The best places in DIFC to chill out after a long day in the office
I am a great believer in the after work dinner and a drink, it is a great way to relax, un-wind and shoot the breeze with co-workers in a neutral setting. Coming from Europe it is generally accepted that on a Friday everyone piles out and heads to the nearest establishment for a few hours before starting the weekend. I lived in Korea for a number of years and they even have a word for this, “Hwesik” which literally means after work drinks…although this tends to be a few bottles of soju and some karaoke (fantastic fun).
Even though our friends and family back home don’t believe us living in Dubai is like anywhere else, after a long day of deals and sitting at the desk we also need to kick back. There are so many places in Dubai to do this and one area that always appeals is the financial district, also known as the DIFC.
So here are Keep Dining’s best places to head to for the ideal evening of post work dining in the DIFC restaurants.
The Gramercy is the ultimate gastro pub location, if you are hankering for a chilled out place to hang out in style then this is for you. They offer a menu of fresh contemporary pub food, with a combination of old favourite, bangers & mash and fish & chips, and some unique dishes with an international influence, have a try of the duck confit with beetroot risotto or the French style Moules Frites. For those of you looking for a bit of a drink at the end of a busy shift then they have a happy hour daily from 5pm until 7pm, enjoy yourselves!
This sultry and stylish Argentinian restaurant provides after work dining in luxury. Gaucho is a firm favourite in the DIFC restaurants scene, you can expert the best ingredients and delicious Argentinian wine for your post work wind down. For something a little different why not partake of their cheese and wine evening, on from Sunday to Thursday from 5pm until 8pm for only 170 DHS per person (plus 10% DIFC authority fee), a unique and tasty way to spend a quick evening with your friends and colleagues.
Caramel is a low lit and chic DIFC based restaurant, with live DJs and excellent food, it is not surprising that time and time again it comes up as a favourite location in Dubai. They offer a post work happy hour from Sunday to Thursday, 4pm until 9pm where you can indulge in their very nice drink selection for only 19DHS. It is also worth checking out their menu, as the food is seriously delicious, I would heartily recommend trying their macaroni and cheese bites!
LaLuz is a modern Mediterranean dining experience, with a clean white interior and colourful works of art adorning the walls, this is a fresh place to relax after a busy day. For those of you looking for a DIFC deal head over to the LaLuz Social, from 5pm until 8pm, for only 105DHS per person you will be treated to either 2 glasses of the famous Mediterranean beer Estrella Damm or 2 glasses of cava, plus you and a friend can have a sharing platter to try out some of their delicious bar bites including croquettes and a delightfully refreshing gazpacho soup.
The trendy Bazxar restaurant in DIFC has a low-key bar & lounge, with quirky artwork, bare brick wall, a slight steam punk feel and superb cocktails. Their menu is fresh and inventive with a South American twist, the sea bass ceviche and salmon Carpaccio will leave your mouth watering! There is also their happy hour from 6pm until 7pm, Sundays to Wednesdays, where you are invited to enjoy buy one get one free on all their drinks.
Kick back in the Dusty’s wine bar for a cool city vibe. They have an international design palate and a quirky tree lined terrace bar, the cocktails are creative and expertly crafted and the menu is inventive, with daily specials inspired from cities around the globe. They have a happy hour every Sunday to Thursday from 5 until 8pm where you can buy their drinks for only 30DHS (plus 10% DIFC authority fee), a great way to sample their extensive cocktail menu for a very reasonable price.
As the name suggests INDIE is a quirky and vibrant bar and restaurant in the heart of DIFC. Beautifully decorated with industrial style light hangings and cow print backed chairs most people will instantly feel at ease to enjoy their long 5pm until 8pm happy hour (from Sundays to Thursdays). The menu offers a selection of eclectic dishes with influences from the Far East to the Mediterranean. So if you are looking for a rustic and chilled setting we recommend you head on over!
BOCA is a cheery post work location, you can stand around their central bar chatting with colleagues whilst enjoying their superb Italian, Spanish & French inspired dishes. They have a happy hour every day from 5:30 until 7:30pm with an extensive list of options priced at only 35DHS and glass, you can choose from white or red wine, beers, spirits and sangria! Or if you feel like treating yourself, how about a glass of champagne for 80DHS.