Regarding nightlife, only a few cities can promise a diverse selection in their offerings as Dubai.
This city has something for everyone, from sophisticated venues with skyline views to laidback retro-themed pubs. But if you’re like me, ordering a gin and tonic at the best bars in Dubai is quite the affair.
The best bars in Dubai are Zuma, Iris Dubai, Seven Sisters, SoBe, Brass Monkey, Galaxy Bar, Penthouse, Miss Lily’s, etc. So, please sit back, and watch the city come alive after dark as I help you explore some of the best Dubai watering holes.
1. Iris Meydan
On the 27th floor of The Oberoi Dubai, this chic bar is one of the sizzling nightspots in the city, kudos to its lively ambiance, modern art collection, and stunning views of the city skyline.
The edgy vibe and live band (twice a week) make this venue fantastic for ringing in weekends.
What’s more? The drinks menu is worth checking out, featuring creative cocktails masterfully concocted by the bar’s mixologists to stimulate your senses.
Various bar bites, such as sushi, tacos, salads, and delectable main dishes, are also available. In addition to well-rounded drinks, don’t forget to check out the assortment of sakes and cigar menus.
- Address: Meydan Grandstand, adjacent to the Ticket Sales Office
- Website: irisdubai.com
- Phone number: +971 56 951 1442
2. Miss Lily’s
A NY-style Jamaican diner in the heart of Dubai’s bustling nightlife scene? Sign me up!
This retro-themed bar is reminiscent of a 1950s speakeasy and is known for its delicious Caribbean fare and fun atmosphere.
Miss Lily’s has a laidback, funky, and electric vibe that draws a clientele that includes some of the world’s biggest A-Listers like Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, and Drake.
The menu features classic and modern Jamaican dishes like jerk chicken, curry goat, ackee, and saltfish. (Nice to meet you, jerk chicken and hot pepper prawns – you’re the best!)
If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of their famous shareable punches served in a teapot or fishbowl. And, of course, no visit to Miss Lily’s is complete without sampling one (or two) of their famous rum cocktails.
- Address: Sheikh Zayed Road، 5th Floor, Sheraton Grand Hotel
- Website: misslilys.com
- Phone Number: +971 4 356 2900
3. Zuma Bar
There are those moments when you walk into a restaurant and instantly fall in love with it. Zuma was one of those moments for me.
This swanky Japanese restaurant is located in the heart of Dubai and features a sleek design, with an extensive menu of Japanese dishes and drinks to match. You’ll have a spectacular view of the entire Dubai skyline in all its glory.
Nights at Zuma are ever buzzing with energy, but Thursday nights get packed with suited-and-booted DIFCers ready to kick start the weekend in style.
The drinks menu is impressive. You can choose from an array of sake, Japanese whisky, and cocktails – all expertly mixed by talented bartenders.
And if you’re feeling peckish, the menu features a variety of delicious snacks (the seared beef with soy, lime, ginger, and coriander) to enhance the lively ambiance.
- Address: Gate Village 06, DIFC
- Website: zumarestaurant.com
- Phone number: +9714 425 5660
4. Q’s Bar and Lounge
There is no natural lighting, no high ceilings or wide open spaces, and there are no unoccupied seats that won’t get occupied.
The only thing that brightens the otherwise dark place is the soothing beat of jazz music, the effortlessly cool staff, the comfortable leather seats, and the vibrant, music-inspired decor.
Q’s Bar and Lounge is one of the best-kept secret places in Dubai to unwind and relax with a good drink in hand. However, Q’s is only open three days a week–Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
This hidden gem offers an ideal old-world charm that you can enjoy over fine cigars, delicious bar bites, and a variety of drinks inspired by the legendary achievements of Quincy Jones.
Believe me when I say that Q’s bar has SOUL!
- Address: West Wing, Palazzo Versace
- Website: palazzoversace.ae
- Phone number: +97145568865
5. SoBe Bar
SoBe is one of those places you go to for the experience and leave feeling like you just flew to another world.
The chic rooftop bar guarantees panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and a prime view of the Dubai Fountains.
It sits on the 36th floor of the W Dubai – The Palm, which makes it an exemplary spot to watch the sun go down over the city at 360 degrees.
While you soak in the Miami vibe, the menu features a wide selection of shareable plates and snacks and an impressive list of cocktails, wine, and champagne. SoBe is the perfect place to unwind after a long day or kick off a fun night.
At SoBe, you can pick from a happy hour, ladies’ night, house music performances by international celebrities, and after parties. The party always awaits, so ensure you’re ready to get your groove on.
