Been left to your own devices for a few weeks? Put those long nights to good use and get out on the town to these Dubai bars
Club Se7en Acrobatic dancers dressed in all manner of spangly and urban street-style costumes accompany the live band at this raucous Filipino club. One of the most well-put-together live shows you’ll find and an enthusiastic crowd to match. Open daily 7pm-3am. Park Regis Kris Kin, Bur Dubai, www.clubsevendubai.com (04 377 1210).
Kitakits Kafe & Klubb More intimate than most, the long-standing house band belt out entirely un-ironic power-ballads seven nights a week, interspersed with hilarious Tagalog stand-up comedy (trust us, you don’t need to understand). Open daily 6.30pm-3am. Marco Polo Hotel, Al Muteena Street, Deira, www.marcopolohotel.net (04 272 0000).
Maharlika Café Do Maharlika Café properly by ordering a pitcher of hops and a platter of their crispy Pinoy snacks. An adventurous combo best enjoyed as the Filipino band take to the stage for classic American tunes and modern Filipino pop-rock. Open daily 7pm-3am. President Hotel, Trade Centre Road, Karama, www.presidenthoteldubai.com (04 334 6565).
Manila 21 A live band, DJ, pool tables and karaoke amid lots of neon. There are some interesting snacks, plus a good selection of drinks deals. Open daily 6pm-3am. Avenue Hotel, Al Rigga Road, Deira, www.avenuehoteldubai.com (04 297 0808).
Marines Club The fantastic house band here knows how to work a stage and belts out classics from the likes of AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Green Day. Open daily 7pm-3am. Seaview Hotel, Mina Road, Bur Dubai, www.seaviewhoteldubai.com (04 355 8080).