Rock Bottom: Live music, DJ, food and drink!
Rock Bottom, located at the Regent Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai, is a good place to hang out for food and drink and to dance the night away. There is a live band and DJ and Ladies Night on Tuesdays from 10pm-1.30am with free vodka cocktails.
The place gets very lively later on and the dance floor crowded. We went on a Ladies Night and it was very popular, if somewhat of a smoky cattle market! Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself a lot!!
American diner style food is served with steaks and fajitas being quite popular. Prices are reasonable for Dubai and they have several drink promotions throughout the week. Open 12 noon to 3am daily.
Dress Code: Casual
Scarlett's: Fun night out in Dubai
Scarlett's is a fun place to eat and dance the night away here in Dubai. The food is American/Tex Mex and reasonably priced. Tuesday night is Ladies Night where girls can collect free vouchers at the entrance to redeem for 5 Bacardi based drinks and cocktails!! Timings for Ladies Night are 9pm - 2pm. There are other promotions too throughout the week. Happy Hour is twice daily from 5-8pm and 10pm-midnight. There are also "Football Nights" on Saturdays and Sundays with a bucket of beers and a basket of wings for AED99.
For enquiries or to make a booking, please contact:
Restaurant Reservations at Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Tel: +971 4 3198088
Fax: +971 4 319 8079
Lower Level, Shopping Boulevard
Saturday to Thursday:
12.00pm to 12.00am
Last order at 11.30pm
4.00pm to 12.00am
Last order at 11.30pm
12.00pm to 3.00am
Last order at 2.45am
Dress Code: Smart casual - Beach wear, shorts, vests and sandals are not permitted
Bidi Bondi: Aussie Fun Pub
Bidi Bondi is a fun place to hang out to have a drink and a meal with friends. Located on the Palm Jumeirah, the place has an Aussie sports bar vibe. It has an outdoor terrace and swimming pool area too. Open 10am-12 midnight daily. Here's the link for the menu:
Noticed that prices are reasonable.
Dress Code: Casual
Malecon: A bit of Cuban Salsa!
Malecon is a lively Cuban club where a live salsa band plays while you dance. Later on the DJ plays a mix of tunes too. We went on a Friday night which is "Chips Night" - 5 drinks for AED100 - you can choose from 2 different frozen cocktails, tequila, rum, whiskey, gin, vodka and beer. You can order a sit down meal or just a snack too.
Operating Hours : Restaurant : 18:30 to 24:00 (Fri thru Wed),18:30 to 01:00 (Thursdays)
Seating : Dining - 100 & Club 250
Average per cover : Approx. Dhs. 90/-
Entertainment : Live Band & DJ – Sunday to Friday from 22:00 Hrs. Onwards
Theme Nights :
Monday - Regular Night with Live Band & DJ
Tuesday - Ladies Night (2 Free Cocktail Drinks for Ladies From – 22:00 – 01:00 Hrs)
Wednesday- Ladies Night (2 Free Cocktail Drinks for Ladies From – 22:00 – 01:00 Hrs)
Thursday - Big Night with Live Band & DJ (Playing International Music)
Friday - Chips Night (5 Kind of Beverages Selection for Dhs. 100/-per person)
Saturday - Regular Night with Live Band & DJ
Sunday - Paella & Salsa Night Live Band & DJ
Bar : 19:00 to 02:30 (Daily)
Band : 22:00 to 02:00 (Mon to Sat)
DJ : Daily
Dress Code: Smart casual
Boudoir: Trendy Nightclub in Dubai
Boudoir is a nightclub for the hip and trendy here in Dubai! Tuesday nights are Ladies Night which free champagne for the girls from 9.30pm 'til 3am. Hangover get ready!!!!
The venue gets very busy as the clock strikes 11pm and seating is only available if you are buying a bottle of spirits or you make friends with people who have a table - as we did!!
The nightclub is very trendily decorated and the music is the typical techno stuff played in most clubs here. The atmosphere is great though and a good time was had by us when we went!!!
Wednesday night is "House Night" with free cocktails all night for the ladies and there are free cocktails for ladies on Thursdays too. Friday nights have free champagne for the ladies, and Saturday is "Ethnic Night", Sunday has free cocktails for the ladies all night.
The club is open from 9.30pm - 'til 3am.