- Address: W Dubai – The Palm, East Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah
- Website: sobedubai.com
- Phone number: 97142455800
6. Seven Sisters
Come as you are at Seven Sisters, and feel free to blend in or stand out. Be it the booming baseline, this buzzing bar at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai comes with attitude in spades.
The place gets pumping from Wednesday to Saturday with a live band and a rotating roster of international DJs playing everything from R&B and Hip Hop to Commercial House.
Thanks to its exotic beverage menu and the Mediterranean/Asian dining experience, you will undoubtedly give in to the Seven’s allure.
While at it, try their famous “Seven Sisters” cocktail, a delicious mix of vodka, rosemary syrup, grapefruit, lemon, and egg white.
Seven Sisters oozes cool and sophistication, and it is the perfect place to let your hair down and have a good time.
- Address: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay
- Website: sevensistersdubai.com
- Phone number: 056 775 4777
7. Treehouse Bar
Visit the Burj Khalifa up close and admire its flawless lines from the Four-Star Taj Dubai’s rooftop lounge, which has a sanctuary-like setting.
In the lush, green environment that transports you from the busy city life below, unwind with handcrafted cocktails amid Renaissance décor and cozy couches.
The terrace has a subtle botanical garden vibe with ambient lighting and comfortable high and low tables for groups, making it the ideal place for an evening get-together or a romantic night out.
Enjoy a creative menu of Mediterranean delicacies as inventive mixologists craft elixirs and potions with a taste for smoke and vapor.
Additionally, a soulful lounge music soundtrack emanates the constant promise of a location on the cusp of a party.
Treehouse also has an indoor lounge if you want to take a break from the heat and still enjoy the stunning views of Downtown Dubai.
- Address: Taj Dubai, Business Bay
- Website: treehousedubai. ae/
- Phone number: +971-4-438 3100
8. Paros Bar
Delve into a world of blue at Paros, the Aegean-inspired all-day dining restaurant and lounge at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.
The open-air terrace’s glass walls offer fantastic views of the JLT, Marina, and Media City skylines lit up at night, and the cabana-style seating adds to the festive atmosphere.
During the day, Paros is a great place to enjoy cocktails and light bites by the pool. The menu features classic Greek dishes as well as international favorites.
Drinks? You’re in good hands with the mixologists at Paros. They’ve got all the classics as well as some inventive concoctions.
As the sun sets, the vibe at Paro’s changes, and the place turns into a chic nightspot, with a DJ spinning some groovy tunes.
- Address: 46th Floor Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers
- Website: parosdubai.com
- Phone Number: +971 4 574 1111
9. The Penthouse Bar
Here’s Dubai’s sexiest rooftop bar for the ‘gram and stay for the party. The creative menu of classic and signature cocktails is enough to get anyone’s attention, but what makes The Penthouse stand out is the stunning 360-degree view of the city.
If you’re looking to get your heart racing, head up to the dance floor, where international DJs spin a mix of commercial, EDM, and deep house tunes until the early morning.
The Penthouse is also a great place to enjoy some delicious food, with a menu that features everything from pizza and burgers to seafood.
Try drinks such as the “Passionate Lover,” a mix of gin, passion fruit, and Campari, or the “Rooftop 75,” a take on the classic French 75 made with gin, lemon, and champagne.
- Address: FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Crescent West
- Website: thepenthouse.co
- Phone number: 052 900 4868
10. Galaxy Bar
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After a long day, you might desperately want a drink, but with countless watering holes in Dubai, it can be hard to decide where to go.
For a truly unique experience, head to the Galaxy Bar at the Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection. If there is anything the Galaxy Bar knows how to do, it gives you a good time.
With its deep blue décor and starry ceiling, the Galaxy Bar is reminiscent of a chic nightclub. The bar boasts a menu of delicious cocktails and a wide selection of wines and spirits.
If you’re always for a chance looking to dance the night away, the Galaxy Bar is the place to be. The resident DJ spins a mix of hip-hop and commercial tunes to keep you on your feet all night.
- Address: Unit C01, Ground Floor, Gate Village, Building 9 DIFC
- Website: galaxy-bar.com
- Phone number: +971 50 513 5908
11. Brass Monkey
I take my games seriously, which is why I love Brass Monkey. This American-style sports bar is the perfect place to catch all the big games, with its 24 HD TVs and 12 pool tables.
“Grow Young Old Again” is the motto of this one-stop entertainment center for older children, and it couldn’t be more accurate.
Brass Monkey has got you covered if you want to watch the game, play some pool, sing your heart out at karaoke, or swing with your gang.
The bar has more than 60 new and classic arcade games, 12 bowling lanes, VR racing simulators, a pool and snooker area, and a booth for temporary tattoos on its two floors.
