Iris Dubai

Seriously cool rooftop bar with Downtown views
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Time Out Says

Perched on top of The Oberoi Dubai, Iris is a seriously cool bar and it wants you to know it.

Not only is it on the 27th floor, offering views across Business Bay and Downtown Dubai, but this nightlife hotspot is open air. That means it’s the perfect place to take advantage of those cool winter evenings, or a bit of afternoon sunshine if you’re looking for a place to grab a quick after-work drink.

Admittedly, we’ve seen better views, but they’re still impressive – and the narrowness of the dimly lit bar adds to the boutique, exclusive feel of the place.

At one end, waiters buzz past carrying trays of excellently crafted mixed drinks, which are prepared skilfully with fresh ingredients by the bartenders.

Meanwhile at the other side, there’s a cover band pumping out tune after tune and keeping the crowds on their feet.

It’s decked out in woods and glass and assorted greenery, and although it’s generally loud with the pace picking up in the evening, there are some quieter, more intimate spots, too.

Throughout the venue the crowd is a total mix, with couples on dates perched by the bar, a few older groups taking in the atmosphere and partygoers celebrating birthdays.

Iris is run by the same team behind Dubai superclubs WHITE and Drai’s, and it’s not hard to tell. Not only is there a bouncer-esque man in a suit loudly confirming VIP reservations over the phone, there’s also an exclusive vibe here, you don’t want to rock up in your scruffs.

We’re told we might struggle to find somewhere to sit, even though there appear to be plenty of available seats.

Fortunately, we’re swiftly shown to a high table by the bar, which is a little bit further away from the band than we’d have liked – but even if we can’t see much, the music is still pumping.

There is a good selection of grape on offer and drinks here are also reasonably priced, with a house short beverage coming in at Dhs40. There are plenty of options for big spenders – with premium beverages available by the bottle. There’s a dedicated mixed drinks bar, too, and the venue is known for its creative beverages.

Add to that a varied menu of cuisine including tapas-themed light bites (we highly recommend nibbling on some sushi), and a quick drink here can easily turn into a full night out.

Seriously cool rooftop bar with Downtown views

For a trendy night of partying, or after-work drinks

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 27 Jan 2019

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TypeBar & Pub, Bar/lounge
5:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Sunday: 5:00 PM to 3:00 AMMonday: 5:00 PM to 3:00 AMTuesday: 5:00 PM to 3:00 AMWednesday: 5:00 PM to 3:00 AMThursday: 5:00 PM to 3:00 AMFriday: 1:00 PM to 3:00 AMSaturday: 3:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Show number 056 951 1442
Dubai, Business Bay, The Oberoi Centre - Al A'amal St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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