From cool and casual to ultra-romantic…
If you’re planning a date night, or need a way to drop hints to your significant other that you deserve a night off, then we’re here to help. Whether it’s cool and casual or one of the city’s most romantic alfresco spots, be sure to impress your date with one of these brilliant date night bars in Dubai.
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. The vibe is chilled in the week, with a more lively vibe with dancing and DJs until the early hours on the weekends.Pick a cosy spot looking out to the Marina, and settle in for an upscale, glamorous evening.
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Sat to Wed 6pm to 12am, Thur and Fri 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 317 6000. siddhartalounge.com
Jetty Lounge is arguably one of Dubai’s most famous date-night spots. Perched on the waterfront, you’ve got the option to sit with your toes in the sand at one of the tables that gaze out to the water, or on the elevated terrace. It’s got a chilled vibe, though the setting makes it an uber-romantic location that’s perfect for sunset. For ultimate wow-factor, take a speedboat from the jetty to 101 for dinner after.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, daily 2pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 399 9999. royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com
The London Project
A relative newcomer to this list, The London Project is well worth a mention. Being at The London Project feels like you’re hanging out in a greenhouse that’s been converted into a living room. Think leafy foliage draping over racing green velvet booths, colour pops of copper, exposed brick and London-inspired murals adorning the walls. It’s got that casual-cool London feel, plus you’ll get bonus points for taking your date somewhere they’ve likely not been before.
The London Project, Bluewaters Island, off JBR, daily 9am to midnight. Tel: (04) 5808570. thelondonproject.com
Arguably the best new sunset spot in the city, SoBe is open from 4pm daily, 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 two-for-one 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) 245 5555. marriott.com
The jewel atop of the Four Seasons, Mercury Lounge is a glamorous Dubai rooftop bar with one-of-a-kind views: overlooking the Dubai skyline and the Burj Khalifa on one side, and the Arabian Gulf on the other. During the week it’s relatively relaxed, but it’s a different story at the weekend.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, Sat to Thur 6pm to 2am, Wed to Fri 6pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 2707777. fourseasons.com
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Nothing says life in Dubai quite like chilling on the terrace at Jumeirah Al Naseem’s Ambar. The view of the sea, and Burj Al Arab at sunset, plus it’s got a wow-worthy cocktail list that’s perfect for making your way through on date night.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4323232. jumeirah.com
The Rooftop at folly
folly is one of our favourite spots in the Madinat thanks to its now famous folly pops (why didn’t we think to dip ice lollies in prosecco before?) and picturesque views of the waterways. The rooftop at folly is about as romantic as it gets, especially at sunset as you watch the sun sink into the water.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to late. Tel: (04) 430 8535. folly.ae
The Burj Khalifa serves as the impressive backdrop to this urban rooftop bar. While it may be home to a lively party brunch on a Friday, go through the week and expect a mix of chilled house beats and acoustic sets. Tables are intimate and mostly designed for two, and there’s high level bar stools or low level lounge areas to pick from.
Treehouse, Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, Sat to Weds 7pm to 2am, Thus and Fri 7pm to 3am. Tel:(058) 827 2763. tajhotels.com
David Myers, also known as the Gypsy Chef, opened two restaurants in Business Bay last year, but what you probably didn’t know, is you’ll also find a speakeasy-style bar above one of his venues. Poppy is tucked away above his Italian restaurant, Basta!, and has had its menu masterminded by Sam Ross, the master mixologist behind New York’s award-winning Milk & Honey. It’s a cosy bar with a unique cocktail menu, perfect for an intimate evening drinking top cocktails.
Poppy by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, daily from 7pm. Renaissance-hotels.marriott.com
Perched high on the 63rd floor, Neo is one of the few indoor bars on this list. But it more than merits its spot, thanks to it’s stunning, sky-high Downtown views and cosy tables that make for an intimate evening. You’ll want to book ahead to make sure you can reserve one of the window tables, and you can watch the half-hourly fountain shows from 63 storeys high.
Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai, daily 5pm to 2.30am. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com
Luna Sky Bar
Luna Sky Bar is the DIFC terrace that feels different to all of its DIFC counterparts. It’s got brilliant Burj views, and the outdoor terrace is sleek and fancy, without being filled with a pretentious crowd.
Luna Sky Bar, Four Seasons DIFC, Dubai, daily 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 506 0300. lunadubai.com
Flair No. 5
Welcome to a botanical bar in the heart of DIFC. Here you’re not just surrounded by greenery, you’ll find it in your glass too. The green-fingered mixologists serve herb-infused drinks, and they’ll let you build your own too – brilliant for an interactive date night in Dubai. While big groups of the post-work crowd often populate the bigger tables, cushy sofas serve as the perfect corner for two.
Ritz Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 372232323. ritzcarlton.com
Located in the chic La Ville Hotel & Suites in City Walk, this cool little wine bar probably isn’t on your radar. It’s got a trendy, urban feel and doesn’t get completely packed, meaning you’ll always be able to find a table for two. Make your way through the inventive wine list over a sharing platter of cheese or cured meats.
Grapeskin, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, daily 4pm to midnight. Tel: (054) 309 5948. livelaville.com.
Found as part of The Promenade development, this stunning spot by the Dubai Creek is one of Dubai’s best hidden gem bars. It’s got that instant on-holiday vibe, thanks to its whitewashed colour scheme with nautical interiors, and it’s location perched on the edge of the marina. As the sun sets, the palm trees light up with twinkly lights, and cosy sofas round the fire pit serve as the ultimate date-night location.
NOÉPE, The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, daily 12.30pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 602 1234 Facebook.com/ThePromenadeDubai