Best Live Music Venue in Dubai
Time Out takes a quick look at those considered among the best live music venues in Dubai, including bars and clubs in Dubai Marina, JLT and Downtown
If you’re looking for a laid-back pub with a friendly vibe and a spacious garden, look no further than Time Out Dubai’s 2018 Pub of the Year, The Irish Village.
The traditional pub at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium has been a longstanding Dubai institution for many a year – it turns 22 in 2018, in fact.
And its appeal is as enduring as it ever was. Despite a slew of young upstarts putting up fierce competition, this established Garhoud watering hole has firmly stood its ground.
With its rustic, dark wood interiors and sprawling patioed (and pet-friendly) garden, punters continue to pour in week after week for great-value pints of the black stuff and classic pub grub, from Irish stews, fish and chips and fry-ups, to hot and tasty toasties in a variety of forms.
Service is spot-on, and many of the staff have been familiar faces to regular drinkers and diners at the pub for several years. You’ll always get a warm welcome and you’re sure to stay longer than you expected, too.
With a front designed to look like an authentic village and a lush green lawn, it’s hard to beat this spot for a lazy afternoon in the sunshine. Don’t miss a trip to The Irish Village.
If you know it, you’ll love it.
The bottom line
A perfect place for a pint.
At more than 20 years old Barasti, is one beach bar that’s never going out of fashion. So while it might be ageing in years, it’s never getting old in terms of popularity with its army of fans here in Dubai.
The reason for its popularity is multi-faceted. The massive, sprawling beach bar and club provides whatever you’re looking for – be it lazing in the sun, watching the game, tucking into some decent bar food or partying to top name DJs. It covers all bases, and it covers them well.
Not only did it take home the gong for Best Beach Bar at the 2018 Music & Nightlife Awards, it also claimed Highly Commended in both Sports Bar and Beach Club categories, too.
On the top deck, you’ll find the club’s famous gigantic telly, always showing the day’s choice match or event – and the bar has a particular penchant for footie and a spot of rugger during the major tournaments.
Its huge, central tiki hut-esque bar is also surrounded by smaller screens and inside, you’ll find yet more screens, making this a dream of a sports bar on Saturday and Sunday.
On the lower deck, another bar and recently opened swimming pool make this a chilled-out spot for beachgoers throughout the week, and the mass of sand adds to the relaxed vibe.
But Barasti is also capable of throwing a pumping party, and does so with brilliant regularity. International DJs head into town regularly and thousands of beach-going party people can dance the night away barefoot on the sand.
It’s one of the city’s most famous spots for a reason.
The bottom line
Longstanding nightspot that’s as good as ever.
Dubai is home to few better-recognised global brands than the good ol’ Hard Rock.
Founded in London in 1971 (a location where queues still go round the corner daily), it’s loved worldwide for its giant burgers, rockin’ live music and megastar memorabilia.
Dubai’s version – housed in Festival City – is as you’d expect really, but sadly just doesn’t wow (and we wouldn’t be queuing for it).
We visit on a Wednesday, for the promisingly titled Funk Night. Live music comes from a bombastic four-piece, blitzing out some of the funkiest jazz-pop fusion this side of the Creek. (The less said about the impromptu performance by the wait staff to One Direction, however, the better.)
The bar itself is packed full of a jaw-dropping array of rock memorabilia, that will get any music afficionado geeking out. Adorning the walls are Michael Jackson and Elvis outfits, telegrams sent between members of The Beatles, a guitar owned by the late, great Prince and so much more.
As bars go, it’s busy enough, but the high prices don’t quite match up with the slightly faded décor. There’s a daily two-for-one happy hour from 10pm to 1am, which is very welcome, though, so it’s worth visiting then.
The bottom line
Some great music, but not so great prices.
The pub-club-arcade has grown from strength to strength since opening two years ago. We like it so much we gave it the Highly Commended Bar of the Year accolade at our Music & Nightlife Awards this year.
The arcade now feels like a cool place to hang out, thanks to the funky graffiti scrawled across the walls, and its bright, inviting atmosphere screams stay and play.
The trendy New York-style pub is buzzing towards the end of the week, thanks to live music from artists including Time Out Dubai’s Best Dubai Act of 2017, The Boxtones, as well as Jay Abo and Jay Wud. Earlier in the week, it’s perfect for a quiet drink.
It offers a daily three-for-one deal on hops and grape, plus two free drinks for ladies on Tuesdays in the pub and on Wednesdays in the club for ladies’ night. It draws in a mixed crowd who are kept in good spirits by helpful, quick and chatty staff, and the hyped-up club nights on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Stereo Arcade has strived to make its mark and offer something refreshingly different in this part of town. And it does this well. Whether you want to chill, party or play, it has your night out covered.
The bottom line
Retro, industrial-cool hangout with good daily deals.
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