360° There’s simply nowhere else like it – Dubai’s unique circular venue, down a jetty one kilometre out to sea, offers all the atmosphere of the ocean and the best views of the Burj Al Arab in town. But it’s the incredible house nights by Audio Tonic and MustHaveSoul, who boast some of the best resident DJs in town, which make this a club not a bar. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Armani/Privé Stationed at the base of the Burj Khalifa, there are few more intimidating places to house a club in the world than old Giorgio’s branded nightclub. Thankfully, this high-rolling spot lives up to both the name and location. Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Boudoir Self-consciously glitzy Persian-themed bar-club Boudoir hosts a chic, exclusive crowd –and the necessary lively theatrics to accommodate them. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa (04 435 5995).
Chi@The Lodge The original big one, despite Dubai’s ongoing shift towards the Marina, Chi is working hard to weather the storm, hosting healthy new club nights and some cracking gigs over the past 12 months. Don’t forget the dinosaur, it still packs a mighty roar. Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
Nasimi Beach An experience entirely unique to Dubai is partying on an artificial beach 7km out to sea, looking back at the glistening skyline. Nasimi has worked its way into Dubai’s consciousness as a must-do, and is equally comfortable as a boutiquey beach club on weeknights as a pounding club at weekends. Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
People by Crystal Winner of last year’s Best Club award, People by Crystal is a decadent explosion of glamour and extravagance. Located at the top of Raffles pyramid, the flashing lights shows, sprouting confetti, heavy beats and killer views ensure this place is packed every night of the week. Raffles Dubai (050 297 2097).
Rock Bottom Cafe (Tecom) It’s neck-and-neck with the old Bur Dubai original, but Dubai’s shift southwards has seen the spotlight thrust onto the baby Rocky B’s in Tecom. It’s larger, brighter and smarter, but the carefree, no-holds-barred ethos of the original has not been lost. For a pretension-free night, hitting Rock Bottom is still the ultimate no-brainer. Ramee Rose (055 600 6633).
Trilogy Hosting fantastic international DJs on a weekly basis, this is one of the best places to hear modern music in Dubai. Boasting two rooms, a cool garden, and a prime location, Trilogy is a serious nightclub that means serious business, and no one who is yet to visit can claim to be a serious music fan. Souk Madinat (050 624 5751).