Top 30 nights out in Dubai this week

Our expert itinerary of clubs nights, live gigs, comedy and more

Our picks of the week

1 Dub Pistols at Barasti
See Fri 25.

2 South African Freedom Day at Emirates Golf Course
See Fri 25.

3 Ian Pooley at Story Rooftop Lounge
See Fri 25.

4 Whose Line is it Anyway? at Madinat Theatre
See Thu 24-Sat 26.

5 Blues Weekender at Century Village
See Thu 24-Fri 25.

Wednesday 23

Afro Beats DXB at 2Liv
Weekly night spinning the best Afrobeats, Afrohouse, Azontobeats and more floor shaking grooves.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies. 10pm-3am. 2Liv, Sofitel Dubai Palm Resort, Palm Jumeirah (055 278 7040).

Christian Prommer at Calabar
Currently promoting album number four ÜberMood, German techno-infused producer Prommer hosts a three-night residency with local mainstay JC – a fortnight on from his last three-night stint in the same venue. Has he moved to Dubai?
Free. 8pm-3am. Until April 25. Calabar, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

Societe School Nights
Step back in time and don those old-school uniforms at this retro, cheese-focussed theme night.
Free. 9pm. Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).

Thursday 24

Analog Room at Q Underground
This underground electro night is a hipsters’ haven spinning wilfully intelligent and eclectic nuggets from a revolving door of guest DJs.
Dhs75 (ladies free before midnight). 10pm-3am, The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, www.analogroom.com.

Blues Weekender at Century Village
Two days of blues and more at this outdoor mini-festival, starring Dave Ferguson, a harmonica player, beatboxer and singer who employs loop stations to create a thick brew of ‘trans-blues and country dub’. Also performing are acclaimed US blues guitarist Michael Roach and Scottish singer-songwriter Sandi Thom. And it’s all free.
Free. 9pm. Until April 25. Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 4122).

Christian Prommer at Calabar
For details, see Wednesday.
Free. 8pm-3am. Until April 25. Calabar, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

District Live Thursdays
A funky Thursday night at this chic DIFC lounge, with live neo soul/funk from Layla & the Free Sound Project, plus beats from DJ Rich E.
Free (door policy applies). 8pm-late. District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).

Superheroes present Zombie Disco Squad at The Dek on 8
This fresh-faced (and free) bass and garage night returns with East London beat maker Zombie Disco Squad, known for working with Chicago bass don DJ Funk and UK soul legend Omar, and for festival slots everywhere from LA to Ukraine. Also spinning is London’s ATTS and residents Under The Moon, Kasparov and Somalie.
Free. 9pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Whose Line is it Anyway? at Madinat Theatre
This live improv spin-off of the hit comedy TV show has been visiting Dubai for years now and invariably sells out. This year’s three-night run sees a famous face added to the ranks, with TV presenter and stand-up Phill Jupitus joining the Comedy Store Players regulars.
Dhs170-200. 8pm. Until April 26. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com

Yolo at Movida
International party brand Yolo host the entertainment tonight at this high-end night spot, featuring DJs Alex Simmons, Richard Lawrence and Chris Wright.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).


Friday 25

Audio Tonic sunset sessions with Chopstick and Johnjon at 360°
Longstanding house and techno duo Chopstick and Johnjon guest, plus ever-reliable residents JC Pinto, Mr Mr and Raxon.
Free (guestlist recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).

Bassworx at Casa Latina
This underground bass night returns to Casa Latina, offering a mix of edgy beats and drinks deals. It’s a full bill of Dubai names, with Altitude, Kymera and Kosmic Kay all guesting alongside residents Woodle and Jab (real names, we’re assured).
Free before midnight, Dhs60 after (with one drink). 9.15pm-2.45am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Blues Weekender at Century Village
For details, see Thursday.
Free. 9pm. Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 4122).

Christian Prommer at Calabar
See Wednesday.
Free. 8pm-3am. Until April 25 Calabar, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

Dub Pistols at Barasti
London dub/hip-hop collective Dub Pistols have been peddling interesting, jagged, urban, funky soundscapes for more than 15 years, as well as remixing everyone from Limp Bizkit to Moby. Catch their genre-bending mashups live on the beach at Barasti.
Free. 6pm. Barasti. Umm Suqeim (04 399 2313).

