A! List Vino Bars

Indulge your inner sommelier at one of these stylish venues...
Tuesday , 03 May 2011
Dubai best bars, Dubai best wine bars, Dubai weekend hangouts, Wine, ALists
Vantage
Vantage
Oscar’s Vine Society
Oscar’s Vine Society
The Agency
The Agency
Cin Cin
Cin Cin
Vintage
Vintage
The Cellar
The Cellar
Vu’s
Vu’s
Vinoteca
Vinoteca
Traiteur Bar
Traiteur Bar

Oeno
Address:
Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 399 4141
Web:  www.westinminaseyahi.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 6pm to 2.30pm, Friday to Saturday; 6pm to 1.30am, Sunday to Thursday
Price Range: $$
While the pronunciation of its name might muddle you (it’s pronounced ‘e-no’), there’s no confusion as to what this venue is all about. Dedicated to wine from all corners of the Earth, this sophisticated watering hole is a favourite among wine lovers. Offering a relaxed but stylish setting to sip a fine glass of red or white, the bar is sure-fire enjoyable option for a week night or weekend evening out.
FYI: Tuesdays are Goddess Night at Oeno at The Westin featuring three free glasses of bubbles for the girls and cold meats and cheeses to nibble on.

Vantage
Address:
Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, Dubai
Tel: 04 377 2000
Web: www.pullmanhotels.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 6pm to 2am, daily
Price Range: $$
Tap into your inner sommelier and enjoy some of the finest wines east of Napa Valley at this stylish new venue. Located just minutes from Mall of the Emirates at the stylish newcomer, Pullman Dubai, this sophisticated spot is made for those with a discerning palette and a keen interest in fine wines. Offering a commendable selection by the glass and the bottle, Vantage is the perfect place to relax with friends over fine drinks and conversation and the ideal spot to enjoy the last of the good weather before summer sets in.
FYI: Weather permitting, make sure to get a table outside to fully experience the amazing views of Dubai.

Oscar’s Vine Society
Address:
Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 331 1111
Web: www.ichotelsgroup.com
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12pm to 2am, Saturday to Thursday; 6pm to 2am, Friday
Price Range: $$
It may not be the first to pop to mind for a night out, but don’t dismiss this wine-lover’s gem. Tucked away in the Crowne Plaza, Oscar’s boasts one of the city’s finest wine selections and a mouth watering selection of cheeses to match in a setting that sophisticated yet relaxed, making it the perfect night out for friends. Frequented by fun-loving folks who love their whites, rosés and reds, you can be guaranteed that a night at Oscar’s will leave you more in love with wine than ever.
FYI: Enjoy Happy Hour daily featuring a buy-one-get-one-free deal on glasses of wine.

The Agency
Address:
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 366 6730
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 12pm to 1am, daily
Price Range: $$
Whether it’s the after work crowd, a couple on a date or a group of friends enjoying a night out, The Agency is the ideal place for socialising. A classic wine bar serving an impressive selection of grapes by the bottle and glass, it has managed to maintain a secure spot among the city’s other wine bars. Dark wood furniture and dim lighting give it a sophisticated vibe that works well for after work crowd or stylish social set. And with seriously good bar food to complement your beverages, it’s the kind of place you can start, end or spend the night in and be completely satisfied.
FYI: Sundays and Wednesdays are Tab Nights featuring five select drinks for Dhs100.

Cin Cin
Address:
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 311 8316
Web:  www.fairmont.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 7pm to 2am, daily
Price Range: $$$
The first thing you’re guaranteed to notice when you enter Cin Cin is its staggering wine collection. And rightfully so, seeing as it’s one of Dubai’s premiere wine bars. Incredibly sophisticated and unapologetically high brow, Cin Cin caters to the discerning wine lover. Take a seat in one of the various seating areas and begin perusing the extensive wine selection. Don’t be shy to ask the staff for suggestions as they’re more than happy to lend their expertise to find you the perfect bottle or glass. A quiet and reserved venue, it’s the perfect place to impress your guests or show off to a date about your knowledge of fine wines.
FYI: Cin Cin has one of the finest humidors in the city.

