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Favourite Bars

As a family we've tried and tested almost all the bars listed below, but they are by no means the only bars in Dubai. Our aim here is to give you a starter list of around ten bars that as a new, first time visitor you may like to try. 

For a much greater selection of bars, discos, nightclubs and other entertainment events we suggest you buy the weekly Dubai Time Out magazine, which we recommend as your handy bible on all things Dubai. Online you can find similar information on

Like the restaurant scene, bars and nightclubs are increasing in variety and number as the Dubai drink and entertainment industry spreads to new areas of the city. In fact new bars seem to open every week so use tje Time Out Dubai website to keep up to date.

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You may like to try:

The One and Only Royal Mirage Rooftop Lounge and Terrace is at one of the best hotels in Dubai - the One & Only Royal Mirage. It has an external bar/terrace in a beautiful setting overlooking the sea and the Jumeira Palm, and it's open to all. You'll probably have to ask for directions when you get to the hotel and expect the hotel to have valet parking if you drive yourself there. Tel: 04 399 9999

Bar 360 is the round bar/nightclub out at sea, but connected to land by a walkway, adjacent to the Burj Al Arab and Jumeira Beach Hotels (the one like a wave which is the one you drive to, valet park and then go through, to get to Bar 360). It's an ideal place to see the sun set, but likely to be a bit windy. You can walk to the bar down the walkway or take a free golf buggy with driver. Tel: 04 406 8744

Bar 360

Because of the widespread nature of Dubai it's easy to feel marooned in your holiday hotel. Don't despair. Have a look at our pages on the Best Ways to See Dubai and Getting Around Dubai, they should prove most helpful!

Irish Village - an expat meeting place after work and at weekends, this Irish-style pub with huge indoor and outdoor areas serves traditional pub grub and drinks. Ideal for watching TV sports and just lounging around inside or outside by a small lake. It's close to the tennis stadium and the Welcare hospital in Al Garhoud. A lot of the Emirates Airline cabin crew meet up here as it's close to many of the staff apartments. Tel: 04 282 4750

Your first holiday in Dubai? When you're out and about in the sun drink plenty of bottled water.

Barasti Beach Bar - this Dubai institution has a huge wood-decked, sun-drenched bar right on the beach. Sit in the bar areas or on the sand with a beer and watch the sun go down. A family and expat favourite for lounging around or watching sports on TV. Perhaps the busiest place in town and often with DJ and full dancefloor. Oh, and they do a wide selection of bar foods and often have a BBQ on the go as well. Dress up or dress down to flip-flops, it's your choice. It's here our daughter met her future husband for the first time, so it holds a special meaning for our family. Find it at the far end of Jumeirah approaching the Marina area on the Mina Seyahi's beach. Tel: 04 399 3333

Bahri Bar - at the Mina A'Salam hotel. The wooden terrace at this popular and stylish bar let's you soak up the stunning views of the canals, the Gulf waters and the Burj Al Arab. Tel: 04 366 8888

Bar 44 - on the 44th floor of the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai Marina is posh and exclusive. It's ideal for champagn and cocktails and has fantastic views of the Marina and Palm. Tel: 04 399 8888

Buddha Bar - is also in the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai Marina. The bar offers fancy cocktails plus Asian cuisine in the restaurant area. Stylish setting with gigantic statue of Buddha and floor to ceiling windows giving great views of the Marina. Tel: 04 317 6833

Left Bank - in the Souk Al Bahar, in Downtown Dubai, close to Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa, this is a classy bar with stylish interior. Opens around 6pm daily for the cocktail crowd. Tel: 04 368 4501

Neos - at The Address, Downtown, Dubai, opens at 6pm daily. It's on the 63rd floor, has dark interiors, futuristic design and of course stunning views. Book window seats in advance. Watch out, it's expensive! Tel: 04 427 0515

Nezesaussi - is at the Al Manzil Hotel, again in Downtown, Dubai. It's a real sports bar where you can watch soccer, rugby and cricket matches. Food from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, hence the cricket matches (and the name - you work it out!). Tel: 04 428 5888

Sky View Bar - is at the Burj Al Arab, so you have a minimum spend and a strict dress code. You also have the most exclusive venue and great views from the top of this iconic structure. Tel: 04 301 7442

Wafi Bar - it's colonial in style and features a dance floor, happy hour with discounts on selected drinks from 4pm to 8pm, food and live music. A great spot for dinner and drinks that's open from noon to the early hours every day. Find it at Wafi in Oud Metha area, Dubai. Tel: 04 324 0000

Three essentials for your Dubai holiday - sunscreen, sunglasses and bottled water!

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