It’s been here since the ’90s, and Barasti is verging on the same level of synonymy with Dubai as some of its most famous landmarks. Tourists want to make a beeline for this multi-tiered beach club, and residents end up at this beach club frequently. Giant screens for sport, multiple bars, a free-to-access pool, golden sands, decent bar grub – you name it, this place has it all, and long may its glorious tenure continue.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am, Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).
Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge
For many years this place has been the only club that’s open seven days a week, and was one of the original spots to get a bite to eat, have a couple of drinks and end up boogying the night away. This club from Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is lavishly decorated, with fantastic production values, lighting, dancefloors and more (including loads of crystal chandeliers). Head here whenever you fancy for evening brunches, themed nights, live entertainment and so much more.
Open daily 8.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
For 17 years the Dubai Jazz Festival has invested countless dirhams into ensuring the world’s premier musical talent comes to town. Having sold hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tickets over the years, the Jazz Fest seems to get better with age, and we hope its habit of attracting bigger and better acts year after year only continues to gather pace.
For more information, visit www.dubaijazzfest.com
Despite more than 20 years on the scene, Fibber Magee’s is still a staple on the pub scene. Whether a Friday morning fry-up, after-work drinks or its legendary Tuesday night quiz, this tiny pub is so consistently buzzing that whatever time you visit, you’ll rarely manage to bag your favourite table (you know, that one in the corner by the fireplace). It’s also still among the best value in the city, with generous deals every day of the week, and the only place in town that hosts a monthly Irish folk music jam. Absolutely top.
Open daily 8am-3am. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
For many years it laid claim to having the city’s longest bar, and while many challengers have come and gone, Long’s Bar is a spectacular case of nominative determinism, not just in the distance of its central bar, but in the sense that this spot on Sheikh Zayed Road is coming up on nearly two decades of existence, which is a magnificent feat. With countless screens, live entertainment, a daily happy hour and more, there are tonnes of reasons to pay a visit to this timeless spot.
Open daily noon-3am. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).
Nooks, crannies, a winding bar area with traditional wooden boards, Irish slogans, footy shirts and TV screens lining the walls, this Irish pub in Garhoud sits proudly as one of the best in town, and has done for years upon years. There’s a slightly jazzier extension built on one side which is home to various bar sports and more screens, but our favourite spot is in front of the projector screen at kick off time for the Celtic match. It’s timeless, and continues to impress.
Open daily 8am-3am. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
The Irish Village
What is there to say about The Irish Village that hasn’t already been said a hundred times? Well, it’s now an inductee to the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards Hall of Fame, thanks to its two decades of service to the city, that continues to get better and better, every single year. Whether it’s the enormous garden, live music, cracking pub grub (hello, chopped sausage) or the way it just goes all-out on the odd occasion (like its FIFA World Cup fan zone in 2018), this place is simply marvellous.
Open daily 11am-1am. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
The Laughter Factory
Twenty-two years at the forefront of the Dubai scene and still going strong, any comedy fan in the city will tell you that The Laughter Factory is pretty much the sole reason why stand-up comedy exists in the emirate today. Some of the biggest names in the business have come to Dubai early in their career with The Laughter Factory, and the team continues to bring brilliant international comedians to town on a monthly basis.
Visit www.thelaughterfactory.com for more information.
One of the city’s original big party brunches, Yalumba at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre in Garhoud continues to rake in the punters for its lively Friday afternoon bash. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here, and if you’ve
not ended up in the conga line, then you’ve done this place all wrong.
Dhs389 (sparkling), Dhs529 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
And last, but by no means least, this Japanese restaurant and bar continues to go from strength-to-strength some ten years after first opening its doors in DIFC. It’s won countless awards for both its food and its nightlife service to Dubai, and we salute the entire team at Zuma that continues to make this spot a perennial success in the city.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660).