While pretty much every bar across the city offers up some kind of deal, we’ve rounded up the best pubs and bars that serve up a happy hour with drinks for Dhs25 and under. Tightening the purse strings doesn’t mean a boring January.
What’s not to enjoy when you can catch a match with a pint for Dhs25? Our current Sports Bar of the Year offers a daily seven-hour happy hour from noon until 7pm with select drinks at just Dhs25 but the Bur Dubai bar has more than just the cheap hops string to its bow. There are a dozen screens lining the walls beaming out the match, and there’s also free pool during happy hour, too. See you there at kick-off?
Daily noon-8pm. Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 501 2533).
Sat in the space that formerly held Story Rooftop Lounge in Dubai Media City, this rooftop restaurant and lounge bar is set over two terraces and offers up top views of the Palm and the Arabian Gulf. Head on over for a daily happy hour from noon until 8pm and watch the sun go down with bottled hops, grape and short measures at Dhs25 a pop.
Daily noon-8pm. Holiday Inn Express, Dubai Media City (055 537 7714).
This pretty Palm lighthouse has a daily happy hour with house beverages for Dhs25, and fancy mixed drinks for Dhs35. Lighthouses are made to be noticed, and when it comes to happy hour deals, Il Faro certainly should be on your radar.
Daily 4pm-7pm. Azure Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3137).
From out of Africa and into Dubai, this all-purpose African lounge offers a daily happy hour from 4pm until 10pm where all house beverages are just Dhs25.
Daily 4pm-10pm. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 453 9038).
Le Petit Belge Business Bay
This Belgian bar has a brilliant happy hour offering 25 percent off practically every drink in the place. You can get draught hops from Dhs25 and short measures and glasses of grape from Dhs28, which is a savvy choice if you’re in Business Bay.
Daily 4pm-9pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay (04 564 6538).
Mr. Toad’s Pub & Kitchen
This Ibn Battuta pub has a toad-ally (ahem) bargainous happy hour from 4pm until 8pm every day, where you’ll get grape and mixed drinks for just Dhs24. You’ll be in for a Wild Ride with this one.
Daily 4pm-8pm. Premier Inn Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali (04 278 2222).
NARA Pan Asian
This funky JLT pan-Asian bar and restaurant has an equally funky happy hour to match its lively, fun-loving vibes. Every day, except Friday, you can get select drinks starting from Dhs18 between noon and 8pm – a whopping eight hours. We’d also recommend getting your hands on a plate from the dim sum menu to accompany your drinks.
Sat-Thu noon-8pm. Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 421 1356).
Original Wings & Rings
The daily happy hour prices at this US-style bar are worth making some noise about. Every day from noon until 8pm there’s a two-for-one deal on hops, mixed drinks and grape meaning you can get two pints for under Dhs50. If you get hungry you can also get chicken wings for Dhs4.49 apiece and other starters (think onion rings, fried jalapeños et al) from Dhs17 to Dhs23. Winner winner chicken (wing) dinner.
Daily noon-8pm. Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).
One of the city’s top music venues has a daily happy hour that will keep you as entertained as the music, which you’ll find live daily from Tuesday through until Friday. Get mixed drinks for Dhs35, draught hops for Dhs30, and bottled hops, grape and short measures for Dhs25 every day from 4pm until 8pm. A happy hour that’s worth singing and shouting about. We’ll have ours with a portion of doughballs.
Daily 4pm-8pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay (04 566 5722).
The Lion by Nick & Scott
The second Dubai venue from Nick and Scott (you know, the guys who run the ever so popular folly) offers grape for Dhs25, bottled hops for Dhs29 and house drinks for Dhs30 every day, bar Friday, from 5pm until 8pm. You’ll also find, as you’d expect, some top-quality, sophisticated bar food on the menu, plus a few screens.
Sat-Thu 5pm-8pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).
This cool rooftop art deco bar provides panoramic views across the city – from Palm Jumeirah to Emirates Golf Club. And the theme of Twenty Three runs throughout – including 23 different mixed drinks, 23 varieties of hops, 23 types of grape and 23 snacks on the menu. And there are even Dhs23 drinks during happy hour which runs from 4.23pm to 7.23pm.
Daily 4.23pm-7.23pm. Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City, Dubai Media City (04 525 7777).
When it comes to classy Peruvian-Japanese vibes, this Business Bay eatery is among the best around. Especially when there are early evening drinks on offer for just Dhs25, so visit the bar from 6pm until 8pm every day (and try the smoked guacamole).
Daily 6pm-8pm. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (04 444 1455).