Where to wind down after a long day…

DIFC may be the beating heart of Dubai’s finance and legal sectors, but it’s also home to some of the city’s top restaurants and bars. When the end of the working day rolls around and it’s time to unwind – or prime yourself for the night ahead – hightail it to one of our favourite places for after-work drinks and snacks in DIFC.

LPM

LPM 5 a 7 after work drinks DIFC

We love the cheeky nod to an after-work dalliance that LPM’s new Cinq à Sept menu brings. Head to this DIFC hotspot between 4pm and 7pm for specially crafted cocktails (Dhs40 to Dhs48) and a menu of French-leaning bar snacks, such as calamari, artichoke vinaigrette, and the luscious butter bean hummus. It’s the perfect pitstop on your way home from work, or as a tasty little entree to the night ahead.

LPM, Gate Village No. 8, DIFC. Cinq à Sept, 4pm to 7pm daily. Tel: (04) 439 0505. lpmrestaurants.com/dubai

Indochine

indochine petite apres menu

This sultry French-Southeast Asian eatery in DIFC has just launched a new Petite Après tasting menu. Available Sunday to Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, this great-value deal includes up to three select dishes and two glasses of wine for Dhs165. New menu additions include prawn summer rolls, crispy duck autumn rolls, and bahn mi.

Indochine, Gate Precinct Building 3, DIFC, Sun to Thu 4pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 208 9333. @indochinedxb 

Clap

clap DIFC

Japanese newcomer Clap has one of the most tempting bar food menus we’ve seen, with a collection of tartares, gyoza, nigiri and sushi rolls. Pair them with Japanese-accented cocktails or a crisp white from the extensive by-the-glass list.

Clap, Gate Village Building 11, DIFC, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 569 3820. claprestaurant.com

Flair 5

flair-slider

Escape the concrete jungle for this lush and leafy retreat, at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC. From Saturday to Wednesday, Flair 5 hosts ‘social hours’, with selected drinks and snacks priced at Dhs40 each.

Flair 5, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Social Hours, Sat to Wed 5pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 372 2323. ritzcarlton.com

Amazonico

Amazonico alfresco bar

Amazonico‘s Copacabana rooftop terrace is just the ticket for after-work drinks, with exotic cocktails, DJ tunes, showstopping city views, and a new menu of ‘piqueo’ snacks that are perfect to share.

Amazonico, Gate Village 11, Pavillon DIFC, Wed to Sat from 6pm. Tel: (0)4 571 3999. amazonicorestaurant.com/dubai/

Boca

boca DIFC

Happy hour at Boca is a week-long affair, with Dhs35 drinks available at this Spanish hotspot from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, seven days a week. Make a meal of it by ordering a selection of hot and cold tapas from Boca’s new La Taperia concept.

Boca, Gate Village 6, DIFC, happy hour daily, 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Tel: (04) 323 1833. boca.ae

Mina Brasserie

mina brasserie

With its leafy air-conditioned terrace, lounge seating and gin trolley, Mina Brasserie is something of an after-work secret. Come for a refreshing cocktail… stay for the linguine burrata.

Mina Brasserie, Gate Village 9, daily noon to 11pm. Tel: (04) 506 0100. minabrasserie.com