For those who love a little taste of home when on their travels, this city has an abundance of homely hostelries that replicate the aura of a Queen Vic or Rovers Return.
But if your visitors hanker for an evening out in surroundings they wouldn’t find on their favourite soap then Dubai has them covered, too. Let’s impress the guests with somewhere a tad less familiar..
101 Dining Lounge & Bar
Even before you hop upon a buggy (or boat) to this One & Only outpost, you can’t help but feel a sense of immense anticipation. And once you’ve disembarked, neither you nor your company will fail to be wowed by 101’s beauty. Of course, you’ve been here before so we needn’t wax lyrical about the vistas, drinks menu or the fine fare that has spread its Spanish roots to something more pan-Continental. Perhaps you need reminding, though, so give it a whirl once more.
Open daily 11.30am-2am. One & Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1030).
Panorama is not purely a current affairs programme (a far cry from the subjects you’ll find discussed in Walford) but also the theme of this remarkable nightspot straddling the Burj Al Arab. At the weekend, this is the place to see and be seen but if you fancy enjoying its serene times, head down during the week. Then, you’ll be greeted by laidback tunes as you take in the stunning sunset, a world away from the banging club nights it’s most famous for.
Open daily 5pm-3am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 500 8518).
Breeze Beach Grill
Something that never fails to amaze us is Dubai’s ability to produce pockets of party towns. Take Club Vista Mare, for instance. Resembling a sailing club (without the snottiness) it has an array of hip hangouts, none cooler than Breeze. Industrial in its vibe, laidback in its vibe, this place offers a novel taste of the city with views to match. The happy hour is particularly popular and if you’re not in the mood for surf shack-style snacks, you can always shift next door to the amazing Ají.
Open Sun-Wed 11am-midnight; Thu 11am-1am, Fri 9am-1am, Sat 9am-midnight. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3000).
When your tireless Time Out team seek a post-work ponder a stone’s throw from the office, you might well find us here. Why? Well, Jetty Lounge seems as distant as our deadline-meeting demands could possibly be when we saunter over and delight in having the beach under our brogues. The views are joyful (as are the posh fish fingers) and if your pals are happy to accompany you on a screen break this might be just what HR ordered.
Open daily 2pm-2am. One&Only Royal Mirage, Umm Suqeim (04 399 9999).
As show-off spots go, few can match Bahri Bar, especially if you want to immerse your guests in the majesty of Mina A’Salam. If your female friends are in tow, try Bahri out on a Tuesday night (ladies get three glasses of bubbly) but on any evening, the sheer chilled charm and top-notch Burj Al Arab views will induce such gratitude that your arms will ache from all the high-fives.
Open Sat-Wed 4pm-1am, Thu-Fri 4pm-2am. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232).
Consummately cool with a Canadian credo that offers both refinement and rock ’n’ roll in equal measures, there’s much to admire about Weslodge. The bar staff some of the most knowledgeable and welcoming in town, while the vantage point near the summit of the world’s tallest hotel makes for a conversation piece even when your buddies’ jet lag kicks in. Go for the views, stay for the tunes.
Open daily 6pm-2am. 68th Floor, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
Luxurious loftiness is something Dubai is renowned for. If the height-fearing among you have managed to dodge the Burj Khalifa bullet for most of their stay, only insanity (and perhaps a spot of hypnotherapy) will keep them from this super structure indefinitely.Hit the lounge here and you’ll be offered some brews with a view. Please, whatever you do, don’t get that Russ Abbot song stuck in your head, though.
Open daily 12.30pm–3pm, 6–11pm. 122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).