A! List Cocktail Bars

Enjoy creative concoctions in one of these stylish hangouts...
Thursday , 28 April 2011
Senyar
Senyar
Mai Tai Lounge
Mai Tai Lounge
Buddha Bar
Buddha Bar
Bahri Bar
Bahri Bar
Karma Kafe
Karma Kafe
One on One
One on One
Red Lounge
Red Lounge
Trader Vic’s
Trader Vic’s

Senyar
Address:
Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 511 7309
Web: www.westinminaseyahi.com
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12pm to 1am, Sunday to Thursday; 12pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday
Price Range: $$
With its sister venue Oeno gaining almost instantaneous popularity, it was no surprise that Senyar would make it up the ranks of the city’s best bars list too. Offering a different vibe from its wine bar compatriot, Senyar specialises in cocktails and other well crafted beverages in a setting that’s chic. Red walls give it a funky look and its two-level layout is reminiscent of a New York-style loft bar. Take a seat on the lower level and enjoy people watching as the crowds stream in through the night or park yourself upstairs for a more intimate vibe. Offering the perfect atmosphere for either casual drinks with friends or a more romantic evening with that special someone, Senyar manages to be a bar of all trades.
FYI: Thursdays are margarita nights at Senyar where ladies can enjoy three complimentary cocktails between 5pm and 9pm.

Mai Tai Lounge
Address:
Al Fattan Oasis Beach Towers, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: 04 399 8993
Web: www.tradervics.com
Dress code: Casual
Times: 6pm to 2.30am, daily
Price Range: $$$
Built on the indisputable reputation of Trader Vic’s, Mai Tai in Al Fattan Oasis Beach Towers is the latest Tiki bar addition to the brand’s stable. Surprisingly roomy inside, perch up at the bar for guaranteed bartender attention, or pull up a stool and enjoy the strains of the lively Cuban band. The cocktail list features all the classics that Trader Vic’s fans have come to know and love, from the lethal Tortuga to the signature Mai Tai and the rich Samoan Fog Cutter. Be aware, mind you, that the beverages or bar food don’t come cheap, but with drinks this well-crafted, it’s worth the splurge.
FYI: Be sure to try the famous Tiki Puka Puka cocktail – but be warned, it is deadly.

Buddha Bar
Address:
Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: 04 399 8888
Web: www.buddha-bar.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 8pm tot 3am, Thursday to Friday; 8pm to 2am, Saturday to Wednesday
Price Range: $$$
When it comes to dressing up for a glamorous Friday night at Buddha Bar, you’ll want to make sure that your dancing shoes are at least Choos or Loubies. One of the most talked-about night spots in Dubai, Buddha Bar’s legendary style and sophistication is obvious from the moment you arrive – but then you wouldn’t expect anything less from a name that has also made its mark in Paris, London and New York.  Start your evening with dinner at the award-winning Asian-fusion restaurant before hitting the uber-glamorous bar and enjoying one of their lychee martinis or lemongrass cosmos while listening to their world-renowned DJs on the decks.
FYI: If you like Buddha Bar, then you’ll also like its sister venue Karma Kafé at Souk Al Bahar.

Bahri Bar
Address:
Mina A' Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 366 6730
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 6pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $$
If you’re looking to impress a date or just keen to spend a romantic evening a deux, head to Bahri Bar, a waterfront venue with a view like no other. Set in the stunning Arabesque Mina A’Salam overlooking the seven star Burj Al Arab, the Middle Eastern style bar boasts one of the best terraces in the city. Swanky and sophisticated, Bahri Bar is where the discerning go to enjoy fine cocktails, great conversation and a chic, intimate ambience. Snack on typical Arabic mezze while you sip well-crafted cocktails and watch linen-clad men and women dressed in Dior stroll in the Gulf sunset.
FYI: Bahri Bar’s resident band Blue Amber perform daily (except Sundays).

Karma Kafe
Address:
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Tel: 04 423 0909
Web: www.karma-kafe.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: Sunday to Wednesday 6pm to 1am; Thursday to Saturday 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 2am
Price Range: $$$
Coming from an impressive family of world-renowned bars, clubs and restaurants, Karma Kafe had a hefty reputation to live up to. But rather than riding on the coattail of its popular sister venue, Buddha Bar, the swanky resto-lounge has created something new and fun. Maintaining the signature Buddha Bar aesthetics of reds, blacks and golds on everything from the upholstery to the chandeliers and even the place setting, Karma manages to set itself apart offering a more intimate vibe. The venue is all about setting a seriously urban and trendy atmosphere, where the style set can show off their latest Alexander Wang purchase while sipping Singapore Slings and overlooking the sleek Address Downtown Dubai.
FYI: Enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi lunches from 12pm-4pm every Friday and Saturday.

One on One
Address:
Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 501 8888
Web: www.themonarchdubai.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: Saturday to Wednesday, 9.30 to 6pm; Thursday to Friday, 10am to 6pm and 10pm to 3am
Price Range: $$
If there’s one hotel that knows how to do things well, it’s The Monarch. Home to Okku, Ruth’s Chris steakhouse, and Gold, it’s hard to imagine all that can exist and still do so well. And with the opening of One on One, a lounge and club spot with a dedication to fun, dance-worthy music, the hotel has only upped the stakes. A trendy hangout for the hip night crowd, One on One offers a space for revellers to enjoy great music, great drinks and an unpretentious vibe. Hit the dance floor with the rest of the party lovers or chill out at one of the tables and watch the action from afar, however you choose to spend your night, you’re sure to leave loving The Monarch even more.
FYI: Despite being more of a lounge than a club, this spot can get hyper on weekends when the crowd decides to hit the dance floor.

Red Lounge
Address:
Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai
Tel: 04 314 9770
Web: www.raffles.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: Sunday to Wednesday, 6pm to 2am; Thursday to Saturday, 6pm to 3am
Price Range: $$
Located at the apex of Dubai’s most understated yet painfully trendy hotel is one of the city’s hottest new spots to sip, snack and schmooze. Albeit, the sipping involves incredibly well-crafted cocktails, the snacks are more gastronomical wonders than simple bar bites, and the schmoozing? Well, that all depends on the company of course. Designed with Raffle’s Asian oriented aesthetics in mind, this venue isn’t called Red for no reason. Dim lit with red furniture, it’s a sort of Chinese-themed haven for the yuppy, affluent social set. Sit back on the comfy sofa-style seating and take in the stunning panoramic vista of the Dubai skyline. In cooler months, venture on to the terrace for fresh air and phenomenal views. Wherever you decide to park yourself for the night, be sure to sample the incredible menu with dishes created in the same kitchen as the neighbouring Noble House. A delight for the senses? We certainly think so.
FYI: Be sure to try the foie gras shumai paired with one of their signature cocktails.

Trader Vic’s
Address:
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 366 5646
Web: www.tradervics.com
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 1am, daily
Price Range: $$$
It will be hard to find someone living in the UAE who has not either heard of or suffered from one of Trader Vic’s legendary Tiki Puka Pukas! The TPP is just one of many intriguing names that appear on their 10-page cocktail list, which includes exotic sounding concoctions such as the Scorpion Bowl Potted Parrot and the Shark’s Tooth. Indeed, intoxicating cocktails are the signature trademark of the Polynesian themed bar and restaurant. Guaranteed to give you one of your most lively nights out in Dubai.
FYI: Polynesian fusion dishes, such as coconut prawns and Hawaiian chicken,  really help soak up the bar fuel.

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