Carbon Lounge: Carbon Lounge - in the Hilton Dubai Creek
The Carbon Lounge is located on the 1st floor of the Hilton Dubai Creek. It is nestled between the hotel's two restaurants and is a quiet option for a pre or post meal drink. The atmosphere is relaxed, with candles and comfortable leather chairs.
On our last evening in Dubai, before having to head to the airport at midnight, we finished up our holiday by relaxing in the Carbon Lounge with a couple of drinks, and also ordered a meal from the snack menu. Alex had a Chicken curry and I had Fish & Chips. Our waiter was incredibly friendly and he was telling us about his adventures after leaving Bali to explore the world.
I wouldn't travel across Dubai to visit the Carbon Lounge, but if staying in the hotel or dining at one of the restaurants, it isn't a bad place for a drink if you prefer a quieter environment.
Dress Code: No set dress code
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DOUBLE DECKER BAR: Double your Fun; take it to another level...
Amongst the pretentious, overly-cheesy, eager-to-please glitz & glamour of Dubai, the Double Decker Pub promises a welcome lack of sophistication: down-to-earth, rough around the edges, care-free fun.
The menu features British Pub-Grub classics with yummy dishes from Scotland, England & Ireland, as well as some international favourites.
The drinks promotions border the obscenely generous, it's dark & sweaty, and whether you want to or not: chances are high that you'll get sucked into a 7-hour visit that will end in you doing something you shouldn't. Sound good? I guess I'll see you there then!
THEME NIGHTS from Oct. 2007 onwards:
Mondays - "Pitchin":
Men's night out with discounts on pitchers & kegs of beer.
Tuesdays - "Shaken & Stirred" Ladies Night:
10:00pm - 03:00am.
Ladies get 2 complimentary drinks - get the equipment from the bar & make them yourself!
Wednesdays - "Car Wash" 70s Night:
09:00pm - 03:00am.
Resident DJ with 70's music throughout the night & drinks discounts.
Thursday is "Lairy" Party-Night in Dubai, so it's busy & bustling!
Ladies get *2 for 1* on cocktails, house & sparkling wine from 9pm - midnight.
RE-CHARGE: The Notoriously Dangerous Brunch! (featuring that dreaded Karaoke...)
Every Friday, 12noon - 04:00pm.
Undoubtedly the best value for money in town!
Indulge your stomach & your liver on an all you can eat & drink buffet, including house beverages (beers, wine, spirits) for Dhs 119.- !!!
For those of you brave or stupid enough, it's also Karaoke time from 3pm - 8pm.
And just when you thought you can't take any more, all day until closing time (at 03:00am) the bar spoils us with 50% discount on all drinks, which is a great deal for the usually expensive alcohol in Dubai! (with the discount, a Jack Daniel's & Coke will cost you Dhs 13.- & a Vodka Mixer Dhs 11.-) 1 US $ = 3.67 Dirhams
We celebrated a friend's 30th birthday on a Friday at Double Decker and needless to say, when we finally crawled home it was difficult to remember any specifics... all we remembered is that we had an awesome time!
Dress Code: Smart-Casual (well, more casual than smart really ;-)
MEN: No shorts, no sandals. Jeans, sneakers & t-shirt are fine.
LADIES: No beach wear, anything else goes.
This place also shows major sporting events (FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup, etc.) on several large TV screens.
Opening Hours: Daily from 12:00noon - 03:00am.
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TRADER VIC'S Bar & Restaurant: The most potent cocktails in town...
Trader Vic's is a collection of restaurants that incorporates different cultures from around the world, whilst maintaining a mostly Polynesian theme. It is also the only upscale group of restaurants operating worldwide.
Forgive me for putting this tip under "Nightlife", but it's simply more appropriate as we never come here to eat ;-)
The first Trader Vic's in the UAE opened in both Abu Dhabi & Dubai in 1994 and in 2005 a 2nd restaurant was opened in Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah.
--> UPDATE June 2008: There is also a Trader Vic's MaiTai Lounge in the Al Fattan Tower in Dubai Marina. Only bar-bites are served here, but this venue is a lot larger and I really liked it here, as the band is best here!
