Chanelle Tourish reveals how to enjoy some of the city’s slickest bars on a budget.
When it comes to nights out in Dubai, there are plenty of swanky spots that are worth splurging on. But after the festive season, you might want to tighten the purse strings. With many bars offering free drinks (mostly for ladies), others have great two-for-one deals and 50 percent discounts on a daily basis. Check out these money-saving hotspots.
Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy three selected Aussie beverages every Wednesday evening to the sounds of a live Australian musician on the billabong-inspired terrace for Dhs75. It’s a great deal to see you into the weekend.
Dhs75 (three selected Australian beverages). Wed 4pm-11.30pm. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
When it comes to ladies’ nights in Dubai, Embassy really goes a step further by offering three beverages every Tuesday alongside a selection of canapés including sushi, samosas and even mini desserts such as cheesecake and chocolates. While gents don’t qualify for this one, it pulls in a good crowd on a weekly basis.
Free. Tue 8pm-1am. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
The bar’s daily happy hour specials can be enjoyed on a breezy roof deck or a chilled patio with views of Downtown Dubai. The exclusive beverage selection offers everything from traditional mixed drinks to creative signature specials all made with exotic fresh fruits using the latest mixology techniques. It’s easy enough to get a seat during happy hour but it’s best to call ahead to reserve for larger groups. With mixed drinks usually costing Dhs75 a pop, the half price discount is very welcome indeed.
Half price. Sun-Fri 6pm-8pm. The Oberoi, Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen + Lounge
Overlooking the hotel’s gardens and pool area, Maya offers indoor and outdoor seating options. Enjoy three complimentary drinks with a Mexican twist every Sunday from a special ladies’ night menu. The evening gets pretty crowded so arrive early to secure a seat on the rooftop terrace.
Free. Sun 7pm-1am. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
Maui Beach Bar
Indulge in Tiki and Polynesian mixology to the sounds of a DJ every Tuesday. Ladies can enjoy two complimentary glasses of bubbly from 7pm until 11pm. There’s also a rooftop bar that overlooks the beach and pool area where shisha is served.
Free. Tue 7pm-11pm. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 6677).
Kick back at a breezy spot on the beach with your favourite drink. The bar menu offers a buy one, get one free on selected beverages including grape, hops, shorts and mixed drinks. Guests can indulge in personalised cabana service or just relax and admire the views. Don’t miss the resident and international DJs spinning on the decks after dark.
Buy one, get one free. Daily 5pm-7pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Enjoy two for one on selected beverages at this Italian beachside restaurant, bar and lounge. The casual spot is family friendly and overlooks the Arabian Gulf.
Two for one. Daily 5pm-7pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
The popular Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Dubai Marina offers unlimited house grape and cheese every Sunday for just Dhs200. Spruce up in your finest and soak up the laid-back, romantic ambience.
Dhs200. Sun 6pm-10pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).
Dine al fresco at the Italian spot and take in views of the Madinat’s waterways or hide away in a quiet corner for a romantic drink. The bar has a sophisticated vibe and the service is efficient and friendly. Enjoy 50 percent off selected beverages.
Half price. Daily 5pm-8pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).
Listen to Seafire Steakhouse’s new jazz band The Desert Jazz Pack on Thursdays and enjoy a package of mixed drinks.
Dhs50-155. Thu 8pm-midnight. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).