17 bar bands to try in Dubai

Our pick of the best resident groups across the emirate

Jazz, blues and Latin

Afif Jazz
Talented Lebanese drummer Afif leads his quartet through lively renditions of bop standards.
Thu 8.30pm-11.30pm. Ruth's Chris Steak House & Lounge. The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538). Fri-Sat 9.30pm-10pm. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai (04 332 0000).

Solo singer with DJ.
Fri 1.30pm-5pm. Dubliners, Le Méridien Dubai (04 702 2455).

Heart & Soul
Jazz, pop and more from this talented guitar and vocals duo.
Mon-Sat 8.30pm-12.30am. Koubba, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Music Unlimited
Latin and international tunes.
Thu-Fri 9pm-2am. The Living Room, Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 2222).

Live rock, retro & pop

Acoustic and classic covers from Loca's new house band.
Mon 8pm-midnight. Loca. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa (04 346 1111).

This prize-winning band deftly work through rock, pop and dance tunes.
Mon-Sat 9.45pm-3am. Beyond El Rancho, Marco Polo Hotel (04 272 0000).

Declan O’Sullivan
Everything from classic Irish to modern rock.
Thu 9pm-11.30pm. Fibber Magee's, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).

Drew Live
Acoustic rock meets traditional Celtic tunes.
Wed 9pm-midnight. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Ragged, guitar-heavy renditions of rock classics.
Fri 8pm till late. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000).

Harry Austin & Tracey Phillips
Classic covers and originals from this rock duo.
Daily 8pm-2am. West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach (04 449 8888).

Acoustic tunes from the Kiwi singer.
Mon-Tue 9pm-midnight. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Mike Ross
Guitar classics on Fridays and alternative tracks on Saturdays.
Fri 8pm-10pm, McGettigan’s, Bonnington, JLT (04 356 0560). Other location: Wed 7.30 onwards; Thu 10pm; Sat 6pm. McGettigan’s, DWTC (800 6247).

Night Shift
Rock covers duo.
Wed-Fri 9pm-1am. The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill. Citymax Bur Dubai (04 407 8000).

Retro, acoustic and pop sounds from this cover band.
Daily 9pm-3am. Kitakits Kafe & Klubb. Marco Polo Hotel, Deira (04 272 0000).

Rox Empire
Traditional rock and blues hits, plus a sprinkling of modern dance tunes.
Mon-Fri 9.30m-1.30am. Maxx Music Bar and Grill, Barsha (04 409 8000).

Pop and rock covers from this band.
Tue 8.30pm-11pm. Nelson’s Bar, Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0000). Thu-Fri 10pm-2am. Speakeasy, Ramada Plaza JBR (04 439 8888).

Stereo Life
Upbeat pop and rock covers.
Thu 10pm-3am. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel and Suites, TECOM (04 434 5555).

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