Not only are the mixed drinks tip top this swanky lounge bar at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, but you’re also greeted with an equally mesmeric view of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah thanks to its position on the waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah. It’s also a cracking spot for post-brunch drinks come 4pm on a Friday.
Open daily 4pm-2am. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
2. BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club
This trendy mixed drinks bar adds to the growing nightlife scene in Barsha Heights. BARBARY is sort of New York-cool, and mixed drinks are available for Dhs47 – and there’s plenty of them, too. Keep an eye open for the massive, illuminating hint of Dubai bling (we won’t ruin the surprise). It also does a lively brunch, see our review on page 40.
Open Sat-Tue, Wed noon-2am, Tue, Thu-Fri noon-3am. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 247 6666).
This elegant mixed drinks lounge and bar is lower-key than its Irish neighbour McGettigan’s in the Bonnington Hotel in JLT, but this classy spot has magnificent views out of the neighbourhood from its terrace area. It also has a daily happy hour running until 10pm with drinks available for as little as Dhs25. A bargain spot to enjoy a sophisticated beverage.
Open daily 2pm-3am. Bonnington Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 356 0000).
Few bars in this list are able to boast a more stunning location than this restaurant and bar in beachside hotspot La Mer. Plus, if you head down here on a Monday, you can get free juniper mixed drinks while listening to some live jazz.
Open daily noon-midnight. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 529 9365).
5. Miss Lily’s
You’ll find a twist on conventional mixed drinks at this funky, quirky and brilliantly light-hearted Jamaican hangout. This place is delightfully miniscule, so get cosy, grab a table and set up camp for the evening. The “dutty” grape is a great, cooling after-burn aid if you’ve got a bit ambitious with the hot sauce on your Jamaican patties. You’ll be up and dancing, too, we guarantee it.
Open Sat-Tue 7pm-1am; Wed-Fri 7pm-2am. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4074).
6. Pisco Lounge
We crowned this one our Best Restaurant Bar in Dubai at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2018, and this swanky and wholly lovely arm of COYA (another award-winner), is one stunning place to grab a couple of apéritifs – or a digestif, if you’re fond of a post- Peruvian dinner beverage.
Open Sun noon-1.30am, Mon-Wed 12.30pm-1.30am, Thu-Sat 12.30pm-2am. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah (04 316 9600).
7. Poppy by David Myers
This mixed drinks bar is so secluded, romantic and hidey-holey that you might never even knew it existed. This secretive bar is simply gorgeous, with a dimly lit and laid-back ambience. You can get some inventive mixed drinks, too. It doesn’t come cheap, but you can’t put a price on romance, can you?
Open daily 6pm-3am. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Business Bay (04 512 5555).
8. The Penthouse
This is one of the top spots for kicking back, sipping on a beverage and letting the world go by. Not only is it effortlessly cool, but it also has one of the most stunning views this city has to offer. Staring out from the base of the Palm, atop the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, you can grab a drink and gawk out at the Dubai Marina skyline on one side, and the Jumeirah coast on the other.
Marina View Bar Terrace open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am; Thu-Sat 4pm-3am. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
(050 900 4868).
9. The Social Room
Any bar that has mixed drink ingredients ranging from dill to Cheerio milk and considers a sourdough pizza a “bar snack” has our backing. Gaze over the waters and get involved with the nightly half-price happy hour until 8pm. That discount also applies to food, so get your hands on those pizzas, they’re epic.
This Polynesian-themed chain of bars offers a whole bunch of different mixed drinks – including its signature one – and at the JBR branch you can make the most of a DIY drinks deal every day. For Dhs63 you can pick your own vessel, flavours, juices and whether you want it shaken or blended. Choices, choices.