Check out these venues that are perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks
Alfie’s Surrounded by stained glass windows, modish leather armchairs, vintage props and patterned rugs, Alfie’s is eclectic British charm at its very best. Open daily noon-11.30pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 319 8088).
Alta Badia Bar Elegant Alta Badia Bar is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be, if only because of its astounding views. Open daily 6pm-3am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 366 5866).
BiCE More intimate than BiCE’s Skybar, this is the perfect blend of timelessness, modernity, sophistication and style that Italians do so well. Open daily 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, JBR (04 399 1111).
Frankie’s If you’re after a slightly more casual setting, but you still want to make an evening of it, Frankie’s will do the trick with its comfy chairs and live music. Open daily 5.30pm-2am. Oasis Beach Tower, JBR Walk, Dubai Marina, www.frankiesdubai.com (04 399 4311).
Fume As no frills as the restaurant, but with even more character. The mixed drinks here really shine with combinations that include chilli and coriander. Open Mon-Sun noon-2am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina, www.fume-eatery.com (04 421 5669).
Rang Mahal Lounge One of the most stylish iterations of modern Indian decor we’ve seen. It also has great drinks deals. Open daily 6pm-1am. JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).
Rhodes W1 Although quintessentially British, Asian influences are worked into the setting here to beautiful effect. Whimsical, dreamy, sharp and debonair all at once. Open Mon-Sat 2.30pm-11.30pm. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, www.rw1-dubai.com (04 317 6000).
Tortuga There are many reasons to love bright and lively Tortuga, and its gem of a restabar is one of them. It somehow still manages to feel authentic and homely despite the impressive size of its behind-bar display. Open daily noon-2am. Mina A’ Salaam, Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 5866).
Traiteur’s Upper Bar Suspended on a mezzanine level above Traiteur, this refined bar lives up to the award-winning restaurant downstairs. Open Sun-Thu 7pm-midnight, Fri 7.30pm-midnight. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, www.dubai.park.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).
Yuan Sleek, dramatic and imposing, if you want to impress a date, this stylish bar is the perfect destination. Open daily 8pm-1am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2000).