29 best gigs and club nights in Dubai

Our top picks of where to party instead of (or after) the Sevens this week

Wednesday 27

Diamond Wednesdays at XL Beach Club
This popular urban night sees tunes spun by DJs Brooklyn, Shero and Adam J.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies and couples. 5pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa (056 640 6161).

Soulful Sessions at 360˚
Expect a slew of soulful, funk-infused grooves from DJ Tristan Bain.
Free (reservations recommended). 5pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Thursday 28

A Night’s Tale with Julian Jinx & Markii at Story Rooftop Lounge
This Media City nightspot will be hosting an evening where the focus will be on quality sounds and there’ll be monthly international guests to keep things edgy too.
Free. Dhs75 on international guest nights. 10pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, behind Zayed University. Dubai Media City (050 151 4308).

Deep Crates at Casa Latina
Dubai’s most reliable regular vinyl culture night serves up a heady mix of breaks, hip-hop, funk, reggae, Latin and more, hosted by the Deep Crates Cartel.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Heartless Crews’ Fonti and Bushkin at N’Dulge
Members of UK garage trio Fonti and Bushkin will be spinning a garage and funky house set with DJ Brooklyn spinning R&B and hip-hop and Simon B on the terrace laying down a house set.
Dhs100, free for ladies before 11pm. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).

KYBOE! Present Fashionista at Donatello Lounge Resident
DJ Stu Laurie will be supplying the house beats for this night, which promises a distinctly fashion feel.
Free (reservations required). 9pm-2am. Dubai World Trade Centre, Convention Tower, ground floor, (04 386 3577/056 600 8609, 056 660 0810).

Superheroes Rooftop Party at Tamanya Terrace
This new night, which recently kicked off with The Streets’ Mike Skinner, returns for another dose of bass, garage and house, which comes from resident DJs Under the Moon and Kasparov.
Free. 5pm-2am. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

Syndicate band live at Club Mint
The Goan rockers are performing a live set at this Indian guitar music night.
Dhs50. 10pm-3am. Manhattan Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 325 9000).

We Are One at 2Liv
This night at this club sees the hip-hop tunes coming from DJ Shef Codes, Alex Seda and Ejaz providing the house beats at an event where ladies get free drinks between 10pm and midnight.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm- 3am. 2Liv, Sofitel Dubai Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 986 7180).

Friday 29

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions at 360°
This house night will feature sets from Rod Lee Winters, Rich Showell and Megadon Betamax with Al Kent (Million Dollar Disco) and James Locksmith providing the groovy beats downstairs.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Boombox presents Hip Operation at The Music Room
Remi Kabaka, the percussionist in Gorillaz and Banksy and Bobby Womak collaborator will be performing his GSS (Gorillaz Sound System) DJ set supported by Somalie, Makrodot and DJ MoCity. The night will also see live performances from InkQ, Eslam Jawaad and Sana.
Dhs70 (advance), Dhs100 (door). 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 725 8277).

Friday Pool Party with Karmon at XL Beach Club
From the Netherlands, deep house DJ Karmon will be performing a set with Richard Round, S3r-Han and DJ Sammi also on deck duty for this popular pool party.
Free for ladies before 8pm, Free for men before 6pm, Dhs100 early bird, Dhs150 door. 1pm-3am. XL Beach Club, The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161). www.timeoutttickets.com

House of Afrika at The Dek on 8
A weekly night specialising in South African deep house and beats.
Free. 1pm-3am.Ongoing. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Never Get Out The Boat!
DJs Matthew Charles, Sammi Adami Deian Markov and Sufyan will be supplying the beats at this party.
Dhs250 (soft drinks). 1.30pm-6pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Jebel Ali (04 814 5800).

O2 Dose feat. Dj Haldo at Dusk Terrace
This pool party will be featuring Aldo ‘Haldo’ Carpanzano has been the resident DJ for the past 25 years for one of the most important clubs in Southern Italy, Rebus Disconight.
Free (door policy applies). Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 545 7583).

