With the sweltering summer having made a heavy-handed entrance, it’s time to turn our attention from the city’s wealth of al fresco watering holes, and contemplate something cooler. And happily, at Above 21, that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice views. We’ve raved about The Penthouse at FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai on many an occasion. Its classy vibe, Time Out Dubai award-winning ladies’ night and stunning vistas out across the Marina make it a winning spot for residents and tourists alike. But if you can’t face temperatures rising above 40°C, there’s another option.
Set on the 13th floor of the trendy hotel (there’s also a private members’ version on the floor above) Above 21 has a chic, fresh feel as it’s all blue and cream leathers. Mirrored cabinets and pale fittings add to the feeling of space, even though it’s a petite area.
We settle in to admire the views from floor-to-ceiling windows out across the Marina. It’s stunning and the cool air-conditioning is a delight.
We visit at sunset – the perfect time to go as you can enjoy the best of both skylines in light and dark.
The drinks menu is fairly extensive and although on the pricey side, as you’d expect from such a venue, it’s not eye-wateringly so. The bar specialises in Scottish shorts, as well as having a good selection of grape and sparkling.
Service is friendly and slick, and there’s a small bar snacks menu with light bites.
Above 21 is on the quiet side when we visit, but we’re sure once word gets out it will pick up, as it’s one of the best indoor spots we’ve found for views from the Palm.
The bottom line Grown-up indoor bar with stunning vistas.