Sho Cho: Beachside bliss in Jumeirah 1 comes courtesy of this cute little drinking den cum sushi stop. The crowd’s a bit too cool for school but the location’s a dream. Just remember to book ahead if you want a table.
Bar Zar: One of The Madinat’s most well-established bars but still one of the most fun. Chill outside on beanbags or dance the night away to the regular live bands indoors, if the weather’s a bit warmer
360: Another of Dubai’s poser-packed party haunts but more than worth the trip. Call ahead to get on the guest list and be prepared to queue for your overpriced drinks but the trouble becomes a distant memory as you watch the sun go down and the music cranks up.
Leftbank: Great for dinner and cocktails. Dimmed lighting makes for a permanently chilled vibe and reasonable prices, good service, and a picturesque location keep customers coming back.
Bahri Bar: One of Dubai’s coolest venues without the attitude. The atmosphere is relaxed and traditionally Arabic with comfy seating aplenty and attentive staff. The perfect place to head to post-brunch to let the afternoon slip away.
Malecon: If it’s a cheap fun night you’re after, this is the place for you. Malecon prides itself on its party vibe, whether it’s salsa dancing or just a straight DJ night the dancefloor is always packed with one of the most up-for-it crowds in town.
The Apartment: Arrive early to dodge the queues and come in couples if you want to get in quicker. A night at The Apartment is not a cheap option and the low ceilings make even a quiet night seem like a chaotic and cramped experience. But it is the perfect place for dancefloor dwellers who like to get up close and personal with their fellow boogiers.
Jam Base: If jazz is your bag then Jam Base is the place for you. Larger than life performers bring the stage alive while diners fly from foot-tapping to full-on party mode as the evening progresses.
The Agency: A wine-lovers paradise at The Madinat with enough tipples to sate the palette of the keenest connoisseurs. A relaxed ambience and older crowd set the tone while comfortable seating and dimly-lit corners make for a romantic atmosphere for couples on date night or conversation-lovers alike.
Trader Vic’s: Not to be outshone by its flashy Dubai Marina sister Trader Vic’ at The Madinat is still doing a fine line in cocktails and entertainment. You can’t book ahead so arrive early to get your name on the list.