Let’s go outside…
The moment we’ve all been waiting for is fast approaching, so let the tents come down, the roofs come off and the fresh air in. Winter is coming.
One of the best parts about Dubai is the sheer number of stunning outdoor terraces to enjoy sundowners during the cooler months. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking views, top notch bites or exotic hand-crafted drinks, here are the all outdoor terraces ready to welcome you back.
When: Now open
Torno Subito is inspired by chef Massimo Bottura’s childhood on the Italian Riviera, and takes its name from signs that would hang in the shop windows when their owners would take an extended lunch break. Roughly translated, ‘torno subito’ means ‘I will be right back”. The outdoor terrace has reopened with a new aperitivo offer which gives guests two signature cocktails and five bites for Dhs125 per person, it runs daily from 6pm to 8pm.
Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. Tel: (04) 245 5555. marriott.com
When: Now open
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. There’s an exciting reopening party planned for Thursday September 19 with DJ Karl so be sure to save the date in your diary.
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Sat to Wed 6pm to 12am, Thur and Fri 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 317 6000. siddhartalounge.com
When: Now open
SoBe, located on the far-west crescent of the Palm, is definitely worth hotfooting over town for their Wednesday ladies’ night or on a Thursday evening as you warm up for the weekend. 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 2-4-1 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
When: Now open
The jewel atop the Four Seasons Jumeirah, 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) 270 7777. fourseasons.com
When: Now open
Arguably one of the most sophisticated rooftop bars in Dubai, Akira Back’s outdoor terrace ooze sophistication. There’s a moat design around the central bar, with plenty of tables to enjoy the expansive views of Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf. Sofa booths provide cosy outdoor seating, perfect for small and stylish group celebrations.
Akira Back, W Dubai The Palm, Sat to Thur 7pm to 12.30am, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, 7pm to 12.30am. Tel: (04) 245 5555. akiraback.com
When: Friday, September 13
The Middle Deck at Barasti will be closed for a week while the House of Whatever tent is being removed. The terrace will return to an outdoor bar on Thursday evening, September 12 ready for a big weekend under the sun.
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Sun to Wed 10am to 1.30am, Thur 10am to 3am, Fri 9am to 3am, Sat 9am to 1.30am. Tel: (04) 399 3333. barastibeach.com
When: Monday September 16
Things can get pretty lively on this balcony extension of popular Japanese haunt, Ramusake, especially if you’re there on ladies’ night. The doors of the terrace will once again reopen on September 16, with the first outdoor ladies’ night of the season happening on Wednesday September 18. Make sure you’re there for unlimited drinks for girls and the latest chart-topping RnB tunes.
Ramusake, Doubletree by Hilton, JBR, Sat to Thurs 6pm to 2am, Fri 1pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 559 5300. ramusake.ae
When: Monday, September 23
Flair No.5 closed its doors at the beginning of summer and is just about ready to reopen them. An al fresco 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 floral inspired sharing menu. It’s mainly about the drinks, but you can also order light bites designed to share. After work drinks, or ladies’ night on a Wednesday, it’s a chic midweek wind-down.
Flair No.5, Ritz Carlton, DIFC, daily 5pm to 2am from Sept 23. Tel: (04) 372 2323. ritzcarlton.com.
When: September TBC
This Business Bay lounge is currently operating its terrace with a retractable roof but soon (we’re told it depends on when the Dubai humidity drops again), it will come off. The Lebanese export which overlooks the Dubai Canal in the JW Marriott Marquis, and is popular for its Friday sundowner brunch and mid-week ladies’ night.
Seven Sisters, First Floor, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, daily 6pm to 3am. Tel: (056) 775 4777. 7sistersdubai.com
When: End of September
Being in such a great outdoor location as Soho Garden, it would be a shame for Tokyo Vibes not to offer some outdoor space during the cooler months. The newly-opened Japanese bar will remain an indoor venue, with an outside area available to enjoy from the end of September.
Tokyo Vibes, Soho Garden, Meydan Grandstand, Wednesday to Saturday, 8pm to 3am. Tel: (052) 388 8849. tokyovibesdxb.com
When: End of September
Gorgeous Almafi Coast-inspired seafood restaurant Alici is reopening its beautiful terrace this month as well as introducing two new DJs. DJ Patrick and DJ Mari Geneva will both be taking residencies to help prolong the summer vibes atmosphere residents have come to know and love.
