Take a break from windowless pubs and feast your eyes on our city’s fantastic skyline
Bahri Bar: Relaxing indoors by a window or
outside on the balcony, patrons at this chilled-out bar can gaze over the Arabian Gulf, or catch views of the colour-shifting Burj Al Arab behind the hotel’s carefully constructed waterways. A fantastic, surprise-laden drinks menu is the icing on this cake.
Al Qasr Hotel, Jumeirah (04 366 6730). Open Sat-Wed 4pm-2am; Thu-Fri 4pm-3am, 7pm-2am during Ramadan
The Terrace: A chilled-out spot with a nautical feel both indoors and out, comfy, inviting couches line the terrace for which this bar is named. Sat on the creek, its secluded nature keeps the rabble away, making this the ideal place to head with sophisticated friends, while the well-stocked bar has an impressive selection of Russian beverages.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1234) Open daily 4pm-1am; 8pm-2am during Ramadan
Bar 44: This bar has serious altitude thanks to its location on the 44th floor. Nab a table overlooking the sea, but keep your eyes peeled – the venue is rumoured to be frequented by visiting celebrities.
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888), Open Fri-Wed
6pm-2am, Thu 6pm-3am; 7pm-1am during Ramadan
Vu’s Bar: There’s something infinitely pleasing about gazing at the gentle orange glow of Satwa’s street lights and the
tiny-looking minarets of Jumeirah’s many mosques. While it’s not for those easily afflicted with vertigo, Vu’s is absolutely worth the long elevator ride up, and the pretty penny you’ll spend on drinks.
Emirates Towers (04 330 0000).
Open 6pm-3am daily, including during Ramadan
Après: The indoor slope
at Ski Dubai is one
of the city’s more unusual spectacles, and you’re guaranteed a great view from Après. It can get a little chilly by the window thanks to the over-zealous A/C, but the menu has enough warming choices to keep you sustained – we particularly like the pizza.
Mall of the Emirates (04 341 2575). Open daily 10am-1am
Skyview: Perched terrifyingly atop the Burj Al Arab, Skyview offers unsurpassed views, although you get the distinct feeling you’re on the inside of a multi-coloured spaceship (the décor, as with most of the hotel, is a matter of taste). Still, the sight of a city lit up by the setting sun is second to none.
Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah (04 301 7600). Open daily 7pm-2am, 7.30pm-2am during Ramadan
Vista Lounge and Bar: We recommend you head down to this Festival City bar at sunset to watch the sun go down in a blaze of amber over the creek, and linger until darkness to watch the city come to
life with its twinkling white and orange lights. Looking out over the city, the skyline is dominated by the towering Burj Khalifa.
InterContinental Festival City (04 701 1111). Open daily 8pm-11pm; 8pm-2am during Ramadan
Uptown Bar: Small and stylish, Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s 24th-floor bar looks out to the sea and the Burj Al Arab from one side, and over Jumeirah from the other. Its outdoor terrace is absolutely breathtaking during winter, and you really feel the height out there, but the view from inside is just as impressive. The atmosphere is relaxed, though the bar can get pretty busy on weekends.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, (04 406 8999). Open daily 7pm-2am, including during Ramadan