Submarine

Compact nightclub in the Dhow Palace Hotel 10 Reviews

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As anyone who has seen The Hunt For Red October will testify, submarines are small, dark places that are crammed to capacity with people. The Submarine Bar, housed in the basement of the Dhow Palace Hotel, is small and dark, but at 10.30pm on the Saturday we visited, it was far from crammed. The startling neon entrance is only a warm up for the equally garish bar and illuminated tables, and the portholes on the wall add to the nautical theme.

Arriving at this time, however, means that you can grab a couch and enjoy table service, choosing from a good selection of beers, spirits and cocktails. Whilst it’s off-putting to still be outnumbered by the bar staff at 11pm, don’t be disheartened. Instead, find a table near the stage, as later in the evening the resident band, Something Extra, power-up their amps and in a heartbeat, the place comes to life. A thoroughly entertaining troupe that plays the most unlikely requests, they launched into our deliberately difficult calls without batting an eyelid.

Pretty soon, people flooded in to listen and the bar went from sleepy nightspot to bustling live bar in the space of an hour – we like to think it was our choice of songs. The erratic attendance rates should even out over the coming weeks – at present Submarine is only two months old and as such is still building a reputation for itself. The weekly programme is not yet set in stone, so it’s worth calling ahead to find out which nights the band is playing. Although we do know that trendsetting promoters Kazeen are starting up their regular Plus Minus Weekly Sessions on January 10, and we can’t wait.

By Andrew Buchan

Time Out reviews bars anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Location: Dhow Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 359 9992
  • Travel: Kuwait Street
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  • Users voted this bar/club most suitable for: DJ

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Posted by: BD Alex on 04 Feb ' 13 at 23:12
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

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Heres a truth about this place, i just came from it. If you're going on weekday dont even bother, theres going to be 20 guys to 1 girl, Nobody was dancing on the floor and DJ was playing Arabic music for the most part even though most of the people were either from Africa or South East Asia. This place might be "buzzing" on a weekend but not a weekday it was a really terrible experience and if you're someone whose looking for a buzzing Dance floor or sensational music I wouldn't recommend you this place at all! However there was a except, after a while a African DJ came on who played a really good mix and got some of us to start dancing but overall it was pretty bad.

Posted by: Hamza on 16 Dec ' 11 at 12:16
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Had a wonderfull experience with Sub....would like to continiue in future but the management should have to take some steps to attract the new faces.

Posted by: Ashely on 12 Sep ' 11 at 00:14
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

I really Enjoyed going Dancing in submarine but Only On Fridays because of da Incredible Dj .Love da music he plays .He is A good asset for the club.But the overall decor need to be changed .The Worse part is the bouncers ,the are the worst ever .you can't dance without them trying to bush u around .I just wonder how we suppose to dance .I was holding my friend by the shoulder dancing and the tell its not allowed and you have to leave a space between the two of you.They really drive me crazy .why don't they get some classes from Sanctuary or 411 clubs . Public Relation and new Decor is what this place Need

Posted by: robin on 11 Sep ' 11 at 07:01
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

i was a regular customer... until the following incident:

i was in the bar with my friend on september 9. We were dancing.. and suddenly one security staff dragged my friend forcefully out of the bar without a word... my friend was shocked and very embarrassed.. me too, it was the most horrible experience of my life as i haven't encountered this type of harrassment (even if it's my friend who was attacked).

To the owner of this club, your customers don't deserve this kind of treatment from your staff... we understand that there are rules (although we were not showing indecent moves on the dance floor to be honest! and we also have our own names to keep as we are working as PROFESSIONALS in the CORPORATE WORLD!) but PLEASE be gentle with your approach and talk to your customer as a professional businessman... keep in mind that we give you LIVELIHOOD and this is how you treat us??? I'm sure there are many incidents like this.. if you don't brief your STAFF, your business will suffer from consequences... for example, YOU LEFT A BAD TASTE ON MY MOUTH AND ME AND ALL OF MY FRIENDS WILL NOT COME BACK THERE, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: imi on 14 Mar ' 11 at 21:35
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

i love this great happaning bar

Posted by: thonks on 07 Oct ' 10 at 17:21
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

you should change dj and chose somone who play all kind of music not only techno

Posted by: Franky on 12 Aug ' 10 at 11:51
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Its the best pub in Dubai i have ever been ...

Posted by: neil smith on 19 Apr ' 10 at 16:52
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Really enjoyed the club.Nice crowds, Lots of cabin crew especially from emirattes airline.

Posted by: Firoz Khan on 04 Apr ' 09 at 12:10
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Nice crowd and nice location

Posted by: smartings on 06 Mar ' 09 at 10:05
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

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