Danny Dyer spins at Rock Bottom and Absolace play The Music Room
Barasti The post-work Thursday crowd at Barasti is always up for a good night out. Expect a lively vibe. Free. 6pm-3am. Barasti, Le Méridian Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
Cirque du Soir’s Nightmare Before Christmas The Cirque team takes a leaf out of Tim Burton’s book, with the club’s resident stilt walkers, contortionists, sword swallowers and magicians mixing with Santa Claus and his elves. Free (reservations recommended, door policy applies). 10.30pm-3am, December 20, 21, 24 and 25. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Club Anthems at Zinc Commercial house classics from Greg Stainer. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Expect an eclectic range of tunes, some impressive deck-pyrotechnics and a clued-up crowd at Dubai’s most consistent alternative happening. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
iLL Communications at N’Dulge The newly relaunched house night presents Dynamic’s H.O.S.H., James Field and Hoolz from Faciendo on the terrace, urban crew Dany Neville, Crown Prince and Emtee Pockets in the main room and Safe from Smokingroove in the lounge. Dhs100 (main room); Dhs120 (with terrace access). 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
Movida Resident DJ Mitchell spins. Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
MustHaveSoul Soundsystem Christmas party at 360° 20:20 Vision export Melohman, from Spain, guests this year-ender, plus sets from Jonny Thornhill, Dan Chadwick, Simon Reid and Danny Kwang. Free (guestlist recommended). 6pm-3am. 360° Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).
People by Crystal This award-winning club is one of the hottest destinations in town. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).
Republique There’s a ‘no house music’ policy on Thursdays, with DJ DC playing old-school retro and alternatives tunes. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).
SUGE launch party at Chi The club launches a new night with the UK’s UZ, who guests on the mic. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (050 537 8115).
Thrust at Alegra DJ Enzo is behind the decks at this commercial night. Free (couples and mixed groups only; reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 246 4555).
Trilogy There’s resident talent spinning at this top club tonight. Expect a mix of house in the main room and R&B on the terrace. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Wild Nights at The Living Room Expect to hear R&B, house and more at this fresh night. Free (door policy applies). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (056 674 2981).
Wonderland at Armani/Privé A new Thursday-night concept with acrobatics, special effects and live artists, alongside urban tunes from regulars Patrik Carrera, Mass Ramli, Darko De Jan and VDJ Barbu.TV. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Audio Tonic End of the World Party at 360° This top al-fresco club is commemorating the prophetic 21/12/12 calendar date, apparently believed by the Mayans to signal the end of the world. There’s even talk of celebs including Sylvester Stallone and footballer Edgar Davids stopping by. Audio Tonic regulars Rich Showell, JC, Raxon and Tristan Bain are behind the decks. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeriah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Absolace live at The Music Room The Dubai-based metallers – last spotted supporting Megadeth at Gulf Bike Week – play a one-off show. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Blue Marlin Ibiza Expect surprise international guests alongside regulars Frederick Stone and Jean B. Free (members and members’ guests only). 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (050 142 2800).
Bounce Christmas Party at Catwalk Bass and alternative night with Sister Rock and Kung Foo Panda. Free. 10pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Dubai, Al Barsha (04 501 6123).
Danny Dyer DJ set at Rock Bottom TV hardman Dyer, who’s found a late-career niche presenting ‘hard-hitting’ documentaries about football hooliganism on obscure UK TV channels, has also launched a DJ career. Here Rock Bottom ensures value for money by sticking him on at both venues on the same night. Free. 9pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, Bur Dubai (055 200 9361). Also: Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (055 600 5654). ‘The Godfather’s of UK Garage’ at No.1 Fridays at N’Dulge DJ Ez and MC Creed guest, plus regulars Masterstepz, Schooly, Brooklyn and Shero. Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Mahiki The club attracts a diverse party crowd in Dubai. Expect cheesy tunes and potent mixed drinks. Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
Movida Winter Wonderland party The club adopts a wintery theme for a pre-Christmas bash. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Rony Afif Quartet at Blue Bar Bop standards and more from the best regular jazz night in the city. Free. 10pm-1.30am. Ongoing. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000).
Stranded on The World Islands Chilled beach club event Stranded relaunches on Lebanon island. The price includes entry and boat travel from Jumeirah. Dhs250. Noon-8pm. Ongoing. Lebanon, The World Islands (050 687 9959).
The Good Life at Shimmers Chilled sunset session with beanbags, a mobile bar and DJ. Free. 4pm-midnight. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Upstairs at Republique Hear live music or comedy upstairs, while DJ Shef Codes and DC spin urban, old-school and chart hits down below. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).
Winter Wonderland at Nasimi Expect a festive setup, visits from Santa and Christmassy beats from Tim Cheddar, Smokingroove and David Craig. Free before 7pm, Dhs100 after. 5pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
XL Beach Club’s End of the World Party XL Beach Club is getting in on the Mayan action with a fancy dress party. Dress apocalyptically (think zombies), or as the person you want to be if the world ended tonight. Ladies free, men Dhs100 after 11pm. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort (056 640 6161).
Divan at Amika One of Iran’s top house talents, Divan gets behind the decks for the 14th edition of Amika’s Saturday Sessions. Dhs125 for ladies; Dhs175 for men. 8pm-3am. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 101 0921).
Entra Mi Casa at 360° Deep, afro and soul house from Just Lance, Charl Chaka and Nthayi outside, while Tristan Bain plays funk and soul inside. Free. 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon Hear salsa and Latin tunes from DJ Udia, with R&B and house later from DJ Diego. Hone your skills with salsa lessons at 8.30pm (beginners) and 9.30pm (intermediate). Free entry; lessons Dhs40 or free to diners. 8.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 34 61111).
The Grill This lively sports radio show is broadcast every week live from Barasti, with Time Out columnist Tom Bushell. Free. 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
XO Saturdays’ ‘Red Velvet’ at Armani/Privé A top urban night of commercial R&B and hip-hop tunes served up by residents Mass Ramli and Brooklyn, plus dizzying visuals from VDJ Barbu.TV. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Amika Intimo Fresh beats mixing Arabic flavours with contemporary house. Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
R&B Mondays at Velvet Underground DJs Shero and Stylez man the decks. Dhs100 for men, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
1Up Karaoke Night There are more than 70,000 tracks to chose from, and five free drinks for every lady through the door. Free. 8pm-late. Ongoing. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (04 448 7928).
The Ivy hosts live jazz Expect a soothing saxophonist and backing track at this fresh midweek jazz night. Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).