This brand-new category for 2019 is all about recognizing the growing number of spectacular mixed drinks bar you’ll find in Dubai. This La Mer two-level bar and restaurant has got some pretty special drinks on its menu (as you’d expect), as well as some absolutely gorgeous views to soak up at sunset, with it facing out over the beach and the Arabian Gulf. A must for residents and tourists alike.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Fri noon-2am. La Mer South, Jumeirah 1 (800 62784).
Carnival by Trèsind
A quirky Indian restaurant and bar that delivers some truly inventive mixed drinks you’ll want to hurry to after work in DIFC. Mixed drink from a (thankfully plastic) skull, popcorn basket or woven bag, anyone?
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Burj Daman, DIFC (052 242 4262).
Gold on 27
A classy, if not wonderfully exuberant, bar on (you guessed it) the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab. Draped in gold, the mixed drinks come with a sprinkle of (again, you guessed it), edible gold stirred or shaken throughout your beverage.
Open daily 6pm-2am. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Sip on a creative mixed drink and nibble on some excellent sushi while taking in the stunning Marina views at this Pier 7 location. This is a top choice in every way.
Open Sun, Mon and Wed 6pm-1am, Tue and Thu 6pm-2am, Fri 2pm-2am, Sat 2pm-1am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
Perched high on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa the views are unparalleled, so whether you’re a resident or visitor to the city, At.mosphere is a must-visit. There’s an innovative range of mixed drinks and for a special occasion there really is no better place.
Open daily 5.30pm-2am. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club
Barbary feels retro, with a hint of Dubai bling, but it’s New York-cool. This trendy bar adds to the growing nightlife scene in Barsha Heights and its super-friendly staff are ready to offer up some inventive and trendy mixed drinks.
Open Sat-Wed 5pm-2am, Thu-Fri 5pm-3am. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 247 6688).
This is a seriously cool rooftop bar with Downtown views. With a dedicated mixed drinks bar, Iris is known for its creative and excellently crafted mixed drinks, which are prepared skilfully with fresh and interesting ingredients.
Open Sun-Wed 5pm-2am, Thu 5pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am, Sat 4pm-2am. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
The exceptional food, cool music, and funky interiors fuse perfectly together to make La Carnita one of the coolest spots in Dubai Marina right now. With an insta-worthy setting, superb staff and a stellar mixed drinks menu, this place is ace.
Open Sun-Wed 6pm-1am, Thu 6pm-2am; Fri 12.30pm-2am, Sat 12.30pm-1am. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 425 4030).
Poppy by David Myers
This place is exactly what you’d expect from a speakeasy bar. Cosy, dimly lit and super stylish. It’s the perfect spot for a very classy nightcap, and there are even DJs spinning tunes from real vinyls.
Open Sun-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Business Bay (04 512 5555).
The Social Room
Marina Social’s bar has become more than just a holding ground for eager diners. The Social Room, with its dim lighting and inventive drinks, is worth a visit alone – dill, passion fruit and Cheerio milk are some of the star ingredients.
Open Sat-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri 8pm-2am. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).