It’s official. From the sublime to the outrageous, these are the city’s best bashes, bars and big nights out – the award winners from the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2018
The results are in. After a year of independently and anonymously reviewing Dubai’s bars and clubs, Time Out Dubai can officially announce the city’s best, definitive, most sublime, most original, swankiest and most iconic venues and nights out.
After an evening celebrating the industry’s finest at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2018 on Wednesday March 28, we can now reveal the winners. So if you have visitors or if you are looking for a fresh new night out, here’s where you HAVE to go.
Get ready to slip on your dancing shoes for a big night on the club scene, your plimsolls for an easy-going evening at a sports bar, or your flip-flops for a party at a beach club.
Best Ladies’ Night WINNER: The Penthouse The Penthouse barged its way onto the Dubai nightlife scene earlier this year, bringing with it some stonking views of New Dubai, plus mega Saturday pool parties and high-octane Thursday EDM night, Skyline. Every Tuesday, ladies’ can get three free drinks at the bar on the rooftop of the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai. Once you pick your jaw up from off the floor after seeing the skyline vista, you’re sure to have a great time. Tue 6pm-9.30pm. Ongoing. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 9988).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Asia Asia This place never gets old, nor does its ladies’ night. It’s perfect for when guests come a’calling or just for a classy catch-up with your mates. Ladies get three free mixed drinks, short beverages or glasses of grape. Oh, and a cracking view over Dubai Marina. Tue 6pm-1am. Ongoing. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Le Petit Belge A relative newbie on the Dubai scene, but already well established, this JLT favourite announced itself in style last year when it launched its unlimited ladies’ day – 14 hours of free-flowing grape and house beverages for ladies, plus 30 percent off a bar snacks menu. Wed noon-2am. Ongoing. Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residence, Cluster T, JLT (04 242 7794).
Most Original Night Out WINNER: Bongo’s Bingo Wow. Just, wow. Bongo’s Bingo is a worldwide phenomenon that landed in Dubai back in April last year. It’s utter brilliance, utterly irreverent, utter mayhem and generally the funnest night out you’ll find in the city. For context, it’s bingo, but like you’ve never seen it. It’s bingo, if Mr and Mrs Bingo went away for the weekend and left 18-year-old Bingo Junior in charge of the house with the explicit instruction “NOT to have a massive party with all your mates”… Just keep an eye out for the mobility scooters, Danny DeVito cardboard cut-outs, Disney fancy dress costumes, boxes of Coco Pops and ukuleles… and those are just some of the prizes. Dates vary. ON42, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.facebook.com/bongosbingodubai.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Go Play The World Every musician out there, this one is for you. Go Play The World is doing something that the amateur music scene in Dubai is crying out for: a weekly night where anyone of any ability, style and taste can perform. The average night will have acoustic guitarists, singers, rappers and even full-on five-piece bands. It’s brilliant, it’s different, and it’s incredibly important to this city. Sun 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (050 345 6067). HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kaynouna One of the city’s truly alternative nights out, where free-spiritedness is the top of the agenda. Kaynouna, which in Arabic philosophy translates to “being, existence and life”, blends mindfulness, yoga and meditation with local/regional DJs and artists, henna painting and dancing. The night has moved to Jumeirah Creekside Hotel recently, and continues to grow with every month. Dates and location vary.
Best Original Act WINNER: Carl & The Reda Mafia Last year was a marvellous one for this live-wire four-piece, and 2018 has started in even better fashion. From massive support slots (including Bon Jovi), to getting picked up by Universal Music, as well as various residencies at some of the city’s top live music locations, the only way is up for Carl and his mafia. The band is recording and releasing music regularly, so be sure to check out this suave group soon. www.facebook.com/cnrmafia.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Stephon LaMar Dubai resident Stephon LaMar is a born entertainer, whether he’s rocking the mic as a master of ceremonies, or serenading audiences across the city with his soulful style and liquid golden tones. He earned a contract with Sony by winning a nationwide competition last year, and supported Rufus Wainwright at Dubai Opera, and you can catch him at Iris and PizzaExpress Live, to name a few. www.facebook.com/TheStephonLaMar.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Vandalye This nifty indie three-piece have spent a large part of the past couple of years traversing the world recording their debut album, stopping along the way to support some greats of the musical world here in Dubai, Elton John at the Autism Rocks Arena being the most recent, and highest profile. Expect more from them through 2018 and beyond. www.facebook.com/vandalyeband.
