106 brilliant 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 106 of the best outdoor bars and terraces 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, including fresh lobster, 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 11pm. 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, Daily 8am 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, Wed and Sat to Mon 10am to 9pm, Thur and Tues 9am to 9pm, Fri 10am to 12am. 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 6pm to 2am. 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, Daily 5pm to 2am. 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, Daily 7pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 316 5550. zengo-dubai.com
Garden of Dreams
This playful but sophisticated chill-out spot is perfect place to head to for those seeking a little bit of sanctury from the hustle and bustle of the city.
VIEWS: Views of Bluewaters Island, the ocean and beyond.
FOOD: Alongside a full a la carte menu, they have a sharing menu that consists of items such as tempura prawns, calamari and wagyu beef rolls. There is also an extensive cocktail menu.
GO FOR: Stunning, Insta worthy drinks with friends.
Garden of Dreams, Address Beach Resort JBR, daily 6pm to 3am. Tel: (0)4 220 0224. @gardenofdreamsdubai
Caña by Tamoka
A circular beach bar on JBR, with its own DJ booth and picture-perfect views of Ain Dubai at sunset.
VIEWS: Lovely scenic Bluewaters vistas, backdropped by Dubai Marina
FOOD: Bar bites are mostly served here, head to main restaurant Tamoka for a plentiful meal of Antilles-inspired cuisine
WHY GO: Because it’s one of the coolest sundowner spots in the city right now
Caña by Tamoka, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR, daily 12pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 318 6099. tamokadubai.com
Zeta Seventy Seven
Address Beach Resort’s record-breaking rooftop restaurant is all about the sweeping, open-air views.
VIEWS: The alfresco spot overlooks Bluewaters, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and beyond.
FOOD: It has an Asian fusion menu, with a focus on seafood.
WHY GO: To get your Insta-snap by the infinity pool
Address Beach Resort, JBR, daily 12pm to 2am (Dhs700 min table spend), 6pm to midnight (Dhs1,000 min table spend), max 4 per table. Tel: (0)4 879 8866. addresshotels.com
A refined menu of southern Italian seafood, with a picture-perfect terrace that’s dimly lit and gazes right towards the Arabian Gulf.
VIEWS: Endless sea views, and the JBR skyline in all its glory.
FOOD: Arguably the best Italian seafood in time.
GO FOR: A romantic date night, where the service is just as good as the menu and setting.
Alici, Bluewaters Island Dubai, daily 12pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11.30pm, Tel: (0)4 275 2577, @alicidubai
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, daily 10am to 1am. 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, Mon to Wed 12pm to 1am, Thur 12pm to 2am, Fri to Sat 12pm to 3am. Tel: (0)54 306 1822. thelondonproject.com
Bringing Japanese-Peruvian flair to Dubai is Bahrain-born Clay, where four outdoor terraces with sea and Ain Dubai views are stylish spots to soak up the alfresco ambience.
VIEWS: Prime Ain Dubai vistas are found here.
FOOD: Impressive and varied Japanese and Peruvian flavours executed by head chef, Jolbi Huacho
GO FOR: The Chilean seabass.
Clay Dubai, Bluewaters Island, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 12pm to 12am, Fri and Sat 12pm to 2am. @clay_dubai
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, Tue and Fri 5pm to 3am, Wed and Thur 5pm to 2am, Fri 5pm to 3am, Sat 2pm to 3am, Sun and Mon 5pm to 2am. 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 3am. Tel: (04) 318 1313. barastibeach.com
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
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. Sun to Thur 6pm to 1am, Fri and Sat 6pm 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. Sun to Fri 12pm to 2am, Sat 1pm 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 8pm. 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. Mon to Thur noon to midnight, Fri 12pm to 1am, Sat 10am to 1am, Sun 10am to 12am. 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, Mon, Wed and Thur 6pm to 1am, Tues and Fri 6pm to 2am, Sat 2pm to 2am, Sun 2pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 276 5900. pier7.ae
Bar Du Port
Not exactly the Marina, but this new breezy, boho spot in Dubai Harbour deserves a mention for its lively vibe and brilliant cocktail list.
VIEWS: Not the best sunset views, but you get a lovely backdop of the Al Sufouh hotels and Marina skyscrapers.
FOOD: Elevated bar bites, raw selection, Mediterranean meat and fish straight from the grill
GO FOR: The ambience – it’s already pumping most nights of the week.
