Maxx Music Bar

A recently revamped live music bar

This Al Barsha rock ‘n’ roll bar recently underwent a makeover and revealed its new and slightly more polished look to the world –well, Dubai – in mid-July, but staying true to its roots and its name, the music theme runs throughout.

The snug space at the Citymax is decked out with artwork and murals featuring late music legends – think Amy Winehouse, Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, retro album covers, neon signs beaming quotes like “Light It Up” and “We R Who We R”, musical memorabilia such as electric guitars hanging from the walls.

There’s also an elevated stage fully-equipped for live music, while rock hits from the ’80s, ’90s and noughties pump out in the background.

With a load of weekly offers it also makes for a pocket-friendly night out. There are two cracking ladies’ nights on a Monday and Wednesday, where from 6pm until 1am you’ll get four free drinks, while a daily happy hour from 6pm until 10pm sees house drinks starting from a reasonable Dhs23.

There’s also live music throughout the week with acts including Big Mouth, DJ Mars and Salha & The Million Dollar Band.

The lights go down at 10pm (and thanks to a bit of glow in the dark paint, some of the art is highlighted) and the crowd laps up the live music.

The bar food is average but with keen prices and hearty portions you can’t really complain. Our main niggle is the slow service but again with an unpretentious atmosphere, a relaxed (albeit older) crowd, live music, cheap drinks and a bit of rock ’n’ roll nostalgia, Maxx Music Bar makes for a top no-frills night out in Al Barsha. We’ll be back.

WHAT IS IT...
A recently revamped live music bar

WHY GO...
For some rock ’n’ roll nostalgia

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