When it comes to big open air concerts, Dubai's yet to hit the right groove. But it's getting there. On the flip side of the coin, there's the washed up yesteryear diva who'll gladly drop in, keeping the illusion of his/her flailing career alive with one last performance - (take a bow, Gloria Gaynor, Bryan Ferry, and, umm.. Sister Sledge).
Happily, we've had some real legends grace our shores too - Roger Waters & Mark Knoppfler have both held legendary concerts. Indie favourites like Lloyd Cole have started dropping in regularly as well, playing to the intimate club faithful.
But what's a city without it's own music festival, right? Cue, the Gig on the Green & The Desert Rock Festival, both boasting the international names (Suede, Fun Lovin' Criminals, The Darkness, Sepultura) and homegrown talent (Juliana Down, Nervecell) required to kickstart any hopes of a scene. Next step: A venue that can actually pack in more than 10,000. Next stop: Our own Big Day Out. Inshallah.
Uber-chic in its decor, and very tasteful with its lighting, The Blue Bar is a laid-back haven for sexy Thursday nights. This place has a very cool wine list, which somehow seems more suited to the surroundings than ordering the usual pint :) Most importantly, they've get a stellar cast of session musicians to come down and lay down the blues/ jazz up the place on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Very intoxicating. Very blue.
Dress Code: You don't have to dress up, but the jeans and sneakers aren't recommended either!
Ok, you're paying for the view - but what a view it is!!
Vu's Bar is on the 51st floor of the smaller of the two Emirates Towers and provides a setting in which you can enjoy a drink while overlooking Dubai.
Situated in the triangular part at the top of the tower, and with large glass windows looking out over Sheikh Zayed Road towards the sea, Vu's Bar is a great place for an early evening beer.
The bar (and Vu's Restaurant on the 50th floor) are reached via a glass-fronted lift that also affords great views over Dubai. If you don't like the sound of that, there's a conventional lift (ie that you can't see out of!) which will also take you up there. In fact, the glass fronted lift only goes as high as the 40th floor, so you'll have to change to the other lift at that point anyway.
Prices are pretty steep:
330ml bottles of imported beer cost 29 Dirhams (approx 5GBP / 7.50 Euros), as does Stella Artois on draft (the only draft beer). Still less than you'd pay in some parts of Scandinavia!
The cheapest wine costs 27 Dirhams a glass, while soft drinks can be had for a relatively modest 12 Dirhams (2GBP / 3 Euros).
When you order a drink you do get an impressive assortment of free nibbles (little cheese biscuits and various nuts).
A brief review of the bar, and a number of comments from visitors can be found here:
Dress Code: For men: Long trousers (no shorts!), shoes (no trainers or open sandals) and a shirt with a collar.
UAE national dress also acceptable.
Smokey nights... apple-scented nights in a wonderful place full of local flavour. We went three times and each time we were the only foreigners there... it is mainly a cozy and friendly dishdasha place where you can sip mint tea, smoke nargileh and play backgammon undisturbed... during ramadan times there was a special selection of traditional desserts - including an unforgettable cheesy one wwhose name I can't remember.
Dress Code: Whatever you want and feel comfortable in ... if a woman it's best (but not compulsory) to dress modestly.
This is a great place where you can relax after a whole day sight seeing. It has Outside Seating, Live Music &
Televised Sports. Plus a good selection of bar food...
Opening Hours Fri-Tue 11am-1.15am; Weds & Thurs 11am-2.15am
Dress Code: Casual
I thought Dubai looked very nice and the city was very clean. I stayed for a day in Dubai as I waited for a flight to my next destination. I took a little nap and I then went out to party before my plane left. I went to the club “Rock Bottom,” which was very nice. There all sorts of different people, and the live show of what seemed to be a Russian girl and possibly an African singing popular Hip Hop songs from artists such as “Nelly” was interesting and the crowd enjoyed it.
