Dubai Marina's nocturnal scene is diversifying with every new opening
Cargo Positioned on the third floor of Pier 7, the ebony, cylindrical tower adjacent to Dubai Marina Mall, this industry-inspired, Asian-influenced nightspots has quickly amassed a following for its daily drinks deals, excellent views and cool, modern interiors. The atmosphere is relaxed, the service is good and overall it’ll leave residents and not just visitors impressed. Third floor, Pier 7, next to Dubai Marina Mall, www.cargo-dubai.com (04 361 8129).
Atelier M Also located inside Pier 7, notably in the uppermost portions of the building, this nightspot comprises a restaurant, lounge and rooftop, serving up cuisine and mixed drinks that follow a contemporary French theme with an Asian twist. Pier 7, next to Dubai Marina Mall, www.atelierm.ae (04 450 7766).
Speakeasy When it quietly opened in 2012, this bar bridged the gap between British pub and snooty American lounge bar. While barely publicised, this nightspot was, until very recently, a favourite among the city’s swing and lindy-hop dance communities, who met regularly for ciroc dancing and short lessons. Nevertheless, there’s still live music, a jukebox and darts to keep the punters entertained. Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence, www.ramadaplazajbr.com (04 439 8888).
Yots Sports Lounge Sitting beneath Dubai Marina Yacht Club’s perennially popular Aquara Lounge, this sports bar is perhaps one of the most civilised places in the neighbourhood to watch big matches. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays there’s a meal and drinks deal for Dhs65. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com (04 362 7900).
Pure Sky Lounge Thanks to its location on the 35th floor of the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences, this vertiginous hangout offers great views of the sea and Palm Jumeirah. What’s more, there’s a daily happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, and ladies’ night on Tuesdays, with free-flowing selected drinks from 9pm to 11pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences, The Walk, JBR (04 374 7888)