Q’s Bar & Lounge
As far as we’re concerned there’s absolutely nothing to stop you falling head over heels in love with this utterly charming jazz bar that needs to be viewed as up there with the world’s very best. And what else would you possibly expect, what with Q’s being the first live music bar opened by the legendary composer, producer, conductor and artist that is Quincy Jones? There’s live music five nights a week, international acts hand-picked by the great man himself for long-term residencies at this gorgeous, dark, intimate jazz bar.
Show times vary. Open Tue-Sat 7pm-2am. Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf (04 556 8865).
Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk
A cavernous bar that’s good at practically everything it does. Sport? You got it. Bar food? Pass us the nachos. Live music? Of course. There’s live music every weekend with resident bands playing some of the greatest rock hits of all time. It’s huge, it’s fun, it has a cracking post-brunch party (more on that later) and there’s a decent happy hour.
Open Mon-Thu 4pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am, Sat-Sun 2pm-3am. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 392 7120).
A new opening in 2018 from the global pizza franchise, and the second live music venue for the chain here in Dubai. This Business Bay spot saw Newton Faulkner and other top acts hit the stage in 2018 – with the former calling it one of the most professional setups he’s ever seen. And it shows: this place is perfectly tuned for live music.
Open daily noon-1am. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay (04 566 5722).
Top deals and tasty dishes mean this Bur Dubai Indian gastropub is just as popular as The Music Room it replaced in 2017. Top acts take to the stage, with many often blasting out raucous tunes – it’s tremendous.
Open daily noon-3am. Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 501 2631).
An underground bar with the magnificent Apple of Seven house band performing an impressively broad array of tunes. Expect towers of hops, a purpose-built stage and finely tuned acoustics to accompany the whopping great screen for all sorts of visual effects.
Open daily 7.30pm-3am. Park Regis Kris Kin, Bur Dubai (04 377 1213).
Hard Rock Cafe
This bar is simultaneously one for tourists, with it being the Dubai franchise of probably the world’s best-known chain of bars – but also the music purists. Live acts hit the stage every night, it even hosted Scot rockers Biffy Clyro in 2018.
Open daily noon-2am. Dubai Festival City Mall (04 232 8900).
A rooftop bar with Burj Khalifa views that dedicates itself to top quality live music, and receives praise from local artists for having a top set up and a rich line-up of talented musicians.
Open daily 5pm-3am. The Oberoi, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
A wonderful jazz-themed restaurant that has PizzaExpress’ signature grub, but it’s the brilliant roster of live acts and musicians performing every night of the week that you’ll want to head along for.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
A mainstay on the music scene that sees acts from around the world performing every weekend. A Lebanese import, you can expect some cracking shows. There’s a minimum spend, but it’s worth it.
Open Thu-Fri 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (056 270 8670).
The Irish Village
Is there anything this pub doesn’t do well? Big names like Boyzone, Busted and more have performed there recently, and you’re never too far away from another cracking gig at this Irish pub.
Open daily 11am-1am. Garhoud (04 239 5000).