Bar Du Port, Dubai Harbour, Dubai Marina, Mon to Fri 5pm to 3pm, Sat & Sun 1pm to 3am. Tel: (0)50 969 9820. @barduportdubai
The Beach Bar & Grill by Mauro Colagreco
A stunning venue for lazy lunch, sundowners or a romantic dinner. The Beach Bar & Grill serves as a small sanctuary, nestled between the desert palms and tropical trees.
VIEWS: A gorgeous peaceful spot, which is only accessible through the One & Only Royal Mirage.
FOOD: Relaxed drinks and fresh bites, with seafood and meat straight from the grill
GO FOR: A lazy afternoon meal with sunset drinks
One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, daily 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 399 9999. royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com
One of the newest rooftop bars to open in Dubai, this location has views that stretch across from The Palm to JBR and Bluewaters.
VIEWS: Amazing setting to watch the sun go down over the Gulf
FOOD: Sharing nibbles perfect alongside drinks
GO FOR: After work sundowners with a friend
Attiko Dubai, W Dubai Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Tel: (0)4 350 9983,
Barsha and The Greens
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, Sun to Thur 12pm to 12am, Fri to Sat 12pm to 2am. Tel: (0)4 519 1111. zabeelhouse.com
Lola Taberna Española
A chilled-out tapas bar in Barsha Heights, with a small terrace for sangria’s served alfresco.
VIEWS: This isn’t the place to come for views, but it’s a pretty terrace.
FOOD: The focus here is on serving simple, genuine tapas that should satisfy any and all cravings
GO FOR: A real slice of relaxed Spanish life
Tryp by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Height, daily 1pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 2476688. @lolataberna
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, daily 6.30am 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, Mon to Thur 12pm to 1am, Fri to Sun 12pm to 2am. 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, Sun to Thur 10am to 12am, Fri and Sat 10am to 1am. 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 5pm to 1am. 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 a brilliant after-brunch crowd
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, 12pm to 1am Sat to Wed, Thur and Fri 12pm to 2am. 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. Mon to Fri 12pm to 3am, Sat and Sun 10am to 3am, 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, daily 11am until 12am. Tel: (04) 5741 111. tajhotels.com
Nola won What’s On award winner for favourite bar in 2021 with good reason, 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 Sun to Thur 12pm to 1am, Fri and Sat 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 399 8155. nola-social.com
A fuss-free, family-friendly gastropub serving casual plates and a welcoming vibe.
VIEWS: The Dubai Marina skyline sits pretty in the background, while views over the greens make you feel like you’ve escaped the city.
FOOD: British classics.
WHY GO: For a family afternoon out – there’s a play area for children and plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the Dubai winter weather.
Address Montgomerie, Dubai, Sun to Thur 8am to 1.30pm, 8am to 2.30pm. Tel: (0)4 572 4477. @phileasfoggdubai
A gorgeous date night (or day) destination with bags of style that elevates golf club dining to new heights.
VIEWS: Expansive golf course views from the pretty terrace.
FOOD: Chef Izu Ani’s award-winning French-Mediterranean dishes.
WHY GO: For the bread alone.
Carine, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, Sun and Sat 9am to 3pm, 7pm to 11.30pm, Mon to Fri 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (0)4 417 9885. @carine.ae
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, Mon to Thur 10am to 12am, Fri 10am to 1am, Sat 8am to 1am, Sun 8am to 12am. 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 Thur 12pm to midnight, Fri and Sat 12pm to 1am. 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, Wed to Fri 5pm to 3am, Sat 4pm to 3am, Sun 3pm to 1am, Mon 5pm to 1am, Tues 5pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 245 5577. 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. Daily 7am to 11pm. 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, daily 4pm to 3am. Tel: (052) 900 4868. fivehotelsandresorts.com
A gorgeous boho-chic taverna beach front restaurant, serving Mediterranean delights.
VIEWS: Stunning views over the Gulf.
FOOD: Raw selection such as oysters and ceviche, seafood and meat straight from the grill, all with a Mediterranean flare.
GO FOR: A sundowner and a relaxed diner with friends
Laguna Taverna, Sofitel Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Rd, Dubai, 12pm to 2am daily, Tel: (0)4 455 6677, sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com
One of the prettiest outdoor restaurants at Palm West beach, the terrace expands from the whitewashed restaurant spilling down to cabanas on the beach.
VIEWS: Lovely views of the ocean, and the expanding Dubai Marina skyline stretching across to Bluewaters
FOOD: Fancy seafood, we love everything about this menu.
GO FOR: A restaurant that’s got it all: great food, a brilliant soundtrack and a stunning setting.
