Shaken or stirred enjoy these alcohol-free drinks in Dubai bars
Start the year on a healthy note and try these ten mocktails at some of Dubai’s finest bars.
Mixologists strive to find the best combination of ingredients to create a perfect mixed drink, but what happens when you remove the premium shorts from the equation? Embrace a healthy January with our round-up of fruity juices.
Asia Asia’s Kasuga The lavish venue takes its inspiration from the ancient Spice Route travelled by traders of old. Choose from secluded booths or take a seat at the bar and indulge in the Kasuga – made with pineapple, cranberry, red peppercorn and wild rocket foam. The fresh concoction is packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Check out the ‘After Work’ reduced drink promotions every Sunday to Wednesday from 5pm-8pm. Dhs40. Open daily 4pm-late. Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
Royal China’s Red Dragon Relax on the terrace of Royal China and sample this fruity mix made of raspberry puree, fresh passion fruit, lemon juice and cranberry juice. The elegant restaurant offers à la carte dining and a special dim sum menu, too. Dhs38. Bar open daily noon-2am. Royal China, The Balcony, Precinct Building 4, DIFC (04 354 5543).
Ruth’s Chris’ Soul Mate Meet your Soul Mate at Ruth’s Chris in Dubai Marina. The carrot, pineapple, passion fruit and yoghurt drink is deliciously creamy and healthy. Rich in vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene – which will help to bring out your suntan and prevent the development of wrinkles – this mocktail is a game-changer. Head to the lively spot on a Wednesday for ladies’ night and four free drinks, plus 50 percent off when you dine. Dhs35. Open daily noon-3pm and 6pm-2am. Ruth’s Chris Steak House & Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).
Zuma’s Namakemono Made with cucumber and fresh raspberries, this fruity drink is shaken with apple juice and served long over ice. With an extensive list of cleanser mocktails and mixed drinks, Zuma is a popular choice on any given night. Call ahead to secure a table in advance – or simply hover at the bar and soak up the resident DJ’s eclectic vibes. Dhs30. Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660).
Mercury lounge’s White Bloody Mary The chic rooftop bar offers stunning 360 degree views of Dubai’s skyline and the Arabian Gulf. Sit at the large glass sphere bar – inspired by the bulb of a mercury thermometer – and enjoy the signature White Bloody Mary, made with tomato water, celery essence, salt and pepper, lemon juice and fresh chilli. Dhs65. Open daily 5pm-2am. Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Juneirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 270 7777).
Iris Dubai’s Afterglow
Featuring sour green apple puree, fresh lemon juice and homemade vanilla syrup, the mocktail is then topped with lemonade, making it the perfect mix of sweet and sour. The open-air bar offers casual dining in contemporary surroundings. Plus, don’t miss the live music by Adriana Hamilton and the band every Tuesday evening. Dhs45. Open daily 6pm-2am. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
Salamar’s Havana Dream
Made entirely from fresh fruits, the Havana Dream contains banana, strawberries, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine syrup. Enjoy the tropical mocktail al fresco at this open-air Cuban bar with Latino tunes providing the soundtrack. Dhs35. Open daily 4.30pm-1.30am. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 408 4208).
Sho Cho’s Mocktail Mojito
Enjoy side dining with live music by the resident DJ’s on rotation featuring Stephane Karl, DJ Elie and Amy Wells playing everything from ’90s classics to party hits. Try Sho Cho’s mocktail mojito with fresh lime and mint, mango puree and pomegranate. Dhs52. Open daily 7pm-3am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
Deck Se7en’s Basilesque
Located on the seventh floor of the hotel, Deck Se7en is a relaxed rooftop spot. Enjoy the delights of the Basilesque drink with apple juice, basil leaves, lemon juice and sugar. Dhs32. Open 10am-11pm. Novotel Dubai, Al Barsha (04 304 9000).
Societe Dubai’s French Mocktail Those who want something sweet in a fancy glass, this vanilla-flavoured drink with cranberry juice, pineapple juice and raspberries is a good choice. High Societe on Tuesdays also means ladies get three complimentary mixed drinks from 10pm until midnight. Dhs65. Open Tue-Fri 10pm-3am. Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).