The food menu features all the American classics, from burgers and wings to pizzas and nachos. If you’re feeling thirsty, the bartenders are more than happy to whip up one of their signature cocktails.
- Address: Bluewaters Island
- Website: brassmonkeysocial.com
- Phone number: +971 4 582 7277
12. Mood Rooftop Bar And Lounge
Leave the urban world and enter an exclusive jungle-inspired venue at Mood Rooftop Bar and Lounge.
The new, incredibly unique lighting fixtures at MOOD Rooftop Lounge will provide the perfect atmosphere for late-night parties while providing 180-degree panoramic views of Downtown Dubai. Just the partying vibe we all want!
But of course, the menu makes Mood Rooftop Bar and Lounge stand out. The bartenders are mixology experts and use only the finest ingredients to create their inventive cocktails.
The food menu features a wide selection of international cuisine, including sushi, sashimi, and tempura.
- Address: The Meydan Hotel, Meydan
- Website: moodrooftop.com
- Phone number: +971 54 440 0227
13. Pure Sky Lounge
Pure Sky Lounge & Dining is the ideal location for watching the sunset and taking gorgeous pics to fill up your social media.
It is the perfect place to come with a group of friends, as there is plenty of space to socialize and dance. The music is a mix of commercial and deep house, and the vibe is very chic and sophisticated.
The curved bar has attractive white and blue seating arranged around tables, making it ideal for sunset-back snacks and cocktails.
The menu features an intriguing modern twist on those traditional Italian classic dishes carefully designed to transport you from Dubai to a secluded beach on the island of Capri in just a single bite.
Not to forget that ladies can drink pink on Wednesdays!
- Address: Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, JBR Walk
- Website: hilton.com/dubai
- Phone number: +971-4-318-2999
14. The Pisco Bar
The Pisco Bar, which takes its cues from some of Lima’s oldest pubs, offers a lively atmosphere for every event.
From the extensive collection of COYA hallmarks, Peruvian classics, and regional specialties, their skilled mixologists are always available to make up something.
The Latin American bar has a food menu that will take your taste buds on a journey through Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico. The Pisco Sour is a must-try, and the Ceviche is also very popular.
If music is more your scene, then you’ll be happy to know that The Pisco Bar has music resident DJs every night. So whether you’re looking to drink, eat, or dance, The Pisco Bar is the place to be.
- Address: Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2
- Website: coyarestaurant.com
- Phone Number: +971 (0)4 316 9600
15. Bahri Bar
If private conversations over breathtaking sunset views of Madinat Jumeirah’s beautiful meandering canals sound good, look no further than the Arabian-inspired lounge at Four-Star Jumeirah Mina A’Salam.
As the day fades into night, the mood at Bahri Bar intensifies with a vibrant atmosphere and a live DJ playing from Sunday to Sunday.
It is superb for a romantic night out or a fun evening with friends. The menu features classic Arabic dishes and more modern fare, and the cocktails here don’t lack creativity or flavor.
You can choose a drink with local flavors, like Behind the Times (Glenfiddich Scotch and date honey syrup) or Witch’s Heart (gin with saffron, lemon, rosewater, and rosemary).
- Address: Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam,
- Websites: jumeirah.com/Bahri-Bar
- Phone number: 800 323232
16. Siddharta Lounge
Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar is one of Dubai’s most popular nightspots. Located in the Grosvenor House Dubai, the lounge offers stunning views of the city skyline and the Burj Al Arab.
The stylish Siddharta Lounge offers the most thrilling flavors in modern cuisine through a boundless range of choices. The menu features a broad range of sushi, sashimi, and tempura, as well as traditional Thai curries and Vietnamese pho.
Enjoy the lounge’s luxurious setting of Buddha statues, elegant sofas, and an impressive bar. An exquisite place to see and be seen in Dubai!
- Address: Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Emreef Street
- Website: siddhartalounge.com
- Phone number: +971 4 317 6000
17. Mr. Miyagi’s Street Food And Bar
Mr. Miyagi’s is a Japanese-inspired bar located in the Media One Hotel. The bar has a menu of delicious Asian-fusion cuisine, and the cocktails are some of the most creative in Dubai.
The atmosphere is always electric, and the decor is chic and modern. The bar also has a terrace with views of the Dubai skyline, making it the perfect spot for an evening drink.
With its eccentric neon signs, bright lights, colorful paper umbrellas, eclectic accents, and colorful stools that transport you to Bangkok’s busy streets, the lively bar is an Instagrammer’s dream.
- Address: Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City
- Website: mrmiyagis.xyz
- Phone number: 04 420 7489