Experience the dizzying heights of Dubai from the comfort of an outdoor bar on your next holiday to the United Arab Emirates. After a day of sightseeing, shopping in the malls or skiing at the indoor ski slope, rest tired feet whilst enjoying the mesmerising views across the dramatic Dubai city skyline. Whether you want to dine alfresco at a Michelin star restaurant, or sip a refreshing beverage in style, hopping between the chic and sky high city bars is the most fashionable way to enjoy Dubai’s nightlife.
Skyview Bar, Burj Al Arab
No trip to Dubai is complete without visiting the Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s most famous and glamorous hotel. Head to the lavish Skyview Bar located on the 27th, complete with floor to ceiling windows that surround the bar you can enjoy unspoilt views across the dynamic city from 200 metres above sea level. An array of cocktails are on offer, each expertly crafted by the master mixologists until 2am. Opt for a signature cocktail such as a Red Dawn, Honey Flute or Alchemist and you really cant go wrong at this elegant bar.
Uptown Bar, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road
The iconic wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel is home to one of Dubai’s most sophisticated alfresco bars. Located on the 24th floor of the five star hotel, the elevated cocktail bar has a prime location with views stretching down the coast with lights glistening in the evening towards the infamous Burj Al Arab. With a huge array of vintage wines, champagnes and skilfully made cocktails on offer you are spoilt for choice at this bar. Want a recommendation? Ask the bartender for a Lychee Smooth and enjoy a refreshing blend of Lychee liqueur, strawberry puree and champagne!
The Rooftop Terrace, The One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road
Head to The Rooftop Terrace bar for a relaxed atmosphere and comfy beanbags to lounge back on and enjoy the views across the Gulf and Palm Island. The outside space is focused around a central dome with oversized embroidered cushions, candles twinkling and colourful lanterns dotted around create a mesmerising effect to sit back and relax in. Open until 1am, you can watch the sun go down over the city before experimenting with the range of flavoured shishas, delicious oriental mezzehs and refreshing cocktails.
Seville’s, Wafi Rooftop, Oud Metha
Think paella, tapas and endless sangria at this Spanish inspired retreat. Set in luscious green terraced gardens, and featuring live acoustic guitarists, this is the perfect setting for enjoying an alfresco drink or a selection of tapas specially created by Spanish chef Mariano Andres. Plan your trip around happy hour, which takes place between 4 and 7pm for drink prices that are rolled back to 1998 – the year when it first opened.
Level 43 Rooftop Lounge & Bar, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road
Sleek and stylish open air terrace sitting at 155 metres from ground level at an impressive 43 storeys high. Heady heights with a rich orange glow of lights around and below. Open until 2am the rooftop lounge and bar is a pool bar by day and then turned into a stylish lounge area by night serving cocktail, mocktails and a range of easy snacks. Choose the suitably named signature cocktail ‘Level 43’ for a bold mix of white rum, vodka, gin, tequila, blue curacao and soda to start your night off on the best foot.
When you next venture off on your holiday, make sure that you seek out the hidden terraces and rooftop gems to enjoy the best views and embrace the city atmosphere in true style. And, if you want to make your trip even more luxurious, combine it with another destination such as the Maldives for a multi centre holiday you can never forget!
Guest Post by Jess L. editor at www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk