WINNER: Lock, Stock & Barrel
Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Bar Food Award two years in a row now, the team here are certainly doing a lot of things right. Whether you’re after a massive flatbread, spicy wings or just in the mood for some fully-loaded nachos, then this is the bar for your snacking needs. The space itself is lively and fun, plus with pool tables and live music to go alongside that lip-smacking (and possibly belt-busting) grub, you’re on to a winner.
Open Sun-Thu 4pm-3am, Fri-Sun 2pm-3am. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Indie Restaurant & Lounge
This trendy lounge serves up some excellent dishes. There’s an eclectic mix from salads to sliders, and for a nibble on a night out, this ticks all the boxes.
Open Sat-Thu 5pm-2am; Fri 1pm-2am. Gate Village 5, DIFC (055 455 6106).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Loca
Guacamole. Need we say more? The tacos are also excellent and for Mexican food with a side of sport, this is the one. Arribe.
Open daily noon-2am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
SHORTLISTED: 7 Elephants
This trendy rooftop bar in DIFC has great views and a varied menu, hailing from seven regions around the globe. Dishes range from tapas to mezze.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat 4pm-2am. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4354).
Chalet-themed bar and restaurant overlooking Ski Dubai. Order up a dish of fondue (cheese or chocolate, your pick) and watch the skiers and snowboarders take to the slopes below.
Dhs10-300. Licensed. Open daily 10am-10pm. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 2575).
Ever-popular beach club Barasti also serves up some pretty decent bar food. From nachos to burgers, fry ups and salads you can’t go far wrong when ordering here on the beach or in front of the footie.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 11am-1.30am, Thu-Fri 11am-3am (last orders for food: 12.30am). Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313).
SHORTLISTED: Black Tap
This New York favourite is popular for its delicious, innovative craft burgers and massive freakshakes.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily 11am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai (04 422 9904). Other branch: Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, www.blacktapme.com.
SHORTLISTED: Brunswick Sports Club
A proper sports bar with a good atmosphere and unfussy but delicious pub grub.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily noon-2am. Sheraton Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (056 404 0685).
SHORTLISTED: Cook Hall
A US gastropub with an industrial vibe, complete with a snooker table and dartboard, serving swanky pub food.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-3am. The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
SHORTLISTED: Le Petit Belge
This Belgian bar and restaurant serves up classic food (think moules frites) and a casual vibe. There are top deals, too.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily noon-2am. Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel and Residences, Cluster T, JLT (04 242 7794).