Time Out Dubai Nightlife Awards 2015

Revealed: Best bars, clubs, DJS, gigs and more in Dubai

It's that time of year again when Time Out Dubai reveals the names behind the very best nightlife in Dubai.

The Time Out team has been attending the hottest parties, gigs and venues in the city for the last 11 months to bring you this list. We don't do it because we enjoy it, we do it to give you, the good people of Dubai, the definitive guide to the city's best nightlife. (Who are we kidding - we love doing this!)

As well as crowning the best club, bar and DJs in the city Time Out also looks back on the best gigs from international superstars in the city.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner awards show at the JW Marriott Marquis on March 24 and will be followed by an after-party with a legendary award-winning DJ.

See the full shortlist below and let us know who you think should win.

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Best Ladies' Night

Winner: Q43, Media One Hotel
Highly commended:
Aquara Restaurant and Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Other nominees:
Asia Asia, Pier 7
Cargo, Pier 7
Embassy Dubai, Grosvenor House Dubai
Gossip with the Girls, THE DEK on 8 and Z:ONE, Media One Hotel
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen + Lounge, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Oeno, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina

Best Alternative Night

Winner: Superheroes, The DEK on 8, Media One Hotel
Highly commended:
Electric Days (multiple venues)
Sunny Vibe Up, Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Other nominees:
Analog Room, The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Dubai - Al Barsha
Bassworx, Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha
Bad House Party, Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha
Drift, Zero Gravity
DUST (multiple venues)
GlobalFunk, The Basement, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites
Warehouse (multiple venues)

Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best House Night

Winner: Velocity, Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina
Highly commended:
audio tonic, 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Shibuya, The Basement, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites
Other nominees:
Deep Like, 5th Floor Terrace, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
L.O.V.E. Sundays, Okku, The H Dubai
House of Afrika, Media One Hotel
Plus Minus Sessions (multiple venues)
Secret Circle, The Basement, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites

Best Urban Night

Winner: 411 Saturdays, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai Hotel
Highly commended:
Rosay, Cavalli Club, Restaurant & Lounge, Fairmont Dubai
URBN Saturdays, White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse
Other nominees:
Diamond Wednesdays, XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Hip Hop Chic Mondays, Cirque le Soir, Fairmont Dubai
No. 1 Friday's, Various venues
Selfie Tuesdays, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai Hotel
Prestige Saturdays, Movida Dubai, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai
Urban Fever, Amika, The H Dubai
XO Saturdays, Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best Comedy Gig

Winner: John Bishop Live
Highly commended:
Jason Manford at The Laughter Factory, Crowne Plaza Dubai (June 22 - June 23, 2014)
Kevin Bridges Live, Done Events, Dubai World Trade Centre (December 12, 2014)
Other nominees:
Ardal O'Hanlon, McGettigan's, JLT (May 2, 2014)
The Laughter Factory - Adam Bloom, John Fothergill, Matt Rees, (multiple venues), August 2014
The Laughter Factory - Gordon Southern, Joe Lycett, Ben Norris, (multiple venues), January 2015
McGettigan's Comedyfest, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers (January 8 - January 9, 2015)
Trevor Noah, Offbroadway Entertainment, DUCTAC (March 27 - March 29, 2014)
Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Madinat Theatre (April 24 - April 26, 2014)
Will Mars Live at The Dubai Laughing Comedy Club, featuring Rodger Talty, Luke Haecker, Osman Rohail, Erik Thornquist, Jamal Hassan & Amit Asudani, 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites (October 15, 2014)

Best Festival

Winner: RedFestDXB, Done Events Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (February 12 - February 13, 2015)
Highly commended:
Blended, Done Events, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (May 1 - May 2, 2014)
Sandance - Rudimental, Empire of the Sun, Axwell, Clean Bandit, Atlantis The Palm (October 10, 2014)
Other nominees:
Groove On The Grass, Emirates Golf Club
Gulf Bike Week, Clarion Events, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (October 30 2014)
MiXTAPE Rewind, Sundance Events, Emirates Golf Club (November 21, 2014)
Party In The Park, Motivate Publishing, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (November 14, 2014)
Sandance - Fatboy Slim, Pet Shop Boys, Atlantis The Palm (May 9, 2014)
Sensation, Meydan Racecourse (October 31, 2014)
Piknic Electronik, Dubai Sports City (February 27, 2015)

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best Gig (under 3,000)

