The most iconic nightlife venues no one should miss
Skyview Bar Head to the iconic Burj Al Arab’s most vertiginous nightspot to tick every Dubai visitor’s ultimate must-do off the list. Specialising in mixed drinks, the bar also serves up some of the city’s most expensive beverages – including one served in a Swarovski crystal glass. Reservations are essential and there’s a minimum spend of Dhs320 per person, plus a smart dress code. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 301 7600).
Vault One of the city’s loftiest drinking spots, set across the 71st and 72nd floors of the JW Marriott Marquis, you’ll find excellent drinks deals to match the impressive views, with a daily happy hour from 6pm-8pm featuring a selection of two-for-one offers and 50 percent discounts. JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).
Uptown Bar Enjoy views of Jumeirah and the sea from the open-air terrace of this stylish spot at the top of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which serves excellent mixed drinks. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 406 8999).
QD’s Pull up a chair on the very edge of the Dubai Creek at this al fresco spot, favoured by those who take shisha. A highly relaxed and extremely popular location after dark, QD’s is a great place to unwind with a drink and a snack without the pressure of donning your most glamorous attire. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).
Ladies’ night A staple of the city’s nightlife scene, most bars, pubs and even restaurants offer a mid-week deal for ladies – frequently three free drinks between certain times, and most commonly on a Tuesday. Head to Aquara, Time Out Dubai’s Best Ladies’ Night award-winner, for excellent views of the Marina, free drinks plus hair and make-up tips. Tue from 8pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com (04 362 7900).
40 Kong Head to this outdoor spot at the top of The H Hotel for cool house beats, superb mixed drinks and a chic lounge vibe. Though you’ll need to book a table for the best city views, it’s still a great spot to enjoy the Dubai sunset. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.thecrystalgroup.com (04 355 8896).
360° A firm favourite on Dubai’s nightlife scene, this open-air club at the end of a jetty hosts some of the best house nights in town, and is a go-to for residents, whether they’ve visitors in tow to impress or simply fancy catching the sunset followed by a great night out. As you might expect for such a location, drinks can be on the pricey side. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (055 500 8518).