Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top 10 outdoor bars and best lounges in Dubai to elevate your evenings.
Updated: February 2024
1. Bar Du Port, Dubai Harbour Pier Club, Dubai Marina
Mediterranean bar and brasserie, Bar Du Port, brings the combined atmosphere of the Ligurian Riviera and the French Riviera to Dubai. The newly opened port-side location has light interiors that give the feeling of a coastal beach bar while the Mediterranean menu takes French influence. Sample the crafted cocktail menu designed to capture the spirit of the Med. The spacious outdoor terrace reveals Instagrammable views of the Dubai Harbour and its many yachts. It’s a relaxed space to enjoy a long al fresco lunch European style.
2. Clap, DIFC
Clap is one of the exciting new restaurants in Dubai, offering fine dining and full city views from its Japanese restaurant and rooftop terrace. Originally founded in Beirut, Clap is located on the ninth floor, the highest spot in DIFC, and subsequently has the best views on offer. The restaurant features rich interiors and contemporary Japanese cuisine, making it a must-visit for foodies. The ‘Omakase menu’ translates from Japanese to: ‘I leave it up to you’.
3. Iris, Meydan Grandstand
Iris is a Lebanese concept and a favourite among party-goers in both Dubai and Beirut. Its new location next to the Meydan racecourse offers Insta-worthy views of the downtown Dubai skyline. Heavy interiors give this venue the feeling of a nightclub. Iris attracts a young crowd looking to dance long into the night. Head here for light bites, live music and creative cocktails. Iris’s brunch from 3 pm – 8 pm is famous. The ideal way to try the menu while enjoying the sunset and live beats.
4. TIKI’s by Canary Club
Located on the second floor of Canary Club in JLT, TIKI’s provides an immersive experience with its array of tiki-inspired cocktails and rotating selection of Canary Club’s classics. Guests can enjoy a fusion of Japanese and Mexican bites, including taco makis and skewers, while taking in panoramic skyline views. The vibrant atmosphere is enhanced by the sounds of tropical house and afro beats, creating a lively ambiance for all to enjoy.
5. February 30, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah
February 30, located at The View Palm, draws inspiration from Beirut and is gaining popularity with its lively atmosphere. Whether you are seated at a restaurant table or lounging on a sun lounger, upbeat music creates a party vibe that lasts all day and night. The menu features an extensive range of options, including casual snacks like sandwiches, pizzas, and burgers, Asian favorites like poke bowls and sushi, and more substantial main dishes. Guests can indulge in shisha on the deck or gather around the circular bar for sundowners.
6. Monkey Bar at 25hours Hotel
Situated on the sixth floor of 25hours Hotel One Central, the Berlin import Monkey Bar offers impressive vistas of the Museum of The Future, making it an ideal spot for sundowners while enjoying the nightly DJ lineup. Guests can explore an extensive drinks menu alongside a selection of Latin American-inspired dishes, creating a delightful culinary and sensory experience.
7. Folly by Nick & Scott
Located within the renowned tourist destination of Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Folly by Nick & Scott presents contemporary dining options along with an outdoor rooftop terrace and bar. Here, guests can savor cocktails while gazing out over breathtaking views of the iconic Burj Al Arab.
8. Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Perched atop the beachside Four Seasons Jumeirah, Mercury Lounge exudes elegance and tranquility. Boasting some of the most breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline and the iconic Burj Khalifa, this rooftop lounge attracts a stylish clientele. Guests are entertained by live singers, performers, and a DJ, adding to the allure of this sophisticated venue.
9. Garden of Dreams, Address Beach Resort
Garden of Dreams offers a verdant outdoor lounge and terrace exuding Mediterranean charm. Indulge in light bites and shisha while enjoying scenic ocean vistas. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere with live music and DJ sets, creating an unforgettable experience at this chic Garden Terrace.
10. Basko, The Opus Business Bay
Crafted by Lazaro Rosa Violan, Basko features a striking indoor dining space and bar, complete with a live robata kitchen serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Situated within The Opus Business Bay, this eclectic 1960s-inspired speakeasy showcases a vibrant outdoor terrace with views of Downtown Dubai and the iconic Burj Khalifa. Expert mixologists prepare world-class cocktails, ensuring an unforgettable night out at this retro-inspired restaurant and bar.