Bars which go beyond the average by stocking a varied cellar
Time Out Dubai staff
Best 'grape bar' in Dubai Winner The Agency With its amazing view of the Burj Al Arab from the terrace, attentive staff and outstanding happy hour deals, we can find little to fault this outstanding destination. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).
Highly Commended Best 'grape bar' in Dubai Oeno This is one of the city’s livelier destinations for a glass of something if you tire of the boisterous atmosphere at nearby Barasti, and there are some decent drinks deals on offer. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Umm Suqeim (04 511 7136).
Highly Commended Best 'grape bar' in Dubai Oscar’s Vine Society There may be the odd French cliché thrown in the mix here, but if you’re not in the mood for a glitzy nightclub crowd this is one of the best alternatives in the area, with a decent selection of drinks options. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
With its popular cheese night, where the package includes unlimited drinks, it’s no surprise that the Media City workers like to flock here to catch up with friends or conduct meetings, while enjoying the venue’s lively buzz.
Chinwaggery + Soul Having recently been rebranded with a soul-inspired menu, the vast selection of glass by glass options makes this an extremely reliable option. Mӧvenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 449 8888).
The Agency With its extensive cellar and cool sense of business-like wealth, this is an understatedly classy environment. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8088).
Vantage In keeping with its name there’s an excellent vista from the elevated terrace and the staff are knowledgeable and efficient enough to ensure you get exactly the sort of refreshment you’re after. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha (04 377 2000).
Vintage You can cocoon yourself in a corner here, nibble on the fine European cheeses and toast your neighbour with one of the extremely palatable options on the drinks menu. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 377 2000).