Although located in the Middle East, Dubai takes pride in having some of the best bar scenes, with alcoholic beverages made and served by the best bartenders known all over the world.
Do keep in mind, though, that drinking in Dubai bars and restaurants can be quite expensive, so plan that into your travel budget or simply buy from one of the many alcohol retail stores located around the city. Plus, if you are a resident, you need to apply for a liquor licence if you wish to drink or transport alcohol within city limits.
Keep these things in mind as you go through this unique and interesting list of cocktails you may want to try out soon, or while planning for your next Dubai trip. Here are 6 establishments you must try to plan into your travel agenda.
1. Diamonds Are Forever
Make an impression as big as a diamond engagement ring with this alcoholic beverage. Known as Dubai’s most expensive cocktail, “Diamonds Are Forever” is made by mixing:
- Luxor 24K Gold Flake Champagne
- Jerry Thomas’ Champagne Cognac
- Lheraud Vintage Grande Champagne Cognac.
This thousand-dollar-a-glass cocktail is only available and served at the prestigious Burj Al Arab.
Up until 2014, the drink also garnered the record as the most expensive cocktail in the world. As of 2017, The White Barn Inn in the US state of Maine holds this record with its $40,000 cocktail called the “Ruby Rose.”
2. Merienda De Locos
Another restaurant worth checking out in Dubai is the Coya. Located at the Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, the restaurant offers the “Merienda de Locos.” This mixed alcoholic drink includes some
- Grand Marnier
- Gin infused with chamomile syrup and some cucumber.
Diners can pair this cocktail with some of their Peruvian dishes. Restaurant favorites include the sirloin dish called the Solomillo de Res Wagyu Cabassi, and the aji Amarillo.
3. Fine Tipple
When at the R Trader, order the “Fine Tipple.” This particular cocktail includes:
- Champagne mixed with some maraschino and grapefruit.
Other drinks you should also check out include the vodka-based cocktails “Belladonna” and “Dirty Weekend” as well as the “Not-so-Colada.”
4. The Sea Pearl
At the Mahiki, one drink you should try is the “Sea Pearl.” The mix includes:
- A premium Caribbean rum known as Matusalem
- Laurent Perrier Champagne
- Mahiki Coconut
- Fresh raspberries
- Guava juice
A glass of this fine lady’s night drink will set you back hundreds of dollars, so be sure to bring a lot of cash if you want the cocktails to flow.
5. Not a Shred of Saffron
When visiting the Jumeirah Lakes Towers, take a trip to the Cocktail Kitchen. Located at the Armada Bluebay Hotel, this bar is known for its Vermouth-based concoction called “Not a Shred of Saffron.” Mixologists create the drink using:
- Sparkling wine
While you are there, try out their selection of French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish-inspired dishes such as the lamb scallopini or the sea bass roulade.
6. The Royal Warrant
If you wish to feel like royalty for the night, get issued a glass or two of “The Royal Warrant.” Found only at the Sass Cafe, this unique drink features:
- A shot of King George V Whisky, a premium selection of whisky under the Johnny Walker brand.
- Remy M Louis XIII and Benedictine Liqueur
- Maraschino liqueur
- Knobs Creek Bourbon
- Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth.
The vermouth itself is also worth noting as the alcohol is aged in a barrel for at least 12 months before it is served.
Just remember that when you are in Dubai as a tourist, drinking alcohol is only allowed in licensed hotels and bars in the city or you can consume alcohol at the comfort of your accommodation, by purchasing your beverages from a retail store. For a fun and carefree drinking experience, Dubai residents need to apply for a liquor licence. Having your own licence will enable you to buy and transport drinks inside the city for consumption inside your home, or when gathering at a friend’s house.
Getting your own licence is quick and easy. Simply check out the African + Eastern website and fill out the online form. You can also get a form from one of their branches around the city. Submit the required documents, pay a small fee and wait a few weeks for a call that your alcohol licence is ready for pickup. It’s that easy.