The deal happens daily, making Crab Tavern a pretty happy spot especially during the earlier time slot. Be prepared to shout to make yourself heard and if you stay longer than happy hour, don’t be surprised if your find yourself venturing up to Level 41 or Q43 to continue the party. Best for: night owls. Dhs25 for selected drinks. Daily 5pm-8pm, 11.30pm-3am. Double up for Dhs10.
This is a sports-centric bar offering a post-work retreat for media types, and is packed come Thursday evening. Staff are friendly and service is quick, though, and there are plenty of screens to catch the big matches on. A pool table and free popcorn add to the appeal, while a pint of hops comes at a reduced Dhs28.
Best for: Media City types. 30 percent off selected drinks. Daily 5pm-8pm.
It’s a white-tiled bar that is the perfect place to hang out and watch some football with pals. The drinks and food deals are some of the best you’ll find in town, and during happy hour, you’ll get two pints of hops for Dhs37. There are lots of screens, a pool table and live music sometimes, too.
Best for: bar games and hops. Buy one get one free on house beverages. Daily 5pm-8pm.
The service may not be up to much at this New Orleans-styled JLT restaurant and bar, but a cold drink for just Dhs18 is not to be sniffed at in this increasingly expensive city – particularly in a neighbourhood with such sparse competition. Just be sure to order at the bar if you want to avoid a wait. Best for: bored JLT-ites. Selected drinks half price. Daily 5pm-8pm.
Story is the only licensed venue in Dubai Knowledge Village and while it’s certainly not a hidden gem, it can often get overlooked for more showy venues. The décor has a “street” vibe with murals and graffiti at the entrance. Inside is quite bare, but the terrace has great views towards the Burj Al Arab.
Best for: cool kids and free popcorn fans. 50 percent off selected beverages. Daily 5pm-8pm.
This happy hour really pulls the punters in. With views of Dubai Marina and an array of exotic mixed drinks for Dhs28 and fizz options for Dhs42 (reduced from Dhs65), it’s no wonder it can be difficult to nab a seat here. Keep an eye on the clock, time flies when you’re feeling happy.
Best for: drinks with a view. From Dhs28 (mixed drinks), Dhs29 hops and short beverages. Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm.
This rooftop at the Media Rotana in TECOM may look over a busy, and at times noisy, stretch of Hessa Street, but with ambient house music in the background and clusters of cosy seating, this terrace lounge has a relaxed vibe that makes it a hit with local residents, as well as guests of the hotel.
Best for: laid-back rooftop drinks. Dhs33 for house drinks and hops. Daily 5pm-8pm.