Winner: Boyzone, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium (May 22 2014)
Highly commended:
Flamingods, The Music Room (October 22, 2014)
Sub-Sonic, Dubai International Marine Club (October 23, 2014)
Other nominees:
Basement Jaxx & Sigma, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (February 6, 2015)
Billy Ocean, MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (October 28, 2014)
Bob Geldof, The Irish Village (March 14, 2014)
Prince, Done Events on behalf of Autism Rocks (February 4, 2015)
Ron Bumblefoot, The Music Room (August 1, 2014)
The Human League, The Irish Village (September 25, 2014)
Tinie Tempah, White Dubai (December 19, 2014)

Best Gig (3,000+)

Winner: Ed Sheeran, DGT Events, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (March 5 2015)
Highly commended:
Gary Barlow, Louder Entertainment, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (October 17, 2014)
Michael Buble, Louder Entertainment, Dubai International Stadium (March 12 / 13, 2015)
Other nominees:
#DXBNYE, ATW Live, Meydan Racecourse (December 31, 2014)
Drake, Louder Entertainment, Dubai International Stadium (March 14, 2015)
Eric Clapton, Done Events, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (March 6, 2014)
Jennifer Lopez, Meydan Racecourse (March 29, 2014)
Kings of Leon, Atlantis The Palm (May 28, 2014)
Lady Gaga, AMI Live, Meydan Racecourse (September 10, 2014)
Lionel Richie, DGT Events, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 17, 2014)
NYE MasterJam, Louder Entertainment, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (December 31, 2014)

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best International DJ Set

Winner: Steve Aoki, Eden Beach Club (February 5, 2015)
Highly commended:
David Guetta, Live at Atlantis, Atlantis The Palm (December 18, 2014)
Zedd, Zero Gravity (September 5, 2014)
Other nominees:
Carl Cox, Live at Atlantis, Atlantis The Palm (March 21, 2014)
David Morales, Q43, Media One Hotel (January 15, 2015)
DVBBS, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, (November 7 2014)
Groove Armada, Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, (December 31 2014)
Paul van Dyk, Zero Gravity (February 27, 2014)
Sander Van Doorn, People by Crystal, Raffles Hotel Dubai (September 11, 2014)
Mr. Scruff, Zero Gravity (February 27, 2015)

Best Theatrical Performance

Winner: Mamma Mia! Yak Events, Dubai World Trade Centre (January 2 - January 10, 2015)
Highly commended:
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, DUCTAC (November 12 - November 15, 2014)
The Illusionists, Dubai World Trade Centre (September 30, 2014)
Other nominees:
Chekhov’s Cigarette, thejamjar (March 25, 2014)
Othello Remix, Art for All, DUCTAC (March 1, 2015)
Love, Loss and What I Wore, Madinat Theatre (October 16 - October 18, 2014)
Lord of the Dance, Dubai World Trade Centre, March 27-28 2014
Steel Magnolias, The Courtyard Playhouse (November 13 - November 15, 2014)
STOMP, Dubai World Trade Centre, April 30-May 4 2014
The Play That Goes Wrong, Madinat Theatre (June 5 - June 7, 2014)

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best Dubai Act

Winner: Two Tone
Highly commended:
Hollaphonic, www.wearehollaphonic.com.
Adam Baluch, www.facebook.com/adambaluch.
Other nominees:
Abri & Funk Radius
The Boxtones
Clarita de Quiroz
Juliana Down
Kicksound
Parallel Sound System
Point of View

Best Dubai DJ

Winner: Smokingroove
Highly commended:
Raxon
Shef Codes
Other nominees:
Amy Wells
Charl Chaka
Dany Neville
DJ Bliss
Break DJ Lobito
Mr Mr
DJ Skinnyloop

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best Resident DJ

Winner: DJ Tony H, People by Crystal
Highly commended:
Adam Graca, Mahiki Dubai
Chuck Wonderland, VIP Room
Other nominees:
Adrien Callier, Zuma
DJ Michka, Cavalli Club
Trix, 40 Kong
maDJam, White Dubai
Marshall, Okku
DJ Nick Tohme, Cirque le Soir
Tristan Bain, 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Best Live Music Venue

Winner: Jazz@PizzaExpress, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Highly commended:
MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower Dubai
Other nominees:
Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai
‏Maxx Music Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotels Al Barsha
McGettigan’s, DWTC
Rock Bottom Café, Regent Palace Hotel Dubai
The Act Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai
The Fridge Dubai, Alserkal Avenue
The Irish Village, Garhoud

