Finding the best bars in Dubai was a thankless task but someone had to do it! Can you imagine how tedious it was to drink, listen to great music and mix with the beautiful people all in the call of duty! Some bars are better than others but in my opinion there is never a bad bar when drink is being served. So putting a list of what I believe are the best bars in Dubai is no easy task but here goes:-
Who can come to Dubai without having heard of Bar 360, voted as one of the ten best bars in the world. The location is stunning, part of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel it is located at the end of the walkway facing out to sea. For the adventurous walking there is a trek but passing the Burj Al Arab and wistfully gazing at the yachts in the marina make it worthwhile. However after a few drinks I would recommend that you get the courtesy buggies back.
Once there the views are amazing looking at the Burj Al Arab which is a stones throw away lit up in all its majesty and in the distance the Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world, however the best view is the sunset so get there early not to miss it.
The bar as the name suggest is circular and first timers are traditionally required to do the 360 walk around.
Best nights to go are Fridays and Saturdays were music is played by top name DJ’s and is usually a mix of house, souls and club classics.
Be aware that these nights are busy and that unless you are on the guest list you may have to queue, service at the bar may take some time and courtesy buggies are difficult to get. Also be prepared for lots of posers!!!
Located in the Dubai Marina and part of the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort Hotel, Barasti has a great beach front location and is another ideal place to sit and watch the sun go down. This bar is not surprisingly hugely popular so can get very packed particularly on the weekends. The bar caters for all ages and preferences, upstairs live music is provided from the in house band, however I recommend going downstairs and lazing on the sofas listening to the DJ’s playing a mix of tunes or for the more energetic get on the dance floor after a few drinks.
Situated in the Grosvenor House, the Buddha Bar makes it into my list of best bars in Dubai due to its ambience and chilled out atmosphere. Being more of a drinker than eater, although the Asian themed food is excellent I like to sit at the bar sipping (guzzling) cocktails chilling out listening to the Asian fused house music and people watching the chic and elegant of Dubai and abroad who frequent the bar.
The bill at the end of the night is not for the faint hearted.
Located at the Le Meridian Hotel in Garhoud this far from pretentiousness venue is one of my best bars in Dubai. Irish themed as the name suggests it is bedecked by Celtic paraphernalia and is the home of the Celtic Supporters Club in Dubai, so if you are not a football fan (or a Rangers supporter) then avoid the pub on a Saturday afternoon or indeed any night when Celtic are playing as you will be surrounded by fanatical fans.
Prices are reasonable, the food is great and in my opinion they serve the best pint of Guinness in Dubai although closely contested with the Irish Village and Fibbers other famous Irish bars in Dubai.
Apres Ski Bar
Located in the Mall of the Emirates were else in the desert can you Ski (on the largest indoor ski dome in the world) and then sit in a bar relaxing having a few drinks watching people fall over. It’s insane and therefore makes my list of best bars in Dubai.
Located in the Regent Palace Hotel, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Rd, Bur Dubai, this place is a Dubai institution and not for the faint hearted. An America themed bar/restaurant complete with 70’s décor, at night it turns into a raucous party place fuelled by the infamous bullfrogs and free shots of tequila.
The music is pure cheese blasted out by live bands and dancing goes on until 3am for those with the energy to keep going.
On the downside on weekends an entry fee of 100AED is charged after 8.00pm.
There are now two Trader Vics in Dubai in which I have sampled the delights, one in Dubai Marina and the other in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Both are unsurprisingly being part of a chain themed in the same way, cheesy Polynesian décor. However it’s not the décor or live music that you go there for (the live band is awful) but the Tiki cocktails, string enough to knock your socks off.
They have a strict no dancing policy which spoils the evening because after the cocktails no matter how bad the music people want to dance.
This bar on the rooftop terrace of the Radisson Blue in Media City is the perfect place to spend a Thursday evening before moving on to a nightclub.
Cool and breezy it attracts the stylish Media City crowd and has great DJ’s playing lively house music.
Get there early if you want to get a table to relax and chill out.
This poolside bar situated in the Habtoor Grand Hotel on Jumeirah Beach is the perfect place to relax and chill out with its spectacular unobstructed views over the Gulf. The sunset is amazing as you listen to the DJ’s Balearic sound. For those that wish to splash the cash visit the Champagne lounge or Mojito bar.
Situated in the Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, what best bar guide would be complete without including this relatively new venue. No expense was spared in the design and fitting out of this bar created by the famous Italian designer Robert Cavalli allegedly costing $30 million. With its crystal Swarovski chandeliers and curtains and its quartz floors not only have you to be very attractive to get in, you also need a wallet to match.
Well that’s it my guide to the 10 best bars in Dubai I hope you have enjoyed it and if you agree/disagree feel free to comment.