Dubai's best bars and clubs

After 12 months spent in hundreds of bars, pubs, clubs and lounges, laughing (or cringing) our way through countless comedy gigs, dancing (and perhaps even twerking) at numerous concerts, club nights and festivals, and scouring the scene in search of the city’s top DJs and entertainment, we reveal the winners crowned at the Time Out Dubai Music and Nightlife Awards 2016.

Divided into four categories – Nights, Events, People and Venues – we’ve taken into consideration atmosphere, service and quality of drinks, as well as value for money, entertainment on offer and the overall experience, to bring you this definitive list of the best nights out Dubai has to offer.

Dubai's best bars and clubs

Time Out has the most important list of Dubai's best bars and clubs, those from our awards. Discover beach clubs, ladies nights, outdoor bars and more

After 12 months spent in hundreds of bars, pubs, clubs and lounges, laughing (or cringing) our way through countless comedy gigs, dancing (and perhaps even twerking) at numerous concerts, club nights and festivals, and scouring the scene in search of the city’s top DJs and entertainment, we reveal the winners crowned at the Time Out Dubai Music and Nightlife Awards 2016.

Divided into four categories – Nights, Events, People and Venues – we’ve taken into consideration atmosphere, service and quality of drinks, as well as value for money, entertainment on offer and the overall experience, to bring you this definitive list of the best nights out Dubai has to offer.

04 332 9260 World Trade Center Area

Cavalli is an institution on the Dubai nightlife scene, known for its glitzy parties, daring shows and lavish décor. This year the home of all things bold, brash and absolutely fabulous turns ten, so it’s only right to pop along and raise a glass.

It’s a swanky venue and guests dress accordingly, so make sure you dig out your gladrags for a night out here.

There’s opulent glamour throughout, from the massive crystal chandeliers down to the animal-print soft furnishings (and even that furry wall).

We recommend heading here after 11 as it doesn’t really get busy until later into the evening, but when it does fill up, it tends to get lively.

There are events nearly every night of the week including three courses for women on Tuesday ladies’ night (Dhs150) and special dinner shows on a Thursday evening.

It can a bit hit and miss though. At times it’s practically empty, meaning the vibe is lacking – but on other occasions it’s packed to the rafters.

Regardless of the numbers, you can expect something special on the dancefloor, with aerial hoop performances, silk dancers and glitter cannons.

If you’re up for a big night – and you’re after a show – then you can’t go wrong with Cavalli.

The bottom line
A famous club that’s worth a visit.

04 276 5900 Dubai Marina

Asia Asia is one of those places you can’t help but love. From its stunning views across Dubai Marina to the creative mixed drinks and the excellent dishes it serves up, this is a top choice in every way. Which is why we named it Best Lounge Bar at our 2018 Music & Nightlife Awards.

Set in Pier 7, this trendy, dimly lit bar is always busy. Visit on Tuesday for one of the most popular ladies’ nights in the city, while on a Thursday there’s a live saxophonist from 10pm.

The sophisticated and vibrant bar – full of dark woods and fuchsia pinks – has a large following and draws in a well-dressed party crowd.

On arrival you’ll be greeted by friendly hostesses – as well as a row of golden statues – before being led through an atmospheric passageway scented with lemongrass.

Once inside, pull up a stool at the bar or in one of the cosy alcoves and order up some mixed drinks and bar bites. These, as expected in a venue that was Highly Commended in our Best Asian category in the 2018 Restaurant Awards – shouldn’t be missed This elegant and upbeat venue is worth a visit any night of the week and you’re sure to have a great time, trust us.

The bottom line
Top views, creative drinks and great vibe.

04 239 5000 Garhoud

If you’re looking for a laid-back pub with a friendly vibe and a spacious garden, look no further than Time Out Dubai’s 2018 Pub of the Year, The Irish Village.

The traditional pub at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium has been a longstanding Dubai institution for many a year – it turns 22 in 2018, in fact.

And its appeal is as enduring as it ever was. Despite a slew of young upstarts putting up fierce competition, this established Garhoud watering hole has firmly stood its ground.

With its rustic, dark wood interiors and sprawling patioed (and pet-friendly) garden, punters continue to pour in week after week for great-value pints of the black stuff and classic pub grub, from Irish stews, fish and chips and fry-ups, to hot and tasty toasties in a variety of forms.

Service is spot-on, and many of the staff have been familiar faces to regular drinkers and diners at the pub for several years. You’ll always get a warm welcome and you’re sure to stay longer than you expected, too.

With a front designed to look like an authentic village and a lush green lawn, it’s hard to beat this spot for a lazy afternoon in the sunshine. Don’t miss a trip to The Irish Village.

If you know it, you’ll love it.

The bottom line
A perfect place for a pint.

04 514 9195 Al Barsha

We can’t think of many venues in Dubai better for getting a massive sweat on to piercingly loud (and awesome) rock music than Lock, Stock & Barrel.

We’re massive fans of this place (we’re referring to the Barsha Heights original, here, although we do love the JBR branch, too), owing to it’s cracking vibe, decent drinks deals, pool tables, telly screens and ability to put together a barnstorming gig.

On a weekly basis you’ll find top rockers 13 Daze and Gorgeous George getting up on stage to get you banging your head in approval/over-excitement/rockerness etcetera. With free entry to the bar all night, you’re guaranteed to find some top music to have with your pint.

Oh, and while you’re there, we’d thoroughly recommend getting in before 8pm to make the most of the two-for-one happy hour, available on a whole host of house beverages and hops. You should also make sure you grab a giant bowl of the fully loaded nachos.

A top night out awaits.

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