An institution serving top-class cuts of meat for more than 20 years
A meat lover’s dreams can come true in one sitting at JW’s Steakhouse. The restaurant came of age in 2016, as it celebrated its milestone 21st anniversary and has shown no signs of slowing down since.
The classy eatery has matured well and is still easily a cut above most of its culinary competitors. Set inside the JW Marriott Hotel, in the heart of old Dubai in Deira, the steakhouse has built up a loyal following of carnivores who have come to call it a home from home.
Start off the night by mingling at the long mahogany bar before retiring to a comfortable armchair to enjoy your meal. The fantastic food on offer will keep you coming back for more, too. The sizzling array of steaks, which fall off the bone like butter, are the stars of the show, but seafood fans will also be in for a treat.
For a stylish taste of Dubai dining tradition, you should plot a main course for JW’s Steakhouse. Open daily 5pm-midnight. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira, www.marriott.com (04 607 7977).
A superclub where you can watch cabaret, top DJs and have great food
This luxurious nightspot is as cool as it gets. Inspired by Italian fashion icon Roberto Cavalli, it is every bit as stylish as you would hope.
From the crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceilings to the wonderful waterfalls, it is a swoon-inducing sight.
While the crowds here come so dressed to impress they look like they may have just strutted off the nearest catwalk, they always have their dancing shoes on, ready for the party night ahead.
The roster of superstar DJs and trendy urban performers gets better every year, and when there aren’t guests performing you’ll be able to watch the club’s brilliant cabaret show.
The guest list is filled with international celebrities, making this one of the most talked about venues in the city. This is a night out not to be missed. Open daily 8.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, dubai.cavalliclub.com (04 332 9260).
Great vibes and top cheesy tunes at this fun karaoke venue
Karaoke is king (and queen) and it reigns supreme at Lucky Voice.
The fun-loving, high-energy Barsha Heights spot has really struck a chord with night owls since its launch in late 2016.
If you feel total strangers wouldn’t actually be that lucky to hear your voice, this is the perfect place for you. Book yourself a private booth with a gang of pals and belt out your favourite tunes, from Madonna to Madness and everything in between.
You can even sing for your supper at the fantastic Friday brunch. The ultimate weekend party brunch features DJs, lip sync battles, karaoke and a fair bit of food and drink to loosen those out-of-practise vocal chords.
But, if you don’t fancy wailing along to Tina Turner in a private room, there’s plenty of entertainment in the main room, too (and we’re not just talking about the mesmerising ceiling.) There are live bands and DJs on throughout the week.
Lucky Voice is a huge hit. Open Sat-Sun 5pm-3am, Mon-Thu 2pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, www.luckyvoice.ae (800 58259).
Get out of the city and into an Ibizan-style beach club and nightlife spot
Beautiful blue waters, pristine white sands and bone-shaking beats – that really is music to our ears.
Ibiza party vibes are transported to the Middle East at this glitzy resort, easily accessible for revellers in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
When party season is in full swing, international DJs take to the decks every week for an all-day marathon of live entertainment. Guests can gear up for a full day of toe-tapping fun by indulging in a bumper Saturday brunch, filled with fine international food and an extensive selection of mixed drinks.
Whether you’re up on your feet by the beach, lazing on the open terrace or retreating in the shade in a restaurant with a bird’s eye view of the entire sprawling venue, the whole day is a Balearic blast. We recommend. Open Fri-Sat 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Look out at Abu Dhabi from Ray’s Bar
Sitting 62 floors up in one of the capital’s best hotels is this gem
One of the UAE’s swankiest hotels has a bar worthy of its opulent status. And that bar is set very high, as it should be when you have a prime spot at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.
However, Ray’s Bar really delivers in terms of service, drinks, bar bites and the amazing view. It has a glorious setting, of course, way up on the 62nd floor of the five star hotel, but the venue doesn’t rest on its laurels.
It comes to life at night, with those stunning views of a lit-up skyline looking out over the stretching metropolis of Abu Dhabi, allied with a cool soundtrack from resident DJs, an extensive collection of mixed drinks and a stylish decor.
This is a place to impress your friends and show off the capital in its best light. Open daily 5pm-3am. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West (2 811 5666).
