Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top 10 outdoor bars and lounges in Dubai to elevate your evenings.
1. Amazonico, DIFC
Head to Amazonico for a taste of Latin flavour with views of Dubai’s Financial Centre. This award-winning restaurant, bar and lounge is spread over three stories. Interiors are fitted out with lush green Amazonian themed decor leading up to the Brazilian-themed rooftop terrace with equally impressive DIFC skyline views. The in-house DJ plays to an energetic crowd while the restaurant serves up Latin American cuisine. There’s also a sushi counter to order from. Amazonico Dubai was the second outpost of this international collection with other locations in London and Madrid.
2. 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.
3. CÉ LA VI, Address Sky View, Downtown Dubai
CÉ LA VI, located at the top of Address Sky View, is the Dubai outpost of the famous concept from Singapore. From this rooftop you can enjoy impressive Burj Khalifa and sunset views. There is something for every agenda here. The setting is split into restaurant, SkyBar, club lounge and pool deck so guests can lounge, dine on contemporary Asian cuisine, smoke shisha or enjoy a signature blended beverage with a view. The atmosphere varies according to the time of day. Lunches are relaxed while evenings are more energetic. The rooftop infinity pool and chair swing hanging in front of Burj Khalifa make the ultimate Instagram photo opportunities.
4. Clap, DIFC
One for fine dining and full city views. Japanese restaurant and rooftop terrace, Clap, was founded in Beirut. Located on the ninth floor, the highest spot in DIFC subsequently has the best views on offer. The restaurant features rich interiors and contemporary Japanese cuisine. One for the foodies, the restaurant offers an experimental full dining experience. The ‘Omakase menu’ translates from Japanese to: ‘I leave it up to you’.
5. Garden of Dreams, Address Beach Resort, JBR
This recently opened al fresco bar, offers excellent views of Ain Dubai (Dubai Eye) and the JBR skyline. Garden of Dreams has a chilled out atmosphere. The terrace features cosy sofas to lounge on as well as its own DJ booth, shisha and a menu of Mediterranean bites. Garden of Dreams is fast becoming a favourite spot to catch the sunset in JBR. You can make a night of it. Garden of Dreams, is the sister venue to dinner-and-show concept ‘Dream’ also located at Address Beach Resort.
6. 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.
7. SoBe, W Hotel, Palm Jumeirah
Offering a combination of vibe and views, SoBe takes its influence from the Latin spirit in Miami. The terrace opens up to 360-degree views of the sea and skyline. The menu comprises Latin American inspired dishes and cocktails are prepared by skilled mixologists. One for the fun lovers, the venue draws in the crowds with its roster of local and international DJs. On Wednesdays, it’s Ladies Night so girls can head to SoBe to avail special food and beverage offers.
8. The Penthouse, Five Hotel, Palm Jumeirah
Head up to the 16th floor of the Five Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, and discover The Penthouse. The glass-walled venue is a rooftop lounge by day. Sunset sessions start from 4 pm, guests can relax on comfy couches and take in the sunset to the beats of the in-house DJ. By night The Penthouse transforms into a nightclub. There are impressive sunset views over JBR and Dubai Marina to enjoy. Something is happening here almost every evening but Thursdays are a major party night at The Penthouse. Evenings start with the ‘Maskerade Evening Brunch’ from 7.00 pm-10.30 pm, followed by the signature ‘Skyline Thursday’ event which goes on until the early hours.
9. Folly, Souk Madinat Jumeriah
Folly is known for its calm setting in the picturesque Souk Madinat Jumeirah. There are two outdoor bars here that offer views over the Madinat waterways as well as a rooftop that reveals uninterrupted views of the Burj Al Arab and the sea beyond. Folly is a calming environment to enjoy a craft cocktail and dine on contemporary ingredient-led cuisine. Cheese and wine are available from 7 pm daily while Wednesday is Gin and Jazz Night.
10. Grapeskin, City Walk
This low-key indoor-outdoor venue is famous for its wine pairings. Head here for light bites including delicious charcuterie boards with the ultimate wine accompaniment recommended by the venue’s experienced staff. It’s a relaxed environment in a courtyard setting with low-level music, the perfect spot to catch up with a friend. Keep your eyes out for special offers and themed nights. Sunday is Ladies Night while Mussels Monday is ideal for seafood lovers.