While Dubai’s nightlife has been dominated in the past by trendy pubs and expensive lounges, things are finally starting to change. The last decade has seen a wave of newcomers eager to diversify the industry with creative cocktail bars, occasional craft beer venues, and everything in between. But spending a night in Dubai does not come cheap, so do not waste your money on one of these great bars.
Spend your time in the most impressive bars in Dubai and enjoy a fun nightlife. These bars boast exciting design concepts, fascinate everyone with great DJ performances and hold big parties, they are the place to watch the chills of Dubai’s elite.
From trendy bars serving award-winning pub food, to old-fashioned bars in every nook and cranny, to cool places to grab a pint in your pocket, here are 10 of the best bars in Dubai.
Q’s Bar and Lounge
Q’s is the first bar of its kind for jazz icon Quincy Jones, offering something truly unique in Dubai’s nightlife. Despite its location in the magnificent Palazzo Versace, its interior (velvet rug, black and mahogany leather) is sleek and elegant, allowing the music to capture the center of the stage. Every talented and fascinating artist like the previous one, changes every few months – always a rising star chosen by Jones himself.
Q’s Bar & Lounge at Palazzo Versace is the first live music bar run by music giant Quincy Jones. The man who wrote and directed Frank Sinatra and his band opened the bar in 2016 and hosts regular international events – the focus here is entirely on music.
Intimate space, the first thing you see on arrival is the main platform, just a few meters above the ground, where bright “Q” fluorescent lights pass through the wall behind the musicians. This quaint little bar is theater-focused, and rightly so – all the tables face the bar, and the patrons sit across from the live David Davis show – until May and five nights a year in the city. I spent a week with Rhythm & Blues, whose band traveled all the way from the US to perform for all of us in Dubai.
Quincy Jones’ first bar in Dubai to be named “Best Live Music Bar” has proven to be the most sought after live entertainment venue in Dubai. The Q’s Bar and Lounge hosts world-class performances by emerging artists selected by music legends who have won 28 Grammys in a 7-year career and have collaborated with legendary icons from the genre.
They say all good things are triangular and this bar has three places in Dubai and we all love it. The atmosphere is always good, the selection of hops (Belgian of course) is great and the food is consistent. Speaking of food, be sure to order a dish of mussels. Our favorite Belgian bar branch is the one in Dubai’s Festival City, which has a lovely outdoor space overlooking the Dubai River. The city’s love for European-style bars shows no sign of waning, and it’s not surprising that each branch offers a great experience.
After strolling through the markets, climbing the creaking wooden steps and finding the outdoor patio, you will enjoy unparalleled views of the city’s winding waterways, with Burj’s sparkling in the background on the eve of Jumeirah. It is a sight that attracts a healthy crowd throughout the evening, with sunsets providing the perfect backdrop for a drink after leaving work or before dinner.
But if you are planning a night out, there are many things that will keep you busy. On Saturdays, drinks are served 2 in 1 with pop-rock DJs playing pop-rock songs. 30% off Happy Hour on Thursdays from 3pm to 8pm, followed by live bands and DJs, and women’s nights on Wednesdays and Fridays. Here you can enjoy 3 free drinks or spend 100 dirhams for unlimited drinks and a plate of Belgian food.
Speaking of food, be sure to order a dish of mussels. Expect a bowl of oysters cooked in a variety of sauces, from classic because cream and cream to experimental Thai red curry and Belgian fries. Join the two with another sunset drink and you will find the perfect evening.
Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar
Grosvenor House Dubai specializes in bars. Start at the Siddhartha Lounge, named after the Buddha (Siddhārtha Gautama), a descendant of the hotel’s famous Buddha Bar; It is decorated with enough Buddha statues to fill the living space. If it was not so elegant, it might look sticky. Behind the golden ropes led by black porters is an indoor restaurant with elevators that take guests to two open floors, one with city views and the other with ocean views, furnished with sofas, bar stools and seating on the terrace. between. The Balearic hits fit that mood, and the drinks menu is extensive, with a guide to many sake specialties.
Siddhartha Lounge by Buddah Bar is an amazing restaurant, lounge and pool bar at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai Marina. At the end of 2016, they commissioned LW Design to give the lighting and interior a new urban look.
Acoulite and LW’s interior and lighting design team work together to assist in the specification and supply of all architectural and decorative lighting. It features unique individually designed pendant lights and a complete lighting control solution that allows for dynamic stage settings. The project lasted 12 weeks.
A unique experience awaits you at Siddharta Lounge, the legendary Buddha Bar in Dubai. The Siddharta Lounge at Buddha-Bar offers the same sophistication and quality as renowned bartenders, offering excellent cocktails and delicious appetizers created by renowned bartenders. Weekly fun to pamper all the senses. Every Tuesday a percussionist joins the DJ to bring up the musical experience in the hall, while on Thursday a typical Siddhartha-style saxophonist joins the DJ.
The Boston Bar, once home to Dubai’s bars, is probably less popular on most people’s nightlife schedules, but the Al Satwa pub is still good. An American bar (you know, everyone knows your name) designed according to an American sitcom from the eighties, it’s a small place based on an island bar. If you are looking for cheap drinks and an authentic and pleasant bar atmosphere, you will have a hard time doing better at Al Satwa.
For most people, the Dubai Boston Bar is not the first place where you can have a few drinks. The changing geography of the city does not help – in fact, many of the busiest bars now find their homes on the south side of the mall. Still, the Boston Bar gets a good deal.
There is nothing new or modern about this place – in fact, we think little has changed since it opened in the late 90’s. Unsurprisingly, he does exactly what he says he does with the 80s American sitcom. Looking through the stained-glass windows, you will find low ceilings and very little natural light, meaning the general feeling is somewhere between comfort and horror (hot for us, claustrophobic for our friends at the advertising agency)).