Lucky Fish, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 11am to 3am daily. Tel: (0)4 569 3447, @luckyfishdubai
The Beirut-born concept, named after the date that never was, is known for its unique personality and playful design.
VIEWS: Similar to that of its Palm West Beach counterparts, it captures Dubai Marina, Bluewaters and the Arabian Gulf.
FOOD: Elevated Mediterrasian grazing plates.
WHY GO: For a beach day that extends into the night, and for the music.
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, Sun to Fri 7pm to 12am, Sat 1-4pm and 7pm to 12am. 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 12pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 567 8316. 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 8pm Entry 21+. Tel: (0)4 426 0700. atlantis.com/dubai/bars-and-nightlife/white-beach-club
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 12.30-3pm and 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Fri and Sat 12.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 245 5555. marriott.com
One of a slew of alfresco spots on Palm West Beach Surf Club was previously known as Aprons and Hammers beach club, and comes with more seating than ever under sun-dappled wooden trellises and new roomy cabanas for a fabulous beach day.
VIEWS: Lovely sunset views of Dubai Marina
FOOD: here is a big focus on seafood, with a raw and sushi counter serving up the freshest catches.
GO FOR: A cool Hamptons-meets-California vibe.
Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 1am daily. Tel: (0)4 589 5444, surfclubdubai.com
Piatti by the Beach
Offering neutral tones with blue accents and a beach view that will transport you to the Med, Piatti encapsulates the European lifestyle through food, music and ambience.
VIEWS: Chic poolside glam, with sea and skyline views offered from the terrace.
FOOD: Distinctly Italian.
WHY GO: For a trip to the dessert room, where sweet treats are baked fresh each day.
Piatti by the Beach, Raffles The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 12.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (0)4 248 8889. @piattibythebeach
Mura is like a magical secret Italian garden tucked away at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah.
VIEWS: The ideal spot for checking out The Pointe fountains.
FOOD: Italian fare from the Amalfi Coast
WHY GO: Mura is the kind of place you want to bring your parents when they visit or to impress a dinner date.
Mura, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sun to Fri 6pm to 1am, Sat 1pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 510 4800. @mura_restaurant
An earthy, beachy open-air spot with sprawling terraces, a bar, indoor restaurant and boutique.
VIEWS: Out across JBR and Bluewaters.
FOOD: Mediterranean, with dishes that take inspiration from countries such as Greece and Spain.
GO FOR: The breakfast lobster benedict.
Ula, Dukes, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 10am to 1am Mon to Thurs, 9am ot 1am Fri to Sun. Tel: (0)4 566 3041. @uladxb
The Mediterranean spot is the ideal beachside spot to enjoy a view of the ocean with your fresh oysters and catch of the day.
VIEWS: This Club Vista Mare spot enjoys seaside and Palm frond views.
FOOD: Spanish cuisine fans will enjoy the traditional paella, while lovers of Greek food will fawn after dishes such as kleftiko and spanakopita.
GO FOR: A long lunch on the fauna-filled terrace.
Club Visa Mare, Palm Jumeirah, daily, 12pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 770 1433. @myrrarestaurant
Soho Garden Rootop Bar The Palm
A perfect local hangout for those living or working on The Palm, or all those late night owls who want to get down and boogie on the weekend.
VIEWS: Not incredible, but good vibes with the sunset peaking through the shoreline skyline.
FOOD: Bar bites alongside cocktails, beer and house drinks.
GO FOR: Sundowner drinks or a late night hangout with your gang.
Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah, Nakheel Mall, Dubai, Tues to Sun 5pm to 3am, Mon closed, Tel: (0)54 233 5555, sohogardendxb.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. Sat to Thur 9am to 12am, Fri 11am to 12am. 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 12pto 2am daily. Tel: (04) 447 0227. belgianbeercafe.com
Mezzanine Bar & Kitchen
A casual gastropub with a warm, welcoming vibe.
VIEWS: Serenely located on the edge of the Madinat, the winding waterways extend from here.
FOOD: Tasty British pub dishes.
WHY GO: For wallet-friendly deals and a laid back atmosphere.
Mezzanine Bar & Kitchen, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Mon to Fri 10am to 3am, Sat and Sun 9am to 3am. @mezzaninedubai
La Plage at French Riviera
The new exquisite beach deck at Jumeirah Al Qar’s French Riviera exudes Côte D’Azure vibes and glamour, with plush cabanas and seating on the wooden deck.
VIEWS: Iconic views of the Burj Al Arab.
FOOD: A mix of classic and modern French Mediterranean food designed for sharing.
WHY GO: For a weekend brunch, where you can soak up lively DJ sets and stunning sunsets.
