Nightlife at some the Stretch of the long Jumeirah Beach from Bur Dubai to Jebel Ali has some active nightspots too. Stretches of the Jumeirah Beach the the one fronting the Madinat Jumeirah, After the Burj Al Arab and at the Jumeirah Beach Residences are hotspots for nightlife as these areas hosts lots of beach bars, clubs, restaurants, lounges and more that closes up to 1 am. A sampling of the active bars and nite spots are:
Boudoir, an over-the-top homage to the French burlesque club...
JamBase, a self-styled supper club, gives you a feel for the...
Koubba is a beautiful lounge off the lobby of the Al Qasr hotel...
Sho Cho, a favorite haunt for beautiful people—who can...
Sky View Bar
Sky View Bar, the finlike structure at the top of the stylish...
360°, the circular rooftop bar on the Jumeirah Beach hotel...
The Apartment Lounge & Club
The Apartment Lounge & Club is furnished with black and gold...
Après, one of Dubai's "pinch yourself to believe it" locations...
Bahri Bar, set amongst the rose-colored barjeels of Madinat Jumeirah...
Boston Bar is an American pub based on the one in the TV show...
to name a few.
Dress Code: casual
all have the standard alcoholic beverage license
This will be my Irish Village Nightlife Tips
The Irish Village is one of the Premier Nightspots and Chowdown Joints in Dubai as it hosts nightly Live Bands, manned by real Irish People and Real Irish Busboys (waiters to you who don't know the term). This complex is located at the Al Garhoud District near the Dubai Tennis Court and is owned by the Dubai Duty Free Companies. The Menu here is not that varied since this is pub food after all and the selections include what else but the fish and chips, irish stew, boiled cabbage and potatoes, calamari, pork sausages! (yes they have pork in the Irish Village! one of the few bars allowed to offer pork products and dishes), Australian Steaks, Chicken Tikka Masala, Grilled Salmon, etc. The crowd here is varied and lots of middle eastern people too!
Beers here include the Irish National beer Guinnes at AED 30 A Pint, other beers offered include Stella Artois, Fosters, Heineken, Carlsberg, Budweiser, etc. Cocktails are available and costs AED 40 to 50 per glass. They don't have the other Irish Beer, Kilkenny though.
Live Bands are free and starts playing at 9:00 pm at the patio outside the pub and the place is loud but not rowdy.
They have the traditional Alcoholic License.
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 am to 01:30 am
Dress Code: Casual
This will be my Madinat Jumeirah Nightlife Tips
Madinat Jumeirah is the largest resort complex in Dubai and includes 2 luxe hotels and 29 palatial private villas and lots of bars and restaurants and a 5.4 kilometer man made waterway with private Abra Boats to shuttle people to and from other areas of the resort. It also has a mall that is designed into a traditional but air conditioned souk, called the Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Traditional Wind towers top the low-rise buildings of Madinat Jumeirah, lighting up at night to cast a romantic glow over the whole area, complete with winding canals and outside eateries and is the home to about 75 boutique shops and over 20 enormously popular cafés, bars and restaurants.
The many restaurants and bars at Madinat Jumeirah include the Italian favourite Segretto, the Moroccan Shoo Fee Ma Fee, The Wharf, Barzar, Koubba Bar, The Agency, A'Rukn, Bahri Bar, Centimetro, Toscana, Trader Vicks and Jam Base
most bars and restaurants have alcoholic beverage licence
Open daily 10am-12:00 midnight
according to their website:
Located near Jumeirah Beach area, the Souk Madinat Jumeriah is an entertainment complex that includes a traditional Arabian souk (market) with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Take a magical and relaxing Abra tour and meander waterways and wide open seascapes. The sights, the scents, and the shopping surprises that await around every corner - the spirit of the traditional Arabian souk survives at Madinat Jumeirah.