As you might expect, there is a selection of fresh drinks and regular specials. Unfortunately, the TV football package was not updated during our last visit, but we hope it will be fixed. The food is intentional and the dishes are huge. But we can do without the wings on the slate – the variety is not always great.
A lively Jamaican bar, Miss Lily’s combines disco balls, vinyl stands and sticky neon signs with reggae and dance music, and serves dishes full of jerk chicken, goat curry, cod and bananas. In a city with only a dozen trendy cocktail bars and special lounges, this bustling place is a breath of fresh air, and if you live near Sheikh Zayed Road, this is the perfect place to start the evening.
Welcome to Miss Lily’s, the famous Caribbean oasis with two locations in downtown New York and international locations in Negril, Jamaica and Dubai, UAE. Miss Lily’s family includes the bustling Jamaican-style Dier & Juice Bar and the Caribbean Rum Bar & Jerk Shack. Miss Lily’s connection to the island is deeply reflected in her modern interpretation of classic Jamaican cuisine, a friendly and wonderful staff, and a vibrant and colorful atmosphere.
The menu draws from the diverse roots of Jamaican cuisine and includes modern interpretations of the island’s specialties such as marigolds, corn cob, oxtail and goat curry, seasoned with Scotch pepper and hot cubes. Simply put, Miss Lily is a place of refuge on an island in a bustling metropolis.
Definitely a timeless bar, there’s a reason McGettigan’s is often crowded (or at least in the pre-Cubid era) – it has a spacious drinking area, great jumping gardens and a fun old-fashioned atmosphere. Live Irish music is a regular presence and there are plenty of opportunities to entertain even the most die-hard reality hunters every day, not to mention the glorious happy hour every Saturday through Thursday from 12:00 to 20:00.
At JLT OG at the foot of the Bonington Hotel, McGettigan’s reflects the brand’s expansion, gradually adding this special bar. First the terrace is connected to the outside, then to the side with the other entertainment area, The Baggot, and finally to the back, so it is not always easy to see where the bar actually ends. Especially after enjoying your hospitality.
The food in the pub here is one of the best you will find in town – proper fish and chips and buffalo chicken wrappers are part of our regular orders – regular specials to keep your wallet busy all week. Tonight, Mrs. Evening Teacher? Christmas in July? Everything always happens here. If you’re looking for a cool place to drink beer and calmly consider your team’s defensive tactics, this is not the place. So constantly.
A pub with a view of Burj Al Jumeirah? This family-friendly British cafe at Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel is our all-time favorite bar in Dubai and you should too. Let’s not forget the stunning views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. D&A is a stylish and casual British restaurant with stunning views of Burj Al Arab Jumeriah.
Dhow and Anchor, better known as D&A, is an award-winning modern British restaurant serving contemporary British cuisine. The D&A is open daily for lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends, and features a light and airy bar and dining area. For those who prefer al fresco dining, the D&A offers a large patio area with panoramic views of the Burj Al Jumeriah and the surrounding gardens. The venue also hosts major sporting events and promotions, including daily Happy Hour discounts from 3pm to 7pm.
Founded in the 90s, Fibbers is relatively old in the Dubai bar scene, but has a warm and airy authenticity that probably belongs to bars that are at least a hundred years old. Fibber Magee’s is truly an absolute place in Dubai as it is one of the most authentic bars you will find in Dubai. Live sporting events, a relaxed atmosphere and great prices are the norm here, and the food at the highest level. There is often live music and comedy, making it one of the best bars in Dubai.
This popular Irish pub, located near Sheikh Zayed Road, is always busy, whether you were at one of the most popular breakfasts (packaged bacon, sausage or eggs – or all of the above), or had a drink with your partner’s coffee. A cup of something black and human. The place is full of mismatched corners, corners and furniture, and it feels like a world far from the central location of Dubai. It’s not brilliant or luxurious – but it’s fun and relaxing.
Live sports events, noisy carpets, exposed bricks, stained glass windows, low ceilings, sweatshirts, fireplaces, black faucets and more – everything you want and expect is here. It’s a great place to spend the day, lunch or night – especially if it’s hosting live comedy nights where you can laugh and enjoy the madness all night.
And the food is good too. In addition to breakfast, Fibber Magee serves pancakes, casserole dishes and all the other hot and crunchy treats you would expect on Emerald Island, while chili cheese on toast is a home-cooked meal we frequent.
Beirut sets the standard for nightlife in the area, so it is not surprising that Iris imported to Lebanon was a hit when it opened in 2013. Live the good life with music and a variety of fun bar snacks. The drinks menu is full of cocktails, but each one is carefully displayed and given to Instagram like the bar itself.
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This cheap and cheerful pub has been a regular guest in Dubai’s bar scene for almost two decades, taking its name from the island’s main bar, and it still claims to be the longest bar in the Middle East. The crowd is not so young, but the atmosphere there is so warm and friendly, that you will want to go back to this old pub. Let’s start by talking about the family drink at 199 Dhs, which is a particularly worthwhile brunch (yes, usually for a few discounts on one-on-one specials). If you are looking for a break from the prestigious (and expensive) Friday class in town, you will find it here.
There is no waiter to pick up your glass of water, no live foie gras station, and no order from the menu. But who needs it all? It’s basically a gasoline-priced lunch with a buffet at one end of the room, cold drinks in the middle and TV screens in other places that show everything from the IPL to NBA wallpapers. Grab a plate and add greasy salads, sausages and cheeseburgers, or ask the wok guy to make you a hot omelet. Brunch at the Long’s Bar may not be as legendary as the bar itself, but you won’t get a five-star meal here. It’s all a matter of Friday afternoon celebrations at the pub, and the price allows members to meet more than once a month.