2014 Nightlife Awards

Revealed: The shortlist for the 2014 Music and Nightlife Awards

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is – the emirate’s best nightlife revealed.

Every year we head out to hundreds of bars, clubs, gigs and events – and once a year, after countless debates, disagreements and headaches, our panel of informed judges assesses the competition and round-ups the best from the rest, with the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards.

We don’t bandy these titles around freely. In a city known for superlatives, this is one time of the year a venue can earn the legitimate Time Out stamp of being the best in the business.

Ahead of the annual awards ceremony, to take place on February 26 at Conrad Dubai, we today unveil the official shortlist of nominees. A bit like the Oscars, this is a definitive list of the best venues, events and talents to have blossomed in Dubai over the past 12 months.

And while you’ll have to for the winners, any name to have made it onto this shortlist has already made the cut. The list below represents an essential guide to what’s hot for any discerning visitor attempting to traverse the emirate’s sprawling nightlife scene.

Without further ado, we present the shortlist for the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2014
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Nights

Best Ladies' Night
Aquara, Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Blends, The Address Dubai Marina
Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Embassy, Grosvenor House Dubai
Healey’s, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Maya Lounge, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
Oeno, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach Residences
The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


Best Alternative Night
Analog Room
Boombox (Ohm Events)
Drop Dread (Deep Crates Cartel)
Dust
Electric Days (Third Eye Crew)
GlobalFunk
Step On
Sunny Vibe Up (Deep Crates Cartel)
Younique (Think)

Best Ladies’ Night

Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Best House Night
Audio Tonic @ 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Bliss On….@ Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Bootik @ Vanity Dubai, Al Murooj Rotana
Famous House @ Armani/Prive, Armani Hotel Dubai
Friday Pool Party @ XL Beach Club, The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa
Groove on the Grass @ Emirates Golf Club
House of Afrika @ The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel
Infusion Experience @ 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Loud in Promotions @ Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm
L.O.V.E Sundays @ OKKU, The H Hotel

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Best Urban Night
411 Saturdays @ People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai
Amika Status Sundays @ Amika Dubai, The H Hotel
Diamond Wednesdays @ XL Beach Club, The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa
Hip Hop Chic Mondays @ Cirque le Soir, Fairmont Dubai
No.1 Fridays @ N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm
XO Saturdays @ Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Events

Best Theatrical Performance
Betrayal, Dubai Drama Group @ DUCTAC (September 26-28 2013)
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour show by Cirque du Soleil, Duvent @ Dubai World Trade Centre (December 30, 2013 – January 14 2014)
Cirque Eloize iD, Dubai Festival and Retail @ Dubai World Trade Centre (August 15-24 2013)
Chicago, Yak Events @ DWTC (December 19 2013 – January 3 2014)
Don Quixote, Sofia Ballet @ Madinat Jumeirah (April 17-26 2013)
The Illusionists, Alchemy Project @ Dubai World Trade Centre (August 28-Sepembter 7 2013)
Swan Lake, The Royal Moscow Ballet staged by Alchemy Project @ Dubai World Trade Centre (May 9-13 2013)
Sweeney Todd, Spotlight Academy @ DUCTAC (April 9-13 2013)
Under African Skies, Barnyard Theatre @ Madinat Theatre (June 26-29 2013)

* Events that are staged between January 27 and February 20 are eligible for the 2014 shortlist, pending a review.

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


Best Comedy Gig
Al Murray, Done Events @ Dubai World Trade Centre (October 4 2013)
Jason Byrne, McGettigan’s @ Almas Towers (October 10-11 2013)
McGettigan’s Comedy Fest, McGettigan’s @ Almas Tower (January 9-10 2014)
Michael McIntyre, Done Events @ Dubai World Trade Centre (June 7-8 2013)
Omid Djalili, Yak Events @ Dubai World Trade Centre (11/10/13)
Punchline Comedy Club with John Lenahan, Simon Bligh and Matt Klein @ Emirates Golf Club (September 12 2013) and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (September 19 2013)
The Wayans Brothers, Yak Events @ Dubai World Trade Centre (June 21-22 2013)
Tommy Tiernan, The Irish Village @ Dubai Tennis Stadium (March 21 2013)
The Laughter Factory with Justin Moorhouse, Mike Gunn, Paul Sinha @ various venues (January 15-23 2014)
The Laughter Factory with Phil Nichol, Gordon Southern and Josh Howe @ various venues (December 4-12 2013)

* Events that are staged between January 27 and February 20 are eligible for the 2014 shortlist, pending a review.

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


Best International DJ Set
Copyright, Bliss on Copyright @ Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort (December 5 2013)
David Guetta, Live@Atlantis @ Atlantis The Palm (May 3 2013)
DJ Yoda, Younique, Think @ Media One Hotel (April 19 2013)
Plus Minus Sessions (Blitz Productions & Loud In Promotions) @ Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm.
Jazzy Jeff, Barasti New Year's Eve Sugar Beach Party @ Barasti (December 31 2013)
Kenny Dope, Dust and Red Bull @ Tamanya Terrace (September 27 2013)
Roni Size, Global Funk @ The Music Room (September 19 2013)
Tiësto, Peppermint Experience’s Sunburn Dubai @ DWTC (March 28 2013)
Will.i.am, Dubai Music Week @ Dubai Music Week (September 26 2013)

* Events that are staged between January 27 and February 20 are eligible for the 2014 shortlist, pending a review.

