You can't see a big gig every week but you can catch some great tunes
Time Out Dubai staff
The Music Room The Music Room continues to astound us with its ability to offer a showcase to local artists, welcome interesting visiting acts and host reliable house bands. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
Blue Bar Moody jazz and blues hangout which hosts some of the city’s best regular live music at weekends. Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000).
Beyond El Rancho This quirky Mexican bar hosts award-winning rock and pop band Damage six nights a week. Marco Polo Hotel, Deira (04 272 0000).
ClubSe7en Lively Filipino nightclub with an incredibly dextrous ten-piece house band. Park Regis Krin Kin Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 377 1111).
Hard Rock Café With a huge stage and racks of musical memorabilia, this chain remains a rockers’ favourite hangout. Festival City (04 232 8900).
Marharlika Café Quaint Filipino nightspot which hosts a variety of live bands. President Hotel, Karama (04 334 6565).
Malecon The twee salsa band make this kooky Latino hangout a winner. Dubai Marina Beach Resort & Spa (04 346 1111).
Maxx Music Bar and Grill Despite a recent verge into poppier territory, this Barsha bar still hosts some of the best live music at the newer end of town. Citymax Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Trader Vic’s Madinat Jumeirah The house band’s cheesy but fun Hawaiian grooves keep the Tiki party going all night. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 5646).