Nominees revealed for the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2020

The city’s best nights out will be revealed at the end of March

Nominees revealed for the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2020

Dubai’s best nightlife destinations and nights out are about to be revealed by Time Out Dubai.

The Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards are back for an 11th year in 2020, within which there are 26 categories celebrating the city’s best nights out.

Over the past 12 months, our team of reviewers has been out and about around the city, reviewing Dubai’s best bars, pubs, clubs, gigs, concerts, ladies’ nights, gents’ nights, club nights, DJs, bar bands and more – and we’re revealing the shortlists for the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2020 below.

Our dedicated team of anonymous reviewers goes out en masse every night of the week, to live and breathe the social life of the city, to be on the pulse of what’s happening and where – so we can tell you, without any bias – or influence from third parties – where you need to be going to for a top night out.

From super-clubs to rooftop bars, bar bands to DJs, sports bars to ladies’ nights, we’ve been there – and there’s a category to recognise them.

There have been no nominations and there is no public vote. You can trust we are giving you an honest, independent review, without any outside influences (for more on our process, click here).

New for 2020 is the Terrace Bar category, which recognises bars in the city with a superb outdoor terrace area.

Venues that opened between October 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020, are eligible for the newcomer award and are not entered into any other categories.

The winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday March 25 at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2020, which will be held at W Dubai – The Palm. This will be followed by a huge after-party at a venue that’s going to be announced very soon (but, trust us, it’s going to be amazing – and you’re invited).

Sit tight for the official announcement of the very best nightlife destinations in Dubai.

For event table bookings and prices, please contact tablebookings@timeoutdubai.com. For event queries, contact Joanna.Farrer@itp.com.

EVENTS

BEST LADIES’ NIGHT

• Asia Asia, Pier 7
• Il Faro Trattoria & Lounge, Palm Jumeirah
• Mr. Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel
• Secret Ladies’ Night at At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
• SKY2.0, d3
• Soho Garden, Meydan Grandstand
• SoBe, W Dubai – The Palm
• STK JBR, Rixos Premium Dubai
• The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
• WHITE Dubai, Meydan Racecourse

BEST GENTLEMEN’S NIGHT

• Bar Rumba, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
• QWERTY, Media One Hotel
• The Dubliner’s, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
• ubk, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers
• Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

BEST COMEDY GIG

• Al Murray by Dubai Opera
• Jason Byrne by McGettigan's JLT
• Jason Manford by The Laughter Factory
• Jo Koy by Coca-Cola Arena Dubai
• Josh Widdicombe by Dubai Opera
• Maz Jobrani by BRAG
• Michael McIntyre by DXBLaughs
• Russell Peters by FLASH Entertainment and Live Nation at Coca-Cola Arena Dubai
• Scott Bennett by The Laughter Factory
• Tez Ilyas by The Laughter Factory

BEST FESTIVAL

• elrow, Soho Garden
• Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2020, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
• Groove on the Grass feat. Rudimental, Emirates Golf Club
• Kaynouna, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
• LUVYA 2019, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
• One Big Beach Festival, Zero Gravity
• RedFest DXB 2020 by Done Events, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
• Sole DXB 2019, d3
• Wake Up Call Festival, W Dubai – The Palm
• Wasla by Live Nation and BRAG, Burj Park

BEST GIG UNDER 3,000

• a-ha, Dubai Opera
• Craig David, LUYVA
• Deacon Blue, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
• Haçienda Classiçal, Dubai Opera
• Jason Derulo, BASE Dubai
• John Newman, Zero Gravity
• Lost Frequencies, LUYVA
• Ludovico Einaudi, Dubai Opera
• Passenger, Dubai Opera
• The Supremes by Theatre by QE2