Alici, Bluewaters, daily 12pm to 3.30pm, 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 275 2577. alici.com
When: Tuesday, October 1
The Burj Khalifa serves as the impressive backdrop to this urban rooftop bar. It’s spent the summer undercover, but Treehouse will be back outdoors from October 1. There’s a new ladies’ night every Wednesday which offers girls unlimited bubbly from 9pm for Dhs169. It’s also worth checking out Treehouse’s acoustic night on Sunday, and it’s home to one of Downtown’s most popular post-brunch parties on Fridays.
Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, Sat to Weds 7pm to 2am, Thus and Fri 7pm to 3am. Tel:(058) 827 2763. Taxi: Business Bay. tajhotels.com
When: Wednesday, October 2
Media City bar Tamanya Terrace received a tiki-makeover when it was covered for the summer earlier this year. The tent will come off on October 2 but we can reveal that the theme is here to stay for the new season. With floral shirts, exotic cocktails and live music, Radisson Blu Media City’s rooftop bar is the place to get your Tiki-fix this winter.
Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Media City, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 366 9184. radissonhotels.com
Cielo Sky Lounge
When: First week of October
Whilst Dubai Creek is a little further away from the heart of the city, Cielo Sky Lounge is totally worth the trip. Relax on the ultra-chic rooftop terrace and wind down with chilled beats from the Dj whilst enjoying panoramic views of Old Dubai and the Creek.
Cielo Sky Lounge, The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 6pm to 3am, Fri 4pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 416 1801. cielodubai.com
La Cantine du Faubourg
When: Saturday, October 12
La Cantine’s cosy terrace will make its grand return just in time for the fancy French restaurant’s annual Pink Brunch. Tables at this glossy spot are sought after, and even more so on their terrace – an intimate urban jungle of retro art, plants and low seating that could make you feel like you were in a hidden garden in Paris, if it weren’t for the shadows of the Emirates Towers skyscrapers above.
La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sun to Weds, 12pm to 2am, Thurs and Fri 12pm to 3am, Sat 12pm to 6pm, 8pm to 2am. Tel: 04 352 7105. lacantine.ae
The jewel in the Pier 7 crown, Atelier M might be best known for its bar and lounge – but you’re missing a trick if you don’t dine here. The menu is an impressive selection of upscale European cuisine, and we recommend you dine first, before making your way to the impressive rooftop lounge to soak in the incredible Dubai Marina views.
Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 450 7766. atelierm.ae
Serving up prime Burj Khalifa views, a lively ambience and some of the finest Italian fare in the city, Roberto’s will be inviting guests to enjoy afternoons and evenings on the terrace from mid-October.
Roberto’s, Gate Village 1, DIFC, Dubai, 12pm to 2am Sun to Weds, 12pm to 3am Thurs and Fri. Tel: (04) 386 0066. robertos.ae
With one of the most desirable views in the city, Maiden Shanghai’s sixth floor terrace is a perfect choice for watching the sunset. Opening from the middle of October, you’ll soon be able to sip on delicious cocktails in the gorgeous al fresco setting.
Maiden Shanghai, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, daily 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 247 5222. fivehotelsandresorts.com
When: October TBC
Part rooftop bar, part exotic garden lounge, Mood Rooftop Lounge will open on the rooftop of the Meydan Hotel this October. Promising 180 degree views of the city, an international menu and extensive shisha offering, it will add to an already impressive list of bars and clubs at Meydan which include Soho Garden, Tokyo Vibes and Drai’s DXB.
Mood Rooftop Lounge, Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, opening soon. @moodrooftopdubai
After a few month of partying indoors, Skyline Thursdays will soon be back out in the open again. The popular Penthouse event regularly hosts some of the world’s top DJs and the next season is no different. Coming up on the bill is BJones on October 3 and Toni Varga & Tini Gessler on October 17.
