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When you think of Dubai, your mind wanders to thoughts of impressive buildings, man-made scenery and the scorching heat of life in the desert. One doesn’t normally associate wine with the city of Dubai, but interestingly enough, the city is home to a number of exceptional wine bars. Here’s our list of the top five wine bars in Dubai. Feel free to add your own if you think we’ve missed some of the more important ones. In no particular order…
1. Cin Cin
Located within the Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Cin Cin is known for its impressive cellar, stocked to the hilt with over 350 international wines that come by the bottle, as well as 35 wines by the glass. The food menu is nothing short of delectable and the atmosphere offers a relaxed, yet vibrant lounge appeal. Dress code is smart casual.
Open times: 7pm – 2am
Contact number: +971 4 311 8316
Small and intimate, Vintage evokes feelings of being at home while lounging in a luxurious setting of armchairs, sofas and tables. Being home to a great wine cellar affords this venue a spot as one of our top five Dubai wine bars, but also because of the delectable cheese board it offers as a complement to the wine, and happy hour; daily from 5pm ? 7pm. Located at Wafi, Oud Metha, Vintage is a wine lover’s winner.
Open hours: 5pm ? 1:30am
Contact number: +971 4 324 4100
Oeno is known for having a vast selection of stunning wines, from vintage champagnes to sweet sauternes. Wine tasting is offered in a private room for devout connoisseurs who take their wines seriously, and there is a second private room specifically for the sampling of cheese. The two taste sensations are perfectly matched for you by trained sommeliers to set you on a sensorial journey that will leave you wanting more. If you arrive on Tuesdays, more is exactly what you’ll get with Oeno’s happy ?hour?. You’ll find Oeno at the Westin in Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah.
Open hours: 6pm ? 1:30am Monday to Saturday
Contact number: +971 4 511 7136
Traiteur wins the award for stylish décor and impeccable finishes. This designer wine bar could be one of the top five Dubai wine bars based on looks and ambience alone, but this Park Hyatt establishment has so much more to offer in terms of wine selection, service and award-winning food accompaniments. With 4,200 bottles to their wine cellar, there’s a great deal of exploring to be done. You’ll find Traiteur in the Park Hyatt hotel in Deira.
Open hours: 6pm ? midnight Sunday to Friday
Contact number: +971 4 317 2222
5. The Agency
Located in Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, The Agency is one of the most popular wine bars in Dubai, where you might have to be quite ruthless to get a table. Daily gatherings of young adults flock here to share conversation over a decent range of premium and exclusive wines and a collection of about 60 wines served by the glass. Sommeliers attend to tables, helping patrons choose the right wines to go with snacks or based on preference. A popular hangout that’s both comfortable and well-stocked.
Open hours: Noon – 3am
Contact number: +971 4 330 3030
Images courtesy of TimeOut Dubai.