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Skybars, rooftop cocktail venues and more

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This guide describes my favourite cocktail bars (and other drinking establishments) in Dubai. These are mostly either rooftop (and hence, outdoor) or indoor skybars with a view. I have also included some old favourites which I would recommend to anybody. There are other venues available but these are the ones I have a) been to at least once (more often than not, several times) and b) would recommend as worth a visit.

Good for
  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter

9 Places

4 City Tips

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9 Places

Cabana

Restaurants

Neos

Restaurants

Cielo

Restaurants

Level 43 Sky Lounge

Restaurants

Calabar Lounge

Bars & Clubs

Yalumba

Restaurants

The Irish Village

Restaurants

Meridien Village Terrace

Restaurants

Skylite Lounge

Restaurants

Padburygal's City Tips

  • As a lot of these venues are outdoor, be advised that it can be VERY warm and humid in Dubai - even at night. My advice is to stay hydrated!
  • Some of these venues may have minimum spend requirements on special occasions, it is worth checking when you book your table.
  • Booking a table is advised in most places.
  • Most of these venues expect smart, casual dress as a minimum requirement.
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    Cabana
    Restaurants
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    Padburygal Says:

    This is my favourite location for relaxed (but sophisticated) cocktails in Dubai. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I have been here by myself and it did not feel awkward. Oh, and you get a great view of the Burj Khalifa tower.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The classic champagne cocktail is superb (if a little pricey). Treat yourself.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6,268 of 6,544 restaurants in Dubai
    • Awesome with new look 16/01/2018
    • Nice bar 16/11/2017
    • Cabana
    Address:
    Dubai Downtown The Address Hotel 3rd Flr Financial Centre Rd
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 888 3444
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 00:30
    Other:
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    Neos
    Restaurants (American, Bar, International, Mediterranean, Contemporary)
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    Padburygal Says:

    If you are looking to impress a certain person then this could be the location for you. Great view over Dubai (and the Burj Khalifa), an extensive drinks menu and stylish décor. The food isn't bad either.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Book ahead and request a seat by a window to maximize your viewing potential.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Amazing 17/10/2016
    • Great place 30/08/2016
    • Neos
    Address:
    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    63rd Floor, Address Downtown
    Dubai 123234
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 888 3444
    Price range:
    US$ 40 - US$ 70
    Other:
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    Cielo
    Restaurants (Bar, Mediterranean, European)
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    Padburygal Says:

    This location is VERY trendy. It was full of beautiful people wearing stylish clothes and dancing to a mix of tracks 'spun' by a DJ. The staff are very friendly but there is a minimum spend and it does get very busy on the weekends.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Not the best place for solo travelers. Try Cabana instead but other venues at the Yacht Club may be more suitable for those travelling solo.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 6,544 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous service with (Nyashka)Helen and Manuel 16/01/2018
    • Best place 15/01/2018
    • Cielo
    Address:
    Dubai Creek Golf & Yatch Club
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 295 6000
    Hours:
    Thu
    18:00 - 03:00
    Fri
    16:00 - 03:00
    Sat - Wed
    18:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Level 43 Sky Lounge
    Restaurants (Bar)
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    Padburygal Says:

    The first rooftop bar I went to in Dubai. It is smaller than some but still worth a look as it is more low key. The view along the Sheikh Zayed Road shows the hustle and bustle of modern Dubai.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • As it is smaller I would definitely book a table in advance.
    • If you want to eat (but don't fancy the limited snacks menu available at the bar) there are several restaurants in the hotel to choose from.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 6,544 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ladies night 16/01/2018
    • Celebrated a birthday at Level 43 Sky Lounge 09/01/2018
    • Level 43 Sky Lounge
    Address:
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai 116162
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 56 414 2213
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    14:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Calabar Lounge
    Bars & Clubs
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    Padburygal Says:

    Located just across the way from Dubai Mall, this is a lively venue which plays music and has both an indoor and outdoor area. Lots of seating and places to lounge. One more for the younger people possibly, as it gets quite loud.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You could start your evening here and then walk across to Cabana for a night cap.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 61 Nightlife in Dubai
    • My favorite after six hangout 24/02/2016
    • Xmas Night 05/01/2016
    • Calabar Lounge
    Address:
    Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Address Downtown Dubai
    Temporarily Closed - Under Renovation
    Dubai 123234
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 888 3444
    Other:
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    Yalumba
    Restaurants (Seafood, Fusion, International)
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    Padburygal Says:

    If you are in Dubai on a Friday then this is the brunch to do. It's expensive (500 AED at the time of writing) but there is unlimited Bollinger champagne, great food and a great atmosphere. The party continues outside on the terrace afterwards with a DJ and buckets of beer. Hard to beat!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This is a favourite with the locals so you need to book in advance as space can be at a premium.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 6,544 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don’t miss you’re a seafood fanatic! 12/01/2018
    • Brunch 12/01/2018
    • Yalumba
    Address:
    51 St
    Airport Road
    Dubai 10001
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 702 2455
    Price range:
    US$ 25 - US$ 150
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:30 - 10:30
    19:00 - 23:00
    Fri
    12:30 - 15:30
    Sat - Thu
    12:30 - 15:00
    Other:
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    The Irish Village
    Restaurants (Irish)
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    Padburygal Says:

    A perennial favourite. The Irish Village has such a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff that it's hard to beat as a more low key drinking venue. Don't let the stereotypical Irish pub theme put you off. Give it a try!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Concerts featuring international bands are held on a regular basis so check to see what's going on. It may be VERY busy!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #138 of 6,544 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fab Concert Venue 08/01/2018
    • Love it here! 06/01/2018
    • The Irish Village
    Address:
    Casablanca Street
    next to Dubai Tennis Stadium
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 282 4750
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 25
    Hours:
    Thu - Fri
    11:00 - 02:00
    Sat - Wed
    11:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Meridien Village Terrace
    Restaurants (Bar, Barbecue, International)
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    Padburygal Says:

    The Village Terrace holds buffets several nights a week with a live band. The atmosphere is very relaxed. If you are staying at the Meridien, it is just a short walk around the hotel. If you have arrived in Dubai late and are en route from the airport to your hotel, stop in here for dinner, it's practically at the airport anyway!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are two packages for the evening buffet - standard and premium. The premium package has champagne and better quality wine and spirit. The standard package, however, is fine.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 6,544 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brunch at the Warehouse 30/12/2017
    • Christmas Buffet Lunch 25/12/2017
    • Meridien Village Terrace
    Address:
    Le Meridien Dubai 51 St
    Airport Road
    Dubai 10001
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 702 2455
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    20:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Skylite Lounge
    Restaurants (Bar)
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    Padburygal Says:

    Not strictly in Dubai but a short ride away in Abu Dhabi. This is my favourite rooftop bar in the region. It manages to be stylish yet relaxed, the staff are attentive but not hovering, the music is just at the right level so as to fill a void but not be intrusive. It's a combination that is hard to beat.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you can afford it, stay at the Yas Viceroy hotel. If not, stay in a cheaper hotel in downtown Abu Dhabi and get a taxi. More money for cocktails that way!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 1,588 restaurants in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family Chill 05/01/2018
    • Love this place 02/01/2018
    • Skylite Lounge
    Address:
    Rooftop, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 656 0600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    20:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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