Dress Code: Smart - girls were very smartly dressed to impress - guys were more smart casual.
GINSENG The Lounge: Dive into a sensual "miniature Buddha Bar"
You almost feel like you are part of a small elite that has discovered a secret hideaway, a place which you may mention with a whisper of knowledge and a wink of your eye.
I've never seen this place overly crowded during the week; the door attendants make sure of that (but you definitely need reservations on a Thursday night). With a modest seating capacity of 65 persons this truly is "private".
The decor in this lounge is breathtakingly simple, yet intense and mysterious; dark with incredibly low lighting and candles ablaze. Sexy ethereal house beats play in the background, fusing Asian chants with gothic undertones. The cocktails are divine, as is the food.
TIP: To indulge & still escape with your bank account in tact, take advantage of their early-bird special offer: place your order for any food & drink before 09:00pm & enjoy 50% off your bill for the rest of the night! This offer is valid on Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays only.
Happy Hour for drinks only is from 07:00–09:00pm daily with special priced cocktails.
Dress Code: Dress Code is Smart-Casual, so I wouldn't show-up with sandals. (This place is sexy; don't you want to fit in?)
Try their selection of unique Martinis (e.g. Rasbertini, Cran-Apple-Tini and Lychee Martini) & new-age cocktails such as (my favourites) Lemongrass brulee & Tropical Breeze. And also don't deny yourself their gorgeous menu selection with culinary creations from the Pacific Rim. I recommend the Veggie Spring Rolls, the Sushi platter, deep fried mushrooms, various Dim Sum and the sensationally sinful deep-fried sesame Brie cheese...
NOTE: Unfortunately the atmosphere of this cozy, hidden haunt deteriorates somewhat towards the wee hours, as the music transforms into harder, less mesmerizing dance tunes. Leave around midnight to avoid the poor choice of music spoiling the mood.
No longer need we miss a charming scene like this:
In some secluded rendezvous that overlooks the avenue,
with someone sharing a delightful chat, of this & that
with cocktails for two.
("Cocktails for Two - Spike Lee)
Opening Hours: Friday to Wednesday 07:00pm-02:00am.
--> UPDATE April 2008: "Gemini Nights" every Tuesday - receive 2 for 1 cocktails all night long.
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we followed the advise on the web page. it was our first night in Dubai and not a good place to start.We got there(Bottoms up ) to early and it gave us the veiw it was a smoky rock pool bar,so we never gave it a chance.Its in a older part of town.Clubing is not as the UK here.
Drinks in bars (all within hotels)are expensive and end at 3.00am .Tip look out for credir crunch specials.We found the " Bar Zar " had a few on,its within the Souk at Jumeirah Madinat/Mina Al Salam complex.
We also went to Club Santuary at the Atlantis.£10 A DRINK and £30 entry fee.Small place upto european clubs.Remeber this is not a drinking country as a rule.
Its against there law only in hotels !
Dress Code: Guys.
Smart .no sneakers or open toe flip flops.Open shirt tidy jeans good.No shorts.
Tidy dress.In clubs no real code.just remember you have to walk to and from the venue.Respect the country .
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Boudoir: Tuesday's Free Champagne for Ladies
You can actually go there and have dinner before the nightclub opens. At around 12am it starts booming with people from everywhere, dressed up very fancy, high and low heels...lots of hip hop, house and a mix of hits. It's a great spot to dance a lot!
Dress Code: Most people dress up to go there...I wouldn't wear sneakers...rather nice shoes or high heels.
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New Asia Bar: Funky Buddha!
The trendy New Asia Bar is full of trendy types who love to dress to impress (and pose!). Drinks are expensive at AED40 for a Corona and cocktails start at around AED50 but the music is good and the surroundings classy. The focal point of the place is the giant Polynesian statue above the circular bar and the floor to ceiling glass windows which have great views over the city!
Open 19.00 - 03.00.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
Vu's Bar: 51st floor views!
Located on the 51st floor of the Emirates Towers Jumeirah Hotel, Vu's Bar's name is not misleading! The fancy bar with a sloping glass ceiling offers incredible views over Dubai and its mega projects. The trendy and rich assemble here for cocktails along with Dubai's business men. Some choose to dine afterwards at the unreasonably expensive international (but hopefully exquisite) restaurant one floor below. Try to get there before the sun sets in order to enjoy the views. Otherwise, you'll have to accept the starry lights of the night views - though still impressive. Beware, drinks are quite expensive!
