The Best Bars in Dubai
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
From beach bars to lounge bars to rooftop bars with stunning views, Dubai doesn't disappoint when it comes to serving up drinks. The city's bars and clubs run the gamut from relaxed hangout to downtown Dubai off-the-charts wow factor wonders. So whether you choose to head to Jetty Lounge for sundowners, The Music Room for a concert and cocktail pairing, or Stereo Arcade to dance, drink, and celebrate with friends new and old, you can't go wrong.
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...
Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - 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...
Le Meridien Mina Syahi 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,...
2 Jumeirah St - 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...
Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - 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 buzziest bar, it's arguably one of its most romantic and makes a lovely spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or...
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Stereo Arcade is as charmingly gimmicky as a place can get—billing itself a “club-pub-arcade,” this nightclub attracts a refreshingly diverse pack of customers. A bouncer admits you into a neon-lit room...
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,...
2 Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Mercury Lounge is one of the best places to be seen in this see and be seen 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, the sophisticated crowd, and the...
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 - دبي - 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 - King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St - 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...
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