Well not-so-secret anymore…
Everyone likes to feel as if they’re ahead of the curve, having the insider knowledge about what’s hot in Dubai. Well if you want to show your friends how well you know your bars, hit them with some of these top secret nighttime venues.
Here are 12 top secret bars in Dubai.
The Luggage Room
The Luggage Room in Millennium Place Marina started its days as the name suggests, a luggage room. Since being converted into a swanky bar, the cosy hideaway has become a go-to spot for artisanal cocktails and bar bites. You can find The Luggage Room just off the lobby, tucked away near to Masterchef, The TV Experience.
The Luggage Room, Millennium Place Marina, Dubai Marina, daily noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 550 8112. millenniumhotels.com
Tucked away inside popular Mexican hotspot, La Carnita, is Cartel. Not only is this bar hidden from view, you’ll need a password to be granted access to this under-the-radar venue. A new password is generated each day so if you forget to DM them before midnight, don’t expect to be let off the hook when you turn up. Make sure to message @cartel.dxb on Instagram to reveal the secret word of the day and you’ll have to repeat it at the door to be allowed in.
Cartel, La Carnita, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, Thursday 11pm to 3am, Friday after-brunch 4pm to 7pm then 11pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 425 4030. lacarnita.ae
COYA Member’s Lounge
COYA has been a Dubai favourite since it opened, but how many of you have visited the members lounge? Situated just off the entrance, you might never have noticed the secret door, but behind the wall is a quirky bar with outdoor terrace and cosy, traditional interiors. There’s a great selection of food and drinks on offer and regular live musical performances.
Member’s Lounge, COYA Dubai, Saturday to Tuesday 12.30pm to 1.15am, Wednesday to Friday 12.30pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 316 9600. coyarestaurant.com/dubai
If you’ve paid a visit the new restaurant on everyone’s lips, Gaia, you might have come away thinking it’s a charming, Greek taverna. But, hidden underneath is a secret club called NYX which has hosted the likes for hip hop superstar 50 cent. Information on how to gain access to this club has been kept tightly under wraps but we’re sure it won’t be long until the venue reveals itself to the world.
NYX, Gaia Dubai, DIFC Gate Village 4, Dubai. Tel: (04) 241 4242. gaia-dubai.com
The Shoreditch is a hidden bar located in underground nightclub, Industrial Avenue. The entrance of the club is somewhat unusual as you make your way through a dim-lit bathroom and down the stairs to The Shoreditch, where the club’s pre-party takes place, offering drinks from Dhs25. The speakeasy-style bar gets pretty packed so arrive early if you want a sofa or space at one of the high tables.
Industrial Avenue, The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 9pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Friday. Tel: (052) 293 5907. Facebook.com/IndustrialAvenueDubai
Nippon Bottle Company
In homage to the Prohibition era’s clandestine haunts, this bar’s precise location was kept under wraps when it opened a few years ago. Even though the secret’s out, people still think of it as one of Dubai’s original secret bars. Head down to the financial district to sample a selection of blends inspired by Japan’s century-old hops and malt breweries.
Nippon Bottle Co, Dusit Thani, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 6pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3570779. facebook.com/Nippon-Bottle-Company
The Unlucky Cat
Somewhat overshadowed by it’s brash big sister, Miss Tess, The Unlucky Cat will only appear if you look for her. Designed to transport you to the low-lit backstreets of Asia, this speakeasy style bar serves creative cocktails and bar bites with daily happy hours.
The Unlucky Cat, Miss Tess, Taj Dubai, 6pm to 2am daily. Tel: (04) 438 3121. facebook.com/TheUnluckyCatBar
Located at the top of the Four Seasons in DIFC (up the stairs from Luna Sky Bar) you’ll find the Churchill Club. Modelled on a typical Gentleman’s club from years gone by, it’s a dimly lit bar of moody hues, cushy sofas, retro prints and a whiskey offering to rival most bars in Dubai.
Churchill Club, Four Seasons, Gate Village, DIFC, 5pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 506 0000. fourseasons.com
If you like karaoke, you’ll definitely want to #findmisswang although it might be tricky. Head to Majestic Hotel in Bur Dubai, the secret entrance is through the fire escape, follow the stairs and hope for the best!
Miss Wáng, Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, 6pm to 3am, daily. Tel: (04) 501 2567. facebook.com/misswangdubai
The Cigar Room
Feel like James (or Jane) Bond at this Gentleman’s club-inspired bar. Hidden in Fairmont The Palm, you’ll find The Cigar Room on the lobby level of the Palm Jumeirah hotel. They specialise in cigars (unsurprisingly) and whiskey, with an expert sommelier on-hand to offer the best beverage recommendations.
The Cigar Room, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Sat to Wed 5pm to 1am, Thur & Fri 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 457 3457. palmdining.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, that’s busiest on Thursdays post-work.
Poppy by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, daily from 7pm. Renaissance-hotels.marriott.com
Who wouldn’t want to party 7 floors underwater on a historical ship? That’s exactly what’s on offer at The Hatch, an underground nightclub found on legendary liner QE2 Dubai. Serving as a pop-up after party for Blue Marlin’s famous day-to-night Friday house events, it’s a no-frills affair that’s all about the music. It’s got limited space, so pre-booking your ticket is a must if you want to guarantee you get on board. Techno heads, this one’s a must-try.
The Hatch, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai, various Fridays. Tel: 050 375 9715. Thehatchdubai.com