Vista Lounge & Bar
Time Out Says
Vista Lounge & Bar is set just off the lobby at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. The hotel also houses Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, which is prettier and more sophisticated, but with Vista the clue is in the name.
Being set slightly higher up, you have broad views across Dubai Festival City Bay – and if you time it right, the IMAGINE Show. The laser and light show takes place every hour on the hour from 7pm until 11pm at weekends, and 7pm until 10pm in the week, and Vista is a top place to catch the spectacle from.
Drinks are on the pricey side, so visit during happy hour from Thursday until Sunday every week, where you’ll get 50 percent off, which makes a weekend sundowner all the more worthwhile. Normally it will set you back between Dhs80 and Dhs100 for a mixed drink, around Dhs50 to Dhs90 for a glass of grape and Dhs50 for a pint.
Bar snacks are best swerved, as there are plenty of better places to eat in the area. Plus service is on the slow side.
However, you’re here for the views, which is what you’ll get. It’s not the busiest of bars, so the vibe isn’t lively, but it’s chilled-out and chic, with mellow, low lighting and dark décor. Inside there’s a central bar, while the large terrace has low seats and sofas.
It’s a decent place to grab a pre-dinner drink, or if you’re looking for a more stylish alternative to the pubs in the area post-shopping.
Vista won’t blow you away, but for IMAGINE show views and an al fresco drinks in a chic setting it’s not bad.
WHAT IS IT...
Chilled out bar overlooking the IMAGINE Show
For the views, and decent happy hour
By Time Out Dubai staff | 03 Mar 2019
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