Entertainment in Dubai

Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants in Dubai

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The majority of establishments permitted to serve alcohol are located in the city's hotels, or in leisure complexes.

  • Lime Tree Cafe - Jumeirah Beach Road. Unlicensed coffee shop / cafe serving good food. Pleasant outdoor seating area.
  • Browse House Cafe - Sheikh Zayed Road. Friendly, unpretentious internet cafe
  • Bahri Bar - Jumeirah. Great views of the bay, traditional Arabian theme to the decor. The Arabian tapas are recommended
  • The Irish Village - the Aviation Club, Garhoud. Relaxed atmosphere, live music most nights and good food
  • Longs Bar - Basement, Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. Popular pre-clubbing bar, serving good food
  • Panini Cafe - Grand Hyatt Hotel. Good value lunch venue offering Italian deli style food


  • Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira. Renowned for it's sumptuous buffet and spectacular views. Booking is advisable.
  • Seville - Wafi City (pyramids complex), Bur Dubai. Spanish specialities and tapas
  • Pier Chic - Madinat Jumeirah, entry via Al Qasr hotel. Stunning location on a pier overlooking the water and the famous Burj Al Arab hotel.
  • Danial - Twin Towers, Deira. Serving a buffet with a wide variety of Arabic and Persian food
  • Al Hambra - Al Qasr Hotel, Jumeirah. Spanish/Morrocan restaurant


Tipping is not expected, but is common practice. The majority of restaurants will add a service charge, usually 10% in Dubai, to your bill. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.

Update 11/09/2006


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loads of restaurants
there are loads of restaurants in dubai - dubai is now being known for the number of restaurants that are around the city. From street shawarma places to exquisite 5 star boutique restaurants - you have it all! I personally love options indian restaurant in the convention centre. you could even go through www.menupages.ae for a good idea of dubai's food scene.



Good local restaurant near Souk
I recommend the Bandar Bride Restaurant, located Murshid Bazar Opp. Abra, behind Commercial Bank Dubai (actually just after a pharmacy when I was there).

Very local restaurant, serving Kebabs. The shop does not look great if you come from your 5 star hotel ;-) but you shouldn't pay attention and take a table inside. Apparently only one of the waiters speaks English, but that's enough.

The food is very cheap and good: if you go for a Kebab plate for 50 dihrams (£6) you'll be surprised to see coming a soup, a salad starter, some bread, and a huge portion of kebab and rice.... too much I couldn't finish ;-)

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