Dubai has a thriving nightlife scene and contrary to popular belief, alcohol is permitted within hotel bars and clubs. Providing tourists adhere to the legal drinking age of 21 in Dubai, champagne afternoon teas, stylish lounge bars and trendy nightclub experiences can all be enjoyed. The wide variety of venues; some considered the best in the world, are found in the likes of Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah Island, and Dubai Downtown. Take a read through Destination 2’s top choices! Be seen at Dubai’s only 7-star hotel, the world-famous Burj Khalifa. Relax in an indulgent setting at The Palace Downtown with classic afternoon tea, or enjoy sheer opulence with day or night snacks and refreshments at Waldorf Astoria, to name but a few. Cielo Sky Lounge at Dubai Creek Yacht Club and the swanky NDulge located within Atlantis are further hip and happening hotspots, ideal for sophisticated clubbing and partying. It’s not permitted to drink or be under the influence of drink in public ensuring that UAE customs are adhered to.
At.Mosphere - Burj Khalifa
The night-time view of Dubai’s glittering cityscape is a sight to behold and enjoying it over drinks on the 122nd floor is the best way to take it all in. Located at the top of the Burj Khalifa
Location : 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai.
Jetty LoungeDubai offers such a cosmopolitan atmosphere; this being evident in The Jetty Lounge featuring contemporary Arabian architecture. It’s a great place to go for a sundowner. A truly elegant cocktail location, it’s illuminated with ambient coloured lights, setting the mood of the place. Jetty Lounge is located at the One&Only Resort. If you’re looking for a place to chill in style, this is THE place to go.
Location : One&Only Royal Mirage, Jumeirah Beach - Al Sufouh Road, Opp Dubai Media City, Dubai.
It boasts an unbelievably opulent interior, it’s quirky with designer fixtures. A fashionable venue, Cavalli Club Lounge is hedonistic, an all immersive experience. Master mixologists create tasty tipples that would impress even the most jaded of cocktail connoisseurs. Tunes from the best DJs, fashion in signature Roberto Cavalli style and atmospheric pleasures each day and night make this stunning venue up there with the very best in the world.
Location : Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Longs Bar -
By name and nature Long’s Bar, the longest in the Middle East is reminiscent of an American bar perfect for socialising and with a casual feel. It’s located on the happening Sheikh Zayed Road, one of the hotspots for nightlife in the city.
Location : Basement Level, Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai.
Located in the heart of the Dubai Marina, the renowned Buddah Bar is popular with holidaymakers and Dubai residents. It’s part of a trendy global franchise and has recently made its way to Dubai, competing with some of the best already established venues. Ultimately indulgent décor with oriental style and influence; grab a quiet corner and enjoy! This is an excellent choice for relaxing daytime beverages and hip nightlife as part of a luxurious experience inside Grosvenor House.
Location : Grosvenor House, Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai.
Cielo Sky Lounge
Brand new on the Dubai night-life scene is Cielo Sky, an undeniably cool venue that is not to be missed. Chic, sophisticated, a luxurious and contemporary chill-out zone, this is considered the pkace to be seen in and around Dubai.
Location : Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 6302 Dubai.
A new addition to Dubai, this stunning venue is located within Conrad Dubai Hotel. Expect comfort and elegance in a choice of seating areas. A sultry fireside lounge area and Conrad’s own take on an exotic daybed setting combines with the tasting room, perfect for a cool and trendy wine bar. Its meandering pathway leading to the main entrance transports you into sheer opulence and we think this is going to be one of the up and coming bars of 2016.
Location : Conrad Dubai Hotel; Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Cirque Le Soir
One of the most exclusive nightclubs in Dubai, this is an exceptional choice delivering memorable nights in sheer style and with plenty of pizzazz. It has to rate highly in our choice of best bars and clubs if only for its world-wide fame. Le Cirque is a great place for live performances including burlesque shows, magicians, dancers, sword swallowers and fire eaters. Located in the Fairmont Hotel on the Palm, it’s one of the city's hippest hangouts for celebrities and socialites alike.
Location : Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Bar 44 evokes a sense of style and sophistication with an array of the finest champagne and cocktail creations. It’s an indulgent venue located at the top of Grosvenor House Tower One and is perfect for a taste of the high life when holidaying in Dubai. One of our favourites, Bar 44 exudes class. Look over fabulous views whilst relaxing with an extensive beverage menu, snacks and canapes including oysters, caviar, dips and breads.
Location : Grosvenor House Dubai Al Sufouh road, P O Box 118500, Dubai.
This is a European-style cafe bar where guests can enjoy international beers and wines, creative cocktails, restaurant cuisine and lounge snacks and indulgences. Warehouse features live entertainment from Thursdays through to Saturdays and there is always a calendar of events. The décor is fantastic with vibrant colour schemes and stylish furnishings delivering copious amounts of class. It’s on our top picks list for a great day or night.
Location : Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, Dubai.
Alta Badia Bar
Last but not least, Alta Badia is one of our much-loved favourites. On the 51st floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, it’s reminiscent of the ski destination; Alta Badia in northern Italy. Light bites, signature creations, music from the DJ twice a week during happy hour, and a setting shouting out the merriment of Italy is why this makes our list.
Location : 51st Floor, Gold AE DMCC, 1402, Indigo Icon Tower Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai.
Visitors are required to possess an alcohol license, unless it is at the premises of a hotel