La Plage by French Riviera, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 432 3232. jumeirah.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, Tues to Sun 11am to 8pm, Mon closed. 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 6pm 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, Mon to Fri 5pm to 12am, Sat and Sun 1pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 430 8535. folly.ae
McGettigan’s Souk Madinat
McGettigan’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Mon to Thur 12pm to 2am, Fri 12pm to 3am, Sat 10am to 3am, Sun 10am to 2am. 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, 12.30pm to 13am daily. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
A classic spot in Dubai; perfect to marvel at the magical Madinat waterways and the iconic Burj Al Arab.
FOOD: Sophisticated bar bites with an international flare
GO FOR: Honestly – any time of the day. Perfect for a cheeky afternoon drink, before or after dinner with your significant other or a gang of friends.
Bahri Bar, Madinat Jumeirah, 5pm to 2am daily. Tel: 80 032 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: (0)4 403 3111. livelaville.com/lookup
LPM Restaurant & Bar Dubai
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 created by Adriano Cattaneo, the new Global Executive Chef.
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. Mon to Fri 12-3.30pm and 6-11.20pm, Sat and Sun 12.30-4pm to 6-11.30pm. 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, daily 5pm to 4am. Tel: (04) 372 2395. 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, Mon to Thur 12pm to 2am, Fri 12pm to 3am, Sat 12-5pm and 7pm to 3am, Sun 12-5pm and 7pm to 2am. 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 6pm to 2am, Fri and Sat 6pm 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, Mon to Wed 12pm to 1am, Thur 12pm to 2am, Fri 12pm to 3am, Sat 12 to 5pm and 8pm to 3am, Sun 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 208 9333. indochinedxb.com
A beautiful outdoor terrace filled with jewel-tone seating and bright foliage.
VIEWS: It’s more about the Instagrammable terrace decor than what’s beyond it.
FOOD: Incredible South American dishes.
GO FOR: For an amazing dinner, then make your way up to the rooftop for a digestif.
DIFC Pavilion, terrace open 12pm to 3am daily. Tel: (0)4 571 3999, amazonicorestaurant.com
The Japanese restaurant, originally from Beirut, is the latest open-air nightlife to debut in DIFC
VIEWS: As the highest spot in DIFC, the windowless space looks out across the glimmering Downtown Dubai.
FOOD: Premium Japanese cuisine.
GO FOR: A special occasion or payday treat.
Clap Dubai, Gate Village 11, DIFC, Mon to Fri 12pm to 3am, Sat and Sun 1pm t0 3am. Tel: (0)4 569 3820. claprestaurant.com
Monkey Bar is one of those ‘in’ spots in Dubai with a trifecta of cool setting, amazing drinks and photo-friendly decor.
VIEWS: Stunning views of the sunset and the Museum of the Future.
FOOD: Latin American grazing plates and sharing dishes.
GO FOR: To try the champagne piña colada.
25Hours One Central, Trade Center Street, Dubai, daily 5pm to 2am weekdays. Tel: (0)4 210 2525. monkeybardubai.com
A French Riviera-inspired rooftop bar with a glass-lined pool that feels like you’ve entered an exclusive LA rooftop party.
VIEWS: A perfect vantage point to look out over the panoramic views of the city.
FOOD: The menu offers a delightful selection of small dishes that stay true to the French Riviera-theme
GO FOR: Poolside drinks in an LA-cool setting.
St. Trop, Waldorf Astoria, Burj Daman, Sat to Wed 6pm to 2am, Thurs & Fri, 6pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 515 9800. sttrop.difc
A stylish and chic outdoor terrace, where people can admire the Museum of the future whilst indulging in authentic Chinese cuisine.
VIEWS: Cozy terrace with the views of the stunning Museum of the future and Emirates Towers
FOOD: Delicious Chinese bites, endless dimsum, small plates and famed for its duck.
GO FOR: After work drinks and dinner with friends
Hutong Dubai, Gate Building 6, Ground Floor DIFC, Dubai, 12-3.30pm and 6pm to 1am daily, Tel: (0)4 220 0868, hutong-dubai.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, Sun to Fri noon to 3am, Sat 12.30pm 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 Thur 12pm to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 12am, Fri and Sat 12-3.30pm and 6.30pm to 1aam. 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. daily 6pm 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 to 2am. 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. 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, Sun to Thur 6pm to 2am, Fri 6pm to 3am, Sat 1pm 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, daily 5pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 423 8306. karma-kafe.com
Basko is a 1960-inspired Mediterranean restaurant and speakeasy-style bar complete with a colourful snaking terrace.
