10 to try: Wow factor

The best part about having guests visit us in Dubai is amazing them with the coolest nightspots. <em>Time Out</em> selects 10 bars with wow factor

Best for experience

One of the nicest parts about living in Dubai is giving a visitor a guided tour of your favourite hotspots.

It is a chance to really show off the city and give your guest a sample of Dubai’s famous wow factor. Especially if they are a tourist.

We’ve selected 10 bars to really show off. Don’t wait until you have a visitor – check them out today!

Buddha Bar: Visitors love the Buddha Bar. The gorgeous Grosvenor House provides an impressive initial impression while Buddha Bar's attentive staff are unfailingly welcoming. Book ahead if you’re in a big party and think you’ll stay for dinner, otherwise pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy one of the Asian chain’s mouthwatering cocktails under the eyes of Dubai’s boldest Buddha.

Rooftop Bar: The Rooftop Bar at the Royal Mirage is a great place for al fresco showing off. Great views, meticulously-muddled cocktails and a traditional Arabic setting to introduce your guests to a bit of old Dubai. In style.

Bahri Bar: Whether it’s a post brunch tipple, or an afternoon sip with visiting family or friends, Bahri Bar is one of the Madinat Jumeirah’s hidden gems. Take the tour of Souk Madinat before settling your guests in for a couple of hours relaxing on Bahri’s terrace with a cocktail. They’ll be booking their next trip before you know it.

Koubba: While you’re in the area, Koubba is another Madinat must-try for visitors. It boasts great views of the Burj for snap happy relatives while everyone else can kick back and enjoy a quiet sundowner.

The Agency: Before you drag yourself (and guests) away from the Madinat, why not swing past The Agency for a while? Take time to try some nibbles from the cheese menu while you are there.

Cin Cin: Away from Jumeirah, head to The Fairmont and hit the bar at Cin Cin. Stylish white leather love seats, an inviting bar and larger tables allow couples and groups equal space to enjoy one of Sheikh Zayed Road’s slickest lounges. This is the kind of place that Martinis were made for and always draws appreciative noises from visitors with an eye for design.

Apres: If you’ve got friends with kids in town, a trip to Ski Dubai is a must, followed by lunch overlooking the slopes at the ski lodge-inspired Apres. The menu’s basic but tasty and grown-ups can enjoy a drink while the kids admire the competition through the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the slopes.

Vista: Further back towards the airport is the relatively new but much admired Intercontinental Hotel at Dubai Festival City and Vista is its hidden gem. The views are as good as you would expect from somewhere with a name like this, the décor is sharp and smart and the cocktails are exquisite. Definitely one for a quiet catch-up with the parents.

Mai Tai Lounge: One for the raucous siblings, or big group of visiting friends. It is almost impossible not to have a good night at Trader Vic’s latest Dubai offering. Book a table and work your way through the mouth-watering menu and a couple of Tiki Puka Pukas.

Sho Cho: One of Dubai’s older bars but its ocean-side location makes it worth a visit with guests. Book a table before 10pm to avoid the crowds and enjoy sushi and a chilled glass of wine while the sea laps around you.

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