I will admit that the atmosphere, food & world-famous cocktails are superb, but they come at a price. A simple bar snack of 4 veggie spring rolls will set you back Dhs 56.- (15 US Dollars!), so you can imagine what a main course must cost. I've had dinner at the Crown Plaza branch once & it was good, but in my opinion the prices were still not justifiable. Also, the restaurant tends to be very dark, and I for one like to see what I'm eating. If you choose to have dinner, reservations are essential.
Dress Code: Dress Code is Smart-Casual. Jeans are ok, but no sandals or sneakers. No baseball caps.
The true magic starts when it comes to the cocktails: they are BIG, colourful, gorgeous and the most potent you'll find in the whole city.
And this is what most people have come here for - to grab a highly fought-over space at the "MaiTai Lounge Bar" & drown themselves in concoctions with exotic, strange & funny names. I "quizzed" the bartender on the various ingredients & differences of certain cocktails on the list, and his knowledge was flawless & his smile endless - the staff in this place are fantastic. I like coming here for a few "winding-down" drinks after work.
There's also a live Cuban band who play live every night from 09:00pm onwards.
TIP: If you want to enjoy the most dangerously delicious cocktails in Dubai & survive with your bank account in tact, get there early and enjoy their Happy Hour with 50% discount, every day from 06:00pm - 08:00pm (after discount, a cocktail will cost around Dhs 25.- which is about 7 US Dollars) How many can you drink in 2 hours, eh? Haha!
My Tried, Tested & Recommended Cocktails:
Tiki Puka Puka: similar to a Mai Tai, but a lot bigger & stronger (see pink drink in photo)
Mini Hunni: Minty-fresh with lime & a lot of kick (comes with free mini doll)
Potted Parrot: a smooth but potent blend of rums & tropical juices.
Rum Giggle: great for sharing with friends.
PeachTree Punch: thick, fruity and more "gentle" with less percentage.
Lunch Hours: 12:30pm - 03:00pm.
Dinner Hours: 07:30pm - 11:00pm (Crowne Plaza & Madinat Jumeirah).
Mai Tai Lounge: 06:00pm - 01:30am.
NOTE: Happy Hours only apply to Trader Vic's in the Crowne Plaza and also the Trader Vic's in the Al Fattan Tower.
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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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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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BOUDOIR: Where ladies endulge & men wish they could...
One of Dubai's most exclusive, expensive and pretencious night spots, its decor reminds of a set from "Moulin Rouge" with dark-red velvet seating, heavy curtains & candlelight. There is an air of romance & passion, enflamed by the French Renaissance period, yet with an added twist of Baroque arrogance.
Neverthess, if you can get in (the bouncers have been known to be rather "picky") you quickly adjust to the overpowering athmosphere and with the right crowd the night can be quite enjoyable.
Whilst girls are often spoilt, the guys might find themselves broke by the end of the night... this place does NOT come cheap! A simply vodka & coke costs Dhs 48! (13 US Dollars!)
From 07.30 pm until midnight you can have dinner to the Jazz & Latino lounge music along with classic tunes by Shade, Shirley Bassey, Barry White, etc.
By midnight, the lights go down, the music goes up and the DJ takes it to the next level. Creating his own club atmosphere with Funky, Latino, Filtered & Tribal house music along with the hottest and latest R&B grooves. The dance floor isn't really a dance floor, but a small & sufficient space near the DJ booth.
Sundays - free Bellini's all night for ladies.
Monday - Jazz Night.
Tuesday - Champagne Night:
Complimentary Champagne all night for ladies.
Wednesday & Friday - R&B Nights.
Free cocktails for ladies 'til midnight on Wednesday's & ladies get treated to free champagne on Friday's.
Dress Code: Dress to impress! This place is very "chic" to the point of almost snobby. So dress up, glam up and walk in.
NOTE: Take your I.D. with you! Legal partying-age in Dubai is 21, and this is one of the clubs that basically checks everyone!
Opening Hours: 07:30pm - 03:00am
Seeing her skin feeling silky smooth
Colour of cafe au lait,
Made the savage beast inside
Roaring till it cried More, More, More!