Best Bar Band WINNER: The Swing Revue The Swing Revue are one of the coolest bar bands around, and deservedly picks up the gong for this new category. With classics from the golden era of swing, and modern-day covers done in the foot-sliding style of the time, their music just makes you want to smile and dance all night long. And that’s why we love them. www.theswingrevue.com
HIGHLY COMMENDED: 13 Daze These big-noise multinational rockers moved from Egypt to Dubai specifically to take up residence at Lock, Stock & Barrel (the Barsha Heights original) back in 2015, and we’re so glad they did. Expect big, sweaty, rocky covers of classic headbangers and the slightly less conventional. You’ll find them every week at Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk, too. www.facebook.com/13Daze. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cubache This lot are experts in pumping out dreamy Latin American and Cuban sounds, while taking on plenty of well known tunes that’ll keep you clicking your fingers. It’s upbeat lounge music, and the perfect accompaniment to a classy dinner, say, at Catch Dubai, every Wednesday. Muy bueno. www.facebook.com/cubacheband.
Best Dubai DJ WINNER: Jixo & Danz The pair have been around the block, and now they’re the resident DJs at Dubai’s hottest new club, Soho Garden. Having spent a lot of last year DJing at the massive underground night COMA at Movida, you can now find this dynamic duo spinning some big beats at the Meydan super-venue on any given Thursday and Friday night. www.facebook.com/jixodanz. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Adam Graca Another major player at Soho Garden, Adam Graca is also at the top of the Dubai nightlife scene, having held a residency through 2017 at last year’s Best Ladies’ Night, Ramusake’s Miss Independent. You can find him most weekends at Soho Garden, and at the major events hosted at neighbouring Soho Beach on Thursdays and Fridays. www.facebook.com/adam.graca.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dany Neville Last year’s Best Dubai DJ, Dany Neville is one of the biggest personalities on the scene. A radio host as much as a DJ, you’ll be able to see him live at WHITE Dubai every weekend, and get down to his unmistakable sounds. www.facebook.com/dany.neville.9.
Best Live Music Venue WINNER: Jazz@PizzaExpress This place has found its swagger since the refurb, and now confidently puts on nightly performances from some of the region’s top acts, including The Swing Revue and more. The Friday afternoon brunch is also a prime opportunity to catch some top live music to accompany your bottomless pizza session. More often than not, you’ll find different band arrangements made up of professional session musicians who get about town, meaning you’re always guaranteed top quality tunes that will have you nodding your head, tapping your foot and clicking your fingers. Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lock, Stock & Barrel We can’t think of many venues in Dubai better for getting a massive sweat on to piercingly loud (and awesome) rock music. On a weekly basis you’ll find top rockers 13 Daze and Gorgeous George getting up on stage to get you banging your head in approval/over-excitement/rockerness. Open Mon- Fri 4pm-3am; Sat-Sun 2pm-3am. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Q’s Bar & Lounge There are always some sensational, live acts at this classy lounge bar from producer and composer Quincy Jones. Q’s is sort of like Ronnie Scott’s, the world-famous jazz bar in London’s Soho. As a result, you should expect some suave and sleek, but most importantly unbelievably talented, musicians strutting their stuff. You’ll not regret heading to this awesome little venue for a night of pure sophistication and world-class music. Open Tue-Sat 7pm-2am. Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf (04 556 8865). Best Lounge Bar WINNER: Asia Asia This ultra-swanky Dubai Marina hangout is an ideal hotspot when you’ve got visitors or guests, thanks to its great service, and unbelievable views stretching out from Pier 7 and over the Marina. With a busy ladies’ night on a Tuesday, and some brilliant Asian bites, you won’t be finding a cosier, loungier lounge bar than this anytime soon. See our review on page 55 for more. Open Sat-Wed 4pm-1am; Thu-Fri 4pm-2am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: INDIE Restaurant & Lounge If you’re after a relaxed vibe and some live music, you’ll find it at this classy, trendy DIFC spot. On a Thursday and Friday, it gets proper busy here, and the party will get pumping late into the night. But with industrial décor, some top tunes and some wonderful international cuisine, you’ll have a great night at INDIE. Also expect live music and decent grub. Open daily 5pm-2am. Gate Village 5, DIFC (055 455 6106).