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VINTAGE Wine & Cheese Lounge: Wine, Cheese, and all the good things in life
Vintage is a cheese-lovers' & wine-connoisseurs' dream.
I'm not a big wine-connoisseur, therefore I hadn't returned to Vintage for quite a few years. But after winning a gift voucher in a radio contest a friend and I decided to have a girly-evening and enjoy our freebie treat!
Despite the exclusive wine list (over 120 varieties) Vintage feels more like a friendly bistro than a snooty lounge: it's a small place with a few tall tables & some sofas. Capacity is approx. 50 people.
Cheese, salmon, foie gras (morally, I think one should never order this), tempura prawns, caviar, freshly baked breads, fondue (blue cheese, traditional cheese or chocolate): this isn't a place to have a full dinner, but the various tid-bits from their menu with nevertheless leave you more than satisfied.
We sank into a low sofa, enjoyed listening to the tunes of Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra and then tucked into the baked, oozing, honey-drizzled chunk of melted camembert. Oh... my... god: this must be what heaven tastes like! This is definitely more than enough for 2 people to share, priced at 69 Dirhams. In comparison, the vintage cheese platter with a selection (of your choice) of 5 small chunks of cheese, some grapes & walnuts priced at 99 Dirhams seems quite expensive & unnecessary in my opinion. We had selected Wensleydale with cranberries, Chaumes, Celtic pride (a sharp, hard cheese), Pont-l'Evêque and my new favourite: the Italian, fantastically creamy Taleggio.
We also enjoyed a 3-piece portion of prawn tempura (28 Dhs) with wonderful sweet chilly sauce. Although delicious, I couldn't help feeling that they seemed a little out of place in this wine bar, but we enjoyed them nonetheless.
Dress Code: Dress Code is Smart-Casual.
A glass of wine costs between 34 and 48 Dirhams, and bottle prices start at 170 Dhs per bottle, all the way up to 14,000 Dirhams (!) And if you're not a wine drinker, beer and regular spirits are also available here.
--> Special "Wine flights" promotions are available to provide timid tipplers with ample opportunity to sample 3 wines for the price of 1.
The service here is impeccable and unusually professional for the normally pathetic & sub-standard waiting staff in Dubai's numerous 5 star hotels. The waitresses were able to recommend a nice rose wine, letting us taste 2 varieties before we made our choice. Throughout the evening, they were attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.
This is a place that will definitely keep you craving for more return visits!
Fridays & Mondays: Enjoy Traditional Blue or Cheese Fondue for 2 and a bottle of house Red or White for only Dhs 185 per couple.
NOTE: smoking *is* permitted here.
--> UPDATE 2nd visit: The ham & salami platter is large & our boys really enjoyed it! The dark chocolate fondue is great for sharing.
Opening Hours:Fri - Wed 06.00pm-01.00am.
Happy Hours: 06–08pm on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday only.
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GENERAL TIPS & INFO: Bouncers, Rules & Getting into Dubai nightclubs
It's easy to have some wild nights & crazy parties in Dubai (I have pictures to prove it...) but you have to make sure that you stay within relatively strict guidelines. Dress code, not getting too "steamy" and hands-on with your date in public & early closing hours are just some of them. So: Inform yourself, prepare yourself & enjoy yourself!
TIP: Please note that the legal "partying-age" in Dubai is 21 yrs. You may be asked to present your ID at the door.
>>> 99% of all clubs & bars are located in hotels, as only hotels can apply for a liquor licence in the UAE.
Many clubs in Dubai have a "couples only" policy, meaning that couples & single girls are allowed, but not single men.
Some clubs will ask for an entrance fee from single men (which can be quite high!), but if you wait outside for a group of single girls and ask then politely if you can simply walk in with them, most ladies will help you out... especially if you offer to buy them a drink as a "thank you".
If you've finally pulled Mr or Mrs "Right Now", hold your horses! Before you both start receiting non-verbal French to each other, get a room! Overly-friendly "physical displays" in public are a big No-No, not even in a cab. So wait until you're alone - and avoid spending the night in jail.
