All Star Ladies of Blues, All Star Smooth Jazz, Luca Mannutza and Max Ionata
The final of five days in the Jazz Garden will see all the four blues singers who have closed the preceding evenings – Sharrie Williams, Shakura S’Aida, Deborah Coleman and Ruby Turner – combine for an all-star send off. Earlier in the evening, the same concept will be applied to the performers in the smooth jazz segment (Cindy Bradley, Julian Vaughan, Phillip Denny Althea Rene), while the evening opens with the final act courtesy of the Italian Embassy, pianist Mannutza and saxophonist Ionata.
Free, but ticketed (apply for tickets online at www.facebook.com/DubaiJazzFest). 8pm- midnight. The Jazz Garden, Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com.
The original Rock Bottom in Bur Dubai now hosts a ’70s-themed cheese-fest, with disco covers from house band Sold-Out, party tunes from DJ Smokin’ Dean and all of the staff decked in retro garb.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Rock Bottom Café, Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 396 3888).
A gritty weekly night with SirMarc, Archidex and Pariah playing drum’n’bass, dubstep and electro at this Barsha hangout. There are also two-for- one drinks before midnight, and half-price deals for cabin crew.
Free. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7474).
For the Love of Music: The Lyricists
A one-off showcase and showdown of the region’s best rapping, MC and urban deck skills. Acclaimed MCs Jibberish and Omar Offendum lead a strong line-up that also includes local legend Rone Jaxx, former Virgin Music Festival headliners Traknotz and Newcomer Sain, Emarati hero Miyah of Desert Heat and ‘Queen of Arabic hip-hop’ Malikah, as well as Shef Codes and DJ Solo.
Dhs75. 6pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
DJ Emtee and Flowmaster J host this weekly night of R&B, hip-hop and house tunes, with free drinks for ladies all night.
Dhs75, ladies free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
The free-wheeling Dutch improvisational trio – who refuse to play conventional gigs, instead choosing to play only in art galleries – lead an interactive musical experiment.
Dhs50. 8pm. The Fridge, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).
Quiz night at The Underground
Teams of up to four people engage in a battle of wits at this popular Dubai Marina bar.
Free. 7pm (registration). Ongoing. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 408 4221).
ÜberDubai hosts this night with music from DJ Eli Abi.
Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Expect a generous helping of retro ’70s and ’80s tunes in gothic surroundings.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 505 7580).
Mass Ramli spins commercial R&B on the terrace, with Subandrio providing chilled grooves in the lounge.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
A weekly session of unashamed ’80s cheese. Expect to hear plenty of guilty pleasures, and to help you celebrate the weekend there’s an all-you-can-drink deal between 6pm and 9pm for Dhs99.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Z:One, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Aperitivo Alla Moda Party
The house DJs spin funk grooves at this rooftop pool bar, popular with the after-work crowd.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. M-Dek, Media One, Media City (050 876 4335).
This young weekly night promises the ‘freshest underground vibes in the city’, with Brit DJ Marky B joining resident Sandr Vokson behind the decks.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Mavericks, The Metropolitan Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 667 4320).
Live cabaret dancers, vocalists and entertainment.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare, Media Rotana Hotel, TECOM (055 505 7580).
We’re promised ‘musicians’ music’ at this new night – funk, soul, reggae, Latin, hip-hop and even Afrobeat have been put on the table by DJ Lobito.
Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Resident DJs Brooklyn and Taz play R&B, hip hop, soca, reggae, dancehall and funky house.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).
Jason Mraz with Toca Rivera, Spyro Gyra and Sandi Thom
American soul-pop singer Mraz, best known for 2008 single ‘I’m Yours’, leads the penultimate night of this year’s festival.
Dhs295-995. 7pm-midnight. Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
Locals DJ Shadow and DJ Hani spin commercial tunes.
Dhs100. 10.30pm-3am. Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 115 2544).
People by Crystal
DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes. Free, couples and reservations only.
10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Just weeks after helping Dubai see in 2012 at Sandance NYE, Ibiza legend Sanchez returns to these shores for a two-hour set. Warm-up is provided by Sick As Swans and Dion Mavath, and if house isn’t your thing there’s R&B in the garden and retro tunes on the terrace.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah (056 603 7961).
The Sinister Venetian Carnival
The whole of Venetian-inspired Caffé Florian will be decked out in dark hues, with staff dressed in colourful garb for this carnival-inspired bash. It runs every Thursday throughout February, with a special themed food and drink menu.
Free. 8pm-midnight. Until February 23. Caffé Florian, Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
Thursdays at OKKU with DJ Joey Negro
International DJ Joey Negro will be on the decks at OKKU, spinning some of his chart-topping hits including ‘American Dream,’ ‘Must be the Music’ and ‘Make A Move On Me’ as well as some of his latest tracks.
Free (reservations for tables and guest list required for entry). 7pm -3am. Monarch Dubai (04 5018777).
Electric Boutique presents Aeroplane
The Belgian DJ duo, known for French house and Balearic beats, fly in to spin at Trilogy.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs130 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Unzipped with Fables of Cantt
Psychedelic rock, punk and Indian classical sensibilities are said to inspire Pakistani singer/songwriter Nabil Qizilbash, who leads his band at this weekly showcase of local talent.
