Where to Drink in Dubai
Collected by Deborah L Williams
Dusit Thani Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Tucked into the Dusit Thani hotel, and hidden behind a bookcase, you'll find the Nippon Bottle Company. Once you find your way inside, you'll feel a bit like you've walked through into Japan: a wide selection of Japanese single malts and whiskeys,...
Lobby Lounge, Jumeirah Al Qasr - Jumeirah Rd. - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
While many of Dubai's cafes offer afternoon tea, it's more fitting to partake in the tradition in a posh hotel lobby. Dubai is actually one of the few cities in the world where I encourage people to spend time in hotel lobbies. Thanks to the...
Lobby, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
There aren't many cities where I'd send visitors to a hotel lobby to hang out. Dubai is the exception. Due to a combination of the sweltering year-round heat, the multicultural population, the opulence of the city's luxury hotels, and the...
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When it opened in December 1999, the Burj al Arab—a sail-shaped, all-suite skyscraper hotel built on an artificial island—put Dubai on the map as an over-the-top travel destination and became a landmark. Even today, the Burj al Arab...
Ground Floor - Times Square Center - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When you think “Dubai,” do you think subzero temperatures, designer parkas, and furniture made of ice? No? Well, maybe you should. Scandinavia might have Ice Hotels, but now Dubai has the Chill Out Bar, where they take cooling off from the Arabian...
Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
During the many years I lived in Dubai, I must have sipped drinks on the wide, breezy veranda of Bahri Bar hundreds of times. It was the bar I took my many visitors to Dubai—from my Mum to my old school friends—on their first night in the city and...
Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
For a bar located in Al Qasr, one of Dubai's most luxurious hotels, Koubba remains something of a secret. While it may not be Dubai's most buzziest bar, it's arguably one of its most romantic and makes a lovely spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or...
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Whether it's during the day lounging on beach beds or in the evening sipping cocktails, Barasti Beach Bar is a great place to hang out with friends. No one is going to write home about the food, but this bar proves that location, location,...
Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Archive in Safa Park is probably the coolest place around to sip at a coffee and brush up on your North African and Middle Eastern literature. Not only does it boast a full-service cafe, The Archive also hosts musical concerts, art & pottery...
Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jutting out to sea at the end of a walkway at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel marina, 360 offers breathtaking panoramic views from its rooftop lounge-bar: cocktail in hand, you can see the Arabian Sea, Burj Al Arab, and the sweep of the coastline. Arrive...
One&Only Royal Mirage, Jumeirah Beach Al Sufouh Road, Opp - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Jetty is one of the coolest places to unwind with a sundowner in the entire city—even in the hottest months. During the day you might sidle in with your beach coverup and flip-flops, but from twilight on, it's a more elegant spot—without being...
Al Wasl Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Did you know that Mokha is the name of an ancient port in Yemen? And that it's one of the first places where coffee made its from Ethiopia into the Arab world? This wonderful coffee shop re-connects these two places and elevates coffee to an art...
Majestic Hotel - Al Mankhool Road, Bur dubai، Next To Standard Chartered Bank - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Once a rock-n-roll standby, The Music Room has diversified its musical offerings and as a result you're likely to see an audience that reflects Dubai's cosmopolitan makeup. It's a great spot to catch local bands playing their own work or covers,...
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Not to be confused with the NYC bar of the same name, this Mercury Lounge is one of the most glam in a very glam city. Abide by the dress code or risk being turned away—but if you make it in, revel in the views of the Gulf and the Burj Al Arab,...
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Off the beaten path—so far off that there isn't even a name inside the hotel other than "pool bar"—this poolside patio is a real treat. No pretentious outfits, no glam decorations: just reasonable drinks, reasonable snacks, and a jaw-dropping view...
Taj Hotel - Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Those of you who are worried that cocktails won't be available in the Middle East don't have anything to worry about. With new spots like Treehouse opening on a regular basis, there is always a new watering hole to try out. Treehouse has a...
Grosvenor House Dubai - Al Emreef St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai's nightlife has become legendary: clubs start late and go strong well into the wee hours. Siddharta Lounge, with its chic poolside setting, fits that profile nicely: its blend of expensive clientele, strong drinks, and good music make it a...
Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
This club offers a little something for everyone, whether you want a day at the beach, a day at the pool, a midday lunch, or an expat friendly cocktail lounge. The lounges (there are several) can accommodate you regardless of the weather: you can...
Al Qudra Road, Opposite Endurance City - Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Built in the style of a desert fortress near an endurance horseracing center 45 minutes from the city of Dubai, the family-friendly Bab al Shams Desert Resort & Spa wraps around an oasis and looks out over gently rolling sand dunes that guests...
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