Take your time as you wander along the meandering avenues; past towers, lantern-lit hallways and narrow waterways. Discover the treasures hidden along the way –fashion, jewellery, antiques, art, oils and spices, and a series of world-class restaurants and bars to entertain you throughout the day and long into the night.
You’ll discover something new and exciting every time you enter Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Dress Code: smart casual
This will be my nightlife tips of the walk at JBR.
After Dark, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences and the adjoining Jumeirah Beach front becomes a magne for party people as the assorted bars, lounges and restaurants in front of this outdoor mall transforms into a big party place. Most of the partygoers here are western expatriates and tourists and although the area is lively, the crowds are not rowdy. Most of the bars and lounges here close at 1:00 am (the maximum allowed time for bars to close in Dubai) but most coffee shops and some restaurants are open 24/7.
The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences is the only Mall in the long Jumeirah Beach (stretching from Bur Dubai to Jebel Ali) that has views of the Beach (but will be partially covered by next year the the Beach Mall , which is going to be finished next year) and this 1 mile long (1.7 kilometers) Mall is the largest outdoor mall in Dubai and is a favorite dining and partying area for Local Emiratis and Foreign Expatriates as it hosts a large number of restaurants, bars, lounges, coffee houses, pastry shops and clothing shops. Mall tenants here are not at High End as the ones in Dubai Mall or the Mall of the Emirates or the Bur Juman Mall. The mall is located in front of the Condominiums and Apartments of the Jumeirah Beach Residences in Dubai Marina.
all of the bars and lounges and some of the restaurants have alcoholic beverage license.
Opens: 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight everyday.
Dress Code: casual
This will be my Nightlife Tips on Toscana Italian Restaurant.
The Outside Al Fresco Dining Area of the Restaurant also doubles as the Bar Area and it faces the man made lake of Souk Madinat Jumeirah with views of the Burj Al Arab. You can Order Peroni, The famous Italian Beer either via Tap or by Bottle at 30 AED per order and other assorted cocktails for AED 40 or more or whisky shots at AED 35. They have the obligatory Alcoholic Beverage License. The area can be packed full of people at night but they have a midnight closing time as bars here in Dubai must close before 1:00 am.
Toscana Italian Restaurant here is Souk Madinat is easily the most popular Restaurant in Souk Madinta as they don't accept any reservations in advance as the place comes flooded with both local expatriates, emiratis and tourists like us everyday.
opens: Open daily noon-midnight
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Trader Vic's is an international chain of polynesian inspired restaurant and bars thart started in emryville california. It only has 4 outlets in the United and is more popular around the middle east as it has 8 outlets across the region,indluding 4 here in dubai. We tried the one at Souk Madinat Area. Trader Vic's is renowned more for their Assorted Cocktails and their Mai Tai as the founder claimed that he invented the cocktail Mai Tai.
They have a wide assortment of chinese inspired foods as they have a chinese style brick oven,but most people come here due to the assorted exotic cocktails they serve and the live band with dancing at the dance floor. They have an alcoholic Beverage License. The place is near the Abra Station in Souk Al Madinat.
Cocktail Prices starts at 40 AED and Up and you should try them!
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Open daily noon-2.45pm, 7pm-11.15pm
This will be my Rustar Dhow Dinner Nightlife Tips
Most of the Dhow Dinner Cruises also doubles as a bar as many of the Dhow Dinner Cruise Fleets have Alcohol Licenses so that their guest can order Alchololic Drinks like Beers, Wine, Vodka, Tequila, Assorted Cocktails and more, but these bars are not included in the buffet dinner price. You will pay for the beer and average costs is AED 30 per bottle of beer, cocktail drinks costs AED 40 and up and tequila shots at 35 AED and up, to name a few, the best deal here is that since you are in a dinner buffet, your bar chow is free as you can just take any food you want during the 2 hour dinner cruise and it will be your bar chow for free.
