slightly obstructed by the hedge-covered alcove, but it’s a pretty enough view in itself.
FOOD: It’s easy-to-eat Asian-themed light bites on offer here.
GO FOR: The great deals on offer.
VII Dubai, Floor 7, The Conrad, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. daily 8pm to 3am. Tel: (050) 169 6777. facebook.com/ViiDubai
The trendy open-air lounge comes to life with deep house music and a cocktail-sipping party crowd most weekends.
VIEWS: The Burj Khalifa overhead makes for a dreamy Insta snap.
FOOD: A small menu of Mediterranean bites.
GO FOR: Kickstarting your evening in a chic setting.
Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, Sat to Wed 7pm to 2am, Thus and Fri 7pm to 3am. Tel:(058) 827 2763. tajhotels.com
With a terrace perched on the edge of the Dubai fountains, this has got to be one of the best spots in the Souk.
VIEWS: The terrace looks out onto the fountains, so make sure to bag a balcony-side table.
FOOD: It has consistently good pan-Asian food.
GO FOR: Impressing guests with fountain views.
Souk Al Bahar Level Three, Downtown Dubai, Sun to Thu 5pm to 2am, Fri 1pm to 2am, Sat 2pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 423 0909. karma-kafe.com
If you’re fed up of glitzy hotel bars, the laid-back beer garden at the Irish Village is the place to be.
VIEWS: A miniature lake, grassy lawns, and the kitschy “village” itself – which includes a gift shop selling Tayto crisps and Irish chocolate.
FOOD: Unpretentious, tasty pub fare in big portions.
GO FOR: Laid-back drinks during the day and regular live music sets in the evening.
Irish Village, Al Garhoud, Dubai. Tel: (04) 239 5000. theirishvillage.com
Cielo is as close as you can get to enjoying a drink on the deck of a ship without actually setting sail on one. It’s been designed to blend in with the yachts that bob on the creek below.
VIEWS: Spectacular views across the creek to the Dubai skyline on the horizon.
FOOD: Finger foods.
GO FOR: Drinks before dinner by the water.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, daily 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 416 1800. dubaigolf.com
The beautiful Noepe looks out onto the Dubai Creek, and its whitewashed interiors and laidback-luxe vibe make it a must-visit in Old Dubai.
VIEWS: Stunning views of the marina, Dubai Creek and towards the Dubai Frame and Downtown Skyline.
FOOD: Fresh seafood.
GO FOR: Sundowners on The Creek.
The Promenade, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek, Dubai. Tel: (04) 602 1814. hyatt.com
A favourite among long-term Dubai dwellers, QD’s is a huge bar on the decking next to Dubai creek.
VIEWS: The restaurant sits right on the creek with a view of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline across the water.
FOOD: Pizzas, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean.
GO FOR: A peaceful pint by the water and of course, the stunning views.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, daily 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 295 6000. dubaigolf.com
One of the city’s most wow-worthy, and longest-standing authentic Japanese restaurants.
VIEWS: Unparalleled views of Dubai skyline.
FOOD: The very best of Japanese food, and it’s even had a visit from Sheikh Hamdan.
GO FOR: Attractive business lunch or a very romantic date night.
Tomo, Raffles Dubai, WAFI, Dubai, daily lunch 12.30pm to 2.45pm (last food order), 6.30pm to 11.30pm (last food order), 12am (last drinks order). (04) 357 7888. tomo.ae
Located in Meydan, Iris serves up a free-spirited energy, with sparkling skyline views alongside exceptionally crafted cuisine, cocktails and music.
VIEWS: Dubai, from top to bottom.
FOOD: International menu with a raw bar section.
GO FOR: Sophisticated evening drinks, DJ sets and live music.
Iris Dubai, Meydan Grandstand, Sun to Wed 6.30pm to 2am, Thu & Fri 5pm to 3am, Sat 5pm to 2am. irisdubai.com
Perched on the top of the Meydan Hotel, Mood Rooftop Lounge is arguably one of Dubai’s most Instagrammable spots.
VIEWS: You’ll be treated to incredible views of Dubai’s famous city skyline.
FOOD: Pasta, sushi and other crowd-pleasers, but it’s more about the drinks and shisha.
GO FOR: The expansive terrace has a cool garden lounge and a retractable roof, which means it can now stay open all year round.
Mood Rooftop Lounge, The Meydan Hotel, Nad al Sheba, Dubai, open 7pm to 3am daily. Tel: (05)4 440 0227. @moodrooftopdubai
An urban neighbourhood hangout in the cool Studio One Hotel.
VIEWS: Graffiti murals, unique art, barrel tables and views of Studio City.
FOOD: Naan loaded with delicious toppings, burgers, salads, steak and more.
GO FOR: the incredible daily deals including daily happy hour from 5pm to 8pm.
The Void, Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, Dubai. Sun to Thur 5pm to 3am, Fri and Sat 12pm to 3am. @thevoid.dxb
Cloud Restaurant and Lounge
A breath of fresh air in Studio City, Cloud has both indoor and outdoor seating, with Mediterranean-inspired decor, including lemon and orange trees on the terrace and pink floral climbers above the bar.
VIEWS: It’s more about what’s happening within the Studio One complex.
FOOD: Tasty Lebanese cuisine.
GO FOR: Shisha and drinks. There’s a chilled atmosphere throughout the evenings, with a resident DJ on hand to pick up the vibe after dark.
A homey community-focused space in Sports City.
VIEWS: Poolside views and plenty of greenery
FOOD: Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there’s battered sea bass, triple-cooked chips, inventive sandwiches and heart-warming sides.
GO FOR: A chilled dinner with the girls, or date night.
The Pangolin Dubai, Els Club, Dubai Sports City, Sun to Wed 7.30am to 12am, Thur to Sat 7.30am to 1am. Tel: (054) 4438 288. thepangolindubai.com