Now he's at home doing 9 to 5
Living his brave life of lies,
But when he turns off to sleep
All memories keep More, More, More.
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
(LaBelle - Lady Marmalade)
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CACTUS CANTINA: Tequila, it makes me happy...
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.
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THE IRISH VILLAGE: "Top o' the mornin' to ye!" all year round...
The Irish Village is a Dubai institution that is always busy with residents & tourists alike. Be it for lunch, a quite afternoon drink in the sun, or a lively evening with friends, it's an absolute must!
My friends and I head to the I.V. when we want to go out, but aren't in the mood for crowded, hot & deafeningly loud nightclubs.
It is set in its own mock village with traditional shop fronts & a large courtyard with shady trees, a pond with fountain & even its own ducks. Children are welcome during the day, but are usually asked to leave after 09:00pm due to laws & regulations.
They serve an assortment of draught beers, good Irish/British pub grub & a one-man-band entertains you with a mix of Irish folk songs & contemporary hits.
There is plenty of space inside to escape the summer's heat & humidity, but it's in winter that the Village really comes alive. Crowds flock to take advantage of the weather; sit on large wooden benches with plenty of waiters OK-service (mostly Irish) and another 2 outside bars making sure your glass is never empty.
There's even an Irish arts & crafts shop, where you can buy anything from fine ceramics to quirky Guinness-slippers & Leprechaun Hats.
Due to its popularity the I.V. is packed outside on weekends & basically on every evening from October to May. Without reservations, it may be harder to get a seat - this will always be one of Dubai's most-loved pubs & restaurants!
The restaurant accepts lunch & dinner reservations every day except Thursdays. (Try the grilled salmon on spinach & leeks (AED 65-)!) My friends loves the Bangers & Mash (AED 36-) & Bailey's Cheese Cake (AED 25-). Their Fish 'n' Chips are extremely good & plentyful as well! The only dish that's oily & bland is the Vegetable Lasagne; I don't recommend it.
FRIDAYS: Brunch Buffet from 12noon - 04:30pm, 70 Dhs per person.
Opening Hours: 11:00am-01:30am (all-day breakfast, lunch & dinner menu)
Dress Code: Entrance: Free.
Casual, casual, casual.
(This may sound strange, but girls may want to bring along a small cushion for your "behind" if you plan to stay long. I've sat on those wooden benches for entire afternoons & evenings, and it got... well... uncomfortable... LOL!)
--> Don't miss the annual Irish Village ST PATRICK'S DAY PARTY (17th March) with live bands, buffet & special drinks offers!
An Irish Poem:
Some Guinness was spilt on the barroom floor
When the pub was shut for the night.
When out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse
And stood in the pale moonlight.
He lapped up the frothy foam from the floor
Then back on his haunches he sat.
And all night long, you could hear the mouse roar,
"Bring on the goddamn cat!"
(Did you know the correct response to "Top o' the mornin' to ye"? It's: "and the rest of the day to you.")
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LONG'S BAR: Chillin' out at the looongest bar...
This is the venue with the longest bar in the Middle East, with an authentic dark wood, creaky floor, British bar-look. Long's is a casual venue for a nice dinner with friends before heading-out into town. I like meeting some of the girls for dinner & cocktails there, laughing at the guys ogling at the young & the beautiful that come here for the warm-up :-)
The menu features dishes from the Far East, Mediterranean & a wide variety of traditional pub-grub: Fish 'n' Chips, Steaks, Burgers, etc. Long's goes with the principle "stick to what you know" and does well with it.
There's a small dance floor at the back, just large enough to get your boogie on to the collection of 70s rock & 80s pop. If your legs won't carry you to the ultra-modern, huge nightclubs around town, this is a practical alternative for some carefree weekend fun. Mostly Long's is busy in the early evening; frequented by party-crowds that pop in for an early drink, some nibbles & then head out to the clubs at around midnight.
Tuesdays - 80s & 90s Night, 2 free drinks for ladies between 9pm-midnight.
Fridays - Dubai's longest happy hour: 12pm - 12am & Brunch Buffet.
Saturdays - "the big chill". Beanbags, funky music & special Finlandia Shooters.
