Dubai's best alternative nights out

Bingo, movie nights and more

Dubai’s best alternative nights out

Bongo’s Bingo
The UK phenomenon was named our favourite original night out in Dubai at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards in 2018 and it now has a new home – Atlantis The Palm. It’s going to be hosted in a massive tent, with room for 1,000 people, so expect an equally huge night out on Thursday November 14. It’s utter brilliance, utterly irreverent, utter mayhem and generally the funnest night out you’ll find in the city. Expect to be singing your heart out to Backstreet Boys, dancing on tables (and that’s encouraged) and all-round bonkers night out. This week’s edition is already sold out (congrats if you scored tickets) but keep your eyes peeled for more dates to be announced soon.
Dhs150. Thu Nov 15. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah,

Karaoke night at Lucky Voice
Bright, neon, retro décor, excellent music outside, private karaoke “pods” and more than 15,000 tracks on offer – Lucky Voice continues to be one of the city’s top party spots, and the best place to go if you need to belt out a few power ballads. The pods are pretty affordable, too, starting at Dhs40 per person per hour (deals vary by day) and there are 11 rooms to choose from, some of which can accommodate up to 25 people. This is a top night out that you need to go to, right now – just give it just a few minutes in a booth and you’ll know exactly why.
Prices vary. Open daily 5pm-3am. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).

Karaoke quiz at Mr. Miyagi’s
This Asian street-themed quirky bar and restaurant offers up a zany weekly quiz that’ll help you see out the end of the weekend in a truly alternative way. Taking place every Saturday night, it’s free to enter but for Dhs99 you’ll also get a fantastic series of bonuses to boot. We’re talking three drinks, three dishes, games stations and live entertainment such as singing and karaoke.
Free. Sat 8pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 420 7489).

Bull riding at Rodeo Drive
Dig out that Stetson, it’s time to head to the rodeo. It took us a few visits before we seriously considered climbing atop the bucking bronco sitting centre stage at this buzzing American gastropub. But once convinced to take on the challenge you can’t keep us away. The all-American themed bar also offers hops pong, Wild West Wednesdays with a live band, loads of drinks deals and more. Gather your mates and you’ll be yelling yee-haw in no time, cowboy.
Open daily 6pm-3am. Saaed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (054 417 7028).

The 44
If having a couple of quiet bevvies isn’t enough excitement for you, then there’s nowhere in town with a greater variety of bar sports than this lofty bar found at Al Habtoor City. The best part? There’s a bowling alley running along the side of the bar, which while not cheap to play does hold the title of the highest bowling alley in the world. It’s also home to pool tables, darts and more.
Open Sat-Wed noon-2am, Thu-Fri noon-3am. Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City (054 581 1758).

Dance offs at The Hideout
We don’t quite know how to describe The Hideout, other than by saying it’s a bit of Jack of all trades and regularly hosts some of Dubai’s wackiest events including Bonkers Bingo. The show mixes the traditional elements of bingo with dance-offs, rave intervals, plenty of heckling, audience participation, and the chance to bag prizes. Oh, and it’s completely free to enter. The next is happening on Tuesday December 3 so book yourselves in and get ready to shout “bingo”.
Free. Tue Dec 3, 8pm-3am. Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (058 534 6000).

Bowling at Wavehouse
If you’re looking for an action-packed night out, Wavehouse is it. Alongside a colourful, lively and licensed four-lane bowling alley (which we absolutely recommend you try) there’s a large upstairs area packed full of arcade games and virtual reality, and there’s even a wave rider – a machine that shoots more than seven tonnes of water per second, perfect for body or knee-boarding. There’s a separate bar area, as well as a restaurant – plus expansive outside terrace. Pair that all with its daily happy hour of discounted drinks from 5pm until 7pm and you’re guaranteed a cracking night out at this one-stop fun factory.
Open daily noon-1am. The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Movie nights at Zero Gravity
Get ready to catch some classic movies in an al fresco setting – Zero Gravity’s popular Cinema on the Sand is back for a second season. Past screenings have included Jaws, Home Alone and Top Gun and it’s Dhs50 a ticket but the full amount is redeemable on food and drinks, so it’s basically free. No reservations are required it usually kicks off at 8pm so head down early and grab yourself a beanbag, sun lounger or “director’s chair” on the sand. Cinema nights are set to be revealed soon so watch this space.
Dhs50. Dates vary. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).

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