Dhs50. 6pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions presents Gion
Sought-after deep house producer and DJ Gion headlines, with locals legends Raxon and JC in support.
Free. 4pm- 2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
A fusion of house and Arabic beats.
Free, guestlist and table reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
German Karnival 2012
Fans of German hops, meats and customs will be overjoyed to hear they don’t need to wait until Oktoberfest, with this one-off beach bash marking the end of the carnival season, hosted by the German Emirates Club. Tunes come from DJ Ronaldo.
Dhs100. 6pm-late. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Global Metal Bash with Rema and Blind
Image Georgian metal stars Rema fly in for a headline slot of headbanging, with Indian thrashers Blind Image also on the bill.
Dhs60. 9pm-3am. Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, Satwa (04 398 2222).
Ill Communications presents Mark Broom
British techno veteran Broom bloomed out of the late ’80s acid house scene. In the words of his Twitter profile, today he is ‘still going strong’.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after, ladies and Face card holders free before 11pm. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
James Morrison, Brett Dennen and Dirty Robbers
Returning with last year’s LP Awakening, soulful Brit songwriter Morrison headlines a bill fleshed out by Californian folky singer Dennen and retro rivalists the Dirty Robbers.
Dhs295-995. 7pm-midnight. Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
Expect to hear guitar hits from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Stone Roses, Oasis, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, The Maccabees and The Horrors at this popular indie night, as well as wacky wall projections and cheap drinks.
Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 399 6699).
Funky Fridays New resident DJ Jack n’ Junior Rodriguez spins funk, soul, disco and old school house from across the decades – plus free drinks for ladies from 8pm to midnight.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Posh featuring Marky B
Trendy nightspot Rare launches the second of its new Friday club nights Posh. To celebrate, it presents former UK DJ, now Dubai resident, Marky B behind the decks.
Free (reservation recommended). 8pm-3am. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 505 7580).
R&B and hip-hop tunes spun by the house DJs.
Dhs100, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
The 411 team land at People, with DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes at the decks.
Free. 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
From Russia with Love presents DJ Smash
Successful Russian house DJ Andrey Leonidovich Shirman, better known by his stage name DJ Smash, headlines this weekly Russian-themed night.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (0 56 603 7961).
A mix of house, R&B, dubstep and garage.
Dhs50, free for ladies and Face card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
MustHaveSoul presents 25 Years of House with Buff Wise
MustHave’s Saturday slot Eclectic Circle presents a special party with Buff Wise as he celebrates 25 years in the house music industry. Expect tunes from 1987 to today, plus half-price drinks before 7pm.
Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
R&B Saturdays at Chi
R&B anthems from DJ Badir and DJ DLB, with free entry all night for ladies, and free drinks until 1am – groups of five ladies or more get a table and bottle.
Dhs75 for men, free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
Saturday Night Live Jam Sessions
Laid-back jam sessions for bands and solo artists to groove on rock, pop, reggae and blues tunes. Drum kit and equipment is provided – as is the house band if you don’t have your own.
Free. 9.30pm-late. Excelsior Creek Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 357 2999).
DJs Dany Neville, Brooklyn and Rone Jaxx spin at this free night of R&B and hip-hop tunes.
Free. Trilogy. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).
XO Saturdays with DJ T-Luv
Armani’s urban night offers a set from DJ T-Luv – who has spun for the likes of Michael Jordan and P-Diddy – plus warm-up from Mass Ramli and Brooklyn.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Expect fresh beats from the resident DJ.
Free, guest list and reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
DJ Marshall plays electro-chic sounds until 3am.
Free (reservations required). Open 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Hip-hop and R&B tunes spun by local and international talent at this high-end venue, which boasts six laser screens.
Free before midnight; Dhs60 for men after midnight; free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Gold Lounge, The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 425 8623).
Resident DJs provide beats.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Guantanamera Latino Night
DJ Udia and DJ Margerita hit the decks every Monday, with salsa classes from Familia de la Salsa for Dhs40 from 8.30pm onwards. Ladies get two free drinks all night.
Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel Dubai World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
Jebel Ali Club Quiz Night
A 10-round showdown of wits.
Dhs5 per person. 8.30pm. Ongoing. Jebel Ali Recreational Club, Jebel Ali Village (055 851 3152).
DJs Shero and Stylez double up for the night.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 974 3376).
Trivia night with Rob Kaye
Win prizes at this quiz. Ladies get drinks for Dhs10 all night, plus discounts for teachers and nurses.
Free. From 8pm. Ongoing. Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, Satwa (04 398 2222).
DJ Richie D and DLB spin commercial urban and hip-hop grooves, while ladies drink for free.
Dhs75, free for ladies and Face card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
Jam Nights at Maxx Music
Local players get involved in this weekly jam.
9pm-late. Ongoing. Maxx Music Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotel, Barsha (04 409 8000).
DJs Tristan Bain and Stickman play retro-tastic music.
5pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).
Expect a varied mix of old-school and new urban sounds.
Dhs50, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).