5 awesome new Dubai bars
The latest hangouts to open their doors in Dubai are a bit fancy – none more so than Gold on 27 at Burj Al Arab. More on that below. But as well as the brand new, there are some bars worth a second look, especially YNot, which has launched a stock exchange concept on its drink prices. We’ve also thrown in a relatively new gastropub, because you can never have enough.
Little Black Door
The newest addition to the Dubai nightlife scene is, like a few other recent newcomers, tucked away on the ground floor of a five-star hotel – providing a touch of that secretive, speakeasy feel that is very much in vogue right now. But the in-built irony of the Little Black Door, located in the Conrad Dubai, is that its (black door) entrance is absolutely massive, while the gold logo can be seen right across the lobby. Secret? Not really. Inside, is a refined gentleman’s club-style lounge, with crystal chandeliers and Venetian rugs. And you need to see the bathrooms to believe them. It’s all matched by swish bar bites and an upscale beverage list.
Where: Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 55 623 1620, knocktoenter.com
Gold on 27
The Burj Al Arab, for all its picture-postcard charms, has never been the most accessible of Dubai hotels. Of course, any hotel with a seven-star billing has to have a certain exclusivity, but it’s always been a bit of a shame that simply popping by for a visit has never been a realistic prospect. The launch of its new bar, Gold on 27, will alleviate such concerns. It offers slick views, award-winning mixologists and a stellar line-up of DJs. You’ll still need to book but even that process is made smoother thanks to a specialist app that will activate your reservation as you drive up.
Where: Burj Al Arab, Al Sufouh
Contact: +9714 301 7600
The JW Marriott’s 68th floor has undergone a saloon-style overhaul, with inspiration taken from Canada. We have to confess that we’re a little unfamiliar as to the typical layout of a Canadian saloon, so found Weslodge’s zany design – with its leather upholstery, marble-topped furnishings and wall-mounted hunting trophies – a decidedly appealing one.
When: JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 52 915 3355
Rosso has been a long-standing favourite with the ShortList team, providing the right balance of conviviality and chic after a week’s work. Naturally, we were excited about a new spot in the same hotel. Its on-trend industrial space offers a predominantly British and American menu, so think smoked meats, barbecues and roasts. Frankly, they had us at “smoked”.
When: Amwaj Rotana, JBR
YNot Stock Exchange
Clearly lobbying to become the new post-brunch spot, YNOT Bar & Kitchen has launched its new Friday offering, the YNOT Stock Exchange. Rather than talking about the world’s ailing economy with po-faced finance types, you’ll be faced with a special “stock” selection of drinks that change price by the hour. At last you can unleash your inner Jordan Belfort. 4pm-9pm.
Where: Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Contact: +9714 275 3080