BURGERS AND BREWS
Decorum and etiquette can go out the window when you’re chowing down on a massive burger and slurping away at some marvellous milkshakes. A favourite among Dubai residents and tourists, this US burger joint is funky, relaxed and a great place to chat, listen to some cool tunes, and marvel at/share one of the ludicrously sized CrazyShakes.
Open daily 11.30am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim (04 422 9904).
ALL ABOUT THE VIEW
folly by Nick & Scott
This Souk Madinat Jumeirah bar is an ever-popular venue on the Dubai nightlife scene, and an award winner having bagged the Best Bar with a View gong at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2018. folly serves a range of wonderful daily sundowners, with frequent deals to boot. It’s slick, service is good but unobtrusive and it’s a gimmick-free place to while away a whole evening, in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Open daily 3pm-1.30am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).
This brand-new spot on Bluewaters Dubai is a smart, stylish and grown-up addition to Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, and joins a heap of cool new bars to have arrived in town in recent months. There’s live music on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, decent bar snacks and a gorgeous view out over the top of the resort’s pool area and accompanying palm trees. It’s a charming new addition to the nightlife scene, and one that’ll help you see the evening disappear.
Open Thu-Tue 4pm-2am, Wed 4pm-1am. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai (04 556 6666).
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Luna Sky Bar
This DIFC bar is both indoors and outdoors, but it’s the outdoor terrace that you’ll come back here for. With some gorgeous low lighting, the terrace looks out at the Burj Khalifa. There’s an aperitivo hour, from 5pm until 8pm Sunday to Thursday, where you’ll get free antipasti. This place oozes cool, surrounded by all those towering, swanky DIFC office blocks.
Open daily 5pm-3am. Four Seasons DIFC, Gate Village 9, DIFC (04 506 0000).
Since reopening towards the end of 2018, this classy Address Downtown bar on the 63rd floor somehow feels better than ever. If you went before, the layout will be familiar, but it has a slick new facelift. The real wow factor comes from the floor-to-ceiling windows that stare out at the Burk Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain.
Open daily 5pm-2.30am. Address Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
IT’S THE SPANISH WORD FOR “VIEW”
Vista Bar & Terrace
Meanwhile, over in Dubai Festival City, there’s another show to be gawked at if you’re after some entertainment to accompany your date night. Vista’s open terrace overlooks daily shows of Dubai’s record-breaking water, fire and light show IMAGINE, as well as having a decent, 50 percent off weekend happy hour.
Open Sun-Fri noon-2am. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1128).
DINNER THEN A SHOW
Once you’ve had your aperitivo at NEOS and your dinner at The Galliard, sojourn over to this low-level terrace bar for even more of the show-stopping performances from The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. You won’t pay through the nose for drinks, considering your location (with mixed drinks for around Dhs60), and you’ll sit elevated above the swarming mass of tourists down below – the best of both worlds, really.
Open Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 4pm-1am. Address Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
The House Party Bar
Instead of throwing on your gladrags and heading to a super-romantic bar, you might fancy kicking back in your trainers and reminiscing. Head here and that will be aided by all the retro posters, games and music that’ll throw you back to the mid ’90s.
Open Sat-Sun, Tue 6pm-2am; Mon, Thu 6pm-3am; Fri 4pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
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