→ Open Sat-wed 6pm-2am, Thu-fri 6pm-3am. Taj Dubai, Busi­ness Bay (050 648 3083).

Time Out Dubai - - MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE -

IF YOU’RE LOOK­ING for a bar with top views of Burj Khal­ifa and Down­town Dubai, you’re not short of op­tions. And Tree­house in Busi­ness Bay has long been a go-top spot for prime vis­tas of the world’s tallest build­ing.

The bar is set on the rooftop of Taj Dubai, which is ac­cessed through quirky Asian restau­rant Miss Tess. If you want to make the most of the chilled-out am­biance of Tree­house, we’d ad­vise sit­ting fur­ther away from the restau­rant – un­less you want your peace dis­rupted by gi­ant Chi­nese dragons danc­ing around the room and pump­ing ren­di­tions of Happy Birth­day.

How­ever, se­cure your­self a prime spot in the cen­tre of the bar, then you’ll be treated to a more grown-up, mel­low vibe.

Tree­house is all comfy so­fas, muted tones and swathes of twin­kling lights.

And it’s one of the few al fresco bars that doesn’t lose its ap­peal in sum­mer, ei­ther, as dur­ing the warmer months a glass tent sur­rounds it, with even more sparkly fairy lights. But the best time, of course, to visit is in the win­ter.

To get a de­cent ta­ble you’ll likely need to book, as this is a bar that’s fre­quently packed out. Ser­vice is a lit­tle hit and miss, though and costs are on the steep side, es­pe­cially in com­par­i­son to some other bars with bet­ter views and keener prices (hello NEOS and Zeta, see our re­view on page 38).

A glass of grape comes in at around Dhs75, which is ex­pen­sive even for the van­tage point, with mixed drinks and shorts around the same. Ladies, it’s wise to visit on a Tues­day and you’ll get two free drinks.

Bar snacks have Asian flair – in­clud­ing the ubiq­ui­tous rock shrimp tem­pura – and all sit between Dhs40 and Dhs125.

With a chilled vibe, fancy dé­cor and de­cent views, Tree­house is a good one for vis­i­tors or date nights, how­ever, with newer, fancier and more af­ford­able bars pop­ping up across the city this Busi­ness Bay spot needs to up its game to com­pete.

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