Although Zuma is best known for its excellent Japanese fusion food (it’s world-famous, after all) in the past year Zuma has expanded its lounge area to include an outdoor terrace lined with vibrant sofas. Head here post-work, pre-dinner, after dinner or following brunch and you’ll always find a charming spot. Service is as slick as the mixology and the music, and you’ll find the place packed pretty much every night of the week.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660).
A relative newcomer to the Dubai Marina scene, this Canadian import has made a big impression with its enormous range of agave-based beverages and bartenders who really know their stuff. Funky, industrial and with some seriously comfy bar seats, come for one and you’ll struggle to leave.
Open Sun-Wed 6pm-1am, Thu 6pm-2am, Fri 12.30pm-2am, Sat 12.30pm-1am. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 425 4030).
There isn’t nearly enough noise being made about the terrace at this restaurant from “Iron Chef” Masuharu Morimoto, which is easily one of the venue’s greatest assets. Inventive mixed drinks and candlelit tables are paired with brilliant views of the towering Burj Khalifa (and an order of the tuna pizza, if you know what’s good for you).
Open Sat-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-2am. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Business Bay (04 512 5577).
This super-cool restaurant and bar, which is the winner of our inaugural Best Late Night Dinner award, also has a wonderful bar. Head here for an inventive mixed drink or a glass of French grape and enjoy the fun surroundings.
Open daily 8pm-11pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 5035).
This DIFC spot has a top Mediterranean menu that’s worth checking out. And if you’re going for dinner pop in early for a drink at the bar. Service is friendly, the terrace is delightful and the vibe is upbeat thanks to the post-work DIFC crowd.
Open Mon-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-midnight. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
With a buzzing, friendly vibe, views over the Turtle Lagoon, an interesting menu of craft hops, some stellar, great-value all-American grub, you can’t go wrong here if you’re after some US comfort food.
Open Sun-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai (04 422 9904).
This fantastic restaurant exploded onto the dining scene last year and has wowed Dubai’s discerning diners since. ming, romantic spot at Emirates Golf Club. Staff are excellent, the terrace and views are gorgeous and it’s a marvellous place for a date night drink.
Open Sun-Wed noon-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm, Thu noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm, Fri 8.30am-3pm, 7pm-11pm, Sat 8.30am-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9885).
The Pisco Lounge at COYA is a previous winner in this category, thanks to its cool vibes, top mixed drinks and trendy décor.
Open Mon-Wed 12.30pm-1.30am,Thu-Sat 12.30pm-2am; Sun noon-1.30pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach (04 316 9600).
This Turkish restaurant has a romantic terrace bar, which is a top spot for a date. Don’t miss the inventive mixed drinks, which use a variety of ingredients including hibiscus, rose, pomegranate, honey, spices, citrus and mint.
Open Sun-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-2am, Sat 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-1am. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).
The Social Room
This cool bar not only throws a lively post-brunch party, it hosts a top daily happy hour with half price drinks. Mixed drinks are inventive and fun (think herbs, spices and dry ice) and there’s a banging bar menu too.
Open Sun-Wed 6pm-10.45pm; Thu 6pm-11.45pm; Fri 1pm-4pm, 7pm-11.45pm; Sat 1pm-10.45pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).