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best Lounge Bar

Winner: Iris Dubai, The Oberoi, Dubai
Highly commended:
40 Kong, The H Dubai
Zuma, DIFC
Other nominees:
Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai
Caramel, DIFC
GQ Bar, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar
Okku, The H Dubai
Qbara, Wafi
Siddharta Lounge By Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai

Best Outdoor Bar / Pub

Winner: 40 Kong, The H Dubai
Highly commended:
Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm
Other nominees:
Iris Dubai, The Oberoi, Dubai
Jetty Lounge, One&Only Royal Mirage
Wavebreaker Beach Bar & Grill, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort
QD’s, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Siddharta Lounge By Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai
The Irish Village, Garhoud

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best Sports Bar

Winner: The Underground Pub, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Highly commended:
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
McGettigan’s, DWTC
Other nominees:
Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Bidi Bondi, The Palm Jumeirah
Crown & Lion, Byblos Hotel Dubai
Harvester's, Crowne Plaza Dubai
Qube Sports Bar, The Meydan Hotel
The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotels Al Barsha
Time Café, Ramee Royal Hotel Dubai

Best Wine Bar

Winner: Cave, Conrad Dubai
Highly commended:
Oeno, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
The Agency, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Other nominees:
Café M, Media One Hotel
Cin Cin, Fairmont Dubai
Oscar’s Vine Society, Crowne Plaza Dubai Hotel
Rosso, Amwaj Rotana - Jumeirah Beach Residence
The Agency, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Vinoteca, Grand Hyatt Dubai
Vintage, Wafi

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best New Bar / Pub

Winner: Cargo, Pier 7
Highly commended:
Cielo Sky Lounge, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Tr!beca Kitchen & Bar, JA Ocean View Hotel
Other nominees:
Above, Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Garden on 8, Media One Hotel
THE 31, Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Cove Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Sass Café, DIFC
Solo Bistronomia, Raffles Dubai
Zengo, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa

Best Pub

Winner: The Irish Village, Garhoud
Highly commended:
Fibber Magee's, Sheikh Zayed Road
McGettigan’s, DWTC
Other nominees:
Belgian Beer Café, Dubai Festival City
D&A, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Harvester's, Crowne Plaza Dubai
McGettigan’s, JLT
Nell Gwynne, Marina Byblos Hotel
Nelson’s, Media Rotana Dubai
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes Club

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Bar
Best New Club
Best Club

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Best Bar

Winner: Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Highly commended:
Bahri Bar, Mina A'Salam
Q43, Media One Hotel
Other nominees:
Aquara Restaurant and Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Bidi Bondi, The Palm Jumeirah
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm
The Observatory, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Trader Vics Mai Tai Lounge Dubai, Al Fattan Tower, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Rodeo Drive, Sheikh Zayed Road

Best New Club

Winner: Zero Gravity
Highly commended:
Eden Beach Club
Provocateur, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Other nominees:
A Club Dubai, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
The Basement, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites Dubai
C Club, Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai
The Fabric Dubai, The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland
O2, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Societe Jumeirah, Capitol Hotel

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Club

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Best Club

Winner: White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse
Highly commended:
People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai
VIP Room, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Other nominees:
Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai
Cirque le Soir, Fairmont Dubai
Cavalli, Fairmont Dubai
Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Movida Dubai, Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai
Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Outstanding Contribution

This year’s outstanding contribution award goes to Bong Guerrero, one of the biggest forces in this industry. Having spent more than two decades in the city – emigrating to the UAE in 1990 – Bong has arguably pioneered the club and nightlife scene here. Working in a fashion house from 1990 to 1998, he moved into nightlife in 2000. Bong created some of the city’s legendary club nights, among them Poizon, ELV8, Fresh Nights and Wicked. He was responsible for some genuine firsts for the region; namely, he was the first to adopt a guest list-only policy at his events, and he started a Friday night party scene at a time when Saturdays were by far the more popular. Managing partner of Dubai events and management company Brag, Bong is also co-founder and CEO of the successful Dubai-based Middle East fashion event Fashion Forward.

Best Ladies Night
Best Alternative Night
Best House Night
Best Urban Night
Best Comedy Gig
Best Festival
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Theatrical Performance

Best Dubai Act
Best Dubai DJ
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Bar / Pub
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best New Bar / Pub
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Club

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