50 of the best outdoor bars and terraces in Dubai

By Alice Holtham for What'sOn on Dec 05, 2017

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 50 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. Taxi: Hilton JBR. hilton.com/dubai

Zero Gravity

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. Taxi: Sky Dive Dubai. 0-gravity.ae

Bliss Lounge

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. Taxi: Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort. 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. Tram: Jumeirah Beach Residence 2. 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. Taxi: Hilton JBR. hilton.com/dubai


With its enormous television screen, regular BBQs and vast tables, this fourth-floor deck area is a perfect place to enjoy sports and socials in the comfort of a European garden-style terrace.
VIEWS: Not much, truth be told. You’ll have your eyes drawn to the giant screen.
FOOD: Proper pub grub, including burgers and regular BBQs.
GO FOR: This is an excellent spot for big sporting events.

Girders Garden, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR, Dubai. Tel: (04) 814 5590. jaresortshotels.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 Sunday’s gets you unlimited Sushi for Dhs148
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. Taxi: Le Royal Meridien . Zengo-dubai.com

Dubai Marina


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. Taxi: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi. barastibeach.com

Jetty Lounge


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. Taxi: One&Only Royal Mirage. royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com

Siddharta Lounge


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. Taxi: Grosvenor House. siddhartalounge.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. Metro: Dubai Marina. theaddress.com

The Scene

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, Fri to Sun, 12pm to 11.30pm, Dhs119. Tel: (04) 222 2328. Metro: Dubai Marina 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. Taxi: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. fish-dubai.com

Asia Asia


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. Metro: Dubai Marina. pier7.ae

Media City

Coco on 8


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 Dek on 8. 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. Metro: Nakheel. mediaonehotel.com

Tamanya Terrace

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. Metro: Nakheel. 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. Taxi: The Lakes Club. reformsocialgrill.ae

McGettigans JLT


This Irish stalwart now has four branches in Dubai with a fifth on the way next month, 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. Taxi: JLT. mcgettigans.com/jlt


A year after it’s arrival, Nola is still consistently busy, 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. Taxi: JLT. nola-social.com

The Palm

Riva Beach

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. Taxi: Riva Beach. riva-beach.com

Nasimi Beach

Twin bars line the beach at this cool bar at Atlantis the Palm. The private cabanas, sofas and day beds make for great daytime loafing, while DJs and live musicians keep the party going after bedtime.
VIEWS: Gaze back across The Palm and to the beautiful coastline as far as the eye can see.
FOOD: Light and easy beach snacks.
GO FOR: When you want a little atmosphere to your day by the beach.

Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, restaurant noon to 11.30pm; bar, lounge and beach, Sat to Thur 9am to 1am; Fri 9am to 2am. Tel: (055) 2004321. Taxi: Atlantis The Palm. atlantisthepalm.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

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. Taxi: Club Vista MARE. summeronthepalm.com

El Chiringuito


Beach bar and club El Chiringuito is arguably one of the prettiest spots on The Palm
VIEWS: The distant Dubai marina skyline makes for a great backdrop.
FOOD: This Ibiza-export does Mediterranean food, and it does it really, really well.
GO FOR: Their ‘La Familia’ Saturday brunch is a chic affair with excellent food

Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Weds, Thurs and Sat 10am to 12am, Fri 10am to 3am. Tel: (054) 449 6464. Taxi: Rixos The Palm. facebook.com/ElChiringuitoDubai


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. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. belgianbeercafe.com



A classic Dubai spot, 360° is a circular venue located right at the end of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina walkway.
VIEWS: The rooftop bar and lounge is named for its panoramic views of the sea, the Burj Al Arab, and the city.
FOOD: Bar bites and pan asian snacks. There’s also a new Friday evening brunch of pan-asian bites and unlimited drinks for Dhs295.
GO FOR: Their daily happy hour, which offers beverages and bar bites at 50% off from 5pm to 8pm

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, Sun to Wed 5pm to 2am, Thur to Sun 5pm to 3am. Tel: (05) 55008518. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel. jumeirah.com

Key West, Nikki Beach


A relatively new addition to the Nikki Beach Resort on Pearl Jumeirah, you don’t come much closer to a beachfront location
VIEWS: The beachfront 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. Taxi: Nikki Beach Resort & Spa. nikkibeachhotels.com

Mercury Lounge

Sleek and sophisticated, this rooftop bar at The Four Seasons Jumeirah is all about the glamour
VIEWS: Burj Khalifa and Downtown skyline snapping
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. Taxi: Four Seasons Jumeirah fourseasons.com

Pier Chic


One of Dubai’s most romantic spots, Pier Chic 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, although a weekday business lunch is a more affordable Dhs199.

