From beach bars, shisha lounges, happy hours, drink deals, 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 Al Fresco.
From romantic rooftops to sundowners in the sand, we’ve rounded up an extra long list of outdoor spaces to fill your Instagram feed with.
Here are 62 of the best outdoor bars in Dubai.
The perfect spot for a laidback beverage, Wavebreaker has live sport on LCD screens, shisha, a BBQ menu, and it’s right on the beach.
VIEWS: Wavebreaker boasts ocean views from the terrace.
FOOD: Meat and seafood fresh from the charcoal BBQ.
GO FOR: Low-key weekend drinks.
Hilton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR, Dubai, daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 399 1111. hilton.com/dubai
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, Sun to Thur 10am to 2am, Fri and Sat 8am to 3am. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
A new lounge and live music bar in Rixos Premium. The outdoor terrace has recently been opened.
VIEWS: Rixos’ pool and Ain Dubai.
FOOD: Pub grub.
GO FOR: Live music nights every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
District, Rixos Premium JBR, Sat to Mon & Wed 12pm to 1am, Tues 12pm to 2am, Thu & Fri 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 394 1832. districtdxb.com
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, Sun to Thur 6pm to 3am, Fri and Sat 4pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3995533. blissloungedubai.com
A lively party spot that’s great for food and drinks.
VIEWS: The terrace looks out to sea and has great views of the Ain Dubai (that’ll be even better when it’s finished).
FOOD: Sushi and tapas dishes that are ideal for sharing.
GO FOR: Their Wednesday ladies’ night – it comes with unlimited wine for the girls.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Sun to Weds 6pm to 2am, Thurs to Sat 1pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 559 5300. ramusake.ae
Pure Sky Lounge
A more glamorous option in the same hotel as Wavebreaker, Pure Sky Lounge is up on the 35th floor.
VIEWS: The blue and white colour scheme and ocean views give the venue an Ibiza vibe.
FOOD: Grazing plates and grills.
GO FOR: Glammed up cocktails or bubbles.
Hilton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR, Dubai, Sun to Fri 5pm to 2am, Sat 2pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 399 1111. hilton.com/dubai
Part-pool and beach, part-lounge, Azure Beach expands out across the pool and lounge at the Rixos Premium JBR.
VIEWS: It’s a great spot for sunset, with views across the beach, ocean and out to 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 late. 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, their Sushi Sundays gets you unlimited Sushi for Dhs168 per couple with a bottle of wine.
GO FOR: The flaming bar counter – theatrical flaring at it’s finest.
Zengo, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Sat to Weds, 7pm to 1am, Thurs and Fri 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 316 5550. Zengo-dubai.com
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 chilled beach day that gets lively as the sun goes down.
Cove Beach, Caesars Palace, Bluewaters, Sun to Weds 10am to 1am, Thur to Sat 10am to 3am. Tel: (050) 454 6920. covebeach.com
A trendy rooftop restaurant in Caesars Palace with cuisine by Akira Back.
VIEWS: Just about as close as you can get to Ain Dubai.
FOOD: Contemporary Asian cuisine.
GO FOR: Sophisticated alfresco dining.
Akira Back, Caesars Palace, Bluewaters, Mon to Thurs 5pm to 1am, Fri & Sat 5pm to 2am, Sun closed. Tel: (04) 556 666. caesars.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 fun and lively brunch.
The London Project, Bluewaters, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 580 8570. thelondonproject.com
Atelier M is the sophisticated dining-to-drinks bar and restaurant that occupies the top three floors of Pier 7. Its rooftop terrace bar will give you seriously Instagrammable 360 degree views of the stunning Dubai Marina that are pretty hard to beat.
VIEWS: Get 360 degree views of Dubai marina from this super-chic terrace lounge
FOOD: Try their Tuesday ladies night, starting with dinner in the restaurant with two drinks for Dhs190, then head to the lounge for four complimentary drinks, then to the top terrace for four more complimentary drinks.
