Because where else in town could claim to have a better rooftop al fresco bar experience than this simply magnificent terrace bar on Palm Jumeirah? It has what can only be described as the best views of Dubai from a bar, with the Dubai Marina skyline on one side and the Jumeirah coast on the other. Get your phone into selfie mode and get your new profile pic sorted. It also serves up cracking food, a top ladies’ night and a Saturday pool party brunch. What more do you want?
Open Sat-Wed noon-3am, Thu-Fri noon-5am. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (052 900 4868).
folly by Nick & Scott
This charming rooftop terrace at the restaurant from top chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price provides stunning views, especially at sunset. With a happy hour menu, a new ladies’ night and friendly staff, it’s an excellent place for an al fresco drink. The inside is cool enough, sure, but it’s all about the many terraces at this swanky spot that has not one, not two, but three bars. Jackpot.
Open daily noon-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).
Luna Sky Bar
This gorgeous bar in DIFC is one of the most romantic spots around if you’re after an open-air drink amid the skyscrapers as the sun goes down. If you’re in the surrounding neighbourhoods for dinner (or just finished work) then drop by for an aperitif (you’ll get some free snacks with every drink, too) and admire the views.
Open daily 5pm-3am. Four Seasons Hotel DIFC (04 506 0000).
This sky-high bar has partial views since a revamp, but it’s still as cool as ever, with swanky furnishings and a decent bar food menu, too.
Open daily 7pm-3am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 297 2097).
Cielo Sky Lounge
You’ll be hard-pressed to find many rooftops in Dubai with a better full-skyline views than this. It’s a longstanding favourite, and with good reason.
Open Sun-Wed 6pm-3am, Thu 6pm-3am, Fri 12.30pm-3am, Sat 4pm-2am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
Eve Penthouse & Lounge
This swanky bar sits on the 34th floor of the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights with panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline. Head here at sunset to watch the city become bathed in golden hues.
Open Sat-Wed 4.30pm-2am, Thu-Fri 4.30pm-3am. Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai Healthcare City (04 553 1214).
Iris is polished and trendy yet still approachable, and should be way up there on your list – especially if you have visitors. There’s a good menu on offer if you get peckish.
Open Sun-Wed 5pm-2am, Thu 5pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am, Sat 3pm-2am. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
This is a truly beautiful spot, with a great open space for mingling while taking in the Dubai skyline, alongside cosier, more secluded seating areas that offer a little more privacy. It’s a great spot for visitors (and anyone pretending to be one).
Open Sun-Tue 6pm-2am, Wed-Sat 6pm-3am. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah (04 270 7804).
This is a delightful terrace attached to Time Out Dubai’s Best Japanese Restaurant TOMO. Far up from the hustle and bustle lies this exquisite bar is a perfect spot to unwind in, with a good selection of mixed drinks on offer.
Open 6.30pm-11.30pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 357 7888).
Twinkling fairy lights, Burj Khalifa views and foliage as far as the eye can see makes Treehouse a spot that you need to tick off your list – especially if you’re a fan of mixed drinks. The list can be pricey, but it brings new meaning to the word “inventive” and adventurous patrons could easily get carried away.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu-Fri 6pm-3am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (058 272 2763).