start of the cruise is 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm everyday
hotel pick up is between 8 to 8:30 pm and drop off is 11:30 pm
During the two hour cruise, you can concentrate on the shows in the dhow, like the tanoura show, the arabian fun horse dance, the soulful russian singer belting jazz and soulful tunes or see the various sites along the Dubai Creek as it sails to and from the creek to the mouth of the creek in the arabian sea and see the nice sights of the deira corniche, bastakiya, Grand Mosque, Dubai Creek Park, Assorted Bridges lining the creek amd more.
according to their website:
Rustar Dhow is a traditional wooden dhow which offers you a romantic cruise and dinner under moonlight with the view of the amazing city of Dubai. This boat has all the luxuries of a five star restaurant. The interior work has been done in teak wood which has a typical Arabic design and is fully handmade. The antic designs with glass and light combination have added a great beauty to the dhow interior. The Dhow has a small rock water fall as well.
One can enjoy the true portrait of old Dubai and the upcoming Dubai with delicious cuisines. Enjoy the old splendid architecture through Sheik Saeed, Sheik Rashid and the Heritage Village which are the reminiscent of the past years. Also experience the modern architecture of Dubai like Chamber of Commerce, National Bank of Dubai, Twin Towers and the Open Sea. The Rustar Dhow Offers the most luxurious dhow cruise with an international buffet and full live entertainment.
Dress Code: casual
The Dubai Fountain performs daily, with the performance repertoire including Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili; the Arab world’s top-selling dance number Shik Shak Shok; and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro.
Its just located near Dubai Mall and you can see the tallest building of the world "Burj Al Khalifa"
Dress Code: You can wear casuals and formals
In "the good old days" (meaning my early-to-mid twenties) once a month our group of girls met up for lunch (to start our weekend!) and a merry time at Cactus Cantina; located on the 8th floor of the Rydges Plaza Hotel in Satwa (at the end of Diyafah Street = 2nd December Street). Cactus Cantina is a medium-sized venue & can seat up to 140 persons. When you're there, say "hi" to Mario who is waiting the tables.
Nowadays, Cactus may not enjoy the large crowds of patrons that it used to, but it is still well-visited on the weekends, mostly by seasoned Dubai expats (like myself ;-) who are looking for none-fussy grub and a bit of nostalgia; remembering the times before the "boom", the 7-star hotels and the negative headlines Dubai has become famous for.
Cactus Cantina opened its doors in 1992, serving simple but authentic Tex-Mex favourites and THANK GOODNESS it hasn't changed a bit since then.
> Enjoy the Thursday Happy Hour 12noon - 7pm:
we paid only 65 Dirhams for a huge pitcher (approx. 8 glasses) of strawberry margherita :-)
> Friday Special: Two for One!
Order 1 main course and receive a 2nd one absolutely free.
At the weekend advisable to book a table in advance if you will be more than 4 people... it can get quite crowded with those who are looking to line their stomachs with some hearty food before heading out on the town!
Spoil yourself to some yummy Mexican food and their great margaritas. Try the vegetable quesidillas (39 Dhs), the spinach enchiladas (32 Dhs) the burritos with chicken, shrimp or beef (42 Dhs) or the tostado grande salad (36 Dhs) - delicious!
NOTE: This isn't "fine dining" but the food is pretty decent and actually the sizzling fajitas are very flavourful... give them a try! The atmosphere is warm and unpretentious: a very welcome sight in this city's usually glitzy and pompous eateries.
This is the perfect place to "warm-up" for a Thursday night on the town.
> FRIDAY all day: buy 1 Mexican main course & receive a 2nd main course absolutely free. Free margheritas for the ladies.
> SATURDAY NIGHT: Salsa Dancing lessons for all.
> "The Writing's on the Wall": Hard to believe, yet true: if it's a rainy day (rare, but it happens!) head down to Cactus Cantina where ladies can enjoy even more free drinks (see picture). No time limit on this offer... whenever you order another round the waiter simply sticks his hand out of the window... as long as it's drizzling you can be guzzling ;-)
Dress Code: Casual, casual, casual.
