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Top Spots For the ultimate Girl’s Night Out

Resident dining and nightlife connoisseurs often always sing a song and break into dance each time they are asked what’s hot on Dubai’s culinary and entertainment scene. Let’s be frank; in this desert mecca where “abundance” and “opulence” are the order of the hospitality and culinary world, filling rooms and tables is all about innovation in cooking technique, showmanship with food presentation, an ambience that sets the mood for patrons, mouth-watering servings and full on vibes. As the year closes out, and because 2022 has been one such year we have really taken discovery of Dubai’s F&B space to new levels, we’ve put together a list of spaces we absolutely adored for a good night out for after work drinks with the ladies, hang outs for couples, or just a vibe to let savour sumptuous platters on any day of the week:


Beloved Basko officially launched its terrace for guests to now enjoy masterful Mediterranean cuisine under the stars at Basko, which comes with live music every evening. Patrons can expect this sophisticated and vibrant venue to provide only the best and most loved dishes in the Dubai culinary scene. Your food experience isn’t the end of your evening at Basko though, as the night continues beyond the chandelier-inspired staircase, taking you to an old-school after-party, Suave – with the vibe you need to keep the energy levels high into the early hours. Welcome Dubai’s winter weather at Basko with gorgeous Downtown views, chic retro interiors, and beautifully created dishes from this retro-Mediterranean paradise.

Avli by Tashas

Located in the heart of DIFC, Avli is reminiscent of modern Athenian culture and the open-air courtyards of the Mediterranean – where every meal is an occasion, each moment is a celebration and friends become family. Avli combines exquisite tastes, beautiful environments, and impeccable service and is tailored to be a unique reflection of culinary traditions.

Celebrate and bring in the New Year at Avli by tashas with their Nomad Chic NYE party. Guests can expect to ring in the New Year with stunning views of Burj Khalifa fireworks, and live entertainment by Vasileios, Tourist Ath from Alemagou Mykonos and All Stars Band from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Bar Scala

Inspired by one of the world’s most famous opera houses, Bar Scala is the perfect blend of innovation and nostalgia. Presenting an exclusive and luxurious cocktail experience, the newest DIFC bar operates from 8 pm to 3 am. The luxurious venue features a late-night DJ performance to add to the lively ambience. Located inside Roberto’s, guests can step out into the restaurant to indulge in Italian dishes and bask in the gorgeous, undisrupted views of the Burj Khalifa and its neighboring downtown skyscrapers.


Carna is a contemporary steak house concept helmed by the legendary Butcher, Dario Cecchini from the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy. This vast atmospheric space seats host an impressive 252 guests and is located on Level 74 of the SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences. The high ceilings and panoramic Downtown views are perfect for an unforgettable carnival-themed New Year’s Eve party – or any such big occasion that calls for a grandiose party for the masses.  


With neo-futuristic elements and retro-urbanity intertwined, Ergo is an ideal spot for drinks with the girls, with a daily Aperitivo offering from 6 to 9 pm. The venue, located on the Mezzanine Floor of The Edition Hotel, offers a ‘Pretense’ New Year’s Eve party, where everything is not quite as it seems. Entertainment for the night features mysterious elements reminiscent of Venetian masquerades, shadow dancers, grand decor, and secret rendezvouses, all along with a disruptive playlist. The energetic vibe of the bar area spills out into the urban terrace space with views of the bustling Downtown District to end the night!

Garden of Dreams

The Garden of Dreams is a stunning al fresco space, set against a lush green landscape. Situated in the perfect location at Address Beach Resort, expect a night under the stars witnessing the fireworks at midnight, overlooking JBR and Ain Dubai. An unforgettable night awaits, so prepare to dine on a set menu specially curated for this New Years’ Eve, with modern Mediterranean dishes and premium beverages to celebrate 2023!

Hotel Cartagena

Bask in breathtaking views of Burj Khalifa and its neighboring Downtown Dubai skyline—the best place to watch the sky light up with radiance from the 71st and 72nd floors of the JW Marriott Marquis. Mrs Buendia invites amigas to the vivacious bohemian hotspot where guests can dance the night away to Ritmo Latino tunes, and be dazzled by live performances from the venue’s talented dancers!


Born in Hong Kong in 2003, Hutong restaurant is acclaimed for its contemporary and occasionally fiery Northern Chinese cuisine, The venue, located in Gate Building 6 of Dubai’s DIFC district,  overlooks iconic landmarks such as Emirates Towers and the Museum of the Future, and just around the corner is DIFC’s Gate Building.  Hutong Dubai features a bespoke interior design inspired by ‘The Four Arts’ of the Qing Dynasty, paying homage to the ancient trade route, the Silk Road.


The new concept is a merge of two cuisines, the unique flavors of Peruvian spices with Japanese ingredients, and both their techniques blended into a single style for an elevated gastronomical experience. Matching its menu’s profile are the impressive interiors of the restaurant, embracing the artwork of Nazca culture from the southern coast of Peru. Large designs of linework the size of fields adorn the earth with geometric shapes and animalistic figures, which Nazcaa has embodied throughout the venue. Designed by one of Dubai’s most iconic architectural offices ZN|The restaurant’s entrance resonates with the mysterious Nazca lines, and its floors, wall panels, and lights dazzle the venue with shapes and lines that surround diners in its environment. Accompanying the indoor venue is a terrace that surrounds the restaurant with an infinity pool and incredible views of the Burj Khalifa, its lights, and the city itself.

Smoke & Mirrors

Gather the girls and discover this hidden gem and cigar lounge at SLS.  If you are up for a great night out to roll in 2023, the venue is slated to offer a New Year’s party theme based on the story of Che Guevara and his South American roots. Entertainment for the night will include live singers, exquisite salsa dances, and percussionists grooving to Latino tunes all night long.


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