26 best parties in Dubai this week

2Many DJs, Kevin Bridges, Abba tribute and more great nights out this week

Our picks of the week

1 Kevin Bridges live at World Trade Centre
See Fri 12.

2 IPTL Closing Party at GQ Bar
See Sat 13.

3 Plus Minus Sessions at Media One Hotel
See Thu 11.

4 Cassidy live at XL Beach Club
See Thu 11.

5 Abba Gold Tribute Show at The Music Room
See Thu 11.

Wednesday 10

4th Anniversary Rock Bottom
The popular bar is celebrating its fourth anniversary with Andy Swift, DJ Danny Cee, resident DJ Scotty Sheppard and new house band Red Light. Expect a crowded dancefloor and freebies on the night.
Free. 10pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).

Skinny Wednesdays
This ladies’ night at Sho Cho is all about offering a healthier alternative. A new waist-conscious menu features a selection of mixed drinks with fewer than 100 calories per concoction from 7pm until midnight. Music by DJ Amy Wells.
Free. 7pm-1am. Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).

Wednesday Classics
Enjoy a night of throwback music selected by Darko De Jan and Roberto Mermand. Be sure to spruce up to get past the doorman at this plush venue.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3308).

Thursday 11

Abba Gold Tribute Show
Get your dancing shoes on for Abba Tribute performing the iconic Swedish band’s classic hits including ‘Super Trooper’ and ‘Dancing Queen’.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

Cassidy live
American hip-hop artist Cassidy will perform his string of hits including ‘Hotel’, which featured R. Kelly, and ‘My Drink n My 2 Step’. Support by DJ Jojo.
Dhs175. 10pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).

Plus Minus Sessions
Widely respected globally in the spectrum of house and techno, Anja has rocked clubs and festivals in just about every continent.
From Dhs120-240. 9pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 359 9798).

Superheroes Xmas Rave
Slipmatt, the world’s most influential rave DJ and producer, is flying into Dubai from the UK to play at The Dek on 8. He will take the crowd on a journey though the sounds of acid house, jungle, drum ’n’ bass, breakbeat and old skool. Grab your glow sticks and get ready to enjoy the sounds of rave music.
Free. 6pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Velocity presents 2ManyDJs
Velocity will explode with the much-anticipated gig of world-respected remix kings 2ManyDJs. The Belgian brothers have worked with artists including Arcade Fire, Daft Punk and Gorillaz, to name just a few artists who have benefited from their sound. Free for gents before 9pm and Dhs100 after, free for ladies before midnight and Dhs100 after.
6pm-3am. Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).

Friday 12

Audio Tonic
This week Megadon Betamax and warms up for Australian DJ Jordan Sweeting, who takes over from 8pm. Closing down the roof terrace is JC Pinto.
Free. 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 500 8518).

Jose Chameleone live
East Africa’s Afrobeat, dancehall and reggae artist Jose Chameleone will perform his hit songs including ‘Jamila’ and ‘Mama Mia’.
Free. 7pm-3am. Chi Garden, Chi@thelodge, Al Nasr Leisure Land, Oud Metha (055 430 9255).

Kevin Bridges live
Middle Eastern TV viewers will know Scottish Stand-up comedian Kevin Bridges from OSN’s long-running Live at the Apollo. Kevin first came to prominence in 2009 when he sold out his run at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Sold out. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.timeouttickets.com

Karaoke Fridays
Sing with DJ Coxy. Ladies and performers can enjoy one free drink. Prizes include Dhs300 for first place and Dhs200 for second. Music by Danny Cee from Radio 1 at 11.30pm.
Free. 8pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).

Robert Dietz & Yaya live
Over the past few years Robert Dietz has built up an impressive set of collaborations including work with the likes of Luciano, Nic Fanciulli, Loco Dice, Davide Squillace and fellow Frankfurt star Reboot. Expect the music to be pumping so get ready to throw your hands up in the air.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).