(Girls, the ladies room has very nice.... well.... "decor".... check it out!)
Opening Hours: Saturday - Thursday 12:00noon - 01:00am,
Friday 06:00pm - 01:00am.
UPDATE October 2007: This restaurant used to offer all free drinks for ladies also on every Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, after 10 years of generosity, management has decided to cut this down to only 2 free drinks on Thursdays (but more free drinks on Fridays).
UPDATE May 2009: This restaurant now has separate smoking and non-smoking sections.
--> Also try their sister restaurant, BILLY BLUES for some great Southern BBQ and pork ribs.
You "have" to cruise the creek. You have to spend a couple of hours each night to have dinner.
Why not, joining the useful to the pleasure, and book a dinner cruise? It's not too expensive, you may book in at your hotel desk where they may pick and drop you, so why not?
We did! And it was OK.
360° - rooftop of the building at the end of the groyne jutting out from Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Very chilled or cool (in more than one sense of those words in mid-winter). Fishing rods not allowed.
400 Club - Fairmont Hotel, scheduled opening was December 2005. If you stood in the queue then, you'd have waited a year before the doors opened. UK club music, french decor. Worth the wait? Probably. Exclusive/expensive, tel +971-4-3324900
Abaya Nightclub - Dubai Park Hotel, SZR (Tel +971-4-3992222). Curiously named Arabic nightclub (the Abaya is what Emirati women wear). Live music and belly dancers.
African Star - Marco Polo Hotel, Deira (Tel +971-4-2720000). African nightclub.
Al Zumorrod - Carlton Tower Hotel, Deira. Iranian nightclub. You probably won't see the Ayatollah there though.
Alpha Club - Meridian Village / Le Meridien Dubai Hotel, opened 22 May 2008, prides itself on a massive sound system. Go on, go and give your ears an acoustic enema. Open 2100-0300, from 2000 on Thursdays, and 1600 on Fridays. Tel +971-4-7022640.
Amnesia - next to Hard Rock Cafe on SZ Rd. Used to be popular when it was called the Atlantis (back in the days that the only other choices were The Lodge and The Diamond Club). Closed June 2007?
Apartment, The - in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, getting a good reputation.
Arbat Club, The - Carlton Tower Hotel, Bur Dubai. Russian nightclub.
Bang nightclub Dubai - open end October 2008 in Old Town Burj Dubai, run by Boudoir so expect a fussy entrance policy. Tel +971-4-4397444 to get on the entry list (or expect to be bounced). Modelled on the Crystal Club in London? Website www.clubbang.ae (not available). Update: maybe ClubBang were too fussy. Opened with a bang (lots of loud press releases), closed in early 2009 with a fizzle. Last update on Club Bang Facebook page was December 2008.
Bar Zar - Madinat Jumeirah, used to be a very pleasant relaxed bar with a large outdoor area overlooking the water, not really a night club but open late with good music. The "Come As You Are" slogan literally meant that, until they got fussy with dress code in 2008, attempting to move into the more pretentious prestigious league of bars in Dubai. Go to Barasti instead if you're looking for somewhere casual.
Barasti Bar downstairs - indoor/outdoor sort of lounge club. Excellent venue, relaxed dress code.
Beach Club - Palm Beach Hotel in Bur Dubai, nowhere near a beach. African band, small, different, tel +971-4-3931999.
Billabong - Holiday Inn, Deira. Australian nightclub (if you can have such a thing).
Blush - club night rather than a club, no longer operating?
Bollywood - Regency Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (Tel +971-4-3556633). Indian nightclub with live music and dancers.
Boudoir - they like to make a big thing of their bouncers with clipboards (you don't get in if you're not on the list). Has a snobby reputation.
Buddha Bar - Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina (+971-4-3998888), more of a lounge bar. Chilled, worth a visit. The first time you visit, make sure you walk up the staircase shortly after you enter, before going anywhere else. It will be one of those "Oh wow!" moments.
