Nightlife Awards shortlist The bars, clubs and bands in line for a Time Out Dubai Nightlife Award LADIES' NIGHTS Boudoir It's ladies' night every night at Boudoir, making it one of the most popular places for Dubai's female population. Hive Being located right next to the Burj al Arab and Dubai Mall gives Hive something of an edge for drop-in ladies. Oeno With relatively little promotion, this wine bar has turned its classy ladies' night into a really buzzing event. Scarlett's This Dixieland-themed restaurant and bar pulls in plenty of ladies with its offers each week. The Agency (Emirates Towers) This is our favourite Agency bar in the city, and it certainly has an edge on much of the competition when it comes to its ladies' nights. BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Alpha Alpha's dedication to local and indie music has made it the go-to place for those wanting to see the coolest non-mainstream stars. Chi Chi's Garden has hosted a bunch of live musicians, most notably The Charlatans, while Chi Red has seen smaller bands come through its doors. The Irish Village Providing a middle ground for some of the bigger alternative acts and smaller mainstream ones, The Irish Village has the space and scope to handle decent crowds. Malecon This Cuban restaurant and bar is one of the coolest-looking places in the city, and has hosted some good smaller events. The Music Room Once known only for its Filipino rock band, The Music Room has made a real effort to court the local music scene this year and has broadened its scope a lot. BEST HOUSE NIGHT Audio Tonic at 360° It's been running for night on four years, and with good reason: this night plays the cutting edge of deep, tech and progressive house tunes. Digital at Chi Bringing out some of the best and most credible producers and DJs in the world, Digital's Chi nights are highly recommended. Movement at Sanctuary If you're looking to impress a newcomer to the city then you could certainly do worse than Sanctuary, which offers a wide spread of quality house and a great atmosphere. Neo at Quantum This mainstay of the Crowne Plaza club - it's been running since Quantum was called Tribe - specialises in minimal, tech and progressive tunes with so great guest DJs. iLL Communications at Madinat Rooftop With a pretty broad brief that takes in the best alternative and fringe dance DJs as well as a few more familiar faces, iLL Communications all-but guarantees a good night out. BEST URBAN NIGHT Boudoir Thursdays Boudoir's lady-friendly R&B nights and drinks deals make it a favourite for Dubai's female urban fans. Glow (Sanctuary) This glitzy club does well in the midweek urban market, pulling in some glamorous punters. No. 1 Fridays (Elegante) Top breakbeat, hip hop and R&B tunes pull in an attractive crowd, while occasional guest-stars step in to do their thing. Pure Urban (Platinum) Flash B and DJ Stylez do the honours at this Sheikh Zayed Road-based R&B and hip hop night. Slam (Chi) One of the longest-running urban nights in the city, Slam gives top quality hip hop, R&B, dubstep and more week after week. BEST OVERALL NIGHT Barasti Beach House (Barasti) This day-long weekly event gives punters everything from a chill-out session on the beach to uptempo night-time dancing. iLL Communications (Madinat Rooftop) With some of the best alternative dance DJs in the world stopping by and a peerless rooftop venue - not to mention all the Madinat bars within walking distance - this is a solid contender. Full Moon Party (Nasimi) It only comes around once a month but it's worth the wait. This Palm-based beach extravaganza is always great fun. Home (Chi) Offering indie, house, urban tunes and occasionally a slice of cheesy pop, Home aims for the middle-ground and scores a direct hit week after week. See You Next Friday (Alpha) Long a favourite of Time Out Dubai, See You Next Friday continues to bring in the best alternative DJs and bands from around the world. BEST BIG MUSIC EVENT OF 2009 Dubai SoundCity Easily the most ambitious festival debut we've ever seen in the city, this three-day, seven-venue event brought bands to this city that we never thought we'd see here. The Gulf Bike Festival Whether you like old-school rock tunes or more modern bands, this festival provides - and throws stunt bikes and leather jackets in too. The Perrier Chill Out Festival Festivals don't have to be all about mosh pits and bleeding ears, as this one shows. Bean-bags, the world's best fusion musicians and an open sky. What more could you want? Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival Not only does this event bring in some of the world's biggest soft-rock names, it also dedicates weeks to displaying some of the world's best jazz musicians. BEST LIVE MUSIC CONCERT OF 2009 Ian Brown The ex-Stone Roses singer put on a memorable performance last year, clocking in all the favourites and scoring some excellent banter with the crowd. Keane Much energetic running and jumping enlivened this performance by the clean-cut alternative rock boys. Plenty of singalong moments, too. Iron Maiden The dinosaurs of heavy metal put on a fine show, playing all the crowd favourites and even turning a microphone failure into a bit of clever showmanship. The Charlatans Arms were flung into the air as mop-topped lead singer Tim Burgess took to the mic and let rip with some of the band's biggest hits. There were definitely no complaints that night. The Subways Proving that bigger isn't always better, this intimate acoustic set from The Subways' Billy Lunn was charming, funny and spellbinding. BEST LOCAL BAND The Brownies This charming five-man band combine jazz, acoustic rock and funky grooves into a fantastically satisfying whole. Fatiniza Could she be Dubai's answer to Shakira? With a voice that seems older and wiser than her years, this Columbian pop-rock chick is going places. Nikotin You'd be hard-pushed to find a local act more capable of crowd pleasing than this gang of stage-diving hard rockers. The Recipe This mammoth gathering of MCs, DJs and human beatboxes has become a focal point for the city's hip hop scene. Sho? The winners of last year's Road to Dubai SoundCity competition, Sho? combine hard rock tunes with Beth Ditto-esque soul-packed vocals. Tim Hassall and The August Company This blues-rock showman and his merry band have put on several fine performances around town, including occasional stints at Chi. BEST LOCAL DJ Da Sendri Long-time soulful house expert and regular at 360°, Da Sendri brings his experience as an Ibiza resident to the city's clubs. DJ Schooly Radio One's resident soul expert lays down the best new and classic soul, funk and R&B tracks all over the city. DJ Solo With a wide-ranging knowledge of funk, soul and Motown classics and modern hits, Solo is consistently excellent. Mr Mr Captain of the good ship Audio Tonic, Mr Mr's constant search for the best new deep, tech and progressive house tunes has kept the night going strong for years. Rone Jaxx With a head full of hip hop history, Rone has been pushing the development of urban music in the UAE ever since he was 15. Tim Cheddar Chi's master of cheese, Tim Cheddar knows how to put on a real show, especially when he puts his rollerskates on. Zahra Dubai's queen of alternative music, Zahra can - and will - play anything under the sun. BEST INTERNATIONAL DJ SET OF 2009 Armand van Helden (Sanctuary) Electro-hip-hop DJ Armand van Helden has had something of a chart renaissance of late but his skills never went away, as this set proved. Armin van Buuren (World Trade Centre) Seemingly the nicest guy in trance, van Buuren still appears surprised whenever he gets a big response from his crowds. And that's what he got at this rollicking NYE event. Calvin Harris (Alpha) The Scottish electro-pop star put on a suitably colourful DJ set to a packed Alpha club in June. He kicked off with single ‘I'm Not Alone' - true indeed! DJ Yoda (Chi) Yoda also played on the Madinat Rooftop last year, but it was his audio-visual gig here that caught our eye (and ear). Clever and cool - a good combination. Roni Size (Alpha) Alpha was filled wall-to-wall with crazy junglists as Reprazent's ringman took to the decks and played a storming drum 'n' bass set. BAR OF THE YEAR 360° (Jumeirah Beach Hotel) This open-topped bar remains one of the shining jewels in Dubai's bar scene, thanks to its incredible views. Buddha Bar (The Grosvenor) All things to all people, this massive venue is a club, bar and restaurant with plenty of plush furnishings. Belgian Beer Café (Crowne Plaza Festival City) Still doing a roaring trade, this wood-decked bar remains a perennial favourite for people from all walks of life. Calabar (The Address Downtown Burj Khalifa) It might not be perched at the top of a skyscraper, but Calabar still has one of the best views in Dubai, taking in the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Hive (Souk Al Bahar) We were pretty down on this place when it first opened, but it's really improved since, and remains a Souk al Bahar hotspot. Left Bank (Souk Al Bahar) This classy venue serves great food and is a brilliant place to gather a big group of people to hang out. Zuma (DIFC) Fine Japanese food and an expansive, stylish interior make this bar/restaurant a great place to be seen. CLUB OF THE YEAR Alpha Alpha remains one of the clubs most committed to experimenting and expanding Dubai's musical landscape. Barasti This beach bar has transformed itself into a full-on beach club this year and has put some real effort into bringing out great acts. Chi Good old Chi continues to do what it does best: providing a home for absolutely everyone, no matter what their musical tastes. Madinat Rooftop We love this venue, and although it doesn't have as much going on as some places it does host some fine alternative dance nights. Nasimi The other big competitor in Dubai's beach wars, its shift from restaurant to full moon party club has made it a go-to destination for thousands of people. Quantum Formerly tribe, this Crowne Plaza club has really stepped up its game since it was refurbished. Sanctuary This Atlantis-based venue is both spectacular and a haven for big-name DJs and smaller creative acts alike.