Dubai Marina area of the city is thriving with nightlife. Whether its the trendiest pubs and bars you are seeking or relaxed rooftop vibes with a cocktail, there’s something to suit all interests in and around Dubai Marina.
We have included both bars along the marina edge, and those in nearby JBR along The Walk as they are really only a stone’s throw apart – plus a couple of fabulous Jumeirah Beach favourites you can easily reach staying in Dubai Marina.
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Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Hotel
As the name suggests, Buddha Bar is exquisitely glammed with top-notch sophisticated Asian décor. Think huge Buddha statues, golden dragons and glittering chandeliers.
Expect to enjoy a variety of dishes from Japan, Chain and Thailand. Drinks include handmade artisan cocktails and an unending supply of champagne. To experience the absolute Dubai Marina nightlife, Buddha Bar is the place to be.
Where to find Buddha Bar: Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina. Open Sun to Wed 7:00 pm to 12:00 am; Thu & Fri 7:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Learn more at buddhabar-dubai.com
Siddharta Lounge By Buddha Bar
Seeking a classy way to start your night out with friends?
Also within Grosvenor House Hotel, Siddharta Lounge is the perfect mix of comfy and stylish. It has a 360 view of Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf making it one of the best rooftop bars in Dubai Marina.
If you are a party animal who loves to have some fun on the dance floor, Siddharta Lounge boasts of a big dance floor. If you’d rather not, you can also lounge on one of the huge, comfy sofas and simply enjoy the scenic Dubai Marina view.
Where to find Siddharta Lounge: Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai. (Modified hours post-COVID; Re-opening 22 October 2020, thereafter open daily 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
Learn more at siddhartalounge.com
Pure Sky Lounge
With its minimalistic white and turquoise décor, Pure Sky Lounge is a haven when you need some calm and quiet. Situated at the 35th floor of Hilton Dubai The Walk, it’s the perfect escape spot from the city chaos below.
Exuding a peaceful seaside ambience, Pure Sky Lounge offers a wonderful view of the Arabian Gulf, the Palm and JBR, making it one of the best bars with a view in the Dubai Marina area.
For a complete experience, visit the bar towards the evening to enjoy the spectacular Dubai sunset and the bar’s sunset happy hour (discounts on drinks between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm daily!).
Where to find Pure Sky Lounge: 35th floor, Hilton Dubai, JBR The Walk
Learn more at hilton.com
Atelier M at Pier 7
Atelier M is a Mediterranean/French restaurant situated on the 7th floor of Pier 7. With a very talented live band and scenic rooftop views, it effortlessly draws in the sophisticated crowd of Dubai Marina.
Spread over 3 floors and offering dining, lounge and rooftop terrace, this diamond in the heart of Dubai offers A La Carte dining and a vast range of desserts, cocktails and wines. You also get to enjoy live sports events in the lounge and rooftop area. Don’t miss the sunset Brunch on a Saturday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Popular for its fine contemporary international cuisine, Atelier M is one of the best restaurants in Dubai Marina. Be sure to try their Truffle Risotto and delicious Oysters.
Where to find Atelier M: 7th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina. Tue, Thu, Fri 6:00 pm to 3:00 am, other days 6:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Learn more at atelierm.ae
Cargo at Pier 7
A beautiful remake of 1960s Hong Kong, Cargos décor includes shipping crates, raw steel, concrete and weathered wood interiors. A beautiful ambience and one of the best bars with a view of Dubai Marina, Cargo offers Asian street food-inspired cuisine. Think street food but sophisticated.
With an extensive beverage collection and awesome music, Cargo is the best place to meet up, eat and enjoy great company in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy happy hour Sat-Thu 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Where to find Cargo: 3rd floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina. Open Sun to Thu 4:00 pm to 2:00 am; Fri & Sat 12:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Learn more at cargo-dubai.com
The Scene Pier 7
One more we couldn’t exclude from Pier 7, your traditional British Gastropub with one of the most supreme modern skyline views. Look out for ladies night specials, weekend brunch packages and Happy Hour Daily 12:00 pm to 8:00pm
Where to find Cargo: 4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina.
