This Asian-themed karaoke bar offers buy one, get one free on
selected beverages every Tuesday and Saturday. The original Blind Dragon
in Los Angeles is a favourite among celebs including Gigi Hadid and
Lindsay Lohan (just in case you needed the extra convincing).
This venue doesn’t just sell burgers and lobsters. Its new bar is
actually a cool hangout for drinks, too. A varied selection of mixed
drinks make up the stylish bar’s signature offering, and happy hour runs
every weekday from 6pm to 8pm, when you’ll get two drinks for the price
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.
This sports bar in DIFC offers a daily happy four hours, from 4pm to
8pm. The deal features 50 percent off selected beverages including hops
and mixed drinks as well as bar snacks and bites. There are also special
prices on chicken wings.
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
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.