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Iris It offers one of the city’s top outdoor rooftop experiences. It has a broad menu of global foods, a range of signature creative mixed drinks and mocktails, which pair beautifully with a sophisticated ambiance, stunning views of the city and a diverse live music line-up. Open Sun-Wed 5pm-2am; Thu 5pm-3am; Fri 1pm-3am (Brunch 1pm-5pm); Sat 3pm-2am. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
Best Outdoor Bar/Pub WINNER: Breeze Beach Grill This bar and restaurant serves an array of seafood and mixed drinks on the beach, so if you’re looking to spend a winter’s evening hanging out on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, head here, kick back and let the night just drift away. It’s also home to some brilliant food (we’re particular fans of the chicken tenders), so don’t hesitate to grab a bit of grub to accompany your chill-out. Open Sat-Wed 11am-midnight; Thu-Fri 9am-1am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3000).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jetty Lounge This lounge bar is something of a mainstay on the Dubai nightlife scene, thanks to its supremely chilled-out vibe, low-slung seating on the beach, moody lighting after dark and cracking views over the Arabian Gulf. It’s a must for visitors. Open daily 2pm-2am. One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 9999).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mercury Lounge Found at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai in Jumeirah, Mercury Lounge is a brilliantly classy rooftop bar, featuring stunning views out over the Arabian Gulf in one direction and Dubai’s skyline in the other. Open Sat-Tue 6pm-2am; Wed-Fri 6pm-3am. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 270 7804).
Best Bar With A View WINNER: folly by Nick & Scott If you’re looking for views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, look no further. folly by Nick & Scott has, as far as we’re concerned, the best view in Dubai for a bar. It’s a superb spot for sundowners (with great offers regularly available during sunset), and you’ll also get that proper wow factor for your guests. Open Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Asia Asia It’s not just a great lounge bar. One of Asia Asia’s prime selling points is its view out from Pier 7 and across the Marina. Daydream looking out at the various yachts and boats mooring in the harbour, and let the evening just drift on by. Open Sat-Wed 4pm-1am; Thu-Fri 4pm-2am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cielo Sky Lounge Cielo Sky Lounge in Deira offers an alternative view to its counterparts on this list. This massive, and very stylish (we must add), terrace bar serves up some sprawling views out over the Dubai Creek, and feels a million miles away from the city, while very much in the middle of the action. Open Sat-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri noon-3am (noon-4pm brunch). Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
Best Party Brunch WINNER: Lucky Voice We don’t think it’s possible to have more fun at a brunch that the no-holds-barred mayhem that is the Lucky Brunch on a Friday at Lucky Voice. This karaoke hotspot merges together a sharing platter brunch and unlimited house drinks alongside a huge, collective lip-sync battle. The winner will usually take home a free brunch for four (so you can go again, of course), plus a free hour in the karaoke booth is chucked in with your booking once the brunch fun has ended. Expect fireworks, in-your-face fun and one of the liveliest brunches in town. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs350 (sparkling grape). Fri 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk The Big, Fat Brunch at the second branch of LSB, found in JBR (we love a good acronym), serves up a whole bunch of fun alongside its award-winning bar food (an award we gave it, by the way). Expect some cracking grub, as well as games like sumo-suit wrestling. It’s like It’s a Knockout, with brunch. Dhs369 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 392 7120).