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Food & Drink

Top nightspots at Dubai Marina

Mon, October 25, 2021

Dubai Marina's thriving evening scene has something for every taste. Whether upscale or casual, enjoy a memorable night out with friends at these lounges.

Dubai Marina's thriving evening scene has something for every taste. Whether upscale or casual, enjoy a memorable night out with friends at these lounges.

1

Hop around Pier 7

Standing out with its distinctive cylindrical shape, Pier 7 designs a novel fine dining experience. Each floor of the seven-storey building houses a different restaurant, celebrating the diversity of world cuisines and entertainment under one collective roof. Bringing chic Amazonian vibes to the second floor is Mama Zonia, where you can try bold tropical flavours as DJs jazz up the evening's soundtrack. On the top floor rests Mediterranean haven Atelier M, boasting spectacular rooftop views and a menu to match.

2

Street style at La Carnita

Topping Dubai Marina's list of most popular haunts is La Carnita. Designed with the help of international street artists, this stylish yet unpretentious eatery serves up classic Mexican food washed down with fresh and fruity drinks. Few things beat their salmon ceviche topped with refreshing mango and lime dressing, but their taco selection is definitely a close contender. Enjoy the zesty meal and atmosphere, and don't leave without trying the piping hot churros.

3

Dine at Marina Social

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is the mastermind behind this acclaimed restaurant with a view of picturesque canals below. Exceptional British-Mediterranean dishes make up the tasteful sharing menu, and their signature beef Wellington with 'cheesy chips' is a must-try for seasoned foodies. When it comes to fine cuisine, it's certainly one of Dubai Marina's top attractions, promising rich contemporary flavours in a chic yet friendly setting.

4

Zen escape at Siddharta

Few places deliver dining delights quite like Siddharta Lounge. Feast your eyes upon the scintillating lights of Dubai Marina from this rooftop lounge, before tucking into a delectable meal designed by Michelin-starred chef Jeremy Degras. This luxurious oasis in the middle of the buzzing neighbourhood is frequented by gourmands and groups of friends alike. Right next door is parent hotspot Buddha Bar, serving upscale Japanese cuisine as a larger-than-life gold statue presides over the festivities.

5

Casual cool at Lock, Stock and Barrel

A change from Dubai's upscale lounges, sports-style restaurant Lock, Stock and Barrel (LSB) promises guests a night of cool and casual fun. Messy chicken wings, loaded nachos topped with beef chili, a hearty smokehouse burger and a drinks menu devoid of any pretence are just a few tasty reasons why LSB is an award-winning hangout. Whether you're looking to catch up with friends, watch a big football match, enjoy a rock band cover the classics, or go all out with karaoke, it's a no-brainer for those looking for good times.

6

Tokyo drift at Ramusake

Ramusake at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in JBR is loved by locals for its near-perfect balance of delicious food and an electrifying social scene. Enjoy traditional Japanese flavours such as seafood gyoza, miso cod and tuna maki rolls, and savour unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf from its terrace. Alternatively, Friday brunches here are a dynamic celebration of feasts and fun – a memorable start to any weekend.

7

Aim high with Pure Sky

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Spend an evening at the popular rooftop lounge, Pure Sky. Located on the 35th floor of Hilton Dubai The Walk, it features upbeat vibes and sweeping views of the sea. Take in the picturesque setting over sunset, with Palm Jumeirah on one side and Bluewaters Island, with the enormous Ain Dubai observation wheel, on the other. Unwind with a menu that features delectable international fare and a relaxed atmosphere that calls you back for more.

8

Kick back at Ikigai

This laidback Japanese restaurant and lounge is the latest venture from the Dubai-based chef Reif Othman. Located at the Millennium Place Marina, the eatery takes its inspiration from Japanese izakayas, and serves up an array of dishes such as such as tempura burgers, salmon teriyaki, and Wagyu tataki with truffle sauce. Inside, the lighting and graffiti murals will make you feel like you’re in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, but when the weather’s cooler, you can sit out on the terrace and take in the view.

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