GO FOR: A sophisticated catch up with your bestie or a romantic date night spot
Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 6pm to 2am Saturday to Monday, 6pm to 3am Tuesday, 6pm to 2am Wednesday, 6pm to 3am Thursday & Friday. Tel: (04) 450 7766. atelierm.ae
The beach bar that needs no introduction. It’s a Dubai institution that packs out with party people every 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: Live sport on big screens, lively lunches, and late night dancing.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, Sat to Wed 11am to 1.30am, Thur and Fri 11am to 3am. Tel: (04) 399 3333. barastibeach.com
One of the best looking bars in Dubai, Jetty Lounge is all about classy cocktails, chilled out tunes and stunning sunsets. Book a table if you’re a big group.
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: Bar snacks and mezze.
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 2pm to 2am. 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 the marina by night.
FOOD: Mediterranean/Asian fusion dishes.
GO FOR: Evening drinks in stylish surroundings
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Sat to Wed 10am to 1am, Thur and Fri 10am to 2am. Tel: (04) 317 6000. siddhartalounge.com
An Amazon-themed bar with plenty of junglesque 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 South America and Asia.
GO FOR: Upscale after-work drinks.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Sun to Mon & Weds 12pm to 1am, Tues, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 240 4747. mamazonia.com
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: Tapas and an a la carte menu with salads, sandwiches, burgers, grills and more.
GO FOR: Poolside shisha surrounded by skyscrapers.
Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 436 7777. theaddress.com
DRIFT Beach Dubai
A luxe beach club with a French restaurant and outdoor bar overlooking the beach.
VIEWS: One&Only’s private beach and 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 10.30am to 7.30pm. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com
The oh-so-Britsh restaurant and bar has a huge terrace overlooking Dubai Marina.
VIEWS: From the 4th 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: Killer Marina views.
4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, daily 8am to 2am. 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: From the lofty heights of this rooftop terrace you can watch boats making their way along the water below.
FOOD: Fuss-free food that’s all about fresh ingredients from Turkey and Greece with a Mediterranean influence.
GO FOR: Beachfront dining that feels like a European holiday resort.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, daily 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 511 7139. 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: A mid-week dinner or inventive weekend cocktails.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Sun to Thurs 4pm to 2am, Fri and Sat 2pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 276 5900. pier7.ae
The outdoor area of the 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 noon to midnight. 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, daily noon to late. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
You’ll find seductive lighting and DJ beats at this glamorous terrace bar in the heart of Dubai Media City.
VIEWS: Sit back and watch as twilight falls over the Dubai Marina skyline.
FOOD: Nibbles, sandwiches and grills with an Arabic influence.
GO FOR: The popular Vibes party nights and stop-and-stare views of the Marina skyscrapers.
Radisson Blu, Media City, Dubai, Sun to Thur 5pm to 2am, Fri and Sat 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 366 9111. radissonblu.com
JLT & The Lakes
Reform Social & Grill
Reform has the British gastro-pub 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, daily 8am to late. Tel: (04) 4542638. reformsocialgrill.ae
This Irish stalwart now with five branches in Dubai. The JLT terrace is a Dubai institution for after-work drinkers and weekend party people.
VIEWS: 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 daily 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 378 0800. mcgettigans.com/jlt
Nola remains one of JLT’s most consistently busy spots, regularly drawing in the drinkers and diners of JLT.
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 daily 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 399 8155. nola-social.com
A relaxed and stunning terrace, overlooking breathtaking views of the ocean. By night, it transforms into a funky, neon lit hangout.
VIEWS: Uninterrupted sunset 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: A girls’ night with amazing sunset views.
SoBe, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Sat to Tue 4pm to 1am, Wed to Fri 4pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 245 5555. 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 noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 430 9466. riva-beach.com
Perched atop party hotel FIVE Palm Jumeirah, The Penthouse is great both for sunbathing with Jumeirah views in the day, and partying with Dubai Marina views by night.
VIEWS: Pretty special – you get panoramic views across both Dubai Marina and towards the Burj Al Arab from either side.
FOOD: An array of ‘Mediterranean’ dishes from sushi and sashimi to beef short ribs.
