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Unlike many Middle Eastern cities, Dubai is a city where nightlife is actually celebrated. That is to say, not only will you not be penalized for chugging down a cold one at venues like bars or pubs, you will also be practically encouraged to party the night away at Dubai’s formidable range of glittering niteries and speakeasies.
Currently, numerous Dubai bars and pubs have reopened under the strict guidelines issued by the authorities. Both residents and visitors alike can now once again venture into the brilliant Dubai night in search of some monotony-breaking nocturnal adventure.
So whether you’re hittin’ the town with your crew or traveling solo, here’s our selection of the six best bars in Dubai to spend your one (or more) memorable nights.
The Dubai Assured stamp
If you have any concerns regarding safety and hygiene during the pandemic, please take comfort in the fact that as Dubai borders are reopened to visitors, the Dubai authorities have launched the Dubai Assured stamp for every hotel, restaurant, food and beverages establishment and attraction as a prerequisite to resuming their businesses. The Dubai Assured stamp is granted only to establishments that are compliant to the strict safety and hygiene measures in-force within the UAE.
Level 43 Sky Lounge
Perched atop of the Four Points by Sheraton on the 43rd floor, every night is a good night here at this rooftop bar and lounge. The bar’s exalted location naturally provides guests with a stunning 360-degree view of the city of Dubai, allowing patrons to marvel at the various landmarks including the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab as well as the entirety of the city’s skyline.
A selection of signature cocktails and refined dishes await as guests are immersed in the sky lounge’s elegant and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The Jetty Lounge Beachside Bar
On the private coastline of the One&Only Royal Mirage resort, guests, locals and expatriates alike are all drawn to the Jetty Lounge’s chic appeal. A beachside lounge overlooking the turquoise waters, guests come to sip its exquisite array of cocktails with powder-soft sands in between their toes. It’s not that hard to see why this establishment remains one of the city’s most visited bars.
The pinnacle of trendy, Iris Dubai lures in night owls in search of some great cocktails along with fusion food and live entertainment. Attracting a predominantly Lebanese clientele, you’d be forgiven to think that you’ve been magically transported to Beirut somehow.
This open-air lounge offers a sensuous and free-spirited ambiance complemented by a great view of Dubai and a calming breeze.
Barasti Beach Bar
Tucked away in the Meridien Mina Seyahi Resort, the Barasti Bar is truly an institution among expatriates in Dubai. The bar offers a comprehensive list of bottled and draught beers, wines, shots and even champagne.
With the option of spectating sporting events on the giant screen or simply enjoying a sundowner at the beach, the Barasti Bar is the perfect place to relax. Additionally, the bar is unpretentious and doesn’t impose a rigid dress code, as is often the case in restaurants and bars across Dubai.
This chic bar allows patrons to enjoy stunning views from its third-floor garden terrace, serving as a true oasis of relaxation in the midst of bustling Dubai. Climb onto one of the high tables or laze in one of the many available sofas while sipping some creative cocktails. In addition to inventive cocktails, the bar also serves all-time classics as well.
Over the weekends, festive crowds flock The Treehouse, while weekdays mostly attract couples and close groups of friends looking to enjoy themselves under the stars.
Fibber Magee’s is unique in the sense that the bar sets out to replicate the feel and the ambiance of an authentic Irish pub. As you walk in, the warm atmosphere coupled with the best Guinness in town and live entertainment conspire to make you forget that Dubai’s skyscrapers are just around the corner.
If the bar is truly one of Dubai’s best-kept secret, it simply should not be, as the Fibber’s Special Spud is simply to die for.