360° Audio Tonic’s weekly Sunset Sessions kicks off at a convenient 4pm – convenient not just because it offers one of the best sunset views in Dubai (behind the Burj Al Arab, no less), but also because the team’s brand of stellar house is the perfect way to ease you into the evening. Best for: Music snobs. Fri 4pm-2am (guestlist recommended). Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Al Nasr bowling alley More restless brunchers usually need something active to engage their attention – and bowling is a time-honoured way to focus a fractured group’s energies. It’s also worth noting that Al Nasr’s bowling alley is licensed from 3pm. Best for: Settling dinner-table disputes. Dhs15 per person for one game, Dhs100 for a lane for an hour (up to six people). Open Fri 3pm-11pm. Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 1234).
Bahri Bar For a classier post brunch experience, Mina A’ Salam’s funky lounge bar hosts the relaxed After-Brunch Beats session, with chill-out grooves and sweeping views of the Madinat’s waterways. And there are buy one, get one free deals for those who have brunched at the Mina A’Salam. Best for: Saving yourself for later. Fri 4pm-7pm. Mina A’Salam, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Bliss Lounge The beach is one of the best places to recover from a heavy brunch. For an alternative to Barasti, head to hip JBR beach bar Bliss, where you’ll be treated to killer tunes from DJs from 3pm, and brilliant sunset views. Best for: The beach. From 3pm onwards. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (04 399 5533).
Calabar Classy Calabar sensibly kicks off its excellent half-price happy hour at 4pm on Fridays (it doesn’t start until 6pm on weekdays), and the deals continue right the way through until 8pm. The terrace, overlooking the Dubai Fountain, is among the most pleasant in Dubai, and is the perfect place to relax and digest a heavy meal. Best for: Classy mixed drinks. Fri 4pm-8pm. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Double Decker Known for hosting one of the rowdier brunches in town, Double Decker never really calms down when the clock strikes 4pm, with the DJ cranking increasingly cheesy tunes as the night wears on. Happy hour runs from 6pm-8pm, with selected hops from Dhs26. Best for: Boisterous boys. Fri 4pm-8pm. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111).
Horizon Lounge We’re sad to see Horizon Lounge has now called off its brunch and scaled back its clubby reputation to shut at an early 6pm every day. However, it has made up for it with a new happy hour, from 4pm until 6pm, making it a perfect place for post-brunch bevvies staring at the sea. Best for: Soaking up sea views. Fri 4pm-6pm. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (04 454 2927).
Oeno Glitzy grape bar Oeno takes on a rather livelier feel on Fridays, fuelled by a more-than-healthy happy hour serving up shorts and grape from Dhs19. Stick around until 9pm if you want to hear the live band – but expect the dancefloor to be packed for several hours beforehand. Best for: Fans of the grape. Fri 4pm-6pm. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 511 7136).
The Stables Despite a racing theme pitched at more mature folk, and a masculine, sports-heavy midweek crowd, come Friday at 6pm The Stables often descends into a sweaty good-time party. We think this might have something to do with the free-flowing drinks for ladies from 4pm until 8pm, and the cheese-tastic DJ. Best for: Groups of girls. Fri 4pm-3am. Sheikh Zayed Road, above Fibber Magee’s (04 342 5571).
Warehouse To quote the Warehouse staff we spoke to when checking our facts, Warehouse on a Friday afternoon is ‘like a club’. Fuelled by a happy hour from 4pm until 7pm that offers 30 percent off drinks, and an R&B, house and acid jazz soundtrack, this is one of the messier places to spend a Friday afternoon. Best for: Hardcore party people. Fri 4pm-7pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000).