Dress Code: Smart-Casual.
M E N: Jeans are fine (no shorts), Shirts with collar, proper shoes (no sneakers, no sandals)
L A D I E S: Pretty much anything goes (apart from beach-wear!)
Opening Hours: 12:00noon - 03:00am.
TIP: For some unknown reason, this bar becomes *the* place to be during the Holy Month of Ramadhan, when all other bars are quieting-down and taking it easy... what fun we had!
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Issimo Martini Bar: Issimo Martini Bar in the Hilton Dubai Creek
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.
AUSSIE LEGENDS: "G'day, G'night..." Great Aussie hang-out
It can sometimes be very difficult to draw the line between "restaurant" & "night spot" in Dubai... most night spots are simply eateries that are taken over by a cocktail & beer-induced crowd, louder music and lots of fun & laughter later in the evening.
Aussie Legends is actually a restaurant, but it has been adopted by the social-scene of Dubai as a pub/night spot that serves food & shows sports when the live-bands are not playing... a concoction that works very well for the venue! The clientele consists not only of homesick Aussies, but expatriates from all over the world, especially during coverage of major sporting events.
I usually head-down (from Cactus Cantina on the 8th floor of the same hotel!) with my friends on a Thursday afternoon/evening to take advantage of the free cocktails for girls from 02:00pm - 07:00pm while the boys enjoy a couple of rounds on the pool table.
It's a lively sports pub with a collection of flags suspended from the roof, old tennis rackets on the wall, and chalkboard drawings of wombats, emus & kangaroos. Entertainment is provided by 3 guitarists playing rock & oldie favourites. Of course there's also a pool table, a miniature football-table and large TV screens showing all the action of Cricket, Aussie Rules, Formula One, Football, etc.
The menu adds a Down Under twist to all of your usual pub-grub favourites, and you'll always find something to fit your craving and appetite on their menu; every single dish is a real mouth-watering treat! Their Fish 'n' Chip come with breaded mussels... delish!
The ambience is always relaxed and laid back (typically Australian!).
A great place to go for a game of pool and a few pints, or just for a snack and the chance to chill out at a great, unpretencious place that does not aspire to the usual "Dubai high-class chic" that can usually start wrecking your nerves (and your wallet!)
Dress Code: Casual, Casual, Casual...
Fri - Weds 03:00pm - 03:00am.
Thursdays: 12 midday - 03:00am.
Every Monday, join their BrainTeaser QUIZ NIGHT and win free drinks & various prizes. Would you know what the largest island in the Mediterranean is? Or which Star Wars movie received an Academy Award nomination?
UPDATE April 2008: Aussie Legends is the only restaurant in this hotel that still allows smoking inside.
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KOUBBA: AWASH IN AN ARABESQUE AMBIENCE
Koubba, awash in the warm glow of an ambience which is distinctly arabesque, is probably my favourite bar in all of Dubai. I'm addicted to watching the sun set from this rooftop bar - far across the Arabian Gulf, while being nestled in a comfy sofa out on the terrace, with an excellent collection of cocktails at hand to make the moment... just perfect.
The decor inside is warm and sexy, with a bar area lying adjacent to cozy, cordoned off divan settings. Pick a drink, but don't linger inside too long, because the magic to this place is to be found when you step outside. Out onto the ocean spreading far and wide beyond you, with a stunning view of the Al Qasr hotel's pools and gondola-filled canals right below you.
The cocktails do nicely in sustaining the magic... innovative little potions like the Golden Shooter (a vodka/ daquiri concoction) and the Blue Kamikaze. The place also whips up some excellent coffees, but mind you, there isn't any food menu at Koubba. It's all about spirits in here, and they're kept at a heady rhythm, helped along by the hushed smooth jazz flowing from indoors. If you're a sunset lover, if you're a cocktail lover, hell - if you're a lover period, be prepared to fall for Koubba.
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ZINC Club & Lounge: Feel the Chemistry of "Multiple Organisms"...
In October of 2006 ZINC received a major face-lift. Renovations have now transformed this venue into a *I-desperately-want-to-look-like-a-Manhattan-Club* kind of place. "Is it good?" I hear you ask. Well, read below and then... go & check it out!