GO FOR: Either daytime or evening, just be sure to go – it’s one of the city’s best bars.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat to Weds 11am to 2am, Thurs and Fri 11am to 3am. Tel: (052) 900 4868. fivehotelsandresorts.com
A gorgeous restaurant and probably one of the most romantic spots in Dubai, which serves 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, Mon to Sat 11.30am to 2am, closed Sun. Tel: (04) 440 1030. oneandonlyresorts.com
A chic terrace off the back of Akira Back’s namesake restaurant in W Dubai – The Palm.
VIEWS: 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, Sat to Thur 7pm to 12.30am, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, 7pm to 12.30am. Tel: (04) 245 5555. akiraback.com
The Beach House
Gazing out towards the Arabian Gulf is the aptly named Beach House. On the waters edge of Anantara The Palm it’s got great food in a family friendly setting.
VIEWS: Soaking up the views out towards the Atlantis and the open ocean.
FOOD: Dining Al Fresco with friends and family. The martini glass of calamari is a must.
GO FOR: Superb sunsets and sundowners right by the sea.
Anantara, The Palm, Dubai, daily 12pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 567 8888. Taxi: Anantara The Palm. dubai-palm.anantara.com
A Mediterranean restaurant next to the beach of Emerald Palace Kempinski.
VIEWS: From the lower terrace you’re directly next to the beach but the rooftop offers views of the resort and views far out across the Palm.
FOOD: Antipasti and tapas.
GO FOR: A relaxed afternoon with good food and good friends.
Villamoré, Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 248 8890. villamoredubai.com
Breeze Beach Grill
Breeze Beach Grill on the Palm has a Mediterranean feel that makes you feel like you’ve left the shores of Dubai behind.
VIEWS: Soak up the views across Jumeirah towards the Burj Al Arab.
FOOD: Mediterranean and Asian fusion bites perfect for snacking and sharing.
GO FOR: Beachside sundowners with your toes in the sand.
Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Sat to Weds 11am to 12am, Thurs and Fri 11am to 1am. Tel (04) 568 3000. summeronthepalm.com
Restaurant by Massimo Buttora with a cun 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 the world’s best restaurant.
GO FOR: Delicious comfort food and friendly service.
Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. Tel: (04) 245 5555. marriott.com
Nothing says life in Dubai quite like chilling on the terrace at Jumeirah Al Naseem’s Ambar.
VIEWS: There’s nice views of the water, and the Burj Al Arab serves as an impressive backdrop.
FOOD: Minimal, this bar is all about the top quality mixology.
GO FOR: Impressing visitors.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4323232. jumeirah.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 cheesy Belgian frites and a vast array of beers.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Sun to Thur noon to 2am, Fri and Sat noon to 3am. Tel: (04) 447 0227. belgianbeercafe.com
Key West, Nikki Beach
A Caribbean restaurant in Nikki Beach Resort on Pearl Jumeira, where you don’t come much closer to a beachfront location.
VIEWS: The restaurant and lounge extends out onto the beach, and you can watch the sun set over the water from the sand.
FOOD: Caribbean meets casual West Coast American, it’s a flavour fusion you’ll want to get stuck into.
GO FOR: A little slice of beachside luxury.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah, off Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, daily 6pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 376 6000. nikkibeachhotels.com
Sleek and sophisticated, this recently renovated rooftop bar at The Four Seasons Jumeirah is all about the glamour.
VIEWS: Burj Khalifa and Downtown skyline.
FOOD: Mediterranean light bites and sharing platters.
GO FOR: Celeb spotting and an out-to-impress crowd.
Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel:(04) 270 7777. fourseasons.com
One of Dubai’s most romantic spots, PierChic calls the end of a Madinat Jumeirah Jetty home.
VIEWS: Picture-perfect ocean bliss as far as the eye can see.
FOOD: Seafood, and plenty of it.
GO FOR: A special occasion, this one is on the higher end of the price scale.
