Best restaurant bar in Dubai 2018

The best of the city has been revealed at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2018

Nightlife Awards 2018

WINNER
Pisco Lounge at Coya

A trendy Peruvian joint with a buzzing vibe and some top mixed drinks

If you’re looking for a drink in Jumeirah, look no further than Pisco Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. Pisco Lounge, which is the bar for Time Out Dubai’s 2016 Restaurant of the Year COYA, is based on traditional bars from Lima, Peru, and provides an authentic and fun night out.

Serving up a range of mixed drinks, there are creative concoctions with a modern twist on classics made up by the talented and friendly bar staff. With an 11-metre long bar there’s plenty of space to grab a drink and kick back pre- or post-meal, too. The décor is trendy and funky – with plenty of vibrant green tiles set against dark wood furniture for a grown-up, elegant feel. The coppery light fixtures lend warm tones, too, while it’s also a bit industrial chic making it more playful than stuffy.

COYA is certainly worth stopping into for dinner, too, if you’re after some truly excellent Peruvian cuisine. Why not make a night of it?
Open Sat-Tue 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-midnight; Wed-Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-12.30am. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 316 9600).


HIGHLY COMMENDED
Black Tap
All-American bar with a cool vibe, fun bites and trendy interiors

If you’ve been anywhere near Instagram in the past couple of years, chances are you’ll have seen Black Tap while scrolling. Famous for its towering freakshakes in a rainbow of vibrant (sugary) colours to its juicy burgers, this chain has a huge following. However, it’s not all about the all-American cuisine, though it would be churlish not to try it while you’re there.

Set up by Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori in New York in 2015, Black Tap has been making waves wherever it goes – from the US to Dubai.
Its first Dubai outlet, at Jumeirah Al Naseem, has been a massive hit, routinely packed day in, day out. And with good reason – it’s fun, funky and buzzing. With views outside to Jumeirah Al Naseem’s turtle lagoon, the floor-to-ceiling windows open up fully in cooler months giving
a light, bright and breezy air to the burger joint.

Inside is all graffiti-strewn walls and exposed brickwork that lends an urban-cool feel. The bar itself is set to the back of the space – being unimposing and tucked far enough away that you can enjoy the vibe but not be within fry-stealing range of diners. Staff are friendly and there’s a wide range of mixed drinks and craft hops, all coming in at decent prices – with a selection of hops and grape coming in at under Dhs40. Fancy a bar snack? Don’t miss the onion rings, crisp, tasty circles that will transport you to retro American diners in one salty-sweet bite. Settle in for a drink and a chat, you won’t be disappointed.
Open daily 11.30am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim (04 422 9904).


HIGHLY COMMENDED
RÜYA
Elegant Turkish restaurant at Dubai Marina that’s not to be missed

There are many reasons to visit RÜYA, the primary one being the food. However, it’s also excellent for a drink, should you not be after a full meal.

Head here early evening and you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the large central bar, or, in the cooler months, the picturesque terrace. The latter is decked out in plenty of twinkling fairy lights, giving a moodily lit, charming vibe to the area. It also boasts views, albeit from a low level, across Dubai Marina, so it’s a top place for a spot of yacht watching, too.

If you are peckish, don’t miss the excellent food from chef Colin Clague and his team. RÜYA is our Best MENA Restaurant 2018 and we highly recommend sampling some of the dishes  – especially the egg and two-cheese pide, it’s truly wonderful and makes for a great accompaniment to a drink. Don’t miss the inventive mixed drinks, which use a variety of ingredients including hibiscus, rose, pomegranate, honey, spices,
citrus and mint.

RÜYA – which aptly translates as “dream” in Turkish – knows a thing or two about combining flavours and getting them spot-on every time.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am; Thu 6pm-2am; Fri noon-4pm, 6pm-2am. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).


SHORTLISTED
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If you’re looking for views of the Burj Al Arab and the waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah, look no further. A great spot for sundowners, and to wow your guests.
Open Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).

La Petite Maison
Our Best French Restaurant 2018, this is a classic, chic and always bustling bar in DIFC that’s worth a post-work or pre-dinner drink. Elegant and upmarket, it’s one to dress up for.
Open daily noon-3.15pm, 7pm-11.15pm Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 439 0505).

Miss Lily’s
This quirky Caribbean hangout is a huge hit in its native New York, and has proved equally popular in Dubai. Loads of fun and packed with island vibes. Don’t miss the bar snack-friendly tasty food either.
Open Sat-Tue 7pm-1am, Wed-Fri 7pm-2am. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4074).

Okku
With a cool vibe, moody lighting and a massive fish tank, this is a trendy spot to grab a drink and dinner. There’s also a great ladies’ night, offering unlimited free sparkling and grape on a Wednesday.
Open daily 7pm-2am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).

Ramusake
Another Japanese restaurant with a great ladies night, this trendy JBR hangout is great for a night out. Expect drinks, dancing and a cutely-decked out terrace.
Open Sun-Wed 6pm-2am; Thu 4pm-2am; Fri noon-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 559 5300).

The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill
Swanky New-England-esque oyster bar with great food, a busy Wednesday ladies’ night and an excellent al fresco terrace. 
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Fri noon-1am. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 457 6719).

Waka
Trendy Peruvian/Japanese restaurant bar that cranks up late into the evening, with lively Latin Amerian music.
Open Sat-Tue 6pm-midnight; Wed-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri noon-1am. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (04 453 5283).

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