Cheers: The Haute 5 Local Bars in Dubai

For a city which is consistently alive with a vibrant and energetic nightlife, there is certainly no shortage of upscale bars in Dubai. A variety of sophisticated venues await you for an after work drink or a night on the town with friends. The following are some of the most established and revered bars in the city. Renowned for their service, class, and elegant ambiance these are the places which you’ll return to time and again.

Bar 44

This swanky cocktail bar has some of the finest views of the city as well as an in-house pianist. One of the most expensive bars in Dubai, Bar 44 is dimly lit with candlelight and decorated in fine furnishings. Service is excellent and the drinks are superb.

Grosvenor House 04 399 8888

Capital Club

Dubai’s premier private business club has one of the sleekest bars in town. Located in the financial district, this elitist venue is the spot to be for Dubai’s big shots. The club occupies a prestigious site on the top four floors of Building 3 in Gate Village. The service is excellent and the decor is extremely refined with a modern European flair.Membership is by invitation only, but once you are in, you won’t be able to resist a stop in the Capital Club for lunch, dinner, or an after work drink. 04 364 0111 DIFC, Gate Village 3, 4th floor


As the name suggests, Vu’s has some of the most fantastic views of Dubai from atop the 51st floor of the prestigious Emirates Towers. This is a Dubai classic renowned for its excellent service, drinks, atmosphere and food. Upon arrival you enter a world of fancy collars and cuffs, cigar holders, and elegant diners. Vu’s is a Dubai must-do.

Jumeirah, Emirates Towers 04 319 8088


Okku is easily one of the hottest places in town to grab a drink or a good Japanese meal amidst Dubai’s glamorous crowd. The two-level bar and restaurant has a splendidly modern decor complete with dim seductive lighting, a 10-meter jellyfish aquarium and a resident DJ. Check out Sunday and Thursday nights for some of the best company.

The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road 04 501 8777


The recently opened restaurant and lounge has quickly become one of the most popular venues in town for drinks or a light meal. Now packed to the brim on the weekends, you’ll definitely want to try Caramel for its ambiance, decor, service, and excellent company. DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road 04 425 6677