Time Out Dubai looks at some of the best nights out in Dubai, including a legendary brunch (Saffron), comedy clubs, beach clubs, best bars and clubs
Whether you are new in town, on holiday, or call Dubai home there are certain places everyone in the city should visit at least once. Some places are a rite of passage, such as brunch at Saffron (messy but a must), while others like Eden Beach Club are great for soaking up scenic views. New Year’s resolutions? Put these ten spots in your 2016 diary.
Fridays in Dubai are all about brunch and Saffron is one of the liveliest you can try – ideal for birthdays, work parties or just a knees-up with your mates. Catering for up to 1,000 revellers, afternoons here involve sampling various food stations, making your own drinks and more often than not, an impromptu conga line or shuffle with total strangers.Dhs535. 12.30pm-4pm. Every Friday.
The stunning rooftop nightclub White Dubai at Meydan Racecourse is the current holder of the Time Out Dubai Best Nightclub award. The glamorous spot is a favourite with the city’s beautiful people and regularly hosts top international DJs and chart stars. The lighting and sound system are state of the art and the 360 views of Dubai are unbeatable. You might need to book, and if you don’t make sure you look the part when approaching the door.Open Thu-Sat 11pm-3am.
Three comedians on one bill for Dhs140 is a pretty sweet deal. This monthly event is known to attract top talent from the UK, America and Canada. January’s line-up will feature UK comics Markus Birdman, Danny McLoughlin and Rich Wilson. Dhs140. January 6-14. Various locations including Grand Millennium Hotel TECOM on January 14, 9pm.
This sophisticated bar is truly unique in Dubai and an ideal date setting. The clue to its appearance is in the name. Book one of the loungers if you really want to chill out, you can lie back, relax and enjoy the fine food and drinks on offer (the cheese platter is superb).Open Mon, Tue, Sat, Sun noon-1am; Wed-Fri noon-2am.
Located in the Armani Hotel at Burj Khalifa, this fancy smanchy spot is as good as it gets. The views are the main reason to come here and although it will cost you a pretty dirham, be brave and splash out.Open daily 5.3pm-2am. (Seating times from 5.3pm, 8pm and 10.30pm)
Tucked away at the back of a Korean restaurant in the Byblos Hotel lies one of Dubai’s most fun karaoke facilities. Consisting of private rooms kitted out with mics, a screen and a huge collection of songs to sing along to, this spot is perfect for anyone who wants to let loose and do their best Gloria Gaynor impression.Dhs120-280 per hour. Daily. 7.30pm-2am.
There are tons of dive bars you can end up at when you should be going home, but not all of them have a live band, karaoke and spontaneous dance-offs. Got nowhere else to go at 2am? Head to Rock Bottom.Open daily noon-4am.
One of Dubai’s newer day/night party places, EDEN is known for hosting international DJs on weekends. By day, guests can lounge on the beach or take a dip in the pool while a resident DJ plays funky tunes. After dark, the club comes to life with crowds packing into the plush venue. Worth a visit at least for the views of Dubai Marina’s skyline.Open Sun-Wed 10am-7pm, Fri 9am-midnight, Sat 9am-9pm.
A venue with something of an identity crisis, and we love it. Expect weird, wonderful and cheap mixed drinks, Bollywood mash-ups plus an enthusiastic performance on Wednesdays from house band, the Fusion Rockers.Open daily 6.30pm-3am.