Learn more at thescenedxb.xyz
Need to unwind and catch up on live sports at one of the best sports bars in Dubai Marina? Nezesaussi Grill is casual dining at it’s best in Dubai Marina. Enjoy favourite hops and signature dishes while enjoying the best of international sports from their multiple TV screens.
Pool tables and a juke box only add to the atmosphere at this locally-loved sports bar.
Where to find Nezesassi Grill: Address, Dubai Marina. Open Daily 1:00 pm to 1:00 am.
Learn more at addresshotels.com
McGettigans Irish Pub
Best known for their happy hour, live music, great Irish delicacies and enticing Irish ambience, McGettigans Irish Pub is the go-to place for the best of all things Irish in Dubai.
Set in a warm, homely environment, this modern pub offers live sports and the friendliest service in town; the authentic Irish hospitality. Look out for huge meal portions that are bound to give you value for your money.
Where to find McGettigans Irish Pub: Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR. Open 12:30 pm to 3:00 am; Fri & Sat 10:00 am to 3:00 am.
Learn more at mcgettigans.com
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Famous for its finger foods, international cuisine and a wide variety of beer, Lock, Stock & Barrel is a vintage type bar located on JBR The Walk.
Just like most bars in Dubai Marina area, Lock, Stock & Barrel opens mid-afternoon and offers a buy 1, get 1 free happy hour from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily. You also get to watch live sports on Saturdays and Sundays, accompanied by Roast of the Day.
Live music is one of the big drawcards of Lock, Stock & Barrel, along with Midweek Madness, Ladies Night and Barrelled Brunch after party on a Friday, there’s always sure to be something exciting going on.
Where to find Lock, Stock and Barrel: Rixos Premium Dubai, The Walk JBR. Open Sun to Wed 4:00 pm to 1:00 am; Thu 4:00 pm to 3:00 and Fri 1:00 pm to 3:00 am; Sat 2:00 pm to 1:00 am
Learn more at lsbdubai.com/jbr
A popular gastropub offering a great selection of both American & British bar food favourites, along with a huge selection of drinks. Known for its low-key industrial look, this is a favourite for its plentiful sports screens, generous portions and fun fittings and decor, even down to the bathrooms!
Where to find JB’s Gastropub: Amwaj Rotana, The Walk JBR. Open Daily 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM.
Learn more at rotana.com
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
Looking for a continental beach bar with a great atmosphere and a perfect mix of food, cocktails and music? Look no further!
With comfy beach chairs and couches and best-priced beers, Barasti Bar promises to be a fun place with a beautiful view of the beach – it’s one of our favourite bars for beach sundowners in Dubai.
Meals include burger, pizza and chicken wings with a wide array of cocktails and beer. You will find Barasti just a short distance from the main Dubai Marina area.
Where to find Barasti: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort. Open Sat to Wed 9:00 am to 2:00 am; Thu & Fri 9:00 am to 3:00 am.
Learn more at barastibeach.com
The Rooftop Terrace Sports Lounge
One of the best places to round out your Dubai Marina nightlife experience, The Rooftop Terrace promises a cosy, intimate and sophisticated experience.
Slightly tucked away within the extensive One&Only Royal Mirage complex, on Jumeirah Beach, The Rooftop Terrace & Sports Lounger offers a dramatic Arabian terrace with flickering candlelight and breathtaking views of the dramatic skyline, Arabian Court and Palm Island.
The Rooftop Terrace attracts the bubbling city’s chic crowd whilst still offering a wonderful, laid-back ambience. Known for screening live sports events in their lobby area, it is a great spot to spend quality time and enjoy banter with friends in a beautiful setting.
Where to find The Rooftop Terrace & Sports Lounge: One & Only Royal Mirage Resort
Learn more at oneandonlyresorts.com
Is it legal to drink in Dubai? You can learn more about the legalities of drinking alcohol in Dubai here – remember always drink responsibly!
Where to stay in Dubai Marina
There’s a great range of accommodation choices around Dubai Marina. You can choice from brilliant and spacious serviced aparthotels, or a wide selection of Airbnb properties – some with the most brilliant urban views in the world! Check them all out here:
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