10 best rooftop bars in Dubai with happy hour times
With the many skyscrapers and luxury restaurants and bars, it might not come as a surprise that Dubai has many great rooftop bars. In fact, I feel like half Dubai migrates to sitting in rooftop bars in the winter! Winters in Dubai are amazing. No – trust me! Weather is great, you can actually exist outside and they have the best parties!
Are you visiting Dubai soon? You might want to have a look at these 10 amazing rooftop bars!
Iris Dubai at Oberoi
The Iris can be found at the Oberoi Hotel in Dubai and is a rooftop bar with absolutely stunning views over the city and its sparkling lights. The bar is located on the 27th floor of The Oberoi Dubai and is often seen as one of the most exclusive spots in the city. It might not surprise you that prices at Iris Dubai can be quite steep – but the views make more than up for it!
At the bar of the Iris Dubai rooftop bar you will have a wide selection of drinks with a large choice of champagne, wines and spirits. Iris Dubai is also known for its great cocktails and its selection of fresh food. If you don’t feel like spending hundreds of dollars on one night, you can also opt for ‘Le Brunch’ which is a buffet-style Friday brunch where they serve great food and amazing cocktails for a set price.
If you are looking to spend an evening on the Iris Dubai rooftop bar you might want to call up and make a reservation as it is a very popular place with both tourists and expats.
Happy Hour Daily from 5pm to 8pm with 50% off selected beverages with complimentary nibbles.
Level 43 Sky Lounge
Level 43 Sky Lounge is a rooftop bar located on the – you guessed it, 43rd floor. The Level 43 Sky Lounge offers a magival 360 view of the Dubai skyline and the massive skyscrapers in downtown Dubai. You will have amazing views of the Burj Khalifa, the Burj al Arab and the Jumeirah coastline.
You can expect a stylish and sleek vibe at Level 43 Sky Lounge with a large terrace to settle down or an indoor bar to cool off during warm spring nights. Lebel 43 has a wide selection of foods such as sushi, steak and lobster, and a large drinks menu known for its signature and old school cocktails.
As Level 43 is a very popular rooftop bar in Dubai it is often very busy. Do not let this keep you from visiting as the atmosphere will always be classy and calm. The Level 43 Sky Lounge offers amazing views over Dubai and when you are flying over on a holiday you might consider staying at the Sheraton at Sheikh Zayed Road as Level 43 Sky Lounge is a pool bar during the day. The pool bar is only open to guests staying at the hotel.
Level 43 Sky Lounge is a popular place to visit and is usually crowded, but still with a cool, calm and classy vibe. Almost a ‘must visit’ when in Dubai, to take in the absolutely amazing views of Dubai and enjoy the nice lounge feel, lifted by resident DJs playing nice tunes and a great service.
Happy Hour Daily between 6 PM and 8 PM
Pure Sky Lounge & Dining
The Hilton Dubai The Walk is known for its many great bars and restaurants (Trafer Vic’s!). Pure Sky Lounge & Dining is located on the 35th floor of this magnificent hotel and is one of those classic chique rooftop bars. It has magnificent views over the palm and of course the Arabian Gulf and is THE place to be when the sun sets over the ocean.
The Pure Sky Lounge & Dining rooftop bar boasts 2 terraces – one at the lounge and one at the restaurant. They are both decked out with pristine white tables and very comfortable lounge sofa’s creating a relaxing yet elegant beach resort style.
I would recommend ordering the delectable ‘Sharing Lemon Meringue Tart’ or going for the 6 Dish experience. You can obviously also order from the a la carte menu.
You can order beers, wines and bubbles at the Pure Sky Lounge & Dining rooftop bar but you should definitely have a look at their signature cocktails. Try the Marshmallow Martini as it is made of marshmallow infused vodka and topped off with fresh cream and vanilla liqueur.
The best time to visit the Pure Sky Lounge & Dining rooftop bar is around sunset. The Sky Lounge & Dining has sunset O’Clock (5pm to 7pm daily) promotions and a Happy Hour from 7pm to 9pm.
The Pure Sky Lounge & Dining rooftop bar also gives Cocktail Masterclasses which are a great birthday treat!
Daily Happy Hour from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m with beverages for only AED 35 each.
TIP: Pure Sky is also on the Entertainer for drinks and 25% off total bill.
Estrellas at Meliá Hotel
I love Melia hotels! Their Covent Garden ME Hotel is just to die for! The Melia hotel in Dubai has a rooftop lounge and pool bar located on the 7th flor called Estrellas. From the terrace you will get an amazing panoramic view over the skyline of Dubai and it is a great place to watch the sun go down.
Estrellas does not only have a great view it also has an amazing infinity pool! The bar and lounge boast a large international menu with burgers, pastas, curries and even barbeques while the bar serves amazing modern cocktails with a twist. You can also smoke sheesha here and the Ladies nights on Wednesday are very popular.
If you want to enjoy the amazing pool at the Melia Hotel you will have to book a stay at the Melia Hotel – and if you are travelling to Dubai I would recommend doing so!
Happy hour every day from 7PM to 9PM
TIP: Estrellas is also on the entertainer for 2 for 1 on main course, house beverages, bucket of hops and a bottle of house wine.
