Dubai is home to some of the most glamorous, see-and-be-seen bars ightclubs in the world. Some of the best are in beachside Jumeirah, where you can dance by the sea under the stars, while several of the city’s most sophisticated bars top soaring buildings, offering dizzy skyscape views to go with those headspinning cocktails.
If you prefer your ale on tap accompanied by big-screen sports or karaoke, there are plenty of pubs to suit. Cosmopolitan Dubai also has a wealth of bars as cool as they come, fusing exotic styles in their drinks, designs and music. The best nights are Thursdays and Fridays, when expats burn off steam from their 60-hour work weeks. Hotels that are licensed to serve alcohol are home to most of the best bars.
Here are top-5 bars in Dubai of GPS Emirates choice
Located on the twenty-seventh floor of The Oberoi Dubai, Iris Dubai will transform the upper deck into the perfect tropical yet modern getaway amid Dubai’s concrete skyscraper jungle. Iris Dubai will stand out as Dubai’s latest outdoor rooftop experience featuring an extensive menu of international meals and creative speciality fruit cocktails and mocktails, sophisticated ambiance, stunning views of the city, complete with the best sounds of smooth lounge music courtesy of live international bands performing two nights a week.
Oberoi Hotel, 27th Floor, Business Bay
+971 56 951 1442
There’s never a boring night at Mahiki restaurant and bar. You’ll discover a fun and vibrant Polynesian theme running throughout every aspect, from the entrance to bar, DJ booth to hefty dance floor. For any cocktail lover, Mahiki offers the ultimate destination, with a vast variety of tropical themed drinks, beautifully presented in chic tiki cups. The outlets well-recommended bubbly filled treasure chests are also a house special and very popular across all Mahiki fans.
Loved by royals, actors and musicians alike, Mahiki restaurant played host to an endless guest list of colorful and exciting guests. With its open and extended dance floor, signature booths and an endless variety of typical feel good tunes, Mahiki offers a truly is a one-of-a-kind venue.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel – Jumeirah Beach Road, Um Suqeim
+971 4 380 7731
Mai Tai Lounge
Walk into the home of the original Mai Tai to experience the famed exotic concoction of tikis, ancient canoes, live Cuban band and a Chinese wood fired oven; the pioneer of fusion cooking. Featuring an all new live sushi counter, along with signature tropical cocktails, Trader Vic’s is the perfect eclectic fusion of modern design and the South Pacific Islands.
+971 4 399 8993
Bahri literally means ‘views of the sea’ – and as the name suggest, Bahri Bar is the perfect spot to take in the views of the waterways, the Arabian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab. Come and soak it all in while you sip on a refreshing cocktail.
Start your evening early and soak up the Arabian chic décor, with its mix of Persian rugs and dark wood highlights. Share some delicious mezze as you watch the sun go down, before the bar changes gear for the evening crowd. Once the sun’s down, jazz, soul grooves and good times are on the menu.
Mina A’ Salam, Level 1, Madinat Jumeirah
+971 4 366 5866
Housed in chic Arabian architecture with contemporary interiors, the Jetty Lounge is not a restaurant as such but an elegant beachside bar. Beverages and wines are complemented by a selection of light snacks such as mezzeh, quiches, Spanish ham and cheeses as well as dips and Asian-inspired platters. The mood is laid back, with sophisticated chill out lounge music. An ideal place to wind down during sunset or after work and a great place to enjoy pre- or post-dinner drinks. Watch beach-goers and boats on Palm Bay by day, and admire Dubai’s stunning skyline by night.
The Jetty Lounge is located at the beach of One&Only Royal Mirage and can be accessed directly from the main parking at The Palace.