Listen to all sorts of live music at these great Dubai venues
Time Out Dubai staff
Best Live Music Venue Winner Blue Bar One of the city’s jazz and blues stalwarts, this place is primarily focused on live music and for that we are appreciative. Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 0000).
Highly Commended Best Live Music Venue The Fridge This champion of culturally diverse music is the perfect response to anyone who questions Dubai’s artistic credibility. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).
Highly Commended Best Live Music Venue The Music Room With a solid live rock programme, international DJs appearing for special one off nights, as well as being a platform for local musicians, this is one of Dubai’s most important live music venues. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Having hosted none other than A-Lister Will Smith perform alongside his former partner, Jazzy Jeff, as well as gigs from former Starsailor frontman James Walsh, it’s clear Barasti is more than a mere beach bar.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Umm Suqeim (04 318 1313).
Beyond El Rancho Head here and you’ll find a rocking house band that’s tighter than Scrooge. Marco Polo Hotel, Deira (04 272 0000).
Hard Rock Café With rock and roll paraphernalia all over the walls and a large stage, guitar fans will find themselves in their element in this American-themed diner and nightspot. Dubai Festival City Mall, Festival City (04 232 8900).
Maharlika Café Filipino cover artists are the order of the day here, and in our opinion they hit such heights that some of the renditions of commercial classics are better than the real thing. President Hotel, Karama (04 334 6565).
Maxx Music Bar and Grill With its Jam Nights, open mic events, decent house band and centrally positioned stage, this place is a reliable option if you’re looking to tap your toes to some live tunes. Citymax Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
McGettigan’s With its own house DJ and regular live music performers, music is an integral part to the spirit of this Irish-themed nightspot. DWTC, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).
The Irish Village With Irish charm by the bucket load and one of the best pub gardens in the city, it’s easy to see why this venue’s regarded by many as a Dubai institution. Garhoud (04 239 5000).