It may be surprising, but in fact it was inevitable – Dubai’s over-the-top party excesses are giving way to places that actually have character. NOLA Eatery & Social House, New York import Miss Lily’s and Stereo Arcade are just three of the new lot.

NOLA Eatery & Social House

While New Orleans is the inspiration for NOLA, Miss Lily’s transports you straight to Jamaica, with old-school Usher on the sound system and cocktails named “Rude Boy” and “Tempted To Touch” on the menu. Stereo Arcade meanwhile is the place to play retro arcade games, grab a drink or boogie the night away.

Stereo Arcade – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If old habits die hard and you’re looking for something plusher, stop by the St Regis Lounge at the recently opened luxury hotel and order the Gold Mary, the hotel’s twist on a bloody mary, with an edible gold leaf. Also in the neighbourhood is the new W Hotel: Head to the W Lounge on the 30th floor, for a drink and vistas of the city, or to Boa on the 32nd floor, where the party never stops.

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