C-Bar - Al Murooj Rotana, Defense roundabout, opposite The Dubai Mall and Downtown Burj Dubai.
Chi @ The Lodge - revamped version of The Lodge at the Al Nasr Leisureland complex, opened early 2007. Genuine and authentic Thai decor. No really, that's what they said. Huge dancefloor outside. Tel +971-4-3379470.
Club Alpha - see Alpha Club
Club Envy, Ibis Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road. A "Face Club". Try and get past the bouncers to see if you're hot or not.
Cyclone - the late night version of the Dubai Financial Market (except it's not shares that are traded). Bit of an institution since opening what seems like a couple of centuries ago in 1994. Closed in June 2007?
Club Quantum - see Quantum Club.
Diamond Club, The - like The Lodge, a great place in its heyday but has not reopened since being shut down in 2001 after promoting a "Miss MoneyPennys" night. Shame.
Double Deckers - similar to JD and RB. Bouncers have a reputation for being a bit heavy-handed.
Downtown Africa - President Hotel, Bur Dubai (Tel +971-4-3346565). African nightclub where the soft drinks are more expensive than the beers. Different.
Elegante - Royal Ascot Hotel
Envy - see Club Envy
Escoba - Al Khaleej Palace Hotel, Deira (Tel +971-4-2231000). Loud Arabic nightclub with belly dancers.
Fridge, The - not really a night club but a concert venue with a wide range of music performances from classical to jazz. Location on 26th Street between Sheikh Zayed Rd and Al Khail Rd opposite Gulf Arena around the corner from Grand Mall in Al Quoz. Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org, tel +971-4-3477793, website www.thefridgedubai.com.
Geri Halliwell nightclub Dubai (rumoured) - the "Ginger Spice" chick reportedly wants to open a superclub (what's a "superclub"?) in Dubai after a visit in December 2008
Garage Club, The. Nasser Square, Deira. Location should tell you everything you need to know.
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In the heat of summer, the "cool" nights around 40º Celsius, are the best time to peep outside. The show is prepared, and the photogenic elements illuminated for your delight.
Burj al Arab is a must, of course, but even beach and pool seem cooler.
This hot spot, 3 years ago, was a great place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon and see a beautiful sunset.
Times have changed, now, you need your name in the list and Friday is the whole night of repetitive house. It still is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon as it has direct views to the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel.
Don't forget to do your reservation before you go!
In summer time, it's closed, as it gets too hot to be outside.
Dress Code: No sneakers, rather dressed up...
Because it's an outdoor bar and surrounded by the ocean it can get very cold and windy depending on the season you go.
360 at the Jumeirah Beach hotel is an open air bar built on a jetty with great views of ocean, Burj al Arab and JBH. It was packed Thursday to Saturday. You are supposed to put yourself on the guest list to get in, but we didn't get asked for that. Perhaps this was because we were staying at the hotel.
If you get there about 6 there is a lovely sunset, the music was OK but a bit formulaic.
Music on Thursday and Friday was hardish house, with 'chillout' on Saturday.
There are some great shisha pipes with a huge selection of tobacco, and if you get there early there are some nice loungers to sit on...note that these were getting pretty dirty so don't wear your white jeans !
Drinks were extortionate but nice.
Dress Code: Trendy casual...lots of funny haircuts and big sunglasses !
Issimo is located in the Hilton Dubai Creek, just off the lobby. It is billed as "Dubai's most cosmopolitan venue", and if that is true then I shudder to think what other bars are like! Not that Issimo was terrible, but it wasn't anything special.
We stopped in for a drink one evening, after returning from a trip into the desert. The bar was fairly busy, but there were tables available. Although we were seated in a non-smoking area it was still a bit smoky. And it was very loud - there was a large screen on the wall and they were showing the Live 8 DVD, with various bands thrashing it out. Not really helping to create a stylish "Martini Bar" atmosphere.
Dress Code: We were dressed very casually and were still served, though most people were smart casual.