Blue Bar

A chilled-out, sophisticated live music venue that’s well worth a visit
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Time Out Says

If you’re looking for an evening of cool music in sophisticated surroundings, then read on.

Located at the Novotel in DWTC, you’re just as likely to find tired work folk chilling out at Blue Bar as you are fans of live music.

We arrive after a busy day at the adjacent Trade Centre on a Friday night. The bar is chilled, admittedly it’s a little quiet, but that just adds to its relaxed vibe.

There’s a gentle buzz around this stylish bar, which puts music at its core. The stage is set for the evening’s entertainment (a new residency from Dubai band Carl and The Reda Mafia, who play every Friday from 8pm), and instruments adorn the walls.

Performances from classic musicians are displayed on the bar’s TV screens – although the ambience is disrupted slightly, albeit briefly, when the DVD requires changing every so often.

Despite losing a couple of marks for this strange reliance on outdated technology, the bar wins them back for its modern service. Our waiter presents us with an iPad, featuring an interactive menu containing the bar’s extensive selection of drinks.

By the time the house band hit the stage, Blue Bar has become increasingly busy.

Expect funky, soulful but upbeat covers of well-known songs from yesteryear, mixed with chart hits you heard on the radio earlier that day. Carl and The Reda Mafia supported Bon Jovi earlier this year, and for good reason. They’re tight, professional, and the music befits a Friday night at this cool, suave music club.

This is for music-lovers and socialites, and we’ll be back next Friday, for more of the same.

The bottom line

A cool bar with great live music.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 03 Oct 2017

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TypeBar & Pub, Bar/lounge
12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMMonday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMThursday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMFriday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 04 332 0000
Dubai, World Trade Center Area, Novotel, World Trade Centre

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