Chill out at a Dubai Institution
Barasti Beach Bar is an absolute must-try for revellers in the Emirate
This iconic beach bar has been at the centre of Dubai’s thriving nightlife scene for so long that it doesn’t even get asked for its ID at the door anymore.
The venue first swung open its doors in 1995 and, thanks to its party-loving vibe and sense of fun, is still a huge hit all these years later.
Renowned all over the UAE and beyond, the place is packed to the brim on any given night with revellers in search of good tunes and fun times. Thankfully, both are in ready supply.
Even if you’re not popping over at night, Barasti is an excellent spot to soak up the sunshine during the day and is never short of visitors topping up their tans on the over-sized beds on the beach, sampling some of the top grub.
It may not have the glitz and glamour of newer nightspots, but we don’t care. Barasti is a Dubai institution. Open Sat-Wed 11am-1.30am, Thu-Fri 11am-3am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Dubai, www.barastibeach.com (04 318 1313).
Have seven floors of food at Pier 7
This Dubai Marina complex is a dream come true for the UAE’s foodies
Experience seven stages of dining in the heart one of Dubai’s most welcoming Marina addresses.
Pier 7, sitting above the shimmering waters of Dubai Marina, is home to a magnificent seven restaurants, all given a floor each to their own.
Whether you are here for breakfast, lunch or dinner – or would like to spend the whole day eating your way around all of them, you will be well catered for.
The roster of restaurants have been well chosen, spanning cultures and cuisines. Enjoy a taste of Britain at The Scene (middle, right), spearheaded by celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, ascend to Asia Asia (top), the swanky restaurant and bar, or check out the more casual interntional dishes at funky Fümé. Or you could go right to the top for French food and drinks at Atelier M.
With great views, excellent food and a buzzing atmosphere on every level, Pier 7 is peerless. Various venues. Dubai Marina.
Voted The World’s Best Irish Pub in 2016 because if absolutely is
The Irish Village Dubai was crowned the best Irish pub on the planet in a prestigious poll in 2016 and we reckon the judges got it spot on.
The buzzing venue in Garhoud earned deserved international recognition thanks to its menu of hearty pub grub, fine selection of hops and cracking atmosphere befitting of the Emerald Isle.
Once inside the spacious bar, you will be reminded of a quaint Emerald Isle local, complete with a snug to watch the football. However, one of the best things about being based in the UAE is that the weather is always good enough to sit outside. And if you want to soak up the sun there’s a huge garden overlooking a pond to enjoy.
There are regualr live bands playing, with big names such as Bob Geldof playing on an almost annual basis.
An unbelievable venue with views over the city and superstar perfomances
There’s hot and then there’s white hot. Time Out Dubai’s two-time club of the Year (2016 and 2017) White Dubai remains a massive hit with revellers.
The city’s very first outdoor, rooftop nightclub, White is the ultimate party destination, thanks to its bone-shaking beats, high-energy dance performances, incredible light shows and a stellar cast of rap superstars and international DJs who have taken to the stage over the years, including Jason Durelo, Nelly and DMX.
Singers and dancers perform in the middle of a centre bar, while crowds party the night (and a fair chunk of the morning) away to everything from electronic dance music to urban tracks.
Even Justin Bieber has painted the town white during a stay in Dubai. And if that doesn’t make you an, er, believer, what will? Just go there already. Open Thu-Sat 10pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Dubai (050 443 0933).
Run away with the circus
Cabaret club Cirque Le Soir is a unique way to spend a night out in Dubai
Dubai’s most riotous nightlife spot, Cirque le Soir, had a makeover in the summer of 2017 and is now more fun than ever.
If you’ve seen TV show American Horror Story: Freak Show, then think of that (just a bit more dark and twisted). If you haven’t, then imagine going to the circus and finding out you’re in a nightmare; only with glamorous guests and banging tunes.
Not one to take your mother-in-law to, this club has a host of different events throughout the week, including hip-hop and ladies’ nights.
Known for its wild nights out, featuring stilt-walkers, fire-breathers, sword-swallowers and more, this is one party you’ll want to be part of. Free. Open Mon, Tue and Thu-Fri 10.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.fairmont.com (050 995 5400).