Drinking & Nightlife

  • Lock, Stock & Barrel Industrial-styled booze joint with live music and American comfort food.
  • Bridgewater Tavern Next-gen sports bar with trendy black-coloured food, shisha and canalside setting.
  • Irish Village A congenial Irish pub with blarney decor, a leafy setting and regular live music.
  • Bar Baar A boisterous India-themed bar with movies, music and Kingfisher beer.

Beachfront Bars

  • Jetty Lounge Sip artful potions while tucked into an overstuffed sofa at this classy and sensuously styled bar.
  • Bliss Lounge Chilled Dubai Marina dispensary of some of the finest cocktails in town.
  • Barasti Any time is a good time to stumble into the original party village on the beach.
  • Zero Gravity Bustling beach club with restaurant and bar.

Rooftop Bars

  • Siddharta Lounge Cocktails with a view of the glittering Dubai Marina at this ab-fab lounge by the pool.
  • 40 Kong Power players and desk jockeys loosen their ties and inhibitions at this swank outdoor bar.
  • Atelier M This stylish spot has a stellar perch atop the Pier 7 building in the Marina.
  • Treehouse Cocktails with views of Burj Khalifa in posh living-room-style cosiness.

For Happy Hour & Ladies’ Nights

  • Pure Sky Lounge Sunsets over the Gulf go well with half-off drinks daily between 5pm and 7pm.
  • Observatory Skinny ladies’ night (Monday) with 150-calorie drinks; happy hour from 5pm to 8pm (Tuesday to Thursday).
  • Oeno Great deals here on Ladies' Night and Happy Hour, plus live music.
  • Lucky Voice Buy one, get one free every day from 4pm to 8pm.
  • Barasti Drink discounts daily between 4pm and 7pm, plus bottomless sparkly for Dhs50 for ladies (Tuesdays).

Clubs

  • Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE Beachfront hotspot spins electronic sounds for party-hearty hard bodies.
  • Cirque Le Soir Flamboyant circus-themed club for uninhibited partying.
  • White Dubai Mega-club with dizzying light show on top of the Meydan Racecourse.
  • Base State-of-the-art partying in this giant club in Dubai Design District.

For Shisha & Mocktails

  • Reem Al Bawadi Spin tales of romance and adventure while kicking back in this Dubai Marina spot.
  • QDs Puff away languidly while looking out on the shimmering Creek and skyline.
  • Smoky Beach Hipsters mix it up with families at this chic but chill beachfront hangout.
  • Koubba Bar Romance rules at this mood-lit parlour with Burj Al Arab views.

Pubs

  • Irish Village The classic is still going strong after nearly 20 years in business.
  • Tap House Gastropub with huge menu of beers on tap.
  • JB Gastropub A vast wood-lined space with fab food boards for sharing.
  • George & Dragon Channel your inner Bukowski at this hardcore barfly hangout.
  • Dubliner's Soak in the nostalgic blarney atmosphere while you soak up that pint of Guinness.

For Underground Vibes

  • Industrial Avenue Warehouse-style hidden club with graffiti and non-mainstream electro.
  • Tamanya Terrace A breezy rooftop that hosts credible house and techno acts.
  • Ku-Bu A great place to wind down at the end of an evening with soulful music and a chilled-out crowd.

Glam Factor

  • Club Boudoir Swish venue for beautiful people gyrating to a sound mix from hip-hop to desi (Bollywood).
  • Cavalli Club Bling brigadiers should strap on those heels and make a beeline to this sparkling dancing den.
  • Cirque Le Soir Acrobats, jugglers and clowns make this cabaret-style nightclub a superhot ticket.
  • Poppy So exclusive the concierge will direct you here in a whisper.