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Wanderlust Wanderlust brunch at Garden has established itself as one of the biggest party brunches in town. Expect short beverages being walked through the venue by staff, more than 350 dishes from around the world and an epic Friday feast-meets-party, all with top beats from local DJs. Dhs425 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Best Restaurant Bar WINNER: Pisco Lounge at COYA Dubai Having launched back in 2015, Pisco Lounge is a wonderfully glamorous lounge, located at one of the city’s best restaurants. Whether you’re just getting your evening going with an apéritif, prior to a top-quality meal, or if you’re looking for a digestif to round your night off after a delicious meal, this place is perfect. Open Sat-Tue 12.30pm-1.15am; Wed-Fri 12.30pm-2am. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 316 9600).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Black Tap This is one of the funkiest bars around, if you’re into your craft hops and New York City, East Coast beats. This happening NYC export serves up a huge range of drinks, enormous burgers and a super cool vibe. A cracking spot for visitors and residents alike. Open daily 11.30am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 422 9904). HIGHLY COMMENDED: RÜYA RÜYA is a marvellously sleek Turkish eatery with a huge central bar and surrounding terrace. Great low-level views out over Dubai Marina pair with a stunning meal, or drinks, from this winner of the Best MENA award at this year’s Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards. Open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am; Thu 6pm-2am; Fri noon-4pm, 6pm-2am. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).
Best Sports Bar WINNER: The Underground This British-themed sports bar may have a slightly incongruous insistence on hammering home the London Underground thing, but this place is brilliant, and we love it. There are more than 20 screens knocking about this bar, with a few massive TVs and a projector showing the match of the day. Coupled with a discount happy hour from 4pm until 8pm, and some great gastropub grub, you’re in for a treat when you head here. Open daily noon-3am. Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, JBR (04 408 4257).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Barasti Inside this fabled beach club, and away from its famously large screen showing the day’s top game, Barasti has a wealth of screens upon which you can gaze lovingly at your favourite team, or scour at your arch rivals. Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am; Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: McGettigan’s JLT With more than 30 screens housed within this popular Irish bar, you’re never going to find it hard to get a view of the match, whether you’re in the thick of it inside, or hanging out in the garden. Open daily noon-3am. Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).
Best Grape Bar WINNER: The Agency The Agency is a real classy grape-focused bar located in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. So you can expect to find some brilliant beverages, and pair them with some equally stunning views out over Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Just head out to grab a seat on the terrace, and soak it in. Open Sat-Wed 2pm-1am; Thu-Fri 2pm-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5845).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: BOCA Put work firmly behind you for the week by heading to this DIFC-based, fun-loving and entirely classy bar. It’s informal, yet high-end and you can get a great bit of food at a lively bar that’s an absolutely conquering behemoth of the DIFC nightlife scene. Open daily noon-1am. Gate Village 5, DIFC (04 323 1833). HIGHLY COMMENDED: Oeno Super-classy grape bar with a generous daily happy hour and an incredibly popular unlimited ladies’ night on a Tuesday. You’ll also find a huge variety of deals throughout the week, which makes this spot both high-quality and affordable. Open Sat-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri noon-10pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salma Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7373).