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Europe, M Premiere @ Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium (November 22 2013)
Happy Mondays, Talent Brokers @ Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium (April 26 2013)
Horace Andy, Drop Dread, Deep Crates Cartel @ Casa Latina (September 6 2013)
Kamal Musallam @ The Fridge (November 4, 2013)
Katya Apekisheva, The Score @ Madinat Theatre (April 29 2013)
Reverend and the Makers, Ohm Events @ The Music Room (October 4 2013)
Rick Ross, Defbeat Middle East @ Al Badia Golf Club (October 4 2013)
Sarah Brightman In Concert Dreamchaser World Tour @ DWTC (February 6 & 7)
Shaggy, Atelier Events @ Cavalli Club (July 7 2013)
Tarek Yamani ft. Elie Afif @ The Fridge (September 30 2013)
Texas @ The Irish Village (January 23 2014)

* Events that are staged between January 27 and February 20 are eligible for the 2014 shortlist, pending a review.

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Alicia Keys, Done Events @ Media City Amphitheatre (November 15 2013)
Amr Diab, Du World Music Festival @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 6 2013)
Bruno Mars, Done Events @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 12 2013)
Eraserheads, Sundance Events @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 4 2013)
Justin Bieber, Done Events @ The Sevens Stadium (May 4-5 2013)
Noel Gallagher, Live @ Atlantis @ Atlantis The Palm (March 15 2013)
Selena Gomez, Dubai Music Week @ Dubai World Trade Centre (September 27 2013)
Train, Sundance Events @ Du World Music Festival @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 5 2013)

* Events that are staged between January 27 and February 20 are eligible for the 2014 shortlist, pending a review.

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


Best Festival
Dubai Jazz Festival  @ Dubai Festival City (February 13-20)
Dubai Music Week @ Dubai World Trade Centre (September 24-29 2013)
Dubai Rock Fest 2013, M Premiere @ Dubai World Trade Centre (June 7 2013)
Du World Music Festival, Sundance Events @ Media City (March 28-April 6 2013)
Gulf Bike Week, Clarion Events @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (October 24-26 2013)
Mixtape Rewind, Sundance Events @ Emirates Golf Club (January 17 2014)
Sandance with Florence & The Machine, Keane and Groove Armada @ Atlantis The Palm (May 10 2013)
RedFest DXB (February 13-14)
Sandance with The Killers, Of Monsters and Men and The Wailers @ Atlantis The Palm (October 11 2013)
Sandance with Jamiroquai, Chic ft. Nile Rodgers and Rudimental @ Atlantis The Palm (November 15 2013)
SIKKA Art Fair Music Stage, SIKKA @ Al Fahidi Historical (March 14-24 2013)

* Events that are staged between January 27 and February 20 are eligible for the 2014 shortlist, pending a review.

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


People

Best Dubai Act
Afif Brothers
Beat Antenna
Bull Funk Zoo
Fatiniza
Juliana Down
Kamal Musallam
Hollaphonic
N1yah
Point of View
Tim Hassall

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


Best Dubai DJ
Break DJ Lobito
Brooklyn
Charl Chaka
Dany Neville
Salar Ansari
DJ Bliss
DJ Marshall
Mr Mr
Raxon
Smokingroove

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Venues

Best New Bar
Café Habana, Souk Al Bahar
Iris, The Oberoi
IZEL, Conrad Dubai
No.5 Lounge & Bar, Ritz-Carlton DIFC
Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences
Purobeach Urban Oasis, Conrad Dubai
Q43, Media One Hotel
Qbara, Wafi
Sake No Hana, Souk Al Bahar
Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn Express Dubai Internet City

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club


Best Sports Bar
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Bidi Bondi, Palm Jumeriah
Crown and Lion, Byblos Hotel, TECOM
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
McGettigan’s DWTC
McGettigan’s, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Time Café, Ramee Royal Hotel
The Underground Pub, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa
West Beach Bar and Sports Lounge, Mӧvenpick Jumeirah Beach
The Huddle, Citymax Al Barsha

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Best Live Music Venue
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Beyond El Rancho, Marco Polo Hotel Dubai
Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai
The Fridge
The Irish Village
Hard Rock Café, Dubai Festival City Mall
Maharlika Café, President Hotel
Maxx Music Bar and Grill, Citymax Al Barsha
McGettigan’s DWTC
The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Best Grape Bar
Chinwaggery + Soul, Mӧvenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
The Agency, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The Agency, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
CaféM, Media One Hotel
Oeno, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Oscar’s Vine Society, Crowne Plaza Dubai
Vantage, Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel
Vintage, Wafi

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Best Outdoor Bar
Aquara, Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai
Jetty Lounge, One&Only Royal Mirage
Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm
QD’s, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
The Irish Village
Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Rivi Bar, Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Best Pub
Belgian Beer Café, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Bidi Bondi
Crown and Lion, Byblos Hotel, TECOM
Fibber Magee's
Girders, JA Ocean View Hotel
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Nell Gywnne, Marina Byblos Hotel
McGettigan’s, DWTC
McGettigan’s, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers
The Irish Village

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

Best Lounge Bar
Amika Dubai, The H Hotel
At.mosphere Lounge
Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge
Neos, The Address Downtown Dubai
OKKU, The H Hotel
Karma Kafé
Toro Toro, Grosvenor House Dubai
Vault, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Zuma

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best New Club
Best Club

Best New Club
2Liv, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Azure Bleu, Meydan Beach Club
Fleurs, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai
Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel
Spin Dubai, Wafi
Supperclub, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Tabla, Grand Millennium Dubai
The Act, Shangri-La Hotel
White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse
Vanity Dubai, Al Murooj Rotana

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best Club

Best Club
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai
Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai
Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai
Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai
MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm
People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai
VIP Room, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Best Ladies’ Night

Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Theatrical Performance
Best Comedy Gig
Best International DJ Set
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity)
Best Festival
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best New Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Grape Bar
Best Outdoor Bar
Best Pub
Best Lounge Bar
Best New Club

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