2manydjs, stars of the 80s, Cafe del Mar and more top parties
Wednesday February 27
Aperitivo Wednesdays at Café del Mar There’s an Italian theme at this night, which offers complimentary canapés prepared by Giannino’s chefs, while ladies are offered free Italian pre-meal mixed drinks. Free. 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Café del Mar, Meydan Beach Club, The Walk at JBR (055 220 7506).
One of the more lively urban nights in town, offering free mixed drinks for ladies before 1am. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (050 652 0626).
Flash Dance Wednesdays at Cavalli Club
A new weekly retro night featuring hits from the ’80s to the ’90s. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Gentlemen’s Night at Aquara Lounge In a novel twist on the typical ladies’ night, every gent arriving at the Yacht Club between 8pm and midnight is offered a free short drink. Free. 8pm-midnight. Aquara Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club (042 362 7900).
i2 karaoke night Quirky retro-themed club i2 hosts a new weekly karaoke night – expect singalong classics. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. i2, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort, Dubai Marina (050 889 2578).
No 5 Lounge ladies night At this ladies’ night members of the fairer gender get a free selection of sushi, as well as two glasses of bubbly. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Rock Bottom TECOM goes rock Rocky Bs hosts a one-off rock party, with house band Ovaload promising to play three sets of pure rock tunes from 10pm. Free. 5pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (055 200 9333).
Sasse at Calabar Finnish Mood Music founder Sasse, who’s now based in Berlin, plays house and electro over three nights under the stars at Calabar. Expect top tunes and great mixing. Free. 10pm-2am. Until March 1. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
2manydjs at Trilogy Known for pulling a strong crowd on their visits to Dubai, the Belgian mash-up mongers return for another evening of crunching rhythms and frantic beats. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).Deep Crates at Casa Latina Expect funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more at this top alternative hangout, hosted by Break DJ Lobito and the Deep Crates Cartell. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Thursday Grooves at District Lounge
This exclusive DIFC hangout, inside the Capital Club, was formerly only open to non-members on Fridays, but is now launching a new public party on Thursday nights. Free. 10pm-3am. District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).
House Party at Rare
Expect to hear R&B, hip-hop, funky house, garage and dubstep at this ‘house party’-themed night. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 10pm-3am. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (050 852 3343).
iLL Communications at N’Dulge
This award-winning house and electro night continues on the terrace, plus urban from Dany Neville and Crown Prince in the main room. Dhs120. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
Infusion Experience featuring Sonny Fodera at 360°
Australian decksmith Fodera guests for Infusion, plus sets from Juliet Fox, newcomer Marlon Tulaszewski and regular Charl Chaka. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Jamrock at Sublime
Weekly night with DJs Shero, Sir Taz and Brooklyn spinning reggae, roots, dancehall, dub, calypso and more, and MC Money Plus. Dhs50; ladies and couples free before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
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).
Mojo at Republique
Top rock covers group Marwan & the Mojos – former residents at Blue Bar – now take to the stage at Mojo, a venue named after themselves, upstairs at alternative club Republique. Free. 10pm-2am. Republique, The Address Dubai Mall (04 438 8888).
Only at Armani/Privé
Commercial urban tunes from Mass Ramli, Darko De Jan and Patrick Carrera. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Sasse at Calabar
For details see Wednesday 27. Free. 10pm-2am. Until Friday March 1. Calabar, The Address Downtown (04 436 8888)
Shine’s final night at The Music Room
Known for their energetic sets and brave ‘30-Second Challenge’ policy – which means if they don’t know the song you ask for, they’ll improvise at least 30 seconds of it – Shine will be remembered as one of The Music Room’s best house bands. This is the farewell party marking their last night at the venue before they return to the Hard Rock Café. Free. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
What da Funk with Sandy Rivera at Chameleon Club
Renowned NYC soulful house DJ Rivera spins at this new funky-flavoured night. Dhs100 for men, ladies free. 8pm-3am. Chameleon Club, Byblos Hotel, TECOM (050 113 5858).
Recently opened in Dubai, this new branch of the exclusive St Tropez club is one of the most talked-about venues in town right now. Head down to see what the fuss is about. Expect urban and commercial tunes. Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).