BEST GIG 3,000+

• AR Rahman by Done Events at Coca-Cola Arena Dubai
• Boyz II Men by BookMyShow and Live Nation at Coca-Cola Arena Dubai
• Boyzone by Solo at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
• John Legend by Dubai Shopping Festival at Coca-Cola Arena Dubai
• Lionel Richie by Done Events at Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2020
• Maroon 5 by Done Events at Coca-Cola Arena Dubai
• OneRepublic by Done Events at Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2020
• Robbie Williams by BRAG at The Pointe
• Stormzy by Done Events at RedFest DXB 2020
• Westlife by Live Nation and BookMyShow at Coca-Cola Arena Dubai

BEST THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE

• Alice by Theatre by QE2 and H2 Productions at The QE2
• Broken Wings by Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment Group at Dubai Opera
• Just Like That by Tall Tale Productions at The Junction
• La Perle at Al Habtoor City
• Much Ado About Nothing by New English Shakespeare Company at Dubai Opera
• Peter Pan by Theatre by QE2 and H2 Productions at The QE2
• Phantom of the Opera by Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment Group at Dubai Opera
• Puccini's Turandot at Shanghai Opera House at Dubai Opera
• The Kite Runner by Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment Group at Dubai Opera
• The Nutcracker by St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre at Dubai Opera

PEOPLE

BEST ORIGINAL ACT

• As Per Casper
• Carl & The Reda Mafia
• Danny Aridi
• Hollaphonic
• Jay Abo
• Jaymie DeVille
• Laura Lopez
• Moh Flow
• Seki Supervillain
• Stephon LaMar

BEST BAR BAND/ACT

• 13 Daze
• About Last Night
• Adam Baluch
• Apple of Seven
• Big Mouth
• Cubache
• Gari Deegan
• Gorgeous George
• Lady J & the Vagabonds
• Sweet Chilli Jam

BEST DUBAI DJ

• Adam Graca
• Chris Wright
• Dany Neville
• NSI
• Jixo & Danz
• Mar+Mer
• Memfisa
• Mr. Levier
• Shef Codes
• SONYA

VENUES

BEST MIXED DRINKS BAR

• Asia Asia, Pier 7
• At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
• Carnival by Trèsind, DIFC
• folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
• Gold on 27, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
• Mama Zonia, Pier 7
• Masti, La Mer
• NEOS, Address Downtown
• The Social Room, InterContinental Dubai Marina
• Zuma, DIFC

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

• Analog Room, Ibis Al Barsha
• Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
• Club Se7en, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel
• Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai Festival City Mall
Jazz@PizzaExpress, JLT
• Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR, Rixos Premium Dubai
• PizzaExpress Live, DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay
• Q’s Bar & Lounge, Palazzo Versace Dubai
• The Irish Village, Garhoud
• Wavehouse, Atlantis The Palm

BEST SPORTS BAR

• Barasti, Le Méridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
• Barrels, Majestic City Retreat
• Bidi Bondi, Palm Jumeirah
• Crown & Lion, Byblos Hotel
• Fibber Magee’s, Saeed Tower One
• garden on 8, Media One Hotel
• Kickers, Sports City
• McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers
• Offside, JA Ocean View Hotel
• The Dubliner’s, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

BEST ALL-AMERICAN BAR

• Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem
• Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai Festival City
• O’Learys, Hilton Dubai Creek
• Original Wings & Rings, DIFC
• Ribs & Brews, Hilton Al Habtoor City
• Rodeo Drive, Saeed Tower One
• Stars ’N’ Bars, La Mer

BEST PARTY BRUNCH

• Dare to Brunch, STK JBR
• Dim Sum Disco by Candypants, Maiden Shanghai
• El Secreto at La Carnita by Secret Parties, InterContinental Dubai Marina
• Hidden Brunch by Love Parties, Taj Dubai
• Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk, Rixos Premium Dubai
• Palm Sugar, W Dubai – The Palm
• Saffron, Atlantis The Palm
• Secret Garden at Flair No.5 by Secret Parties, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC
• The Stage Brunch by Love Parties, Jazz@PizzaExpress
• We Brunch by Love Parties, InterContinental Dubai Marina