VIEWS: Look up for views of the looming skyscrapers above.
FOOD: Mediterranean-inspired cuisine delivers dishes such as langoustine risotto, frog Provençal, prime rib and lobster fregola.
GO FOR: More a restaurant than a bar, go for the excellent Mediterranean dishes.
A sleek new rooftop in Downtown.
VIEWS: It’s located on the 23rd floor of the Dubai EDITION, with views of Burj Khalifa.
FOOD: The Japanese-Peruvian concept offers up a compelling option for fans of Nikkei cuisine.
GO FOR: Hidden lounge Waska, for an immersive experience under a ceiling of 700 LED lights.
Inti, The Dubai Edition Hotel, Downtown Dubai, daily 7pm to 2am. Tel: (0)4 602 3377. @intidubai
One of the tallest restaurants in the city, you’ll find Italian restaurant Fi’lia perched on the 70th floor of SLS Dubai.
VIEWS: Incredible, commanding views of the Downtown skyline are enjoyed from this botanical terrace.
FOOD: Elevated Italian sharing plates, including wood fired pizzas and creamy burrata.
GO FOR: It’s the region’s first female-led restaurant.
Fi’lia, SLS Dubai, Business Bay, Sun to Fri lunch: 12.30pm to 3.30pm, dinner: 6.30pm to 12am. Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm and 6.30pm t0 12am. Tel: (0)4 607 0737. @filiadubai
A beautiful outdoor restaurant with perfect views of the Dubai Fountain.
VIEWS: The world’s tallest building takes centre stage as a stunning backdrop.
FOOD: Coastal Aegean sharing plates.
GO FOR: This Aegean restaurant has ensured that great food and service are top of its priorities.
Urla, Address Downtown, daily 3pm to 3am. Tel: (0)52 554 5997. @urla
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, Mon to Thur 5pm to 2am, Fri to Sun 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, 12pm to 12am daily. 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, Mon to Thur 5pm to 2am, Fri to Sun 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 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 6.30pm to 12am. (04) 357 7888. tomo.ae
Twiggy is the beach club and restaurant in Park Hyatt Dubai offering a relaxed yet inviting vibe, with natural details and friendly service.
VIEWS: The poolside loungers and terrace tables overlook the Dubai Creek and shimmering lagoon.
FOOD: The Mediterranean menu includes a tempting truffle pizza, burrata and fresh seafood.
GO FOR: For a chic beach day.
Twiggy by La Cantine, Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek, daily 9am to 2am. Tel: (0)4 602 1105. @twiggydubai
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 6pm to 3am, Thurs 6pm to 4am, Fri 5pm to 4am, Sat 1pm to 4am, 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 9pm to 3am daily. Tel: (05)0 440 0363. @moodrooftopdubai
Capturing the essence of three of Spain’s most favourable islands, Hola Rooftop blends elements of Ibiza, Mallorca and Formentera in a seamless fashion.
VIEWS: The eighth floor rooftop restaurant overlooks Meydan Racecourse, but the floral decor is even more appealing than the view.
FOOD: There’s something for everyone on the mainly Mediterranean menu, which also has influences from Japan and Latin America.
GO FOR: Instagramability and the laid-back style.
Hola Rooftop, Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, Sun to Fri 7.30pm to 3am, Sat 1pm to 3am. Tel: (0)56 358 3333. @holarooftop
A multi-faceted entertainment and nightlife destination, there’s lots of elements to Soho Garden, but the outdoor bars are among the best.
VIEWS: Across the array of tables, DJ booths and entertainment that sprawls across Soho, with the Downtown skyline in the background.
FOOD: Mixed, light bar bites are served in the beverage-focused venues, while The Terrace and The Garden have more detailed menus.
GO FOR: A big night out with friends, especially when there’s an international act performing
Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, Mon to Sat 7pm to 4am, Sunday closed. Tel: (0)52 388 8849, sohogardendxb.com
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 12am, Fri and Sat 12pm to 1am. @thevoid.dxb
The Maine Street Eatery
The community-focused outpost of Dubai’s favourite brasserie.
VIEWS: There’s not much to see, but you are positioned on a lovely poolside terrace.
FOOD: All your Maine Oyster Bar favourites, with a few more family-friendly options.
GO FOR: A family lunch.
Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, 12pm to 1am daily. Tel: (0)4 557 2468, themaine.ae
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 Thur 9am to 12am, Fri to Sat 9am to 1am. Tel: (0)4 423 8310. thepangolindubai.com