04 December 2016

 

5 hottest bars in Dubai

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Dubai’s most popular bar, ever

1. Barasti

Dubai’s most popular bar, ever

Our all-time favourite bar

Admittedly, it’s put in the years to enjoy this reputation. Started in the early ’90s as a beach hut serving cold drinks to workers, in the following two decades, it grew into what is, easily, the most recognised and popular bar in Dubai. It’s easy to see why. Alongside its huge expansion, this wood-decked, sun-drenched bar with its views of the ocean serves food and drink to satisfy every taste. Best of all, it’s dress up or dress down, brogues or flip-flips. This is a bar well worth its place in the sun.

Le Méridien Mina Seyahi

Tel: +971 (4) 399 3333

Bar in the world’s tallest building

2. Armani Privé

Bar in the world’s tallest building

Just the fact that it’s the world’s tallest building would be reason enough to visit, even if the bar was a dodgy dive. But this is Dubai, and dodgy dives, though not unheard of, are not the city’s style. So they’ve opted for Privé, a swanky bar in a fashion designer’s hotel, with uber-modern design, VIP-feel and glammed-up crowd. It’s pure theatre, of course, but beautifully so. They even have the region’s largest LED screen upon which to watch fashion or football, as you so please.

Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown   Tel: +971 (4) 888 3308

An Irish pub in Dubai. No, really!

3. The Irish Village

An Irish pub in Dubai. No, really!

Pleasingly down to earth, the Irish Village is an escape from the glitz and glam of Dubai. Extremely popular amongst Western expats, it’s your home from home, where you can sup a Guinness, enjoy bangers and mash and take in the craic! It also boasts a year round calendar of big-name gigs so be sure to check in while you’re there. And with a large outside space, it’s a great place to enjoy the balmy eves.

Dubai Tennis Stadium   Tel: +971 (4) 282 4750

Wine and chic, Parisian style

4. The Cave

Wine and chic, Parisian style

With a wine list of over 500 choices, this Gallic-inspired nightspot covers all the vine’s bases. And its name? Well, the bar feels like a cave, but a luxurious one, with dark wood, backlit latticing and fashionable furniture. It’s so sophisticated, there are even sofa beds upon which to recline, Titian style (with your clothes on, of course), and savour the grape. It’s très French so, if you get peckish, expect bar snacks to include lobster, cheese and snails!

Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road   Tel: +971 (4) 444 7444

Open air lounge in the desert

5. Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge

Open air lounge in the desert

Get out of the city! After all, there’s more to Dubai to skyscrapers. The city may be a jewel in a desert – but that desert is every bit as beautiful. You’ll be able to enjoy its vistas and accompanying hospitality at the Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge in the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort. Watch camel trains crest the dunes, smoke traditional pipes and enjoy the cavorting of belly dancers. This is an older, more traditional Dubai, which is as close to its roots as you’ll get.

Bab al Shams Resort   Tel: +971 4 809 6194

 
 
 
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