There can be few people in world immune to At.mosphere’s charms. Make the journey 120-odd floors up the Burj Khalifa, take a mixed drink and a seat by the window, and tell us you’re not impressed.
Burj Khalifa (04 888 3828).
By far the highest-stationed bar in the Marina, this upmarket 44th-floor bar offers unrivalled views of ‘new Dubai’, and a drinks list that won’t fail to help you enjoy your vantage.
Grosvenor House (04 399 8888).
A sleekly-furnished sophisticated spot in the heart of DIFC frequented by a classy crowd, this is one of the more talked-about bars in town right now.
DIFC (04 425 6677).
The work ‘the king of bling’, fashion designer Roberto Cavalli himself, and decked out decadently in Swarovski crystals, Cavalli has built a reputation for being the place to see and be seen for many of the city’s most-moneyed.
Fairmont Dubai (04 332 9260).
The little sister of Thai-themed institution Budha Bar, Karma Kafe has really come into its own thanks to some recent appearances by top DJs.
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown (04 423 0909).
Sometimes its simplicity that says stylish best, and nowhere is this truer than Neos, which opts for slick and sparse and lets the view do the talking. With three elevators necessary to reach it, the 63rd floor vantage offers an unrivalled perspective of Downtown Dubai which never fails to make us swoon.
The Address Downtown (04 888 3444).
The best thing about this smart venue is that you can enjoy a whole night out in one location; sip delicious mixed drinks at the bar before gorging on top-notch sushi, then mingling to the latest beats.
The Monarch Dubai (04 501 8777).
It should be tacky, but like Budha Bar before it RED has thrown on an Asian sheen and made it sing. The dim sum-style food is restaurant-quality, and the bar offers stunning views from the pyramid peaks of Wafi rooftop.
Raffles Dubai (04 324 8888).
For many, Japanese-themed lounge bar Zuma is the only reason to visit DIFC, while its split restaurant and bar levels make it a hit with businessmen, families, drinkers and diners alike.
DIFC, (04 425 5660).