6 Dubai bars above the 32nd floor
There probably aren’t many cities in the world which offer quite so many options for drinking at altitude. Indeed, some of Dubai’s best lounges and terraces are found on the uppermost floors of the city’s ever increasing skyline, which provide a spectacular backdrop for any evening out.
Pure Sky Lounge
Where: Hilton Dubai The Walk
How high: 35th floor
While impressive views may come as standard in many Dubai bars, Pure Sky Lounge is definitely one of the best when it comes to places to watch the sun set. From the outdoor terrace you can see out onto JBR and the Arabian Gulf beyond. Great for cocktails, always busy on a ladies night and it has an extremely good value Friday evening brunch. You can’t go wrong.
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road
How high: 43rd floor
Following the less-is-more philosophy, Level 43 really is all about what you can from it rather than what you can see in it. The decor is nearly nonexistent, instead allowing you to simply enjoy a near panoramic view of Dubai’s modern skyline. This open air roof terrace allows the city to do the work for it and that works in its favour.
Alta Badia Bar
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
How high: 51st floor
A companion bar to the Alta Badia restaurant on the floor below, this is an excellent setting for a pre-dinner aperitif. It makes the most of it’s setting with a sloping wall of floor-to-ceiling glass panels, which provide dizzying views of Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah and the coastline. As you’d expect, the bar snacks are gourmet quality.
Where: Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City
How high: 43rd Floor
Battling Level 43 for the best bar on the 43rd level in Dubai, something of a niche competition it has to be said, Q43 is a relaxed place that offers a home music loving, pool-playing media types from the immediate neighbourhood. A DJ plays at night, imported French pool tables sit at one side of the bar, and it even shows football on Saturdays. Describing itself as a New York style loft, a great location, laid back atmosphere and Palm Jumeirah views means this one has to be on your list.
Where: Marriott Harbour Hotel, Dubai Marina
How high: 52nd Floor
Back when we were regular visitors to Dubai, the Observatory was always one of the first stops on the list. Whilst some other bars pride themselves on being hidden away, you’ll spot this one from your place in the traffic trauma of Sheikh Zayed and wish you were there. On arrival the mood switches to a cool, calm vibe, with the low mood lighting hitting the right spot. Enjoy an after work drink or a long, slow session with incredible views of the whole Palm and the Marina. Oh and don’t forget to order something to nibble on; this is one of the most varied bar menus around.