Party this Christmas with our pick of themed nightlife
Time Out Dubai staff
Twisted Winter Wonderland Nothing’s quite as it seems in Cirque Le Soir’s twisted winter wonderland – expect bad Santa and scary Christmas trees, evil elves and mischievous fairies, not to mention lots of boys and girls who never made it onto the jolly man’s nice list. Free (reservations recommended). Doors open at 10.30pm. Wed December 25 and Thu 26. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheik Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Societe Dubai This new nightclub promises to be fun rather than ‘elite’ – the venue’s only dress code is a smile (you still need to wear clothes), and the playlist is described as the best music from the past three decades. Expect nostalgic tunes, quirky mixed drinks and decor to get the crowds talking. Free, tables from Dhs1,100. Open 10pm-3am, Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri 10pm-3am. Byblos Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).
Festive quiz night Test your Yuletide knowledge in the most British of family tavern traditions. Everyone from kids to grandparents can get involved to answer the questions in this quiz, all while enjoying a seasonal buffet. Dhs160 including buffet and soft drinks. Tue December 17, 8pm-11pm. Ranches Restaurant & Terrace, Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 360 7935).
Mixed drinks at the Burj Al Arab To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Burj Al Arab is offering a special Birth of an Icon mixed drink in Skyview Bar, priced at an eye-watering Dhs15,000. If that’s beyond your Christmas budget, the special festive drinks menu also features the more reasonably-priced Rudolph mixed drink, Christmas Flip, Red Santa and Santa’s Honey beverages. Reservations essential. Until December 30. Skyview Bar, Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Christmas ladies’ night A festive-inspired So Wicked We Love ladies’ night will run every Tuesday in December at Madinat Jumeirah’s Rivington Grill. Dessert-inspired mixed drinks will have an extra festive twist, with women invited to choose from the Gingerbread Kick or Mince Pie mixed drink for their three free drinks. Free. Every Tue in December, 7pm-10pm. Rivi Bar, Rivington Grill, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6464).
Christmas Eve Empress special In honour of the ever-popular Empress nights on Tuesdays, Embassy Dubai is hosting a Christmas special with complimentary beverages for the ladies, canapés and music from the lounge’s resident DJ that they guarantee will have you on the dancefloor. Free. 8pm-10pm. Embassy Dubai, Grosvenor House Tower 2, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Rock the Holidays Right up to (and including) Christmas Day, Hard Rock Café is serving a traditional festive menu while diners enjoy festive music, decorations and even snow. On Christmas Eve and Day, a live band will play seasonal classics, while on the night of the former you can track Santa's progress in 'real time'. Festive menu Dhs165 (a la carte also available). Noon-2am. Until December 25. Dubai Festival City (04 232 8900).