BEST ROOFTOP BAR

• Cielo Sky Lounge, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
• Eve Penthouse & Lounge, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
• folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
• LookUp Rooftop Bar, La Ville Hotel & Suites
• Luna Sky Bar, Four Seasons Hotel DIFC
• Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
• SoBe, W Dubai – The Palm
• The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
• Twenty Three, Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City
• Uptown Bar, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

BEST TERRACE

• 101 Dining, Lounge & Bar, One&Only The Palm
• Bussola, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
• Café Artois at Bridgewater, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
• Flair No.5, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
• folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
• Il Faro Trattoria & Lounge, Palm Jumeirah
• LAH LAH, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens
• Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai
• The Irish Village, Studio One Hotel
• Zeta, Address Downtown

BEST RESTAURANT BAR

• Barbary Deli + Cocktail Club, TRYP by Wyndham
• Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem
• BOCA, DIFC
• COYA Pisco Bar & Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
• LAH LAH, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens
• LPM Restaurant & Bar, DIFC
• Rockfish, Jumeirah Al Naseem
• RÜYA, Grosvenor House Dubai
• The Social Room, InterContinental Dubai Marina
• Zuma, DIFC

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINNER

• 1OAK, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
• Antika Bar, DIFC
• Bistrot Bagatelle, Fairmont Dubai
• Billionaire Mansion, Taj Dubai
• COYA, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
• La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
• LPM Restaurant & Bar, DIFC
• Miss Lily's, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
• OPA, Fairmont Dubai
• Zuma, DIFC

BEST AFTER-BRUNCH PARTY

• Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
• LAH LAH by Love Parties, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens
• Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR, Rixos Premium Dubai
• Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Dubai
• McGettigan's JLT, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers
• Mr. Miyagi's, Media One Hotel
• The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
• Warehouse, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

BEST BEACH BAR

• Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
• Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
• Breeze Beach Grill, Club Vista Mare
• DRIFT Beach, One&Only Royal Mirage
• Jetty Lounge, One&Only Royal Mirage
• Key West, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
• Palm Grill, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
• Shimmers, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
• Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem
• The Beach House, Anantara The Palm Resort Dubai

GRAND PRIX

BEACH CLUB OF THE YEAR

• Andreea’s, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
• Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
• Cove Beach, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
• DRIFT Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage
• Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira
• Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem
• WET Deck, W Dubai – The Palm
• Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina

BEST NEW NIGHTLIFE VENUE

• Amazónico Dubai, DIFC
• Beach by FIVE, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
• Black Goose, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
• CÉ LA VI, Address Sky View
• Indochine, DIFC
• Iris, Meydan Racecourse
• La Mezcaleria, The Oberoi Dubai
• Mood Rooftop Lounge, The Meydan Hotel
• Nammos Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
• WHITE Beach, Atlantis The Palm

PUB OF THE YEAR

• Crown & Lion, Byblos Hotel
• D&A, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
• Fibber Magee’s, Saeed Tower One
• McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers
• Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
• Rose & Crown, The Atrium at Al Habtoor City
• The Dubliner’s, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
• The Irish Village, Garhoud
• The Irish Village Dubai Studio City, Studio One Hotel
• The Red Lion, Metropolitan Hotel

BAR OF THE YEAR

• Asia Asia, Pier 7
• Barasti, Le Méridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
• folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
• Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR, Rixos Premium Dubai
• Palm Grill, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
• Q’s Bar & Lounge, Palazzo Versace Dubai
• SoBe, W Dubai – The Palm
• The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
• Zeta, Address Downtown Dubai
• Zuma, DIFC

CLUB OF THE YEAR

• 1OAK, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
• BASE, d3
• BOA, V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton
• Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai
• Drai’s Dubai, Meydan Racecourse
• SKY2.0, d3
• Soho Garden, Meydan
• The Secret Room, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
• Toy Room DXB, Meydan Racecourse
• WHITE Dubai, Meydan Grandstand

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