6 great rooftop bars to visit in Dubai
The wondrous season of winter is finally upon us and, you know what that means, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. Now, by outdoors, we don’t mean camping, hiking or anything that requires boots, maps or sunscreen (if you’d like to, click here to find out where you should be heading this season). Nope, we mean enjoying a nice meal and beverage outside – preferably at a place with a nice view.
If this sounds like your idea of adventure, read on, because we have shortlisted what we think are six of the best rooftop bars in the city.
Be warned: the entrance to this spot is not a straightforward one. You need to make your way through the maze-like basement parking before the elevator takes you to the 27th floor. Once there, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Business Bay along with creative beverages paired with delish nibbles. Our vote from the food menu goes to the Iris tray – mini burgers, tuna tacos, rice paper rolls and chicken with shrimp wontons – that’s perfect for two. That's date night sorted then.
Where: The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay
2. 40 Kong
As its name suggests, this gem sits on the 40th floor of The H Hotel and wows its guests with its glass walls that offer panoramic views of the city. The low seating makes it the ideal place to unwind after a long day at work. With the right beats, mouthwatering beverages and a menu to match (the veal Milanese is a must), this place won’t let you down.
Where: The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
3. Pure Sky Lounge
The beauty of this place is the terrace that overlooks the Arabian Gulf. The views of JBR and Palm Jumeirah aren't bad either. When you combine the views with the venue's seamless services, hearty dishes and oversized beverages, you really have all the ingredients required to make a picture perfect day out.
The sleek décor, skilled bartenders and weekly DJ acts make the venue's uninterrupted views of the city's skyline that much better. Although brief, the food menu is worth a try as are the many mixes and blends available. The shisha isn't bad either.
Where: The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira
5. Uptown Bar
Located on the 24th floor of the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Uptown Bar is perfect for those looking to unwind in utmost style and comfort. Its spacious terrace is where you’d want to be seen holding a glass of vintage grape or designer blend while appreciating the views of Burj Al Arab. If there’s something you’re going to love as much as the views, it’s the attentive staff and seriously good food.
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
6. Siddharta Lounge
The brainchild of the guys behind the Buddha Bar brand, Siddharta lounge offers indoor and outdoor seating with the latter being the go to spot now that the weather is better. From sofas by the pool to cushions on the steps or smaller scattered tables around the terrace, you can choose one that suits you best. Once seated, revel in the views of Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf while the DJ plays some head-bobbing Balearic beats. The extensive food menu is worth a mention too - the tiger prawns and crispy chili chicken are our favourite.
Where: Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
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