Vintage
Address:
Wafi, Oud Metha, Dubai
Tel: 04 324 4100
Web: www.wafi.ae
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 6pm to 1.30am, Saturday to Wednesday; 4pm to 2am, Thursday and Friday
Price Range: $$
A quintessential wine bar with all the trappings of a stylish watering hole, Vintages is the kind of spot where the suited and stylish converge. Offering a staggering wine menu of grapes from around the world, and a food menu featuring the likes of foie gras, salmon and of course fine cheese, you can park yourself at the bar or at a table and comfortably remain there for the rest of the night. And with special offers on through the week, including a cheese fondue promotion on Mondays and Fridays and happy hours on alternate days, every night is a great night for Vintage.
FYI: Enjoy a traditional blue cheese fondue and bottle of red or white on Mondays and Fridays for Dhs199.

The Cellar
Address:
Aviation Club, Garhoud, Dubai
Tel: 04 282 4122
Web:  www.aviationclub.ae
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12pm to 1am, daily
Price Range: $$
Just a stone’s throw from the Irish Village, The Cellar is the perfect spot for those who prefer their drinks served with a hint of sophistication. Decorated in the style of a medieval Guildhall (think elegant stained glass, wooden rafters and exposed concrete), it boasts one of the widest wine selections in the city where aspiring connoisseurs will delight in separating their Semillons from their Sauvignons as they nibble on yummy bar snacks. In the cooler climes, head out to the terrace, where the tranquil lake-side setting is a welcome antithesis to the IV’s raucous beer garden.
FYI: Indulge in the all-you-can eat menu and house beverages for Dhs275 every night from 7pm to 10.45pm.

Vu’s
Address:
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 319 8088
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 6pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $$$
Make sure you arrive at Vu’s in time for sunset then spend the evening watching the lights come up, building by building, street by street, across the city. As you look down on a twinkling fairground, you know exactly why this swanky bar is called Vu’s: because it offers you one of the best views both of the city and the Arabian Gulf beyond. Perched on the 51st floor in the iconic Emirates Towers, this bar spells laidback elegance and easy sophistication. We love its high-vaulted ceilings, understated yet plush furniture, moody lighting and impeccable service. The long and delish cocktail list is well worth a gush, although the prices can run steep.
FYI: Enjoy brunch at Vu’s for Dh420 with select beverages or Dhs520 with bubbly.

Vinoteca
Address:
Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai
Tel: 04 317 2222
Web: www.restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 6pm to 11.30pm, Saturday to Wednesday; 6pm to 1am, Thursday and Friday
Price Range: $$
Warm, inviting and stacked with bottles from across the globe, there’s something charmingly European about this bar. Like something you’d find in the heart of Tuscany, Vinoteca stays true to the aesthetics of a classic wine bar. Dark wood furniture, dim lighting and chairs comfortable enough to kick back for an evening with friends or a romantic rendezvous, Vinoteca provides the perfect spot for a week night or weekend gathering.
FYI: Be sure to try Vinoteca’s incredible selection of cheeses paired with the perfect glass of wine.

Traiteur Bar
Address:
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai
Tel: 04 317 2222
Web:  www.restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 7pm to 12am, Sunday to Friday
Price Range: $$
With a 4,200 bottle wine cellar, it’s no surprise Traiteur lands on the city’s best bar lists year after year. The exclusive Cave Privée is one of Dubai’s most impressive offering virtually every kind of wine you could ask for. And the pleasure doesn’t end there. Also considered one of the city’s best looking venues, with its sophisticated interior and views of the creek, there really isn’t a better spot for impressing guests and showing off your inner sommelier than at Traiteur.
FYI: Head to Traiteur on Fridays for the jazz brunch featuring select house beverages for Dhs450 and bubbly for Dhs595.