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Nightlife in Dubai

Dubai nightlife is vibrant. Classy winebars like Agency, decadent cocktail bars like Buddha Bar in the Marina and chilled-out beach bars like Barasti Bar offer varied scenes. Clubbing ranges from electro house at Chi at The Lodge to live jazz funk soul at Jambase and sensual Latin beats and hip hop at Malecon in Jumeirah. Ladies get free drinks at most bars on ladies' night (usually Tuesday). Bars and clubs generally open until 3am.

Bahri Bar, Dubai. Courtesy of Jumeirah
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Barasti Bar

Beachside chillout bar

The popular outdoor Barasti Bar in the marina has two levels - a patio with live band and beachside with a DJ. A lively spot for all ages at weekends, it maintains a relaxed atmosphere - wear heels or flip-flops.



Address

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4 399 3333

Transport

Taxi

Website

Starwood Hotels Website

Buddha Bar, Dubai. Courtesy of Le Royal Meridien Dubai
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Buddha Bar

Stylish Asian bar/restaurant

Buddha Bar, in the Marina, fuses Asian-influenced decor, food and music to create a relaxed ambience. A sushi bar and Japanese private rooms set the tone. This trendy hotspot also has cosy lounge seating for parties.



Address

Grosvenor House, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4399 8888

Transport

Taxi

Website

Starwood Hotels Website

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Trader Vic's

Lively atmosphere and cocktails

Trader Vic's, on Sheikh Zayed Road, is famous for its explosive cocktails in themed Polynesian jugs. Try a tikka puka puka for its tasty punch! You're sure to find a vibrant atmosphere, with the Cuban band playing live on most nights.



Address

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4331 1111

Agency, Dubai. Courtesy of Jumeirah
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Agency

Popular wine bar

With a choice of 50 different wines, each served by the glass, the Agency at Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road has a classy ambience with simple, chic furnishings. It makes an ideal venue for a quiet drink or two.



Address

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4319 8088

5

Irish Village

Lively Irish pub scene

As the name suggests, this is a vibrant, lively Irish pub with a huge outdoor patio. Full of characters, Irish Village, in Garhoud, offers a range of imported beers, traditional Irish food and guest bands playing live music.



Address

Aviation Club, Dubai

Telephone

+971(0) 4282 4750

Transport

Taxi

Website

Irish Village Website

Bahri Bar, Dubai. Courtesy of Jumeirah
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Bahri Bar

Arabian tapas and terrace

Styled in traditional Arabic decor, the Bahri Bar in Jumeirah serves delicious Arabian tapas and a wide range of innovative cocktails. Its terrace provides an excellent spot for photographing stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab.



Address

Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4366 8888

Transport

Taxi

Website

Madinat Jumeirah Website

Jambase, Dubai. Courtesy of Jumeirah
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Jambase

Stylish jazzy supper club

Head to Jambase, in Jumeirah, and dine in this supper club before dancing the night away to R&B, Top 40 hits, jazz and rhythm and blues. With its eclectic style, the ambience is stylish and always upbeat.



Address

Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4366 6730

Transport

Taxi

Website

Madinat Jumeirah Website

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Boudoir

Intimate and elegant

Intimate after-hours club with luxurious interior blending French Renaissance with Baroque elegance. Boudoir in Jumeirah is popular with visiting stars, and ladies enjoy free champagne and strawberries on Tuesday and Friday. DJs spin deep house and R&B.



Address

Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4346 1111

Transport

Taxi

Website

Boudoir Website

9

Kasbar

Arabic scene

Check out the fun Moroccan-themed decor and broad drinks range at Kasbar, at the Royal Mirage in Jumeirah Beach. DJ sets mix Arabic pop music with European Top 40 hits and live music for an eclectic cultural mix.



Address

Al Sufouh Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4399 9999

Transport

Taxi

Website

One and Only Resorts Website

Rooftop Garden, Dubai. Courtesy of Wafi City
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Rooftop Garden

Concerts on the roof

In Wafi City, the Rooftop Garden is one of Dubai's coolest venues. Resembling an amphitheatre, with luminous beanbags, fake rocks and real grass, it serves as a stage for guest bands and Dubai-based musicians playing jazz and local pop music.



Address

Wafi City Mall, Oud Metha Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4324 7300

Transport

Taxi

Website

Wafi City Website

11

Chi at The Lodge

Massive outdoor dance floor

Bur Dubai's Chi at The Lodge has a large outdoor dance area hosting regular theme nights, from 80s to trance grooves, with VIP tiki huts you can reserve. Rooms inside have lounge decor and play music like R&B or chillout.



Address

Bur Dubai, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4337 9470

Transport

Taxi

Website

Lodge Dubai Website

12

Malecon

Latin dance party

This Cuban restaurant in Jumeirah comes alive at night. A live Latin band and DJ take turns playing a mix of Latin classics and contemporary music combined with hip-hop grooves. The friendly, energetic atmosphere is fuelled by the margaritas.



Address

Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4346 1111

13

Zinc

Electro house beats

Zinc is a basement club at the Crowne Plaza Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road. This funky nightclub and lounge features resident DJ Greg Stainer and international guest DJs playing electro house music to keep you grooving into the night.



Address

Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4331 1111

Transport

Taxi

Website

InterContinental Hotels Website

Children performance at Dubai Community Theater and Arts Centre, Dubai. Courtesy of DUCTAC
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Dubai Community Theater and Arts Centre

Classical arts performances

On the second floor of Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Community Theater and Arts Centre, or DUCTAC, hosts plays, operas, classical music concerts, comedy and children's shows. The on site cafe is great to discuss the shows over a drink.



Opening Hours

Sat-Thu 9am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm

Address

Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 4 341 477

Transport

Bus: from Satawa bus station no 93 to Mall of the Emirates

Website

Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre Website

Madinat Theatre, Dubai. Courtesy of Jumeirah
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Madinat Theatre

Cultural entertainment venue

The Madinat Theatre, located in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, is a small 424-seat theatre hosting top-quality performances in a cosy cultural atmosphere. Visitors can get tickets for a variety of performances, from West End shows to ballet, comedy and pantomimes.



Address

Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4366 6546

Transport

Taxi

Website

Madinat Jumeirah Website

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