Top nightlife deals and discounts for women in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Q43 Stationed at the border of Media City and Dubai Marina, perfectly placed to catch both workers on their way home and Marina folk on their way out to... well, anywhere. It’s clear Q43 wants New York cool – and the great 43rd floor views and grit-chic urban furnishings are hard to fault. Essentially an upmarket pub, the prime location means the crowds won’t be going anywhere fast. A local haunt to many New Dubai dwellers. Tue 6pm-1am, three free beverages. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.q43dubai.com (04 443 5403).
Aquara Restaurant & Lounge Once the Marina’s best-known (and busiest) watering hole, the Yacht Club’s upstairs bar still remains a venue dear to many New Dubai dwellers. Its continuing appeal can largely be explained by a) the idyllic terrace, offering soothing twinkly twilight views of water and boats, b) the generous daily happy hour and c) the ever-rowdy ladies’ night. Tue 6pm-midnight. 3 complimentary drinks for ladies from 8pm-11pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dress code: Smart casual. www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com (04 362 7900).
Mahiki Mahiki is known for many things, namely: tiki décor, distinct mixed drinks, cheesy tunes, lively ladies nights and (in the past, in London) visits from the British royal family. There’s no denying the impact the JBH club has had on the local nightlife scene, proving that glitz and glamour are not always the answer, and that late in the evening many clubbers would rather leave their inhibitions at the door and dance like a loon than pose indoors wearing sunglasses. An undeniably fun spot, but one you really have to be in the mood for. Tue 7pm-3am, unlimited selected mixed beverages. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.mahiki.ae (04 380 7731).
Asia Asia ladies night 3 complimentary drinks for the ladies with selections of bubbly, mixed drinks and hops. Tue 6pm-1am. Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
Cargo Cargo has brought a hint of Hoxton cool to the UAE and become one of the most talked-about venues of Dubai Marina. Mixing an industrial East London edge with a smidge of high-end class, it’s a venue which wouldn’t feel out of place in Europe, but bears all the convenient hallmarks (table service!) of a chic Dubai lounge. High tables and stools inside make this feel more alive and sociable than most venues, and although the wide terrace will undoubtedly be rammed often. Featuring marble-topped tables, wooden floorboards and an arty, warehouse vibe – which impress most. If you’re yet to visit, it’s high time. Tue from 9pm, four free mixed beverages and bottle of grape for groups of four or more. Pier 7, Dubai Marina, www.cargo-dubai.com (04 361 8129).
Embassy Dubai A prestigious members club synonymous with class and taste in its London heartland, Embassy Dubai is a rather different proposition. Spread over three floors, each tier has a different theme and USP. The 43rd is all about the retro dancefloor (think Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ video), the 44th a big spender’s lounge paradise, and the top deck a signature restaurant. And from that vantage, there are of course splendid views. Inevitably busy for its classier ladies’ night offerings, Embassy may not be quite the exclusive enterprise we were promised, but it has certainly made a mark on Dubai’s nightlife scene. Tue 8pm-1am, three free selected beverages. Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Sufouh Road www.embassy-dubai.com (04 317 6000).
Gossip with the Girls, THE DEK on 8 and Z:ONE, Media One Hotel A chic Media City pool bar popular with post-work drinkers, this eighth floor venue truly comes alive for weekend club nights, most notably Infusion’s long-running Afro and soul-tinged House of Afrika. Set to emerge from the summer lull with a new look, in large part thanks to a huge wall painting overseen by local artist Madeleine Butcher, we’re looking forward to the new season under the stars here. Wed 6pm-midnight, six free selected beverages between Z:ONE and Dek on 8. Media One Hotel, Media City, www.mediaonehotel.com (04 427 1000).
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Lounge Maya isn’t without competition – most notably, it’s in walking distance of its own founder, celeb chef Richard Sandoval’s other, bigger, and perhaps better-known pan-Latino restaurant-bar, Toro Toro. But Maya is far from small itself: A sprawling, three-part affair, the bulk of the downstairs interior is devoted to the restaurant side of things (sorry, the ‘Modern Mexican Kitchen’ part), while the pleasant downstairs bar-terrace and the relaxed rooftop hangout is where the drinking goes down. With a better-than-average attention to detail – familiar but not clichéd Mexican tones and tenets, well-mixed drinks, intelligent Latin-tinged beats – Maya outclasses much of the competition. Sun 7pm-1am, three beverage tokens and canapés. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina. www.maya-dubai.com (04 316 5550).
Oeno A pleasant grape-focused bar with dim lighting, live music, and an intimate feel, Oeno is ideal for early evening catch-ups thanks to great post-work happy hour. With a tidy terrace looking out to sea and a good selection on the menu, it’s definitely one of the more pleasant spots for a quiet drink at the Marina end of town. Tue 7pm-11pm, free bubbly. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 511 7136).
Zero Gravity Zero Gravity looks set to be the venue to watch out for in the winter of 2014/15. A huge in and outdoor space both in the heart of New Dubai, but set out away from the Marina bustle on SkyDive Dubai’s own archipelago, the location is both unique, and very convenient. Building up steam slowly until now, the venue has launched a string of new concepts for the new season which look set to put ZG firmly on the nightlife map. These include a a females-only ladies’ night, Lost Angels (Tuesdays 7pm-11pm). Tue 8pm-midnight, ladies only upstairs until 10pm, Dhs100 entry, unlimited bubbly, grape and mixed beverages. Next to Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.0-gravity.ae (04 399 0009).