Saturday 13

IPTL Official Closing Party
International tennis icons including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Andre Agassi are in Dubai to take part in the three-day International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) tournament. Mix and mingle with the stars at tonight’s after-party.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. GQ Bar, JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 4541).

Prestige presents DJ Irie
Voted Best DJ by the Miami Herald and Miami New Times, DJ Irie’s passion, enthusiasm and charm sets him apart. Although Miami is his stomping ground, on a national level DJ Irie is impossible to miss. As the official DJ to Jamie Foxx and the 2006 NBA World Champion Miami HEAT and performances at VH1’s Pepsi Superbowl Fan Jam, Fashion Rocks, BET Awards, MTV, the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards and the Halftime show at the Orange Bowl for five consecutive years, DJ Irie knows no boundaries.
Free. 11pm-3am. Movida Dubai, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Sessions live
The bar will open its stage to three music acts (solo or duet), each playing a 30-minute set of original or cover songs. The audience will vote for the winner. The crowd favourite will return in two weeks and grab the Bapas stage on their own while pocketing five per cent of the restaurant’s revenue from that night.
Free. 7pm-1am. Bapas Restaurant & Lounge, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 385 8881).

The Green Room at Mint Leaf
Expect to hear an eclectic mix of Northern soul, funk, nu disco, house and even a little bit of Mos Def, The Roots, Erykha Badu and Jill Scott with music by DJS Che and Schooly.
Free (reservations recommended). 2pm-10pm. The Green Room at Mint Leaf of London, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900.

Sunday 14

Il Momento dell’ Aperitivo
Roberto’s embraces the century-old tradition that is the classic Italian aperitivo. Enjoy the live DJ and views of the Burj Khalifa. For every drink ordered, guests will be treated to a complimentary plate of appetizers to share.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Roberto’s, The Bay Gate, DIFC (04 386 0066).

Milk On Sundays
DJ Brooklyn and DJ Shef Codes play a mix of old skool, nu skool, R&B, hip-hop, rare grooves and funk.
Free. 10pm-3am. Chinawhite, Grand Hyatt, Oud Metha (055 147 6034).

Occupy Sundays with Laidback Luke
Born in the Philippines and raised in Holland, Laidback Luke, firmly put his name on the map reworking numerous high-profile artists into an infectious blend of house and techno beats and collaborating with EDM giants.
Dhs250. 10pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Dubai, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 991 0400).

Monday 15

Ba Ladies’ Night
Ladies prepare for Monday night glamour with three complimentary beverages – including sparkling pomegranate mixed drinks sprinkled with gold dust – and the best tunes with DJ Ilona Maras. A trés chic start to the week.
Free. 9pm-midnight. Ba Restaurant & Lounge. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3338).

Hip Hop Chic with DJ Kiff One
Kiff One, a French artist, DJ and producer of Moroccan decent, has shared the stage with a number of international artists including will.i.am, LMFAO, Chris Rock and The Game. Catch him DJing tonight at Hip Hop Chic.
Free. 11pm-3am.Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).

R&B Spade
This weekly night features a variety of genres from R&B and hip-hop to funky and commercial house as well as UK Garage and dubstep. DJ Badir and DJ Stylez will be on the decks with MC Money.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for gents. 10.30pm-3am. Sensation Club, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

Raxon and Wasted Mondays
From 8pm until 11pm guests can enjoy unlimited beverages to the sounds of house music by Raxon.
Dhs150 per person. 8pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Dubai Knowledge Village (04 365 9911).

Tuesday 16

Jazz Nights at The Farm
The Farm plays host to the talented Desert Jazz band. Chill out and enjoy the sounds of Paul Moutarde and Tamas Antal playing instrumental tunes on the saxophone and piano.
Free. 6pm-9pm. The Farm, Al Barari, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (04 392 5660).

Pink in the City
Between 6pm and 9.30pm ladies dining at Latest Recipe will receive their bottomless glass of bubbly or grape free. Afterwards, head down to the lower deck at Barasti where you can continue enjoying your unlimited bubbles until 10.30pm.
Free. 6pm-3am. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina (04 399 2313).

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