Rio de Bassworx Drum and Bass Carnival Special at Casa Latina
Brazilian-born drum and bass DJ Anderson Lima will be performing with Beatbox Ray delivering a live beatbox set in a night which sees special drinks deals all evening.
Free before 10pm. Dhs30 after 10pm. 10.30pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Robert Mendoza at Cavalli Club
The Spanish violinist will be playing live in a performance which sees him accompanied by upbeat house and dance beats.
Free (door policy applies). Cavalli Club, The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).

Subb-An at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
UK DJ and producer Subb-an will be dropping the beats along with sets from resident DJs Jean B and Frederick Stone at this popular al fresco party venue.
Members and bookings only. 9pm-3am. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Vintage by Movida at Movida
This recently launched night features hits from the ’70s ’80s and ’90s Free, reservations required. 11pm-3am.
Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (05 517 44449).

Saturday 30

Balearic Pool Session at Dek on Eight
This poolside party looks to recreate the Ibiza vibe with chillout, funk, soul and deep house. There is also a happy hour between 5pm and 8pm.
Free. 2pm-10pm. Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Groove Culture at Sublime Bar & Lounge
The Dubai-based funk, reggae, neo soul and R&B band Abri & Funk Radius host this weekly night where classic hits ranging from David Bowie to Bjork are rejuvenated by the group. Ladies get one drink thrown in. Free. 9pm-3am. Sublime Bar & Lounge, Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 318 7130).

Social at 360˚
Abu Dhabi-born Jeremiah John, a multi-talented musician who has supported the likes of Robert Plant, Incubus and also Macy Gray, will be performing a special live PA set for this night. Other sounds will come from DJ/producer Darko De Jan and residents at the iconic venue Tristan Bain and Rod Lee Winters.
Free (reservations recommended). 5pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Reggae Beachfest at XL Beach Club
This Jamaican-themed beach party promises the best reggae tunes, covering dancehall and old classics as well as cross over tunes and drinks discounts.
Free for ladies before 6pm. Dhs100. 2pm-10pm. XL Beach Club, The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 993 4276).

Sunday 1 December

Paris Hilton at Cavalli Club
The heiress, entrepreneur and all-round jet-setting US celebrity will be taking to the decks at Cavalli for one night only.
Reservations recommended. 10pm-1am. Cavalli Club, The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).

Monday 2

Plus Minus Sessions featuring Adriatique at Nasimi Beach
Zurich-based electronic DJ/producers Adriatique (Adrian Schweizer and Adrian Shal) will be spinning in Dubai for the first time as part of the National Day celebrations. Other DJs performing include Rishi, Mark Pickup, Haidz, Raxon and Daylomar.
Free for ladies between 2pm and 7pm, Dhs100 for men before 7pm. Dhs150 after 7pm (door), Dhs130 after 7pm (advance). 2pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 789 3897).

Abaji Origine Orients Concert at Alliance Française
Dubai Paris-based musician Abaji was born in Lebanon to an Armenian-Greek father (who was born in Smyrna, now Turkey) and an Armenian-Syrian mother, born in Istanbul. All of these cultural influences will be amalgamated when the guitarist and singer performs live for this celebration of National Day.
Dhs50. 6pm-7.30pm. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai (04 335 8704).

Tuesday 3

Pink In The City at Barasti
The ever-popular beachside expat hangout is offering ladies unlimited bubbles for Dhs50.
7.30pm-10.30pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 318 1313).

Pink Ladies Pin Up Tuesdays at Mahiki
On the first Tuesday of every month, Mahiki and a high-end bubbly producer collaborate to bring girls complimentary drinks including special pink bubbly mixers as well as canapés.
Free. 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Pop Your Cherry Tuesdays at Cirque Le Soir
Today sees the launch of this new night taken from an American club brand which aims to inject the spirit of a classic American frat party and a touch of hedonism into your evening.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

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