Top bars near Dubai World Trade Centre

Bars close to DWTC for before or after your next event at the exhibition centre

Top bars near Dubai World Trade Centre

Dubai World Trade Centre is one of Dubai’s busiest conference, exhibition and events hubs, with regular trade shows and live entertainment on the calendar.

As Dubai bars continue to gradually emerge from a period of closure, here are all the best bars close to Dubai World Trade Centre, from those less than a five-minute walk, to those less than a Dhs20 taxi ride away.

Bars less than five minutes from Dubai World Trade Centre

Cubano Lito

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around a minute on foot


A Havana-themed bar, tucked away in the Ibis One Central Dubai, just a few steps from the main Dubai World Trade Centre entrance and concourse. Until September 1, 2020, the bar has a menu of drinks priced at Dhs20 each (including hops, grape and mixed beverages), plus a menu of very reasonably priced bar bites including French fries and veggie spring rolls, from Dhs9 a portion. Our favourite bit? “Crispy Calamari (3 pcs)” for Dhs14. If we achieve nothing else this week, we intend to find out just how literal that is.

Drinks deals: Selected beverages Dhs20 daily.
Ibis One Central Dubai, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.ibisonecentral-dubai-world-trade-centre.com (04 519 5555).

H Bar

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around four minutes by taxi


Located on the ground floor of the H Dubai hotel, you’d be forgiven for not even being aware this low-key bar existed. But exist it does, in a relatively small space that still manages to house a pool table. Expect low lighting and the occasional bout of unexpectedly loud music, but decent deals.

Drinks deals: Two-for-one on selected beverages, daily noon until 1am. Unlimited hops and chicken wings from 6pm to 8pm every Wednesday for Dhs149 per person.
The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, hhoteldubai.com (04 501 8888).

Harvester’s

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around four minutes by taxi 


A popular spot for watching live sports, this British-themed pub has a number of deals running throughout August 2020, including drinks from Dhs35 for a pint daily from noon until 8pm. In cooler months the small outdoor terrace is a good place to escape from the livelier atmosphere inside.

Drinks deals: Happy hour daily noon-8pm, with pints from Dhs35. Buy one, get one free weekdays 5pm-8pm.
Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.crowneplazadubai.com (04 331 1111).

Kimpo

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around three minutes by taxi


A trendy Korean fried chicken restaurant and bar, Kimpo sits in the space that formerly housed Dubai’s once beloved Little Black Door. Expect a similarly industrial vibe, but with vibrant street art-style murals and infinitely more neon.

Drinks deals: Drinks from Dhs25, Tuesday to Sunday 6pm-8pm.
Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Instagram.com/kimpodxb (04 444 7444).

La Cantine du Faubourg

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around three minutes by taxi


Looking for something with a little more style than casual pre-gig drinks? Check out this slick Parisian restaurant and lounge. Set on the ground floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel, expect expertly crafted mixed drinks, an upbeat vibe and well-dressed crowd. There are some superb appetisers to fulfil your nibbling needs – if you fancy finger foods to share, we recommend the spicy beef toast, burrata pizza with fresh truffle or crispy calamari with spring onions.

Drinks deals: None.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, lacantine.ae (04 352 7105).

Trophy Room

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around three minutes by taxi 


One of the city’s sportiest sports bars, with a huge number of screens showing live action and replays throughout the week. While we can’t rave about the food, Trophy Room is a reliable pick for match days.
Drinks deals: Selected house beverages from Dhs35, daily, all day.
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, fairmont.com (04 311 8316).

Bars five-to-ten minutes from Dubai World Trade Centre

Amazonico Dubai

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around seven minutes by taxi


This Madrid-born restaurant and bar is set over three floors, and has a cosy lounge on the ground floor, with expert mixology to boot. Book ahead to make sure you get a spot. The space is crammed with plants, a labyrinth of cosy nooks and an open kitchen that runs the back length of the middle floor.

Drinks deals: None.
DIFC Pavilion, DIFC, amazonicorestaurant.com (04 571 3999).

Charlie’s Pub

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around six minutes by taxi


Slightly more upmarket interiors than you might expect for a place calling itself a pub, but the atmosphere is casual enough that it works, even if the space does feel better suited to life as a grape bar. Prices are surprisingly steep considering this is in a Four Points hotel, so your best bet is to check it out during the happy hour, which runs daily from 6pm to 8pm.

Drinks deals: House beverages from Dhs36, daily 6pm-8pm.
Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, charliespubdubai.com (04 316 9749).

Fibber Magee’s

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around five minutes by taxi


One of Dubai’s smallest, but all-time best pubs, with a lived-in, living room vibe and friendly staff. Expect a cosy vibe and seriously laid-back setting, as well as a menu of typical pub grub, from the Big Breakfast Bap (essentially a fry-up in a bun) to slow-cooked lamb shank, steak pie with mash to bacon and cheese toasties. There’s also regular live folk music from Dubai’s Paddyman.

Drinks deals: Selected drinks from Dhs25. These regularly change – call ahead for the latest offers.
Behind Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road, fibbersdubai.com (04 332 2400).

Long’s Bar

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around seven minutes by taxi


A stalwart of Sheikh Zayed Road, and one that hardly needs introduction. Head down into the depths of Towers Rotana to discover this no-frills pub with a long (see?) central island bar, around which the majority of the venue is wrapped.

Drinks deals: Selected drinks from Dhs27-34, daily from noon-10pm,
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.rotana.com (04 343 8000).

Nippon Bottle Company

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around six minutes by taxi


A Japanese-themed, speakeasy-style bar, tucked behind a door that looks like a bookshelf. A highlight is the drinks menu, which is is extensive with a huge list of Japanese beverages, including a large selection of malt short drinks from Scotland and Japan, which range from reasonable to super-pricey.

Drinks deal: House beverages from Dhs28, daily 4pm-8pm.
Dusit Thani, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dusit.com (04 317 4515).

Rodeo Drive

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around five minutes by taxi


This fun-loving bar features hops pong, a rodeo bull, foosball and plenty more to keep punters entertained. And you’ll either love it, or loathe it. Dive bar fans will find plenty to admire in the kitsch, all-out Americana theme. Find it above The Stables bar, next door to Fibber Magee’s.

Drinks deals: Prints from Dhs35, daily 6pm-9pm.
Behind Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (054 417 7028).

Teatro

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around seven minutes by taxi


You may know this longstanding international restaurant for its massive globe-trotting menu (and you may avoid it for said same reason), however, Teatro’s small bar is a nifty pick for a drink and a few snacks, particularly if you fancy something a little less blokey than Long’s Bar downstairs. A none-too-shabby spot for a cold drink and a proper chat.

Drinks deals: None.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.rotana.com (04 343 8000).

The Boston Bar

Distance to Dubai World Trade Centre: Around five minutes by taxi


An American-style pub modelled on that of US ’80s sitcom Cheers, Bostan Bar occupies a compact space with an island bar taking centre stage. Expect to find football fans clustered around it whenever there’s a big match on, while a huge raft of nightly deals keep the rest of the punters pouring in.

Drinks deals: Dhs99 for unlimited drinks and bar bites for one hour, 30 percent off drinks and 20 percent off food, daily noon-1am.
Jumeira Rotana, 2nd December Street, Satwa, www.rotana.com (054 582 5352).

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