The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat to Weds 11am to 2am, Thurs and Fri 11am to 3am. Tel: (052) 900 4868. fivehotelsandresorts.com
When: October TBC
Popular JLT watering hole, Nola, currently has a conservatory covering its cosy outdoor area. The bar tells us they’re waiting to see when the weather improves before announcing the removal of the roof but it should be some time in October. Once they do, you’ll be able to enjoy clear views of the neighbouring JLT towers.
Nola Eatery & Social House, Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, daily 12pm to 3pm. Tel: (04) 399 8155. nola-social.com
When: End of October
Hailing from Madrid, rainforest-inspired Amazonico is set to open its doors at the end of October in DIFC’s Gate Village 11. The team behind the restaurant say that Amazonico will be split into three distinct spaces: a ground floor sushi counter and lounge, first floor restaurant, and an open-air, Copacabana inspired rooftop with private dining area.
Amazonico, Gate Village 11, DIFC, Dubai, opening end of October. Facebook.com/AmazonicoDubai
When: End of October
Chic Arabian rooftop spot, Ninive, currently has a large elegant tent shading the entire venue to keep it cool in the summer. While it’s still stunning to sit and enjoy a refreshing cocktail, we can’t wait until the End of October when the tent will be removed to reveal the surrounding views of Business Bay.
Ninive, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 326 6105. ninive.ae
CE LA VI
When: November TBC
One of Asia’s best known – and most impressive – rooftop bars, CE LA VI, is set to open in Dubai later this year. CE LA VI will be found on the 54th floor of the Address Sky View, at the poolside of the incredible infinity pool that links the two hotel towers.
Ce La Vi, Address Sky Views, Downtown Dubai, opening November 2019.
A great spot for sundowners, we’re excited to see when Morimoto’s terrace will reopen again. With dramatic views of Downtown Dubai, this contemporary Japanese bar and restaurant makes for a cool place to head for your afterwork tipple.
Morimoto, Renaissance Downtown, Marasi Drive, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 6pm to 12am, Fri 12.30pm to 2am. Tel (04) 512 5577. facebook.com/MorimotoDubai
If you want to catch some of the best views of Downtown Dubai, including Burj Khalifa then you’ll want to keep an eye out for FireLake Grill’s terrace reopening. While we’re not sure exactly when it will be, we’re told it’s coming back soon, along with their backyard grill. Serving up smoked and charred meats, marinated seafood and coal-roasted veggies, we can’t wait until barbecue weather is back once again.
FireLake Grill, Radisson Blu, Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, daily, 4pm to late. Tel: (04) 249 7800. radissonblu.com
This urban British spot in JLT gives off a comfortable pub garden type of feel outside with soft wooden furniture and a relaxed atmosphere. Every hour is happy hour here with selected house beverages costing Dhs30. There’s loads of games like pool, darts and foosball to tackle inside too.
UBK, Movenpick Hotel, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sat to Wed 12pm to 2am, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com
Eve Penthouse & Lounge
Describing that it’s inspired by ‘a wandering beauty whose Gatsby-esque mystique and decadent lifestyle ensure she’s always the source of intrigue’, Eve is the rooftop penthouse in Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. Currently there’s an external wall around the bar to protect it from the heat outside, but that will come down when the weather improves. Open from 4.30pm daily, Eve serves up an extensive menu of cocktails as well as an internationally influenced menu of bar bites alongside some stunning vistas of Dubai Creek.
Eve, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai Creek, Sat to Weds, 4.30pm to 2am, Thurs and Fri, 4.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 553 1214. eveloungedubai.com
Despite having chic interiors which manage to feel contemporary yet intimate, Il Borro is made extra special by its stunning views. These are made all the more better by the lovely terrace that looks out to the waters of Jumeirah Al Naseem, which we look forward to visiting when it reopens for the winter soon.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah St, Dubai, daily noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 275 2555. ilborrotuscanbistro.ae
Luna Sky Bar
Chic rooftop bar Luna Sky Bar still has its summer tent up at the moment, but we’re expecting it should come down soon. When it does, guests will be able to once again enjoy the stunning views of Downtown Dubai’s iconic skyline.
Luna Sky Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, Gate Village 9, DIFC. Tel: (04) 506 0300. lunadubai.com