Galaxy Bar

Dubai is renowned for its super-clubs and see-and-be-seen spots, but Galaxy Bar is one of the city’s more cocktail-focused venues, featuring Greek roots, great drinks and warm hospitality. Having started out as a storeroom, Galaxy Bar is comparatively small compared to Dubai’s other F&B outlets, but the late-night lounge feels sultry and intimate, with a ceiling of lights designed to look like stars in the night sky. Decor here nods to classical Greek architecture, with blue hues and a stunning marble bar surrounded by a cascading twilight blue wall. Stay for a quiet one or stick around for DJs and dancing into the wee hours.

The bar’s Cosmic Menu is inspired by the constellations. Take, for example, the Infinity Sour, with a Greek brandy-style spirit, almond liqueur, cherry liquor, umeshu, lemon, egg white and saffron bitters, or the clarified and floral Supernova, with rum, date and sandalwood tea, milk solution and lavender. Beverage director Krystian Hordejuk’s cigar selection is one of the world’s finest.