One of the many benefits of visiting a city that pushes the limits of modernization is the spectacular views it creates of its towering skyscrapers—and this couldn't be more evident than the vistas from the al fresco bars that come alive during the winter months in Dubai.
When you're visiting Dubai, the trick to finding the most buzzing nightlife in town is to know exactly which hotel to swing by. As it turns out, city licensing law makes it illegal for alcohol to be served outside of a venue that is not a hotel or private club. But don't let this fool you into thinking this global destination doesn't know how to party. A sophisticated, coiffed population of fun-loving ex-pats from around the world are eager to mingle here, and every weekend, they seek out sophisticated rooftop cocktail lounges, where bottle service, low lighting, live DJs, and unforgettable sunset and city views reign supreme.
In a metropolis that's always reinventing itself, it's hard for one particular spot to dominate the entire scene. There are a handful of open-air bars, however, that tend to linger on the lips of residents and in-the-know visitors alike, from the H Hotel's glamorous 40 Kong bar, to the One&Only's Jetty Lounge, a posh beach bar with panoramic views of the dusty pink Atlantis Hotel and a medley of mega yachts serenely parked in the Marina waters. When you're in this dazzling and energetic city, you'd be remiss to skip these special happy hours. Click through the gallery to discover the complete roundup, and start planning your drink order now.