Lebanese import Iris has lost little of its original Downtown Beirut charm, even nestled in (infinitely more characterless) Business Bay. Nothing about this place feels formulaic or overly refined, despite its definite upmarket atmosphere. You’ll still be greeted by polished hostesses in smart black dresses and heels, but snobbish it is not,
still managing to be laid-back and friendly.
The view isn’t one of the most spectacular in Dubai –much of what you look onto are neighbouring buildings. But there are still good views of the Burj Khalifa, making Iris’ 27th-floor vantage point noteworthy enough to consider it a “bar with a view”.
The woods, greenery, brass, floral upholstery and honeycomb tiling makes for a pretty and idyllic urban-garden setting, and the rooftop space is almost always filled with a lively and cheerful crowd, made all the more pleasant by regular live acoustic performances and a pretty good DJ.
It has a great drinks menu and a fashionable selection of raw seafood. It’s not the cheapest of bars, but in terms of setting and atmosphere, Iris gets almost everything right.
The bottom line
The impressive drinks and urban vibe live up to the Beirut original.