Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The city grew significantly for the past decades and has many things to offer to distinctive traveler or party-man. Originally it was a settlement on an ancient nomadic trading route. By the 19th century the settlement had evolved into a fishing village, taking all advantages of the fertile Arabian Gulf. Foreign interest to Dubai was very limited until 1960s.
This tendency changed within last few decades, after huge reserves of oil were discovered beneath its arid soil. Dubai's government desired to transform the city into a world leading centre of commerce, demanding Dubai property and architectural grandeur. Since the money was no longer an issue, Dubai had been developing a lot with almost unseemly speed. Nowadays Dubai is known as a homeland of cutting edge seven star hotels, Western friendly alcohol laws, and plentiful tax-free shopping.
It's almost impossible to recommend bars which will be good for everyone. Below you can find a list of places where I've been for the past time. Just read my little reviews decide on your own if you like them or not. If you still hesitate, just walk around different places and find the one that suits your tastes. There are plenty of them in Dubai!
Vu's Bar - Located at the 51st floor of the awesomely space age EJumeirah Emirates. The gorgeous views over the sea from Vu's Bar - perhaps Dubai's shorthand for views. Like in many glamorous UAE hotels, the crowd is an up market mix of guests, who are dressed to impress. The soft-cushioned air-conditioned luxury can make you feel like a superstar. If you try the 51st Floor house cocktail, you will find it so delicious. We even forgot to ask what it was. But if you can't find it, don't worry - there's a astounding 200 cocktails to choose from! If you are looking for a night club don't go there. It's definitely not that kind of party.
Boudoir - If you're not staying at the Dubai Marine Beach in some property in Dubai, catch a cab to this place and check out the Boudoir. It's bursting with nice furnishings, oil paintings and velvet plush, done in an magnificent French Renaissance style. Entrance with rose bowls, rich cocktail menu, Boudoir has certainly abandoned Dubai's obvious Eastern theme and gone for authenticity in its own.
360º Bar - The name of the place says for itself. This elegant, laid-back terrace bar swanks outstanding panoramic view of the ever changing Dubai property, ever evolving Dubai skyline. Placed in the centre of the Gulf, at the heart of the huge, wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, this naturally cool spot is popular hangout with Dubai's cocktail set. Chic and sophisticated, bathed in desert sun, this is the perfect place to escape overwhelming Dubai buzz and relax in a beautiful atmosphere. Cool house tunes set the tone at the Bar, playing until the early morning. The visitors sink into comfy sofas and sip a drink (or two, and more) as they watch the sunset.
Alamo -located at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa is a Tex/Mex restaurant with emphasis on the bar drinks.
The Agency Wine Bar - Located at the Emirates Towers Hotel, The Agency Wine Bar is one of the nicest bars I have seen in Dubai.
Dubai has some very interesting laws for clubs: they all must close at 3 am, one must be 21 to drink alcohol, 25 to enter a nightclub, and interestingly they are not allowed by law to refuse entrance to anyone, including members only clubs. But this does not mean that you will be able to walk into any members club free of charge, a lot of the members clubs have very high entrance fees, that they will charge you if you do insist on applying the law and entering the club. This is actually not a bad thing as it allows the clubs to ensure a good mixture of clients.
Christen Richardson, independent researcher of current situation in United Arab Emirates regarding growing interest in Dubai property investment.