Cargo Our favourite new hangout in Dubai Marina’s Pier 7, get out on Cargo’s terrace while you can to soak up impressive views of the water and surrounding skyscrapers. Arrive when the bar opens at 6pm to ensure you nab one of the best tables and make the most of happy hour. Third floor, Pier 7, next to Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, www.cargo-dubai.com (04 361 8129).
The Beach House Head here for sundowners by the shore or one of Dubai’s swankiest new ladies’ nights (titled sparkle in the sand), where there’s a chance for the fairer gender to win a valuable gem, while they enjoy unlimited bubbles for Dhs50. Ladies’ night, Tue from 8pm. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
Girders Garden The comfortable new garden part of this busy JBR bar is set to stay open until the end of June. Currently a popular spot for watching the match outdoors, the pub will also be showing FIFA World Cup games, and offering bucket deals and happy hour bargains, with drinks starting from just Dhs25 a pop. JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (04 814 5590).
Iris This Beirut institution has recently staked a claim on Dubai’s nightlife scene, and won itself a legion of fans. An al fresco spot with large glass windows lining the perimeter, Iris looks smart and serves excellent mixed drinks, and is currently one of the city’s most crucial see-and-be-seen nocturnal hangouts. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
Azure Bleu Located at JBR’s swanky Meydan Beach, this sea-facing venue pitches itself as the ultimate place to catch the sunset to a backdrop of chilled beats, elaborate mixed drink in hand. Indeed, the setting is impressive, and it’s a good go-to for those who are out to wow visitors before the heat sets in. Meydan Beach, The Walk, JBR, www.meydanbeach.com (04 433 3777).
Pure Sky Lounge Look out over the Palm and Arabian Gulf from this chic 35th-floor bar, which boasts one of the neighbourhood’s highest outdoor terraces. Tuesday ladies’ nights (9pm-11pm, unlimited pink bubbles) are very popular, while the venue also gets busy on weekends – so be sure to arrive when the venue opens at 5pm to secure a table. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences, The Walk, JBR (04 374 7888).