Stars ’N’ Bars
If you’re paying a visit to the city’s best Mixed Drinks Bar (see Masti, a little bit earlier), then you might want to combine your visit with a jaunt over to this fantastic American bar, also in La Mer. When you’re not trying to beat your high score on the many free-to-play arcade machines, you could go grab a contactless card and pour your own pint (you will be judged on your skills, mind) then kick back and catch the sport on the many screens dotted around the central bar. There are also regular live music sets, as well as brunches, happy hours and ladies’ nights to try.
Open Sat-Tue noon-2am, Wed-Fri noon-3am. La Mer North, Jumeirah 1 (04 349 9903).
This is an awesome American import that specialises in craft hops from around the world – but specifically the East Coast of the USA. It has some banging New York beats to go alongside your drink, and some deliciously belt-busting burgers that pay homage to the greats you’ll find at the NYC mothership of this cracking bar.
Open daily 11.30am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim (04 422 9904).
Perry & Blackwelder’s
If you’re heading to Souk Madinat Jumeirah then this all-American bar has got a bit of everything going on. You’ll find Madinat waterway views, decent daily drinks deals to go alongside some magnificently US-style grub including gooey mozzerella sticks and juicy, tangy wings.
Open daily noon-2am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6197).
This crab shack-themed bar is one of those places that definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s kitsch, fun and boasts a prime location in the middle of Downtown’s Souk Al Bahar.
Open daily noon-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 362 7011).
Hard Rock Cafe
This place regularly hosts top local acts throughout the week. With a big stage and paraphernalia from music icons lining the walls, you’re guaranteed a rocking time.
Open daily 10am-2am. Dubai Festival City (04 232 8900).
Original Wings & Rings
Rings, wings, matches – what more could you want? Original Rings & Wings is a place to get your hands dirty and watch some good ‘ol footie.There are loads of screens for catching the game and plenty of personal screens at tables so you can cheer your team privately, too.
Open daily noon-2am. Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).
Ribs & Brews
This American-style bar and restaurant is an industrial-looking spot in Al Habtoor City. And it most definitely delivers, as the meaty beef ribs menu are both sizeable and boast top-notch quality flavours.
Open Sun-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Sat noon-2am. Hilton Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 526 0441).
A bar that features a Harley Davidson with a huge American flag as its backdrop and a mechanical bull ring taking up a majority of the floor? How can you not say “howdy”. Gather your mates, corral around the mechanical bull and yell yee-haw.
Open Sat-Thu 6pm-3am; Fri 1pm-3am. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 342 5571).