Nothing complements a meal out like a few live notes. Time Out scours the city for top venues with tunes
Warehouse: Night owls will enjoy the music and food selection at Warehouse. Come 10pm on Wednesdays, the club-cum-restaurant fires up its Urban Chique night, which features classic soul, R&B and funk dished out by DJ David Craig. Or, if you prefer something smoother, come on Tuesdays for a live band. Feeling peckish? The kitchen cooks up some excellent Japanese fusion eats. Le Méridien Dubai (04 282 4040). Urban Chique, Wednesdays 10pm-3am, Dhs30, ladies free all night. Jazz It Up, Tuesdays 8pm-11pm, free
The Cellar: If you enjoy a relaxed vibe and gentle music with your meal, as well as an al-fresco setting, you can’t do much better than stopping in at The Cellar on Monday and Wednesday nights. Early in the week, this sophisticated bar features a steady stream of soul care of DJ Solo, while mid-week you’ll find MadHattar playing a broad spectrum of jazz.
Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 9333; www.aviationclub.ae). Soul Supplement, Monday 9pm-2am, free. Jazz Clinic, Wednesday 9am-2pm, free
The JamBase: If you set eyes on the lengthy queues that form outside JamBase late at night, you may think it’s just a packed live music joint. But arrive a little earlier and you’ll find an elegant restaurant serving excellent food, accompanied by equally excellent jazz and soul covers. Want a quiet evening? Best leave before midnight, when the dancefloor starts to fill up. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888)
The Irish Village: This solid pub-grub spot is often host to big concerts (just last month it sponsored Beverley Knight), although smaller but no less excellent acts play regularly. Most evenings, you’re likely to be privy to a range of acoustic Celtic tunes as well as a thick slab of gammon steak, should that tickle your fancy. See Nightlife listings for more information.
Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750)
Barasti: True, Barasti is more of a bar and a music venue than a restaurant (albeit with some fantastic beachside views), but it does serve a mean platter of fish and chips, and features live music seven days a week. Fridays are particularly memorable, with both Emanuel and Jeremy Lawrence playing a selection of pop covers. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Spa (04 399 3333)
Cactus Jack’s: You don’t head to Cactus Jack’s for upscale food or music, but if you fancy some old-school pop and rock covers care of DJ Richie D, alongside some comforting and cheesy Tex-Mex grub, this will definitely hit the spot. The dancefloor gets pretty busy post-midnight (thanks, perhaps, to the well-priced drinks). Millennium Airport Hotel , Garhoud (04 282 3464). Richie D, Sunday 11pm-2.45am, free
Blue Bar: This cool-looking spot is popularised by the live jazz acts that play to a very high standard. The bar also serves a range of food, although much of it proves a little lacklustre. Still, if you stick to the basics and don’t come hungry, you’ll be in for a lovely evening of jazz classics. Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000)
Palm Grill: While the price of the cuts at this high-end steakhouse may cause a few sputters, the quality of the meat is unequivocally great. Come any day but Friday and you’ll also be regaled with the chilled piano tunes of American performer Donny Dee. It all makes for a very sophisticated evening. Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira (04 222 7171). Donny Dee, Saturday-Thursday 8pm-late
Malecon: This Latin American hotspot is best known as a raucous bar that serves nicely mixed cocktails and boasts live bands and DJs. But that shouldn’t put you off the food offerings, which are reliable Latin American eats. The camarones al coco (breaded prawns with pineapple chutney) make for an impressive bar snack. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa (04 346 1111)
Seville’s: More accurately the Wafi Rooftop on Friday nights. The Peanut Butter Jam night has long been a favourite with local bands. Some are excellent and some pretty much the definition of 'not excellent' play covers and the occasional original tune outside on the terrace. Step into Seville's for tapas and paella before hand and you will also be treated to flamenco guitar. Wafi, Oud metha (04 324 4777)