Meydan Dubai: your essential nightlife guide

Superclubs, rooftop bars, lounges and more

Meydan Dubai: your essential nightlife guide
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Dubai’s nightlife scene is buzzing, but for a cluster of superclubs and some super skyline view bars, look no further than Meydan.

With everything from stellar nights at Drai’s Dubai to Ibiza-style vibes at Soho Garden, if you’re up to kicking off the weekend on a buzzing, high note, Meydan is one-stop destination.

And, with the upcoming Dubai World Cup 2020 around the corner on Saturday March 28, here’s everything you need to know about Meydan’s nightlife scene.

Drai’s Dubai
If you’re after a big night out then Drai’s should definitely be top of your list, all thanks to its Las Vegas-honed swagger. Drai’s Dubai was crowned Club of the Year at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2019 for good reason. After a massive season as a fully-fledged open-air club it underwent a revamp and transformed from being a pool-side day club to a pumping, all-singing, all-dancing nightclub. Generally for both nights, ladies get free entry as well as free-flowing drinks until 1am and gents can get in on the action for Dhs200, which includes two drinks.
Open Thu-Fri 10pm-4am, Sun 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).

Iris
The famed nightspot has long been a popular hangout both in Dubai and in Beirut. After moving from its Business Bay location in 2019 it’s now set up shop in Meydan. Run by the same people that do WHITE and Drais you can expect a lively night out. There’s live music throughout the week, including on a Saturday night, as well as a Friday afternoon brunch and a late brunch from 4pm until 8pm on a Saturday, which provides top sunset views across to Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, so there are plenty of reasons to visit. Iris is known for its inventive mixed drinks, while there’s also a decent choice of shorts, hops and grape.
Open Sat-Wed 5pm-2am, Thu 5pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (056 951 1442).

Mood Rooftop Lounge
Set on the rooftop of Meydan Grandstand (at the opposite end to WHITE) this bar has stonking views across to the Downtown Dubai skyline. It’s a cool spot and you’re greeted with neon puns and plenty of on-trend foliage for those now all-important Insta snaps. The décor is super-cool – comfy couches, raised areas for prime viewing, a bar tucked away at the back and there’s a DJ booth front and centre, plus live music regularly, including from Jay Abo. And there’s a second draw for the party crowd – this bar is open all the way through until 6am if you fancy a sunriser, too.
Open daily 6pm-6am. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (054 440 0227).

Qube Sports Bar
If you’re after a more relaxed tipple, Qube Sports Bar is the place to head to. The key selling point – and a rather self-descriptive one – of Qube is the gigantic, four-sided TV screen that lurks imperiously through the middle of this bar. There are tonnes of bar games about the place, including pool, darts, table football and shuffleboard, all of which are free to play and help to liven up a sports bar.
Open daily noon-2am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.meydanhotels.com (04 381 3780)

Soho Garden DXB
If Soho Garden was actually a garden, it might break records for being the liveliest one around. The massive al fresco superclub now houses new venues Tokyo Vibes, a Japanese restaurant and lounge, and Glasshouse, a European brasserie and bar, before making your way through to the refurbished garden area for the main party. And what a party you’re in for, with music ranging from hip-hop, R&B, house and underground minimal techno and a different theme each evening. Plenty of star acts are brought in too. There’s also the cool new nightclub Code DXB, which is already making waves among Dubai’s late-night party-lovers.
Open Wed-Thu and Fri 8pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.sohogardendxb.com (052 388 8849).

Toy Room DXB
This isn’t your typical ‘Toy Room.’ Everything is geared towards having a good time, and you’re more likely to be dancing away than taking pictures for social media (as all the signs say you should do, anyway). Its mascot Frank the Bear is also a quirky stand out, but to experience a big night of dancing and mischief, you definitely can’t go wrong.
Open Thu and Sat 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 463 3338.).

WHITE Dubai
This huge open-air club is on the rooftop of the Meydan Racecourse Grandstand in Nad Al Sheba. It’s home to massive artists on a regular basis, ladies’ nights and one of the most impressive nightlife views around, out towards Downtown Dubai. It’s become a regular as one of Dubai’s Best Nightclubs at the Music and Nightlife Awards and it’s a top choice if you have visitors in town.
Open Thu-Sat 10pm-4am, Tue 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba, www.whitedubai.com (050 443 0933).

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