This casual beach bar boasts live music all week from local artists, as well as hosting acts such as DJ Jazzy Jeff. With huge screens also dotted around, many come to watch the sport but stay for the bands. Sat-Wed 11am-1.30am, Thu-Fri 11am-3am.
A globally popular burger joint, as well as being packed full of rock music memorabilia this restaurant also hosts a rocking night out, with live music from bands including Funk Power every Wednesday. Tuck into the burgers and enjoy the top tunes. Daily noon-2am.
Lock Stock has rapidly proved itself as a place for live music, too. Monday, Wednesday and Friday enjoy music from house band, 13Daze. Expect a rocky vibe and dancing. Sat-Wed 4pm-3am. Thu-Fri 2pm-3am.
Recently refurbished, this lively bar has become a beacon of live music in Al Barsha. A stereo-studded entrance leads the way to the backstage-style hangout, where you can sit back on giant cork stopper chairs. The resident band Praxis provides live tunes to have you dancing and there are happy hours every day. Daily 6pm-3am.
An Irish pub must have live music – and McGettigan’s doesn’t disappoint. The resident Gentleman Barstewards play a three-hour set of modern pop songs mixed with traditional Irish sounds every Tuesday at the World Trade Centre venue, and Wednesday in JLT. A newly opened location in Madinat Jumeirah also hosts music nights, though not yet on a regular schedule. Daily noon-3am. Other Locations:DWTC, Downtown Dubai (04 378 0801), Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 447 0219).
Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Live Music Venue, MusicHall is designed like a theatre, with tables arranged in tiered steps, where guests can watch a series of live music performances. Enjoy that live music every Thursday and Friday from 9pm to 3am, spanning wide a variety of genres including Middle Eastern bands, French and American pop acts and tribute acts. The shows cater to a variety of tastes, which makes it perfect for celebrating occasions with larger groups. Thu-Fri 9pm-3am.
We confess to overlooking the Donatello Hotel previously, but this new venue is worth a visit. Red – Hot & Chili has live music all week and has great value drinks, a good atmosphere, a pool table and sport aplenty. What’s not to like? Sat-Thu 5pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am.
Rock Bottom attracts a throng of expats and tourists all week long. It may not be the most sophisticated and dressy of venues, but there’s live music and an energetic, feel-good vibe. Daily noon-3am. Other location: Ramee Rose Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 450 0111).
Pub, club, decent food and even retro arcade games, what more could you want? Live music, that's what. Rock, DJs and pop, all tastes are catered for here. Stop for a dance amid playing a round of Sonic the Hedgehog. Daily 6pm-3am.
Dubai’s most theatrical venue never fails to impress. Enjoy top-class Latin food alongside entertainment from dancers, acrobats and live musicians in an impressive circus-style show. Sun & Thu 9.30pm-3am.
The Irish Village has a reputation for fun rock, Celtic folk and acoustic music. The venue, which turned 20 in October, accommodates up to 3,500 people and upcoming acts include Brian Wilson (Nov 3) and The Stranglers (Nov 24). It also won Time Out Dubai's Pub of the Year in 2016 so it’s worth having a pint and some grub here, too. Sat-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Fri 11am-2am.