Best Beach Bar WINNER: Barasti Now, sports bar excellence aside, Barasti is a seriously good beach bar. It’s perennially popular, and not just because of its big screen. It serves great food and the vibe on the main middle deck is properly chilled-out (with heaters for the cooler months). Let’s not forget the pool downstairs and an awesome beachside hangout with a dancefloor on the sand. Which is needed when this place kicks off with regular major music festivals that you’ll find on the calendar throughout the winter months. See our review on page 54. Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am; Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313). HIGHLY COMMENDED: Breeze Beach Grill This bar was obviously going to make the list, since it’s our absolute favourite outdoor spot in the city (see Best Outdoor Bar/Pub). Open Sun-Thu noon-1am; Fri-Sat 9am-1am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3000).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Key West This recent addition to the nightlife scene in Dubai is a cool Floridian/Caribbean bar set on the beach on the Peal Jumeira, with comfy sofas and sea views. It also offers up a decent ladies’ night and the odd themed evening, as well as a daily happy hour from 9pm to 11pm. Open daily 5pm-11pm. Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000). Best New Nightlife Venue WINNER: Soho Garden What can we say about Soho Garden? Well, since this new club boldly smashed its way into town, the Dubai nightlife scene has changed. With three clubs in one, effectively, Soho Garden (the complex) hosts the eponymous club, Las Vegas pool party import Drai’s Dubai, and the enormous Soho Beach, with a 7,000-capacity arena for particularly massive gigs. Favourite Dubai club Toy Room is also set to open up in the development in the coming months. In short, this place is a game-changer. Timings vary per venue. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (056 822 2559).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Axe House Axe House is a gritty, edgy and urban London-themed bar (that’s not all about black cabs and red phone boxes), which opened up in place of Cocktail Kitchen in JLT. It’s populated by a fun-loving crowd, with pool and air hockey tables set up, a great ladies’ night on a Tuesday and some good craft hops. Open Sun-Fri noon-2am; Sat 10am-2am. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT (04 399 9577).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Penthouse Since it arrived on the scene, The Penthouse has become one of the top bars in the city for a cracking view. An absolutely stunning rooftop bar on the Palm Jumeirah, this place offers two bars and superb vistas out over Dubai Marina on one side and the Jumeirah coastline on the other. City View Lounge open daily 11am-2am, Marina View. Bar Terrace open Sat-Wed 4pm-2am, Thu-Fri 4pm-3am. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (052 900 4868).
Pub of the Year WINNER: The Irish Village A Dubai institution, The Irish Village and its enduring presence continues to charm hordes of expats every week. Its large garden and homely feel make it a wonderfully low-key favourite among residents. With regular live music, good food and a great vibe, The Irish Village should be your default pub option. Open daily 11am-1am. Garhoud (04 239 5000).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Fibber Magee’s Another Irish pub Fibber Magee’s is a real salt-of-the-earth sort of spot. It’s little, it has all the nooks and crannies you’d expect from a Dublin-styled spit ’n’ sawdust venue, serving hearty pub grub. Open daily 8am-3am. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah This branch of the popular Irish pub is a cracker. Not only does it serve a fancier take on signature dishes, it has great views of the Madinat waterways and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Open Sun-Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sat 9am-3am. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219). Bar of the Year WINNER: Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk LSB JBR – The Walk, is the bigger, newer version of the Barsha Heights original, and we absolutely love this bar. Despite its enormous size (it’s twice as big as the original), it continues to be packed out on a regular basis, which is some feat. It’s lively, home to one of the best party brunches in the city, and is as much fun as its older sister. A true knockout on the JBR scene. Open Mon-Fri 4pm-3am; Sat-Sun 2pm-3am. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0049).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Iris Not only is Iris one of the best lounge bars in Dubai, it’s one of the best bars, full stop. Found on the rooftop of the Oberoi Dubai in Business Bay, this place is wonderful for a kick back to live music (with local musician Stephon LaMar a regular), or if you’re ready for a lively night. Open Sun-Wed 5pm-2am; Thu 5pm-3am; Fri 1pm-3am (Brunch 1pm-5pm); Sat 3pm-2am.The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lucky Voice We’re running out of superlatives for this place. Yes, its two brunches (there’s a Wednesday night brunch to go alongside its award-winning Friday counterpart) are magnificent, but it’s also one of the most pumping places you’ll find in town. An absolute titan of a karaoke bar that’s fun-loving in its purest form. Open Sat-Thu 5pm-3am; Fri 1pm-3am. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Beach Club of the Year WINNER: Zero Gravity This is the best beach club in town. Fact. Chilled day at the beach? Check. Chilled day in the magnificently large pool? Check. Three brilliant party brunches with killer music, a pumping vibe and decent grub? Check. International DJs coming to town on a regular basis? You get the picture. This place has re-upped its game this year, and is now the single best beach club destination you’ll find in town. Open Sun-Mon 10am-9pm; Tue 9am-1am; Wed 10am-9pm; Thu 10am-2am; Fri 8am-3am; Sat 8am-1am. Next. Next to Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Barasti Another accolade for this historic hangout. Barasti is, if you haven’t got the picture yet, a forever popular beachside haunt that offers live regular music, loads of TVs showing the latest match, good food and a dancefloor on the beach. There’s a huge new pool, too. Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am, Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE This super-trendy Ibiza import serves up weekend fun with a chilled-out Saturday brunch, DJs playing the tunes throughout the afternoon and evening, and it brings a range of classic Balearic party brands to town, too. Bring your funkiest boardies. Open Fri 1pm-11pm; Sat 1pm-9pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel And Resort, Ghantoot (056 1133 400).
