List of bars in Dubai (not a complete list)
- Aussie Legends - Rydges Plaza Hotel, Satwa, tel +971-4-3982222. Noisy sports bar popular with Kiwis and Aussies, shows many sporting events live. Good happy hour from 1700-2000.
- Bar Zar - Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Casual, popular, live band, DJ later in the evening, good outdoor area. Worth a visit.
- Biggles - Millenium Airport Hotel, Al Garhoud, tel +971-4-2823464. Named after the be-goggled pilot. Good venue for watching sports events, sort of a nightclub later on.
- Club Joumana Sports Cafe, Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, tel +971-4-3994444. Happy hour 1830-1930. Still a long way out so quiet but you'll get a seat if you want to watch sports.
- Dubliners - across the road from Dubai Airport (10-20 minute walk but too hot in summer). Irish bar with decent Guinness. Good place to start, or finish, your adventure in Dubai.
- Fibber Magees, near Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Rd, tel +971-4-3322400. Irish pub that opened, closed and a few years later reopened. Diamond Club upstairs sometimes opens for overflow crowd if a big sports event is on. Still popular - ish. They have another branch in the Green Community tel +971-4-8853443 and their own website www.fibbersdubai.com. Not in the Ascot Hotel despite what you might read elsewhere.
- Goodfellas, Regal Plaza, Bur Dubai, tel +971-4-3556633. Draws in the football watching crowds.
- Hard Rock Cafe Dubai - old location on SZR near Dubai Marina. Just like HRCs anywhere else. Good loud rock music and big hamburgers. Another one possibly scheduled to open in Abu Dhabi by April 2008 (announcement 09 October 2006 but disputed 10 October 2006). Lost its alcohol licence in 2008, closed in 2009, reopening in new location at Dubai Festival City in late 2010.
- Harry's Place, Renaissance Hotel, tel +971-4-2625555. Burgers, cigars, and Americans.
- Irish Village (IV), Al Garhoud, tel +971-4-2824122. A bit of an institution in Dubai. Always popular, great place to sit outside for a drink when it's not too hot.
- Jimmy Dix, Movenpick Hotel, tel +971-4-3368800. Bar/nightclub meat market with dentists chair to aid consumption of spirits. Steaks are rumoured to be good value though.
- Left Bank, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sofouh, tel +971-4-3686171. Cool indoor/outdoor drinking place to hang out and watch people traffic. Popular.
- Long's Bar, Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, tel +971-4-3122202. The long bar doesn't mean it's easy to find a spot to lean on, or get a drink but it's popular, noisy, crowded and well-known.
- Players Lounge, Chelsea Hotel, Satwa, tel +971-4-3988840. Smart looking American style bar.
- Red Lion, Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road - very British but has a decent enough outdoor area, with mist fans to take the edge off the heat in the summer.
- The Lodge, Al Nasr Center, Karama - a bit of an institution in the 1990s until it closed. Reopened a few years later with the same carpets but gradually became popular again on a Thursday night. Several nightclubs on the same site.
- The Pub, Intercontinental Dubai, tel +971-4-2057333. THE English Pub in Dubai. Doesn't mean it should be top of your list of places to go but famous as one of the oldest bars in town. Happy Hour 1900-2100.
- Spikes, Nad Al Sheba Golf Club, Nad Al Sheba, tel +971-4-3663666. Big bar, small crowds.
- The Underground, Al Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, tel +971-4-3995000. The London Underground but with beer. Mind the gap.
Bar opening hours and times in Dubai
- Most bars open around lunchtime and carry on until midnight or later. Bars that have nightclub sections or become nightclubs later in the evening will close at 0300 at the latest.
- Some bars are closed from 1600-1800 in the afternoon. An odd quirk introduced in 2007 or 2008 to try and reduce the bad behaviour by drunken expats and tourists in Dubai. Apparently. A Daily Telegraph (UK) report 11 August 2010 said The ban, which was first introduced at one British pub, now applies to all sports and British bars in the busy Al Barsha area of Dubai between 4pm and 6pm.
A police source said: "It has been the case that some premises have been selling alcohol all through the day and it was not controlled. That is why these pubs and bars have been ordered to stop until 6pm." ...
He added that the ban could be extended across other areas.
- During Ramadan, almost all bars are closed until about 30 minutes after Iftar. Any that are open will not serve alcohol until then.
Last update Monday 23-Aug-2010. Page development 3D 4L 5C.