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Whether you’re after light bites (sushi and edamame) or something more substantial (sliders, teryaki salmon and pepperoni flatbreads) there’s loads to choose from. The best of the bunch? The light, tasty tuna pizza featuring fresh fish piled on a crispy cracker and topped with a swirl of truffle-infused cream cheese.
Open Sat-Wed noon-3am, Thu-Fri noon-5am. FIVE Palm Jumeirah (052 900 4868).
Brunswick Eatery, Bar & Terrace
This cool sports bar from Bull & Roo was rebranded last year to focus more on the food. And it was a success, as the bar bites here are excellent. The pizza is particularly noteworthy.
Open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-2am. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Dubai, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).
Load us up with sizzling fajitas and bring on the punchy jalapeño poppers, we’re ready to eat at Loca. This cool Mexican restaurant is a staple in Jumeirah for its mixed drinks and tasty bar bites – especially the guac.
Open daily noon-2am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
Presenting a social Indian café bar feel, by day this is the place to have meetings over delicious street-food snacks and after dark, enjoy Bollywood-themed beverages, entertainment and a full menu of Indian-fusion specialties.
Open daily noon-3am. Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 501 2631).
BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club
This retro club boasts an extended bar and views from the terrace. The food is reminiscent of New York’s meatpacking district; Cuban sandwiches, burgers, grills and platters plus a tartare bar and a three-course brunch.
Open Sat-Wed 5pm-2am; Thu 5pm-3am; Fri noon-3am. TRYP by Wyndham Hotel, Barsha Heights, www.barbary.ae (04 247 6688).
From breakfast options to a business lunch or brunch deal to the a la carte evening menu, this fun venue ticks many culinary boxes. Snack on sashimi, tacos or mini burgers or dine on jerk chicken, salmon teriyaki or beef stir-fry.
Open Sun-Wed 7.30am-midnight; Thu 7.30am-2am; Fri 1pm-2am. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, dustysdxb.com (04 354 5435).
This cracking food menu celebrates European-Mediterranean grub as most of its mains are of an Italian persuasion; risottos, gnocchi and beef tagliata while innovative starters are a mix of Spanish, Peruvian and Japanese flavours.
Open daily 5pm-2am. Gate Village 5, DIFC, www.indiedifc.com (055 455 6106).
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Spread over two floors, this venue exudes a retro New York vibe while the menu sports American favourites such as mac ’n’ cheese balls, Buffalo chicken flatbread, Angus beef sliders and gangham style wings.
Open Mon-Thu 4pm-3am; Fri 1pm-3am; Sat-Sun 2pm-3am. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, www.lsbdubai.com (04 514 9195).
Kick back on a comfy sofa with a shisha and take in a spectacular view of Dubai’s skyline by night in this chilled-out space. The Middle-Eastern inspired menu features pizzas, salads, mezze, wraps, kebabs and burgers.
Open Sun-Wed 5pm-2am; Thu-Sat 5pm-3am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).
Offering indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Trader Vic’s presents a global menu from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia and Japan featuring Indonesian rack of lamb, jerk chicken and crab rangoon.
Open Sun-Wed 5pm-3am; Thu-Sat 4pm-3am. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR, tradervicsjbr.com (04 318 2530).