As a companion to the Dubai 5-day Itinerary, this is a drinks and dining guide. Considering the high turnover in Dubai restaurants, this will be updated more often.
Keep in mind these are my PERSONAL recommendations, i.e. where I like to spend my time. They may not be the hippest/coolest/place du jour but I enjoy them.
NOTE: Visitors should know that Dubai laws require restaurants to have a liquor license to serve alcohol. Unique to the Middle East, these restaurants must be next to/inside a hotel so don’t expect to get that beer/wine at any restaurant. If this is important to you, plan ahead. I’ve noted which restaurants (the majority) are licensed here.
Dining – High End
Think fancy when it comes to these choices. You’ll want to dress up for all these options – business casual and spending at least $150 per person. I suggest advance reservations, which can mostly be made online. All these options are licensed.
Dining – Casual
Dancing/clubbing – whatever you call it. Expect to wait in line if you arrive late and the place to fill out after midnight. Most clubs stay open till 3 am. Table service recommended if your budget allows. Thanks Seher for some of the recs!
Bars, lounges, etc. The perfect place to unwind after a day of touristing. These options serve great cocktails and for whiskey aficionados, check-out my Dubai Old-Fashioned Guide.
A Dubai institution and number 1 on my itinerary, which some people may disagree with. But nothing summarizes Dubai better than an overindulgent Friday brunch. Expect to pay minimum of $150+ per person for unlimited food and drink. Tread carefully if you have evening plans.
A new category with some “lighter” options.
Last Updated: December 20, 2016