Ladies in the city are celebrated every day of the week and honoured at various watering holes and clubs. From free canapés, beauty treatments and discounts on dining, not to mention unlimited beverages on offer – ladies can dance the night away without having to worry about the bill at the end. With so many soirées to choose from, we take to the town to try out the very latest offerings.
Amarillo The offer: Two free drinks themed to match the night.
The verdict: This ladies’ night runs daily with a theme three days of the week. Wednesday is salsa night and ladies get two free Cuban mixed drinks. The venue remains empty most of the evening, despite the rather generous happy hour that offers 50 percent off house beverages 4pm-8pm. But don’t let the quietness put you off. Once the clock strikes 12, the venue fills up with salsa dancing couples who seem to be in the know and who move like pros until closing time at 3am. Thursdays are all about mixology, but if that’s not your bag, dress up for fashion-themed Fridays. Those who don’t fancy a theme at all can enjoy two free house beverages any other day of the week to the sounds of a live band. Daily 9pm-11pm. Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residence, Cluster T, JLT (04 567 1100).
And Lounge The offer: Three complimentary drinks and bottles of bubbly for Dhs250 at Supernova Ladies’ Night.
The verdict: This trendy, loft-style bar is kitted out with comfy sofas, low tables and oversized chairs, ideal for groups of friends. The music changes from lively female tracks from the likes of Beyoncé’s ‘All the Single Ladies’ to house beats. While it isn’t the most happening spot, it’s worth a trip for the fruity, exotic mixed drinks. Tue 6pm-3am. The Address Dubai Marina (04 551 9698).
Cavalli Club The offer: From 9.30pm until 1am ladies can indulge in complimentary mixed drinks and sharing sushi platters at Cavalli’s Miss Behave ladies’ night. Ladies also get a magnum of bubbly with every dinner reservation made.
The verdict: This night is wholly suited to clubbers. Expect ladies dressed in super-high heels and glittery dresses. Playing a mix of funky house, R&B and energetic tracks, the event kicks off mostly with ladies, with the guys rolling in as the night progresses. The drinks are pretty decent and the sushi platters are an extra bonus for those who get peckish. Sun 9.30pm-1am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).
China Grill The offer: The Madame Butterfly ladies’ night includes an unlimited selection of drinks and 50 percent off the food bill for ladies dining with ladies.
The verdict: With unlimited drinks including grape, sparkling grape and house beverages, this ladies’ night is hard to beat. But if you choose to dine here, patience is needed. On our visit we waited for more than two hours for our simple sushi dish to arrive and staff weren’t exactly proactive. With the DJ spinning nu-disco and deep house, it’s more of a drinks-based night than a relaxing one. Tue 6.30pm-midnight. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 511 7333).
El Sur The offer: Get Surcial Sundays features three complimentary drinks and extended happy hour for all ladies until 10pm.
The verdict: Those looking for a mellow ladies’ night in chic surroundings will find this Sunday offering perfect. For those working in Media City, it’s a great spot for after-work drinks, with an elegant choice of grape. The staff are friendly and the venue is usually on the quiet side, but for those looking for a peaceful night out, that’s welcomed. Sun 6pm-9pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 7700).
La Porte des Indes The offer: Three free drinks at the bar on Tuesday nights.
The verdict: Staff are hard-pressed to say what the three free beverages are at this restaurant’s ladies’ night, but the answer is a choice of two Russian beverage-based mixed drinks, grape or hops from the menu. Despite the clubby neon-lit space, the bar lacks atmosphere, with far more guests in the restaurant’s dining room. Don’t expect any extras, there’s no canapés and no DJ. Tue 6.30pm-10.30pm. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8610).
Mint Leaf of London The offer: Ladies’ night includes three complimentary mixed drinks and a selection of three canapés. The verdict: As a quiet spot to catch up with a few friends, this offering works well. As a precursor to a bigger night out, however, perhaps not so much. The venue is dark, sleek and has wonderful views over Downtown Dubai, but the service is a bit on the slow side. Choose a seat closer to the bar area so that you can attract the attention of servers easily. Ladies get a selection of three canapés so don’t expect to fill up. This said, the mixed drinks are fruity and delicious and the nibbles are tasty. Mon 7pm-10pm. South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers DIFC, www.mintleafgroup.com (04 706 0900).
Nezesaussi The offer: Spend Dhs50 on your beverage and enjoy a main course worth Dhs120, free.
The verdict: This ladies’ night is all about taking advantage of the cheaper food options, which include traditional pub favourites such as fish and chips. The evening sees an equal mix of women and men in the venue and has a laid-back vibe, mainly due to all the sports coverage showing on the big screens. Guests are welcome in jeans and flip flops but staff weren’t particularly helpful during our visit, so a chilled out attitude is a must. Tue 6pm-10pm. Manzil Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 5888).
Riva Ristorante, Bar & Beach The offer: Riva Diva nights promise three complimentary glasses of sparkling grape and a selection of nibbles, plus 20 percent off bottles of bubbles.
The verdict: With its laid-back setting and start time of 6pm, Riva is ideal for those who want to head out straight from the office. The Italian bubbles are well chilled and the setting is uber-relaxed, but if your stomach’s grumbling you might be better off heading elsewhere. On our last visit, after an hour of waiting to sample a few of the promised nibbles, staff swept past us with tray after tray of canapés, despite our earlier requests. Tue 6pm-9pm. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).
Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar The offer: Queen Bee night includes four free glasses of grape and half-price main courses and house drinks all night. The verdict: This laid-back night is mainly about catching up with friends and colleagues over a few glasses of organic grape. It’s a female-heavy night with few guys to be seen, and the crowd is mainly made up of people dropping in straight from work. Overall, it’s a lively night with good music and a chilled-out vibe. Tue 8pm-11pm. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (050 345 6067).