6 great bars with activities to try in Dubai
When it comes to bars in Dubai, there really is something for everyone. Bars on the 32nd floor, rooftop bars, bars airing year round sports and tons of bars with activities. Below is our shortlist of the six best bars with games in Dubai.
Sports fans are catered for first and foremost here. Those who haven’t been playing a game are often here to watch one on the many big screens dotted about the space. There’s pool tables, dart boards and even foosball tables for those who like to keep it retro. There are three distinct spaces at Kickers - the main bar, the huge seating area just outside the bar and the smaller terrace overlooking the pitches, which tends to be packed most nights. There’s also a good menu of pub grub and a daily happy hour deal that offers a 33 percent discount on selected food and beverages.
Contact: +971 4 448 1001, website
This trendy New York-style hangout is all a bit Brooklyn club meets Stranger Things. It will take you back to the distant age of the pre-Xbox world with the likes of Pac-Man and Street Fighter plunging you into a deep state of nostalgia. On one side of it is a retro club, on the other a pumping rock bar. In the middle, hence the name, is a classic arcade with an array of video games. Be prepared to lose a few hours in here.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina
Contact: 800 78376, website
This trendy spot combines bowling, bar sports and live sport with a gentleman’s club vibe. Serving something of a niche in the city, its two bowling lanes obviously dominate – not only in their central location in the bar, but also the sheer volume of it. There’s also a couple of dart boards and two decent pool tables and outside there’s a sizable terrace, should the macho beating of chests all get a bit too much. When you’re not playing to the death, the vibe is laid-back and the bar itself is sprawling.
Where: The Westin Dubai - Al Habtoor City
Contact: +971 4 437 3333, website
Not only does this place have a fine selection of craft hops on offer – with guest beverages changing regularly – a brilliant brunch to indulge in and a superb 2-4-1 happy hour, it also has pool and an air hockey table to really test out your reflexes.
Where: Armada Hotel, JLT
Contact: +971 4 399 9577, website
Book a booth and you and your mates can make the most of the waiter service while you belt out the classics that you’ve been practicing in front of the bathroom mirror. Even the most shy singers will be caught up in the atmosphere at Lucky Voice.
Where: Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights
Contact: 800 58259, website
The Man Cave
Any place that’s got a PlayStation, a ‘Beirut’ setup and a dart board is alright by us. There’s also a pool table and screens showing the latest sporting action. The brunch its attached to is packed full of delicious comfort food, too.
Where: Cook Hall, The Westin Dubai
Contact: +971 4 435 5577, website