We all love a good view and the great outdoors, and Dubai’s bars combine the two with flair. From terraces to beach settings, we take a look at ten of the city’s newest, nicest al fresco spots.
Whether surrounded by foliage, on a rooftop or on the beach – drinks are better enjoyed in the sun or under the stars. Here’s how to embrace the cooler months and take the party outside.
With postcard-perfect views of the Burj Khalifa, this new outdoor rooftop venue is still relatively unknown. The hidden gem is elegant and ideal for a romantic drink or even to socialise with friends while listening to lounge vibes from the live DJ.
Free. Open daily 6pm-3am. Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 6666).
Eden Beach Club
From its luxury, laid-back beach club vibe during the day to fitness classes on the sand and international headline acts at weekends, Eden Beach Club is an ideal spot for sunbathers or partygoers. It has private plunge pools, a tiered dancefloor, a large bar and pool. With panoramic views of the Palm Jumeirah, it’s an ideal place to enjoy sundowners. DJ Steve Aoki plays live on Thursday February 5.
Open Tue-Sun 10am-midnight. Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 277 1477).
Level 43 Sky Lounge
The open-air bar and lounge overlooks Downtown Dubai and is located on the 43rd floor of Four Points by Sheraton. Weekly offerings include ‘Happy Mondays’ where guests can enjoy any bottle of grape with a free food platter between 6pm and 8pm. Platters include a selection of dishes such as fried blue cheese and risotto balls and grilled beef skewers. Ladies can enjoy two free drinks every Tuesday from 9pm until midnight. Open daily 4.30pm-2am. Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 316 9888).
This chic rooftop bar offers 360 degree views of the Dubai skyline. The large glass sphere bar – inspired by the bulb of a mercury thermometer – features as a dramatic central focal point and serves a premium selection of beverages and bubbly while contemporary mixology incorporates molecular techniques, dry ice and smoke. Acclaimed resident DJ Opolopo sets the vibe for the lounge every night, playing a mix of musical genres including funk, house and soul.
Open daily 5pm-2am. Rooftop, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 270 7777).
Pacha Ibiza Dubai
The new club is spread over three floors and stays true to the Pacha Ibiza mantra of great music and DJs, with both local and international acts on the roster. The venue has recently launched its new monthly day party series on the rooftop. A strictly white dress code is enforced and the party starts from 2pm and continues through sunset until dark. Those who want to change the vibe can head to the main room where Pacha Ibiza resident DJ Sebastian Gamboa will play commercial tracks inspired by his homeland, Ibiza.
Open daily 8pm-3am. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 567 0000).
The casual setting is popular with hotel guests and with weekly deals on food and drinks, it’s a spot that we can’t ignore. Every Wednesday from 8pm until 11pm guests can enjoy a barbecue and a special Latin mixed drinks menu for low prices while listening to Latin beats from the DJ. A live jazz singer performs on Thursday nights from 8pm until 11pm.
Open daily 8am-1am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
Sunset Lounge Bar
Enjoy views of the Arabian Gulf while relaxing at this picturesque Al Qasr spot. The bar is spacious and has plenty of cosy sofas and tables to enjoy drinks and snacks while listening to lounge music.
Open daily 5pm-10pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).
With three bar areas to choose from, each with its own theme – mist, fire and smoke – Zengo offers the perfect balance of indoor and outdoor space. On the terrace, Fire Bar features a unique flammable counter that can be lit up to create a real sense of theatre and atmosphere.
Open Sat and Mon-Wed 7pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 7pm-2am. Closed Sundays. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh Road
(04 316 5550).
With views over the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, Zeta is a new outdoor lounge in the heart of Downtown Dubai. With its informal setting and relaxed look and feel, the bar is ideal for after work drinks.
Open daily noon-midnight. Lobby level, The Address Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).