Are you craving some Japanese? You might want to have a look into Tomo. This fancy Japanese restaurant on the 17th floor of Raffles Hotel is a great place to marvel at the Dubai Skyline. Catching the sunset at Tomo is an unforgettable experience!
Tomo is known for its great food and drink and has been named best Japanese Restaurant of Dubai many times now. Tomo serves a large selection of great sushi but burger fans and noodle connoisseurs will also love eating at Tomo.
Tomo serves has a large cocktail menu and serves a variety of Sake and Sochu. You can choose to sit outside on the terrace in one of the beautiful lounge sofas – or inside when it gets warmer. Tomo is worth a visit when you love Japanese food, great views and amazing drinks.
Happy Hour: Daily from 5PM to 7PM with 50% off selected drinks.
Siddharta Lounge must be one of the most famous and most popular lounges in Dubai. This iconic rooftop bar in the Dubai marina has great lounge seats, beautiful cabanas and regular tables where you can enjoy the view and the amazing food.
The Siddharta Lounge is part of the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel and Apartments that also houses the well-known Buddha-Bar. The lounge is best known for offering great 360 views over the iconic skyline of Dubai Marina. You can see the Palm and even look out over the Arabian Gulf!
Siddharta Lounge serves great Mediterranean food with a mix of Asian and Desi cuisine. If you are planning on going to Siddharta you might want to go for sunset. Not only is the sunset from Siddharta amazing, they also have some very good deals on for sheesha, food and drinks.
Happy Hour: daily from 5PM to 8PM.
IMPORTANT: Closed from July 1st to September 1st
Shades at Address Dubai Marina
The Address is a household name in Dubai. Everybody knows The Address for the great food and amazing cocktails. The Address has multiple branches at various locations but the one at the Dubai Marina is best known for its great rooftop terrace.
Although the lounge is located on the 4th floor – that’s not very high, it’s its location in the middle of the Dubai Marina that makes that this rooftop bar has an impressive view. The surrounding skyscrapers and the many (expensive) boats floating by make for a great view!
The Address also boasts an amazing rooftop pool. At 45-meter-long and heated in the winter, this is a dream come true for pool lovers like me. Access to the pool is available for hotel guests or residents, be it that they have to pay a steep entrance fee (DHS 200 on weekdays and DHS 250 on weekends).
Shades has an international menu that focusses on Mediterranean and Asian (Far East) cuisine and also has a great variety of signature cocktails. As Shades is often quite busy with both expats and locals it might be a good idea to call up and reserve a table before going.
If you want to use the pool it might be a good idea to book a room at The Address – whether you are visiting Dubai or just looking for a great staycation as the pool access prices are quite high.
Happy Hour Daily from 6PM to 8PM with 50% off selected house beverages and signature drinks from the menu
If you are looking to show off your dance moves while sipping on some cocktails you need to check out Tamanya Terrace. This cocktail lounge on the 8th floor at the Radisson Blu in Dubai Media City has an airconditioned rooftop tent where you can dance, sip cocktails and eat.
You can enjoy a sheesha at this popular after work venue while enjoying their resident DJs. As Tamanya is often very busy you might want to go early when looking for a place to relax. Don’t miss out on their Tuesday’s Ladies nights and the 80’s themed nights on Wednesday.
Happy Hour every day from 4PM to 7PM with 50% off selected drinks.
Atelier M Pier7
Atelier M is located in the top 3 floors of Pier 7 at Dubai Marina. This great indoor lounge and exquisite outdoor roof terrace offers great Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian touch. On the Terrace of Atelier M you can enjoy magnificent views on the Dubai Marina.
The art deco interior boasts beautiful gold and crystal details which have you marvel over the Marina skyscrapers. The top 2 floors serve bar food and mazing cocktails and beer and bubble buckets.
Enjoy the Ladies night on Tuesdays and the RnB nights on Thursday. Sports fans will be able to support their favourite teams at Atelier M and if you are not looking to watch the game you can play some pool.
Happy hour from 6PM to 11PM every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday with offers on food and drinks.
TIP: Atelier M is also on The Entertainer for their Friday Brunch (Fine Dining monthly offers) and 2 for 1 on main course.
Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel
Not in Downtown Dubai? No problem! Hop in a cab to Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel for one of the best rooftop bars outside of Downtown Dubai and the Marina. Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel offers a breath-taking 360 panorama over old Dubai and the magnificent new skyline.
Kris With A View offers great breakfast and lunch serving Arabic and Asian dishes and in the evening you can enjoy the views from the Wine Lounge.
Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel also has an amazing pool. It is only accessible for people staying at the hotel – so if you are looking to stay in Dubai or want to book a staycation, check out the Park Regis Kris Kin.
Happy Hour Daily from 6PM to 8PM with 50% off drinks and bar food.
TIP: Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel is also on The Entertainer with 2 for 1 on Thursday Asian Flavours Night (food only – monthly offer), 2 for 1 on Friday Evening Brunch (food only – monthly offer), 2 for 1 on main course, 2 for 1 on house beverages (Cheers Dubai) and 2 for 1 on bottle of house grapes (Cheers Dubai).