Enjoy Dubai's café culture
Should you happen to be from the British Isles, the closest you’ll come to having a pint of hops in your local greasy spoon will be via the smell wafting from the breath of Big Bert the Builder. Dubai’s café culture is far more refined. Gut-busting breakfasts are not the order of the day here, whereas you can grab a superior sarnie or some fine finger food and no one will bat an eyelid if you fancy some hops, grape or a short to go with them. Here’s where to do so...
Although this luxurious lobby lounge specialises in afternoon teas, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all posh nosh and darjeeling here. Depending on your mood you can sip bubbly, grape, hops or a mixed drink at your leisure.
Where: Palace Downtown
Contact: +9714 888 3444
Brass Eye fans might be expecting something different from this DIFC pâtisserie and café but even they can appreciate the delicious assortment of cakes, pastries and cookies on offer. Indulge your sweet tooth after lunch or dinner and order one of the mixologists’ concoctions as a digestif.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton DIFC
Contact: +9714 372 2330
C House Milano
This Milanese-born café and restaurant serves up some fine fare morning, noon and night but is also one of the few such venues to have a good selection of hops on tap and a large mixed drink menu.
Where: Jebel Ali Recreation Club
Contact: +9714 526 0435
Counter Culture Café
While The Observatory might get most of this hotel’s footfall thanks to its superb Marina views, those wanting to feel a little more grounded can do far worse than check out Counter Culture at breakfast time. Who said it was too early for hops?
Where: Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel
Contact: +9714 319 4793
With a drinks menu that would rejuvenate any wayward seafarer, The Lighthouse is famous for its breakfasts but also likes to get creative with its mixed drinks that’ll brighten up any occasion.
Where: Building 6, d3
Contact: +9714 422 6024
Check out these shiny new venues this month
Bring the boys
This Ibn Battuta bar is a massive man den serving a vast array of hops and offering an all-day happy hour during March.
Where: Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai
Contact: +97152 177 7541
The Beirut club SKYBAR has just opened its Dubai incarnation with a wild weekend of top DJs and is set to be everyone’s go-to three nights a week.
Where: d3 (opposite BASE)
Contact: +97158 633 3633
Show some bite
The wait was finally over as DIFC super club Mantis opened this month offering something new to the city’s VIP night owls.
Where: Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
Contact: +97158 892 2488