Best live music venue in Dubai 2018

The best of the city has been revealed at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2018

Best live music venue in Dubai 2018


Fans of live music and pizza need to head here tonight

Once Jazz@PizzaExpress in JLT refurbished and reopened its doors in December 2017, what was already a very good live music venue all of a sudden became a brilliant one. The stage was moved to an adjacent wall, nearer the entrance, and now the live bands which play (seven nights a week), feel front and centre of the room.

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.

The only downside is that it’s difficult to do all three of those things while stuffing your face with loads of delicious pizza.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Rock out to some top tunes, heavy bands and go get your head-bang on

We can’t think of many venues in Dubai better for getting a massive sweat on to piercingly loud (and awesome) rock music than Lock, Stock & Barrel.

We’re massive fans of this place (we’re referring to the Barsha Heights original, here, although we do love the JBR branch, too), owing to it’s cracking vibe, decent drinks deals, pool tables, telly screens and ability to put together a barnstorming gig.

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 etcetera. With free entry to the bar all night, you’re guaranteed to find some top music to have with your pint.

Oh, and while you’re there, we’d thoroughly recommend getting in before 8pm to make the most of the two-for-one happy hour, available on a whole host of house beverages and hops. You should also make sure you grab a giant bowl of the fully loaded nachos.

A top night out awaits.
Open daily 2pm-3am. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).

Q’s Bar & Lounge

A classy establishment from a legendary producer and composer
The “Q” in Q’s is the initial of one of the world’s most celebrated and decorated producers, composers, conductors and musicians – Quincy Jones.

The man who has worked with legends like Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson set up his first ever bar and lounge in Dubai’s Palazzo Versace, and his name has proven to be a lure to artists the world over.

Every month (or maybe longer, depending on the act), a new artist will rock up in town, with a three-to-four-week residency under their arm, and their fingers ready to spend five nights a week entertaining the masses.

From smooth jazz, to funky rock and piano virtuosos, you’re guaranteed big names, world travellers and musical mastery between Tuesday and Saturday every week.

This place is sort of like Ronnie Scott’s, the world-famous jazz bar in London’s Soho district. As a result, you should expect some suave, and sleek, but most importantly unbelievably talented musicians strutting their stuff.

You will not regret heading to this awesome little venue for a night of pure sophistication and world-class music.
Open Tue-Sat 7pm-2am (Thu-Fri minimum spend Dhs350 per person, Sat, Tue & Wed minimum spend Dhs250 per person). Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf (04 556 8865).

Hard Rock Cafe

This international brand serves up a reliable dose of rock ’n’ roll music and memorabilia. Home to bands almost every night of the week, Hard Rock Cafe also welcomes the odd massive tribute act (see Queen tribute act below right).
Open daily noon-2am. Dubai Festival City Mall (04 232 8900).

Iris dishes up one of the city’s top outdoor rooftop experiences, and serves up some cracking live music to boot, including top local talent. You can also expect to find signature creative mixed drinks and mocktails, sophisticated ambiance, and stunning views of the city.
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).

Mcgettigan’s JLT
This legendary Irish bar excels at pretty much everything, especially when it comes to live music. Regular live gigs are hosted at this spot, either in the bar on the corner, or in The Baggot for higher-profile gigs. Whichever location, you’re guaranteed a sweaty, head-bangingly good time, and you’ll love it.
Open daily noon-3am. Bonnington Hotel, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 378 0800).

Moe’s on the 5th
A spot for the cool cats, this one. With stylish interior, cool tunes, live music and knowledgeable barmen who will be more than happy to craft you some top mixed drinks to accompany the cracking beats pumping out, this is a top hideout for the city’s music-lovers.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 333 3055).

Hot Beirut club MusicHall serves up an array of music from across the globe every night. There’s a minimum spend of Dhs300 for a seat, but it’s worth it.
Open Thu-Fri 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (056 270 8670).

The Fridge
The Fridge is a warehouse venue offering a welcome showcase of local artists, and is perfect for burgeoning musicians. Well worthy of a visit for new music fans.
Open Sun-Thu 9am-6pm. Unlicensed. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7793).

The Irish Village
As well as being a cracking pub, this top Irish bar regularly plays host to some massive gigs from some top names. Last year saw Texas, Ocean Colour Scene and more play at the venue. The large garden and homely feel makes this a low-key favourite among hordes of expats.
Open daily 11am-1am. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 239 5000).

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