Also: hitting on girls is fine lads, but don't over-do it: if one of us girls gets too annoyed with a guy we can simply walk up to any bouncer & have you "removed from the premises". So don't get too clingy: if the lady isn't interested move on! Ladies rule the Dubai night-scene... haha! (>evil giggle)
Unfortunately many high-class clubs are quite "racist" and will often refuse entry to patrons from Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Philippines, etc.) There's not much you can do about it on the night, but definitely complain to the management the next day.
OPENING HOURS: It's sad but true: all bars and nightclubs in Dubai close the latest by 03:00am (by law)
Behave Yourselves: being drunk & disorderly in public (this means anywhere between the club's front door and your home's/hotel room's door) is punishable by law.
Dress Code: When going out in Dubai, dress codes vary from establishment to establishment. If you are planning on "bar-hopping" throughout the night follow these guidelines and you won't be left standing outside because you are underdressed...
MEN: Some places (Irish pubs, etc.) are very relaxed when it comes to dresscode for men.
To play it safe though, men should wear
- a shirt with collar
- good-quality jeans or proper trousers (no shorts!)
- proper shoes (no sandals or sports shoes/sneakers).
Then no bouncer should have a problem letting you in.
LADIES: For us girlies, pretty much anything goes... sorry guys! Even the more upmarket places don't have a problem if you show up in jeans and a sexy top, or short skirts, or boots, etc. Some bouncers may have a problem if you are wearing sneakers/sports shoes. But usually they are glad to see girls wanting to party at their club and will let you in without any trouble.
PUBLIC DECENCY LAWS in the UAE: http://www.gulfnews.com/gngalleries/galleries/10227399.html
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The Malecon: Fantastic Atmosphere, Bad Food
The Malecon is located at Dubai Marine Resort off Jumeriah Beach Road near the Jumeriah Mosque. A Cuban themed restaurant it has a separate bar area in which you can drink, chat (and smoke), the restaurant area where you can obviously eat, a dance floor to dance to the irresistible Cuban beats and a lounge area to just chill out and watch the dancing.
There are good and bad things about the Malecon in my opinion. The atmosphere is great and even those (like me) who are challenged in the dancing department feel the need to shake their hips Shakera style on the dance floor amongst the obviously well trained professionals. The good thing is it doesn't matter if you can dance or not, you're there to have fun and no one feels intimidated! The cocktail and wine lists are comprehensive and fairly reasonably priced (AED34 for a strawberry daiquiri) and Tuesday is ladies night after 10pm with 4 free drink vouchers handed out.
The only thing that let me down at the Malecon was the food. Although some in my group said that their meal was nice, both my starter and main were bland and I was told that the Rib Eye was bad too. My advice? Perhaps just go to the Malecon for some drinks and dancing rather than dinner and you'll have a great night!
P.S. Don't be put off by the "graffiti" all over the walls, it's obviously just a decorating style they have adopted along with the Castro pictures and flags on the wall. Cuban!
Bar 44: Great City Views
I discovered Bar 44 when I was waiting for Buddha Bar to open at the Grosvener House hotel in the Dubai Marina. Located on the 44th floor of the hotel, Bar 44 has amazing views of the Marina and you can (on a clear day/night) see all the way to the Palms. It is an expensive bar and unless you have bundles of money, it's probably not a place to spend an entire evening. However, the minute you walk through the doors, the staff are incredibly polite and helpful and you get the feeling that if you only asked they would get anything for you. Very 5 star hotel service. You get a bowl of nuts and olives automatically and the staff are incredibly attentive and will refresh your drink or change the ash tray before you even think about needing it. I was very impressed with Bar 44 and it's nice to have a nice drink and to be made to feel special every now and then!
Dress Code: A bit dressy
Bahri Bar - Mina Al Salam: Perfect view
Bahri bar is a great bar located at Mina Al Salam perfect for after brunch drinks. The inside is fairly tight when it gets busy but the large balcony is ideal for sitting and having a relaxing drink with friends with an amazing view thrown in.
The only problem I found with Bahri Bar is that there were only 2 people working behind the bar and you could wait up to 20 minutes before being served. Also, although the drinks menu is huge, prices are extremely steep and it's not a place to drink away the night unless you've got a penny or two.