Madinat Jumeirah, weekdays 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm, weekends 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
An outdoor champagne and cocktail bar on the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
VIEWS: The sea in one direction, Jumeirah’s palatial villas in the other.
FOOD: Tapas and light snacks.
GO FOR: Post-work drinks and nibbles – there are daily deals on cocktails from 6pm.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 406 8999. jumeirah.com
Folly By Nick & Scott
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.
FOOD: Modern European cuisine co-created by two of Dubai’s top chefs.
GO FOR: The prosecco pops, their happy hour special has become something of a signature, and it’s a well priced Dhs35.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to late. Tel: (04) 430 8535. jumeirah.com
There’s a chic beach club vibe – big windows, sand-coloured floors, large open-plan kitchen and an inviting terrace.
VIEWS: Look up and you’ll get a close-up view of the Burj Al Arab, straight out it’s the Arabian Gulf.
FOOD: ‘Californian-inspired’, which is ultimately a catch-all cuisine.
GO FOR: That smug feeling when you enter the security gates and head up the driveway to the Burj Al Arab.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, daily 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3017600. 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.
La Ville, City Walk, daily 5pm to 10pm. Tel: (054) 309 5948. lookuplaville.com
The terrace adjacent to the casual drinking Den dusty’s is a tranquil contrast to the bustle of DIFC.
VIEWS: Slightly obstructed, but you’ll get a great view up to the Rolex tower and DIFC skyscrapers
FOOD: It’s an international menu inspired by the owners travels, there’s a great business lunch option too.
GO FOR: Casual after-work drinks or dinner.
Podium Level, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Sun to Fri 8am to 2am. Tel: (04) 354 5435. Dustys-dubai.com
Luna Sky Bar
A chic rooftop bar which fashion-focused interiors and an outdoor terrace overlooking Downtown Dubai.
VIEWS: Burj Khalifa can be seen pretty well from the terrace, as well as the surrounding DIFC area.
FOOD: Posh lounge snacks including truffle arancini and ponzu dumplings.
GO FOR: An elegant cocktail evening.
Luna Sky Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, Gate Village 9, DIFC, daily 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 506 0300. lunadubai.com
Flair No 5
A new 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.
VIEWS: Not the best, it’s mainly the neighbouring construction.
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 No.5, Ritz Carlton, DIFC, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 372 2323. ritzcarlton.com
Business Bay & Downtown
This Lebanese export overlooks the Dubai Canal in the JW Marriott Marquis and hosts a weekly Tuesday live music session, Friday night concept inspired by the Orient and dedicates Thursdays to promoting talented local DJs who rotate deck duty.
VIEWS: Pretty picturesque views of Dubai Canal.
FOOD: A small but tempting menu of Asian-inspired dishes.
GO FOR: Live music and a great vibe.
Seven Sisters, First Floor, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, daily 6pm to 3am. Tel: (056) 775 4777. 7sistersdubai.com
This cocktail bar on the roof of the H Hotel is one of Downtown’s more romantic settings, with lots of low, lounge seating, flickering lanterns and palms wafting in the breeze.
VIEWS: As you’d expect from a bar 40 floors up, the views are pretty impressive. It’s far better to see the World Trade Centre roundabout from up here than the back of a cab.
FOOD: A small but tempting menu of Asian-inspired dishes.
GO FOR: Sunset and their fancy cocktails.
H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 8pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3558 896. 40kong.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 glory.
FOOD: Quirky tapas, there’s also a new sushi bar headed in for the new season.
GO FOR: Sundowners or pre-dinner cocktails.
Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Bur Dubai, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 316 9900. level43lounge.com
Iris is a pretty rooftop restaurant and bar on the 27th floor of the Oberoi Hotel.
VIEWS: The Burj Khalifa and surrounding cityscape take centre stage.
FOOD: International menu with a raw bar section.
GO FOR: Sophisticated evening drinks, DJ sets and live music.
Oberoi Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, Sat to Thur 6pm to 2am, Fri noon to 5pm and 6pm to 2am. Tel: (056) 951 1442. oberoihotels.com
This leafy rooftop cocktail bar is a hidden gem in Downtown’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: Their Tuesday ladies’ night, it offers free drinks as well as pamper sessions.
