A Dubai-based venue but not of Dubai, Galaxy Bar stands out from the run-of-the-mill influencer hotspots that define the UAE, in that its vibe is more that of a glamorous neighbourhood bar. This intimate venue, with a marble bar and ceiling of glowing lights recreating a night sky, is an homage to Greek architecture. Luxe twilight blue furnishings make this the kind of sultry bar where you can quietly sip away in the corner, or stick around until late and dance the night away. The bar’s current menu draws inspiration from the constellations, and Greek spirit Metaxa features heavily throughout the cocktails, such as the refreshing Titan of the Sun, with Metaxa, green cordial, bitters and soda. For a twist on a classic, try Scorpius – the bar’s earthy take on a Negroni – with gin, Italian aperitivo, vermouth rosso, beetroot and chocolate bitters.