The best new bars in Dubai
From slick nightclubs to dazzling new lounges and intimate haute hangouts…
Looking for a new watering hole to mix up your drinking circuit? With a new year comes a slew of new bars in Dubai to try. Whether it’s an underground drinking den or a sleek rooftop with incredible views, these are the best new bars in Dubai you need to try.
Attiko is the name of a sleek new restaurant and lounge brought to you by the team behind Sushisamba, Aura Skypool and Drift Beach Dubai; Sunset Hospitality Group. The sleek space offers brilliant views of Palm Jumeirah and beyond from its 31st floor location of W Dubai – Mina Seyahi. On the menu, guests can expect a range of modern and classic Pan-Asian dishes as well as an extensive menu of international beer, wine and handcrafted cocktails. Open each evening, guests can enjoy tasty bites and drinks in a vibrant atmosphere, with DJs spinning deep, soulful, energetic music.
Attiko, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 4pm to 2am daily. Tel:(0)4 350 9983, theattiko.com
From the creators of Miss Lily’s and Indochine in the UAE comes Honeycomb Hi-Fi a new, homegrown concept. With a big focus on music, it’s described as a first-of-its-kind listening bar in the city. Inside, it’s got the feel of a secret record store for audiophiles in the know, with a High-Fidelity sound system, minimalistic interiors and dim lighting. Found on the second floor of the Pullman Hotel Downtown, inside Flip Side Record crew from Alserkal Avenue have curated a great showcase of vinyl collectables and classics to browse or purchase. Aside from vinyls, there are also music-related books, magazines and Honeycomb Hi-Fi merchandise for sale. Alongside the main room, guests can also visit ‘The Gallery,’ a smaller, elevated space and ‘The Garden,’ an industrial-looking terrace. The rotation of DJs and music curators will range from turntables and electronic to jazz, soul and world music.
Honeycomb Hi-Fi, Pullman Hotel Downtown, 8pm to 2am, Tues to Sun. Tel: (0)4 412 6666, @honeycombhifi
CouCou Dubai is perched 52 stories high on the top floor of the Palm Tower, where you’ll also find The View at The Palm. Self-described as ‘a place where you leave your inhibitions at ground level,’ this gorgeous new rooftop is a stunning new addition to The Palm’s drinking scene. Whether it’s sundowners with a view, a romantic evening date or a big night out with your besties, CouCou offers it all.
CouCou Dubai, The View at The Palm, Palm Tower, daily 9pm to 2am. @coucourooftop
Barfly by Buddha Bar
Adding to the already impressive array of big culinary names in the Hilton Palm Jumeirah Resort is Barfly by Buddha Bar. The international export is on the resort’s rooftop, so alongside a signature menu of pan-Asian dishes and craft cocktails, the al fresco terrace promises some pretty spectacular views. Conceptualised in Paris in 1995, the venue became one of the city’s celebrity hotspots, and has since expanded to cities across the globe. As is customary for the brand, entertainment is a strong focus, so expect to be dazzled by a troupe of acrobatic dancers, who will give their all to put on an unforgettable show packed with aerial choreography and unimaginable gymnastic acts every week at Barfly.
Barfly by Buddha-Bar, Hilton Resort Palm Jumeirah, 5pm to 1am Sun to Thurs, 5pm to 2am Fri and Sat. Tel: (0)4 230 0000, buddhabar.com
Located within the Jumierah Al Naseem Lagoon, Blind Tiger is a modern-era speakeasy that is set to bring a little after-dark amusement to the city. The new bar is set to be a stylish new addition to Dubai’s incredible nightlife scene, and will no doubt be a sought-after spot for a pre- or post-dinner drink. The luxurious venue features emerald green hues with warm hints of Japanese opulence. It is set to be a sight to behold – once you do find it that is. The venue also boasts an outdoor terrace that’s perfect for soak in the moonlight and making the most of the beautiful winter weather.
Tiki’s by Canary Club
Canary Club, Banyan Tree Residences Hillside, JLT, Dubai. Monday to Thursday 12pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 2am, Sundays 12pm to 1am. @canaryclubdxb