Club of the Year WINNER: BASE We applaud BASE, firstly for its level of ambition. Secondly, for pulling it off. When this open-air super-club in d3 launched, it brought with it some of the biggest names from the world of music, like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Axwell formerly of Swedish House Mafia and more. It’s still bringing in the top names (Rita Ora and Jason Derulo have appeared this year), and the 3,000-capacity club is filling out regularly with ease. This is the place for Dubai’s most partying of party people. Open Thu-Sat 10pm-4am. d3 (055 313 4999).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cavalli Club This luxurious venue from fabled designer Roberto Cavalli is open seven nights a week, meaning you’re guaranteed a big night out whenever you crave a bit of a blow-out. Expect different genres of music on different nights, international artists, live performances, night brunches and unlimited ladies’ offerings. Open daily 8.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: WHITE Dubai Set on the rooftop of the Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, WHITE Dubai is an outdoor super-club with a range of massive weekend nights, and a rotating club configuration for each. It’s a real sight to behold when in full flow. Perfect for a big night out. Open Thu-Sat 11pm-4am. Meydan Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Best Comedy Gig WINNER: Kevin Bridges by DXBLaughs at Dubai World Trade Centre HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jason Manford, The Laughter Factory HIGHLY COMMENDED: Russell Howard by 117Live at Dubai College Auditorium
Best Music Festival WINNER: Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre HIGHLY COMMENDED: Remix92 (ft Boyzlife, 5ive, Sonique etc), The Irish Village HIGHLY COMMENDED: Sole DXB, d3
Best Drinks Festival WINNER: Oktoberfest, Grand Hyatt Dubai. HIGHLY COMMENDED: HopFest, The Irish Village HIGHLY COMMENDED: SpringFest, Reform Social & Grill
Best Gig WINNER: Ed Sheeran by 117Live at Autism Rocks Arena HIGHLY COMMENDED: Rag’n’Bone Man at Dubai Opera HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Chainsmokers by Done Events at RedFestDXB
Best Theatre Performance WINNER: La Perle by Dragone, by Al Habtooor Group, Al Habtoor City HIGHLY COMMENDED: Evita, by Broadway Entertainment Group at Dubai Opera HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Woman in Black, by Popular Productions at Madinat Theatre
WINNER: Solutions Leisure team Where previous years have seen this award handed to the city’s most influential individuals in the nightlife industry, this year we couldn’t look beyond handing the Outstanding Contribution award to one of the teams that has made a huge difference to the nights out of Dubai residents over the past 12 months. The Solutions Leisure crew are responsible for some of the coolest, swankiest and best-known venues in the city. Whether you’re shooting some pool at Q43, rocking out at Lock, Stock & Barrel, taking in the Dubai Marina views at Pier 7’s Asia Asia, hanging out at Souk Al Bahar and enjoying The Dubai Fountain at Karma Kafé or The Atlantic, you’re bound to know the Solutions Leisure bars and restaurants. Last year was a big one, too, with the team launching three new venues in JBR’s Rixos Premium Dubai hotel. The arrival of Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk has been a resounding success, and was followed up with launches of new nightclub destination Inner City Zoo, and fine-dining steakhouse-meets-bar STK. We applaud the ambition and dedication shown by the whole team for a fine year spent adding top new venues to the city’s nightlife scene.