Madinat Jumeirah, weekdays 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm, weekends 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. jumeirah.com

Uptown Bar

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. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel.jumeirah.com

The Agency

A suave wine bar with over 400 types of wine, and corking deals.
VIEWS: Overlooking the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah.
FOOD: An extensive sharing selection. It’s all about the drink and atmosphere here.
GO FOR: The terrific cheese nights, with a worldwide selection and fondue.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat to Wed 5pm to 1am, Thu 5pm to 2am, Fri 4pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 3666730. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. 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. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. 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. Taxi: Burj Al Arab. jumeirah.com

City Walk

Look Up


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. Taxi: City Walk. 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. Taxi: DIFC. Dustys-dubai.com 



One of Gate Village’s surprisingly few terraces is at Caramel restaurant and lounge
VIEWS: The glass building of Al Fattan Currency House isn’t much to look at, but the garden is pretty enough
FOOD: There’s a good business lunch menu, and the modern European bites are a great for sharing
GO FOR: After work drinks, there extended happy hour of Dhs19 house drinks runs until midnight

Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Sun to Thurs 11am to 2am, Fri and Sat 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 425 6677. Taxi: DIFC. caramel-group.com

7 Elephants

This sleek DIFC bar and lounge has 7 types of food, 7 signature cocktails and a clever stock exchange price system
VIEWS: There’s great views of the Burj Khalifa views from the floor to ceiling glass windows
FOOD: There’s seven different types of cuisine, and each comes with a sharing platter
GO FOR: Sampling food from around the world

Level C, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 354 4354. Taxi: Emirates Financial Towers. facebook.com/7elephantsdubai

Business Bay & Downtown

40 Kong


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. They’re re-opening after the summer on October 10.

H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 8pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3558 896. Taxi: H Hotel. 40kong.com

Level 43


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. Metro: Financial Centre. 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. Metro: Business Bay. 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. Taxi: The Conrad Hotel. 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 Mediterrasian 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. Metro: Business Bay. tajhotels.com

Purobeach Urban Oasis

Strut your stuff among the lawns, trees and waterfalls at this sixth floor Balearic-inspired pool bar. You’ll feel like you’re in the back garden of a rapper’s mansion.
VIEWS: The whole point is to obstruct the view of the main road, which remains out of sight, earshot and mind.
FOOD: Poolside snacks are top notch.
GO FOR: A long afternoon beside the pool when all you want to do is switch off. Recharged, stay until the evening for things to get cranked up to party level.

Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 4447111. Metro: World Trade Centre. conradhotels.com

Karma Kafe


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’s 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. Taxi: Souk Al Bahar karma-kafe.com


Irish Village


If you’re fed up of glitzy hotel bars, the laidback 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: Laidback 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. Metro: GGICO. 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. Taxi: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. 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. Taxi: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. cielodubai.com 

The Terrace


A canopy covered terrace lounge nestled inside one of the city’s most picturesque resorts.
VIEWS: Gaze across the creek to the bright city lights beyond.
FOOD: Seafood, salads and pasta dishes.
GO FOR: Relaxed sundowners on a Saturday evening.

Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek, daily 4pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 317 2222. Taxi: Park Hyatt Dubai. dubai.park.hyatt.com

Further afield…

Blue Marlin

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. Taxi: Ghantoot Exit 399. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com

La Cala

This picturesque beachside bar is located in the same resort as Blue Marlin, but on the other side.
VIEWS: There’s not a skyscraper in sight, and it’s got some of the best sunsets we’ve seen over the banks.
FOOD: It’s a solid Mediterranean, BBQ style menu, but their Pizza’s come straight from the wood-fire oven and are hard to resist.
GO FOR: Brunch, their rolling Friday brunch is a steal at Dhs199. 

Off Sheikh Zayed Rd, Ghantoot Exit 399, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Friday 12pm to 4am.Tel: (056) 113 3400. Taxi: Ghantoot Exit 399. lacalabeach.com