Electric Days
Dubai’s premier hipster’s hangout. Guestlist only.
Dhs70 includes two drinks before 8pm. Dhs100 after 8pm. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, doorlist@electricdays.net.

Elias Rahbani at DWTC
Renowned Lebanese composer and musician Elias – one half of the fabled Rahbani brothers, known for their work with singer Fairuz – performs live.
Dhs250-1,200. Doors 7pm, show 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre www.timeouttickets.com

Friday Pool Party with Joey Negro at XL
Brit DJ/producer Negro guests at this weekly shindig, known for attracting a glam party crowd.
Dhs100 (ladies free before 8pm). 6pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).

Ginuwine at Supperclub
US R&B singer Ginuwine – best known for early hit ‘Pony’ – performs at this high-end Palm nightspot.
Dhs295. 9pm-3am. Supperclub Dubai, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (055 283 1311).

Ian Pooley at Story
World-renowned German DJ Pooley – known for incorporating Latin inflections into his dense tech-house – guests for this new Manchu Warriors night.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn Express, Knowledge Village (050 359 9798).

Luciano at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
A massive electronic name and Ibiza mainstay, Chilean decksmith Luciano returns to get the party started at this top UAE beach club.
Members, reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 133 3400).

Sound of Thunder festival at The Music Room
A one-day celebration of all things rock, with India’s Girish & the Chronicles headlining, plus confirmed support from UAE bands including Core 304, Dead Shakes and The Gasolines.
Dhs70. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

South Africa Freedom Day Celebration at Emirates Golf Club
Infusion host an all-dayer to mark 20 years of post-apartheid elections. The tunes come from SA DJs including Arno Carstens, Mandoza, DJ Ready D and Crazy White Boy, plus there’s daytime family activities, traditional foods, fitness challenges, a petting zoo and party games.
Dhs150 (children under 12 free). 1pm-11pm. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 1234).

South African Freedom Day after-party at The Dek on 8
After dark, Infusion move the party on to their regular House of Afrika spot, with Dino Moran, Charl Chaka and Andrew Chetty behind the decks. Expect a cool vibe at this rooftop party.
Free. 11pm-3am. Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, rsvp@infusion.ae.

Whose Line is it Anyway? at Madinat Theatre
See Thursday for details.
Dhs170-200. 8pm. Until April 26. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah. www.timeouttickets.com

World Classical Music Series with Julia Novikova
The world-renowned Russian soprano performs a selection of popular arias and lieder by composers from Dvorák to Strauss, Verdi to Rachmaninoff and Handel to Debussy. A mixed bag for sure – or a handy introduction to the newcomer. The piano is provided by Semjon Skigin.
Dhs250-550. 8pm. The One&Only Royal Mirage, Umm Suqeim (04 399 9999).


Saturday 26

Residents at 360°
Expect cool grooves and a great chill out vibe on Saturdays at this iconic Dubai nightspot.
Free (guestlist recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
The floor is generally packed at DJ Bliss’ trademark urban night 411 Saturdays.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Whose Line is it Anyway? at Madinat Theatre
See Thursday for details.
Dhs170-200. 8pm. Until April 26. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah. www.timeouttickets.com

Sunday 27

L.O.V.E. Sundays at Okku
Despite being the first night of the week, Okku is reliably packed with a glam crowd for this Sunday night party, which spins a mix of house and more commercial fare.
Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-3am. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).

Monday 28

Hip-Hop Chic at Cirque Le Soir
A top weekly urban night with a decent crowd.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

Kamal Musallam at O Cacti
Eccentric guitar and oud player Musallam – known for Arabic-tinged jazz fusion workouts – hosts a weekly residency alongside violinist Pasha Cazan. Expect exotic explorations that touch on everything from jazz to electronica.
Free. 8pm. O Cacti, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 452 6699).

Mark Fanciulli at Boutiq
Much in-demand UK producer Fanciulli – who leapt from obscurity to be signed by Joris Voorn’s Rejected imprint in 2011 – guests for this fresh Therapy club night.
Dhs100. 11pm-3am. Boutiq Ultra Lounge, The Address Dubai Mall (050 207 1349).

Tuesday 29

This is... ladies’ night at Tabla Club
Expect old-school soul, R&B, hip-hop and funk tunes from DJs Nthayi and David Craig, and free drinks for ladies.
Free. 10.30pm-3am. Tabla Club, Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM (055 147 6034).

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