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Need a job, Bartender? Craft cocktails are on the rise in Dubai

on 25/07/14 at 8:30 am

Booze News

imagesCocktails and Muslim culture don’t exactly go hand in hand. On a recent trip to Dubai, however, I was shocked to find a flourishing cocktail scene. Some of the newest bars are focusing on fresh juices, homemade syrups, tinctures and tonics, serving up modern craft cocktails.

If you head to Dubai, be informed before you arrive: Bars are allowed only in hotels, and you should never get drunk in this city in United Arab Emirates. Being visibly intoxicated can land you in jail. If you’re after a great cocktail, hit up Suga, Lao or Iris.


Suga has a brand new door policy this summer. Previously, you had to be a member. The club gave out keys, which opened the giant deadbolt on the enormous door in the basement. Now, the policy is loosening for nonmembers who may be interested in joining. Membership means cocktail classes, priority reservations at brand events and access to exclusive tastings.