Want to really impress your guests? How about this – 12 gasp-inducing vertiginous nightspots more than 40 floors up in the air
Want to really impress your guests? How about this – 12 gasp-inducing vertiginous nightspots more than 40 floors up in the air.
40 Kong 40th floor From the folk behind People by Crystal, Asian-themed rooftop lounge 40 Kong is a masterclass in style and chic. It’s also among the tallest outdoor terraces in the city, hovering amid Sheikh Zayed Road’s towering skyscrapers. The H Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.thecrystalgroup.net (04 355 8896).
Level 43 Sky Lounge 43rd floor Recently refurbed, relaunched, and gifted the addition of ‘Sky Lounge’ to its name, Level 43 has long been known as a favourite spot among photographers’ hoping to capture the blurry lights of Sheikh Zayed Road after dark. Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.level43lounge.com, (04 316 9888).
Q43 43rd floor Regularly heaving all night from post-work drinkers to late night dancers, it’s often easy to forget the notable views which would make Media One’s modern aerial bar worth visiting even if it were empty. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.q43dubai.com (04 443 5403).
Bar 44 44th floor This classy gentlemen’s style lounge offers great views of the Marina from the top floor of Grosvenor House Tower One. You could lose hours here – we certainly have. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Embassy Dubai 43rd-45th floor A huge three part venue – one floor club, one lounge bar, one formal restaurant – with plenty to offer, it’s sometimes too easy to overlook that each floor boasts stunning views. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
World on 44 44th floor This brand new bar at the brand new Warwick Hotel offers stunning 360-degree views of the city, the Arabian Sea and beyond. Warwick Hotel Dubai, Sheik Zayed Road, warwickhotels.com/dubai (04 506 9999).
Alta Badia Bar 51st floor Once a standalone venue as Vu’s Bar, the upper floor of sleek new Italian eatery Alta Badia thankfully retains the same mood of late night sophistication, and, of course, those killer views. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 319 8771).
Icho Bar 51st floor The upper tier bar of this Japanese restaurant sits on the top floor of the seventh tallest hotel in the city – ninth in the world – offering jaw-dropping views of Sheikh Zayed Road and beyond. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.radissonblu.com/royalhotel-dubai (04 308 0550).
The Observatory 52nd floor Set at the edge of Mina Seyahi, The Observatory offers staggering vistas both out towards the Marina, from across to the Palm and sea. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina, www.observatory.dubaimarriottharbourhotel.com (04 319 4000).
Neos 63rd floor It takes three elevators to reach Neos, the classy Bond-esque lounge that serves dazzling mixed drinks at the dizzying top of The Address Downtown Dubai – the fifth tallest hotel in both Dubai, and the world – sitting proudly opposite the Burj Khalifa. The Address Downtown Dubai, www.theaddress.com (04 888 3444).
Vault 71st-72nd floor As the tallest hotel bar in the world, Vault a is must-do in anyone’s book. While the views can’t quite trump some of the Downtown competition, it’s still among the classiest joints in town. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).
At.mosphere 122nd floor ’45 seconds. 122 floors. 442 metres...’ At.mosphere’s own slogan says it all – it’s the tallest bar in the world, in the tallest building in the world. Which makes the Dhs300 minimum spend per person – Dhs400 for a window seat – somewhat forgivable. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com (04 888 3444).