Friday March 1
80s Rewind at Festival City The team that put together last year’s Here and Now: Best of the 80s concert at Meydan are back with another line-up of bygone stars, including Rick Astley, A.B.C, Heaven 17, Howard Jones and T’Pau. The night closes with a cheese-tastic school disco. Dhs295-495. 6pm-2am. Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic present Uberhaus with Ronin & Nesta at 360°
Audio Tonic team up with Beirut nightclub Uberhaus in the first of a bi-monthly exchange, which this week brings over uptempo Lebanese DJ duo Ronin & Nesta. Warm-up comes from JC’s renowned sunset set, while Raxon spins until late. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Mark Jenkyns at Blue Marlin
Hot Creations associate Jenkyns is known for warm house stylings. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Cavalli Live with Nalaya
Spanish deep-house vocalist Nalaya Brown rose to fame thanks to TV talent show Popstars, before making a name alongside Wagon Cookin. Now fronting SuperMartXé, she guests at Cavalli. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Daydream at N’Dulge
There’s no need to wait until the evening to hit the dancefloor, with this party kicking off at 4pm. Aimed at the post-brunch crowd, expect it to be busy with folk who have ‘over-N’Dulged’ at Saffron. Free. 4pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
DJ Yousef at Nasimi Beach
Space Ibiza regular Yousef, known for spinning alongside UK legend Carl Cox, guests at Nasimi beach, promising to spin eclectic house over mainstream hits. Warm-up comes from David Craig, Smokingroove, Tom Chubb and Conan Manchester. Dhs100 (free before 7pm). 2pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).Freaks and Beats at Cirque du Soir Freaky entertainers and more from the Cirque team, plus hype on the mic from Virgin Radio DJ Kris Fade. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Expect a glammed-up crowd at one of Dubai’s most exclusive clubs. Bookings only. 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
One of the hottest new venues in town, Beirut club MusicHall serves an array of musical performersfrom across the globe in a single evening, with a lively cabaret-style feel. There’s a minimum spend of Dhs450 per person. Dhs450 minimum spend, reservations recommended. Thu-Fri 9pm-3am. Ongoing. MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
No.1 Fridays with Bushkin and Fonty at White X
Two thirds of vintage UK garage act Heartless Crew, MC Bushkin and DJ Fonti, guest for No.1 Fridays. It’s an all-day beach party, with DJs from 4pm and a live PA from 9pm, plus food and games. Warm-up comes from DJ Adam J, Masterstepz, Shero and Brooklyn. Dhs100; free for ladies before 11pm. Noon-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
Paparazzi with at Armani/Privé
The upmarket club hosts its regular house night. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Sasse at Calabar
For details, see Wednesday 27. Free. 10pm-2am. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Sunset at Café del Mar
Stop by for one of the best sunset views in town, with a fresh sundown-inspired set each week from DJ Pierre Ravan, accompanied by a live singer or instrumentalist. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-late. Ongoing. Café del Mar, Meydan Beach Club, JBR (055 220 7506).
The Good Life at Shimmers
A weekly chilled sunset session, complete with beanbags, a mobile bar and DJ. Free. 4pm-midnight. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
XL Beach Club
Expect a glamorous crew at this venue, which is part beach club, part nightclub. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men after 11pm. Noon-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal DJ Bliss and crew host this award-winning urban night, which is guaranteed to be one of the busiest Saturdays in town. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am, Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Entra Mi Casa at 360°
Wind-down night from Infusion with deep, Afro, and soulful house grooves. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Mahiki Retro Rewind
A night of ’80s and ’90s Desert Island Discs and guilty pleasures. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
Amika Status Sundays Fresh urban beats. Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Paul Hamilton at Caramel
Having worked alongside the likes of Tiësto, Sander Kleinenberg, Roger Sanchez and Basement Jaxx, Dubai-based decksmith Hamilton takes a new weekly residency at Caramel. Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Caramel, DIFC (04 428 6677).
Swagger Sundays at Kiza
African beats, hip-hop and R&B tunes from DJs Tribe and Kulcha. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Urbanite at Zinc
DJs Emtee Pockets and Taz team up with MC Money Plus at this urban night. Free for ladies all night, free for men before midnight, Dhs50 after. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
Cirque Loves... at Cirque du Soir This new night sees the club decked out with a fresh theme every week. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Quiz night at Girders
Prizes are on offer at this new weekly quiz night. Free. 7.30pm. Ongoing. Girders, Ocean View Hotel, The Walk at JBR (04 814 5599).
Mahiki Mondays Beach Luau
A weekly indoor event with a tiki beach party theme, which offers a more relaxed Mahiki night with a ‘beach chic’ dress code. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
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).
Beauty and the Beats at Rare
DJ Stylez spins urban hits at this new club night, which offers ladies free bubbly before 1am. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 147 6034).
Pure at Armani/Privé
A night of urban/house fusion from top resident DJs Darko De Jan, Skinny Loop and VDJ barbu.tv. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Salsa Secrets at White X
White X’s new ladies’ night offers two free mixed drinks for the fairer gender, plus a free one-hour salsa lesson at 9pm. 9pm-2am. Ongoing. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (055 100 6555).