VII Dubai, Floor 7, The Conrad, Sheikh Zayed Rd, daily 8pm to 3am. Tel: (050) 169 6777. facebook.com/ViiDubai
The trendy open-air night lounge comes to life with light deep house music and the cocktail drinking 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 trendy setting.
Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, Sat to Weds 7pm to 2am, Thus and Fri 7pm to 3am. Tel:(058) 827 2763. tajhotels.com
With a terrace perched on the edge of the Dubai fountains, this has got 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, Sun to Thurs 3pm to 2am, Fri and Sat 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 423 0909. karma-kafe.com
STK Downtown opened earlier this year, and it’s recently thrown open its doors to a stunning terrace too.
VIEWS: The twinkly Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains serve as a pretty wow-worthy backdrop.
FOOD: Steak. And lots of it.
GO FOR: Brunch – it’s a lively affair and doesn’t compromise on food quality.
Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Sat to Weds 6pm to 1am, Thurs 6pm to 2am, Fri 1pm to 2am. Tel: 04 425 3948. Facebook.com/STKDowntown
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.
Al Garhoud, Dubai, Sat to Wed 11am to 1am, Thur and Fri 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 239 5000. theirishvillage.com
A favourite among long-term Dubai dwellers, QDs is a huge bar on decking next to Dubai creek.
VIEWS: The restaurant sits right on the creek with a view of the Burj Khalifa across the water.
FOOD: Wood-fired pizzas.
GO FOR: A peaceful pint by the water.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 2956000. dubaigolf.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: You can order tapas to go with your sangria – Cielo’s specialty.
GO FOR: Drinks before dinner by the water.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, daily 4pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 416 1800. cielodubai.com
The beautiful Noepe looks out onto the Dubai Creek, and its whitewashed interiors and laid-back, luxe vibe make it a must-visit spot in Old Dubai.
VIEWS: Stunning views of the marina, Dubai Creek and towards the Dubai Frame and Downtown Skyline.
FOOD: Fresh seafood. Head down on a Saturday and graze your way through the lobster bake deal.
GO FOR: Sundowners on The Creek.
The Promenade, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek, Sun to Thurs 3pm to 2am, Fri and Sat 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 602 1814. thepromenadedxb.com
One of the city’s most wow-worthy, and longest standing upscale Japanese restaurants.
VIEWS: Unparalleled views of Dubai skyline.
FOOD: The very best of Japanese food, and it’s even had a visit from H.H. Sheikh Hamdan.
GO FOR: A very romantic date night.
TOMO, Raffles Hotel, WAFI, Dubai, daily 12.30pm to 2.45pm, 6.30pm to 11pm. (04) 357 7888. tomo.ae
Glasshouse by Soho
Soho Garden has shaken up Meydan’s drinking scene, and it’s four bars in one space set-up means there’s something for everyone. Glasshouse has outdoor seating as well as table inside.
VIEWS: Aren’t much from inside the Meydan complex, but there’s a viewing deck by the DJ booth where you can see across to the Burj Khalifa.
FOOD: Upscale bar food – the beef carpaccio is a must-try.
GO FOR: A night out with variety.
Soho Garden, Meydan, Dubai, Weds to Sat, 7pm to 3am (food until 12am), Sun and Mon closed. Tel: (056) 82 22 559. sohogardendxb.com
A 25-minute drive south of Dubai, this is somewhere to make a day of it with drinks and tunes from Ibiza pedigree DJs.
VIEWS: Not much to shout about, but that’s why you came for the exclusivity. That said, the sun sets behind the banks across the waterway.
FOOD: This is beach fare, but not as you know it. Excellent bites and more substantial plates for those sitting on the upper deck.
GO FOR: A day-long party with town’s chicest residents.
Off Sheikh Zayed Rd, Ghantoot Exit 399, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Fri and Sat 1pm to 11pm. Tel: (05) 113 3400. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com