Zinc is one of the hippest & most popular bars / nightclubs / chill-out lounges in Dubai. The staff are great, the security is strict & very efficient, the dance floor is a good size & the food is lovely (not many vegetarian options, though). You enter the club down a ramp, almost like parading yourself on a cat-walk to the other patrons. Fluorescent lights illuminate the large central bar, with another more secluded "VIP area" around the corner. ZINC's revamp has done very well with trying to look like a futuristic bar from movies such as "The 5th Element".
There's ever changing, funky live bands from all over the world & DJ Greg Stainer likes to keep us on our toes with everything from R&B, Rock 'n' Roll, 70s, Tech House & Reggae (and he's kinda cute, too...)
It's surely one of the city's busiest dance floors, attracting a lively crowd that is among the most diverse in Dubai. It's packed almost every night of the week. The best atmosphere is from midnight onwards; this is when it gets busy.
Every night of the week they run special promotions for either food, drink, ladies nights or special music events. Depending on your taste in music, it's advisable to check-out their website or call the management to find-out about certain nights. I for one do not want to spend the entire evening listening to Gangsta-Rap if I can avoid it...
Dress Code: Dress-Code is smart-casual.
MEN: Jeans are fine (no shorts)
Proper shoes (no sneakers, no sandals) Shirt with collar.
LADIES: Pretty much anything goes for us, girls!
Opening Hours: 06:00pm - 03:00am.
I used to like the "old Zinc" a lot better... but if you like alternative dance beats, a slightly pretencious crowd and a fancy interior design that attempts to justify high drinks prices, then you'll enjoy a late evening here.
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TRILOGY Nightclub: Once, twice, three times EXCLUSIVE
Trilogy is one of Dubai's largest, hottest, fanciest (most expensive) & most impressive nightclubs, with 3 inside levels (capacity 2000 people) and a rooftop bar (capacity 400 people)... you get the picture: it's BIG! Of course, it helps their reputation by having Dubai's most famous landmark as a backdrop; the Burj Al Arab.
The impressive interiors are a fusion of Moroccan design & warehouse/industrial roughness, which definitely makes this a place to see and be seen. Unfortunately, such a "hip & cool" reputation comes at a price and you'll soon find out how extremely overpriced the drinks are!
The music style of the club ranges far & wide, but can mostly be described as modern dance music with funk, house (tribal, funky, chilled, etc.) drum 'n' bass and so on. I've been here twice & I can imagine that if this is your scene, a fun night is to be had. I prefer less "hyped-up" clubs so you won't see me here very often.
NOTE: This is one of the clubs that can get extremely crowded. It's best to arrive early to avoid queuing or even being turned away at the door! If you worry about fire safety or are claustrophobic, don't come here! I still haven't figured out why they don't have more emergency exits in this place...
ALSO: Please note that the legal "partying-age" in Dubai is 21 yrs.
You may be asked to present your ID at the door.
Dress Code: Dress code is funky, sophisticated club wear. Shirts with collar (men) no shorts, no sandals, no sports shoes, no ripped jeans, no UAE National attire.
NOTE: Many clubs in Dubai have a "couples only" policy, meaning that couples and single girls are allowed, but not single men. (Sorry guys!) Some clubs will ask for an (high!) entrance fee from single men, but if you wait outside for a group of single girls and ask if you can simply walk in with them, most ladies do not mind... especially if you offer to buy them a drink as a "thank you".
Opening Hours: 09:00pm - 03:00am
Closed on Sundays.
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Vu's Bar: Vu's Bar - 51st floor!
Vu's Bar is a stylish cocktail bar located on the 51st floor of the Hotel Tower of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers (two massive modern skyscrapers). As you can imagine, from the bar there are fabulous views of the city and out to the Arabian Gulf.
The narrow room is moodily lit, with a bar running down the middle, and seating at both ends and along the windows. We stopped in one evening to admire the view and have a drink. Drink prices are steep, but you are paying for the location remember.
Dress Code: "Smart casual - Gentlemen are requested to wear a shirt with collar, trousers and closed shoes or national dress. Shorts and trainers are not permitted."
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