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Dubai

Things we love:

One of the lowest crime rates in the world.
No tax.
World records include the city with the largest number of people named Mohammed.
In 1991 there was 1 skyscraper; now there are over 400.
The weekend is on Friday/Saturday, so Thursdays are literally the new Friday.
The malls, the bling, the skiing, and the water parks.

Things we wish we’d known:

It’s hotter than you think – even bus stops have air-conditioning.
The beer you find in supermarkets is non-alcoholic.
You need a liquor license to purchase alcohol from one of the few stores.
It’s illegal to drink in public or on the streets.
Dubai has no street addresses hence no letterboxes.
Taxis are cheap, but drivers can get lost or be reckless.
Ladies Nights have a completely different rep here. They’re packed, popular and rockin’. We know.

Best bars in Dubai
Best bars in Dubai
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360
360

You need to visit 360 at sunset whether you’re a tourist or local. Do it. Jump on one of the gulf buggies along the pier, and cruise past the million dollar white boats that swarm the marina, along to this Read More

40 Kong
40 Kong

This rooftop oasis on the 40th floor of the H Hotel, is where to go for some killer views across the Dubai skyline and Sheikhy Z Road. This is your secret spot for a mid-week chill, or watch it ramp Read More

Aprons and Hammers
Aprons and Hammers

We’re on a boat motherf*cker! Welcome to Aprons & Hammers – the antidote to Dubai’s uptight polished nightlife. Jump on board this traditional Arabian Dhow docked in Dubai International Marine Club for a massive seafood feast – bibs are provided. Take Read More

Barasti
Barasti

Over 90% of Dubai’s population are expats and we bet 99% of those expats have been to Barasti. This place is a local institution for laid back, casual Dubai good times whether you’re in high heels or flip-flops. It’s BIG, with Read More

Café Habana
Café Habana

Hidden among the vast dining options in Souk Al Bahar, find a stylish slice of Cuba (at least, Cuba via New York) at Café Habana. A cozy space, don’t let your dirty mind go into overdrive when you see the eye-catching mirrored ceiling, ahem. Read More

Calabar
Calabar

When the Dubai Mall takes its toll on us, we skip next door to Calabar on level 5 of the Address Downtown Hotel. The Latin-inspired lounge bar gives great view for a sun downer drink or few, looking out over the Burj Khalifa (aka Read More

Fume
Fume

In the land of bling this is Dubai’s first taste of that Hackney-meets-Brooklyn sense of style. On level 1 of Pier 7 Tower, we got all nostalgic entering this rustic world of raw concrete walls, wooden tables and one smokin’ Read More

Gaucho
Gaucho

Get yourself down to Gaucho in the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) for prime ass, handpicked steak, the largest selection of Argentine wine outside Argentina and some seriously slick service. Don’t let the car park entry fool you – you’re Read More

Iris
Iris

On weekends this place is pumping with the high-end glamour types, who want the biggest bottle on their table, the biggest rock on their finger and have their plastic surgeon on speed dial. But during the week, it’s a totally Read More

Le Petite Maison
Le Petite Maison

Le Petite Maison, the perfect place in Dubai’s Financial Centre (DIFC) to ‘sceller l’affaire’ that’s French for ‘seal the deal’. Popular with high rolling businessman and large families, the menu cover perfectly sums it up ‘tous celebres ici’ – all famous Read More

Mahiki Dubai
Mahiki Dubai

Bear with us: Dubai’s take on the infamous British club is a far cry from the rich kid play cave that is the original. This place is pumping. Located in the Jumeriah Beach Hotel, it’s a Polynesian oasis full of buoys, bamboo and booze. Read More

Nasimi Beach
Nasimi Beach

Listen: glam up or go home with this one. Nasimi Beach is located in front of the famed Atlantis Hotel on Palm Jumeirah. A glamorous bar, restaurant and club, this is where the beautiful people come to play. BarChick almost fainted Read More

Okku Dubai
Okku Dubai

Who likes a bit of high-end Japanese, or, more to the point, who doesn’t? Pass through a waterfall of green fairy lights to enter this raised-level lounge bar. Hip, glamorous and always surprising, you never know who you’ll meet here. Check Read More

Pacha
Pacha

BarChick likes the kind of places where you can eat, drink and party all under one roof – they’re easy on the heels and minimise the door drama. Since Pacha opened in 2014 the crowds have flocked to dance Read More

Q43
Q43

Casual, cool, relaxed & unpretentious – yes Dubai now has a destination where you wont have to mingle with w*nkers. Rock up & rock out on the 43rd floor of Media One Hotel where the interior designer was feeling risky; check Read More

Qbara
Qbara

Brace yourself, Qbara gives instant ‘wow’. An east-meets-west sexy ‘Arabesque’ fusion, this restaurant-lounge-bar gets us going like Arabic viagra. And so should it; they say this baby cost 14-million dollars to fit out. An intense patchwork of projections on the Read More

Roberto’s, DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai)
Roberto’s, DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai)

BRAVO BELLA! Roberto’s is that hot Italian that makes you swoon at hello. One of the cosiest lounges in DIFC, it’s a refreshing break from its swanky neighbours. Bring on the hot dates and ‘business’ lunches. The cocktail menu is Read More

Siddharta Lounge at Grosvenor House
Siddharta Lounge at Grosvenor House

When no fewer than six smiling staff greet you as you exit the elevator, you know this is going to be a crisp affair. This is one of Grovsner House’s more relaxed venues, which only demonstrates how lavish the lifestyle Read More

The Dek on Eight
The Dek on Eight

With banging day to night options, this place is one of BarChick’s favourite hangouts. Located in Media City (Dubai’s take on London’s Silicon Roundabout), you’ll find a stylish business and local media crowd here. Whether it’s coffee or a poolside p*ss-up Read More

Toko
Toko

Another banging Aussie import to Dubai – who knew? Ball hard, and roll in as a smooth operator here: this place gives Japanese icon Zuma a run for its money. Japanese meets Australian cuisine in an Izakaya style dining concept: Read More

Zuma
Zuma

When only the best will do, those with fast cars and thick wallets flock to join the Sheiks, stars and supermodels at Zuma. Part of Rainer Becker’s empire, it’s got siblings in London, Hong Kong, Miami and more, all with Read More