Maharlika Café

Karama live music venue is great for lovers of rock
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Time Out Says

Set foot in Karama live music venue Maharlika Café and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were outside Dubai. The dark, dingy space that resides in the dated President Hotel offers live music from Filipino cover bands with rock-heavy choreographed dancing, plenty of head-banging, and mullet-sporting singers.

Service is swift and friendly and drinks are cheap. Everything about this place breathes ‘underground’, from the arcade toy-grabbing machine to the Bollywood sounds pulsing through the walls of the ladies’ bathroom. The bands take requests – but attempt to jump up on stage with the generously manned crew (not that we did…)and their demeanour will change from rock hero to surly superstar.

Even so, sit-down singalongs are encouraged and the bands are eager to serenade the raucous crowd from the raised stage, jumping from podium to podium with the enthusiasm, fist pumps and dress sense of a slightly more nimble Alice Cooper. We’d recommend it to anyone who loves cold, hard rock.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 17 Apr 2012

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Show number 04 334 6565
Dubai, Al Karama, President Hotel


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