Dubai parecido muy agradable y la ciudad esta muy limpio. Permanecía por un día en Dubai mientras que esperé un vuelo a mi destinación siguiente. Tomé una siesta y entonces salí al un fiesta antes de mi avión se fue. Fui al discoteca "Rock Bottom," que era muy agradable. Allí todas las clases de gente, y la demostración viva de qué se parecía un muchacha rusa y un africano que cantaba a canciones popular de artistas como "Nelly" era interesante y la muchedumbre la gustaban el demostración.
Popular with expats; good food at average prices which either arrives immediately or after an hour; outside seating with a lake; gets very crowded as it's in a restaurant complex called 'Century Village' and next to the Dubai Tennis Stadium; staff can be quite rude.
Dress Code: Casual. Come as you are.
This is not a tip about a particular venue but more of a general tip on the Creek.
It is a beautiful sight at night. Do not hesitate to cross the river and walk at the Bastakia Quartier or along the Creek and enjoy the special light and the atmosphere.
The city comes alive at night because during the day it gets so terribly hot that no one dares to walk on the streets, so at dusk it is the best time to enjoy a walk on the banks of the Creek.
Dress Code: Comfy shoes and, this one for ladies, cover up !! Otherwise you will have all men staring at you and making comments to other men about you.
Good crowd on Thursday night. Good music, nice atmosphere (a bit crowd, but it’s allright) People love to come to Boston on Thursday night. It’s ladies night time. Ladies, you have three chances for free drink and you are free to dance on the bar’s table. It’s fun!
Dress Code: No special dress code. But it's wise to bring your ID with you.
Great place to drink after work. As it’s name, The Long has a long bar with its lay back atmosphere. You will love this place. Long’s Bar also has dance floor and it’s quite full of people in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Fancy a crowd? Come after nine in the evening. Ladies Night is usually on Wednesday Night.
Dress Code: Casual (better put your shoes on :) )
Zinc is located in Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road. The club reaches its peak crowd at Thursday night. The layout of Zinc is divided into three, Bar, eating place (also couch where you can hang around with friends) and dance floor.
They usually have a great band every Thursday and the songs will make you go to the dance floor immediately. Usually the band starts at 10 PM.
At Thursday night, unfortunately guys…..you can’t enter Zinc as a single guy. You need to be a couple. If you can manage to get a girl who wants to be five minute girlfriend until the entrance door, it should be all right. Otherwise, you have to pay cover charge.
Dress Code: Dress smart casual and the shoes is a must. Don’t wear short pant or sandals. They wont allow you to go in. And don’t forget to carry your ID, such as passport copy, or any kind of ID (driving license, employment card, etc)
It's one of the places I love most in Dubai. It's outdoor, by the Creek, great music, you can also dance and while you are in a break enjoy a nice long drink and smoke sheesha (hubbly-bubbly, narghile). I tried the strawberry flavour and really loved it. What I also love there is that they have cozy cushions and Arabic style sofas.
Dress Code: No dress code, casual-elegant...feel free to wear whatever you like.
I visited Dubai during Ramadan, so i didn´t enjoy a great nightlife, but i really enjoy my stay. I only went out to take some drinks at the Meridien Mina Seyahi, with a couple of south african friends, a very nice place to hang out.
The Irish Village is an enormously popular spot among the expat community. You can get your fill of beer and still be outdoors since the seating is in a private garden area. As you would expect, the fare is pub food--fried, filling, and fattening. But what the h*ll, once in a while. The suds are fattening, too!
Dress Code: Euro casual. Bare arms and legs are okay!
The best feature of the restaurant of the Yacht Club, which is open to the public, is the al-fresco terrace overlooking Dubai Creek. The food is pretty good, too. Keep in mind that what locals consider local food generally consists of highly-seasoned Indian-style dishes. Alcoholic beverages are served at this restaurant as well.
Dress Code: This is an upscale place, but people were dressed fairly casually. Of course you should wear a proper shirt and trousers--shorts and revealing attire should be avoided, even in the hottest of seasons.