Time Out Dubai’s Music & Nightlife Awards nominees revealed

Dubai’s best nights out to be announced at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai on March 28

Nightlife & Music

The news you’ve all been waiting for is here – the nominations for Time Out Dubai’s Music & Nightlife Awards 2018 have landed.

Categories span the length and breadth of nights out in Dubai – including the top bars, pubs, clubs, gigs, events, party brunches, ladies’ nights and more.

Our team of reviewers have spent the past year going on hundreds of nights out, visiting venues anonymously.

What this makes for is a totally unbiased review process that you can absolutely trust. It’s honest, independent and without any sponsor or third party influences. There have been no nominations and there is no public vote.

This year, we’ve added a couple of new categories, to recognise the evolving nightlife scene. Best Bar with a View pays homage to the city’s top spots to take in a landmark, seaside or rooftop vista. To recognise the surge in brilliant original musicians in Dubai, we’ve renamed the Best Dubai Act category to Best Original Act, and added a separate category to award the city’s Best Bar Band.

The full list of categories and nominees is below, with the awards ceremony being hosted at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai on Wednesday March 28. We’re recognising the brilliant, the sublime, the original and the outrageous, and revealing the winners of these definitive awards, on a night where we’re pulling out all the stops.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be an awards ceremony without a massive after-party, open entirely to the public. And you really don’t want to miss it. We’ll be revealing the location and acts soon, so stay tuned.

For event queries, contact Joanna.Farrer@itp.com. For more information on the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards After-Party, keep your eyes on www.timeoutdubai.com.

Check out the full shortlist below.

EVENTS

BEST LADIES’ NIGHT

  1. Asia Asia, Pier 7
  2. Le Petit Belge, Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers
  3. Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Dubai
  4. Nobu, Atlantis The Palm
  5. Oeno, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  6. OKKU, The H Dubai
  7. Ramusake, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach
  8. STK, Rixos Premium Dubai
  9. The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach
  10. The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

BEST COMEDY GIG

  1. Daliso Chaponda, The Laughter Factory
  2. Dara Ó Briain, by DXBLaughs at Dubai World Trade Centre
  3. Eddie Izzard, by DXBLaughs at Dubai World Trade Centre
  4. Jason Byrne at McGettigan’s JLT
  5. Jason Manford, The Laughter Factory
  6. John Bishop, by DXBLaughs at Dubai World Trade Centre
  7. Kevin Bridges, by DXBLaughs at Dubai World Trade Centre
  8. Mandy Knight, The Laughter Factory
  9. Omid Djalili, by Standup DXB at MusicHall Dubai
  10. Russell Howard, by 117Live at Dubai College Auditorium
  11. John Fothergill, The Laughter Factory

BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

  1. BBC Proms Dubai, Dubai Opera
  2. Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
  3. Fiesta De Los Muertos, Autism Rocks Arena
  4. Jazz Garden Series, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
  5. RedFest DXB 2018, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
  6. Remix 92 (Boyzlife, 5ive, Sonique, etc), The Irish Village
  7. Sole DXB, Dubai Design District
  8. Soul Jam, The Irish Village
  9. Sunsets Festival, Barasti
  10. WASLA 2.0, d3

BEST DRINKS FESTIVAL

  1. HarvestFest, Reform Social & Grill
  2. HopFest, The Irish Village
  3. Maifest, Grand Hyatt Dubai
  4. Oktoberfest, Barasti
  5. Oktoberfest, Grand Hyatt Dubai
  6. Oktoberfest, The Dome, Dubai Sports City
  7. Spring into HopFest, The Irish Village
  8. SpringFest, Reform Social & Grill

BEST GIG

  1. Duran Duran by Chillout Productions at Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
  2. Ed Sheeran by 117Live at Autism Rocks Arena
  3. Jennifer Lopez by 117Live at Autism Rocks Arena
  4. John Legend by Chillout Productions at Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
  5. Justin Bieber by 117Live at Autism Rocks Arena
  6. Ludovico Einaudi at Dubai Opera
  7. Ocean Colour Scene at The Irish Village
  8. Rag'n'Bone Man at Dubai Opera
  9. Ricky Martin by Chillout Productions at Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
  10. Take That by Love Music Your Way at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
  11. The Chainsmokers by Done Events at RedFestDXB 2018

BEST THEATRE PERFORMANCE

  1. Ballet Russes, by Russian Seasons of the 21st Century at Dubai Opera
  2. Evita, by Bill Kenwright Limited at Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment Group
  3. Grease The Musical, by 6ix Degrees Entertainment at Dubai World Trade Centre
  4. La Perle by Dragone, by Al Habtoor Group, Al Habtoor City
  5. Jersey Boys, by Selladoor Worldwide Dubai Opera
  6. Mandela Trilogy, by Cape Town Opera at Dubai Opera
  7. Mary Poppins, by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd at Dubai Opera
  8. The Mozart Opera Trilogy, by Teatro di San Carlo at Dubai Opera
  9. The Woman in Black, by Popular Productions Madinat Theatre
  10. Toruk – The First Flight, by Cirque du Soleil at Dubai World Trade Centre

MOST ORIGINAL NIGHT OUT

  1. Asian Invasion, Miss Tess
  2. Bongo’s Bingo, ON42
  3. Folk Band Jam, Fibber Magee’s
  4. Freshly Ground Sounds, d3
  5. Go Play The World, Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar
  6. House Party by Sound Gaarden, Girders
  7. Jukebox Brunch, Lucky Voice
  8. Kaynouna, various locations
  9. Party Monsters – The Family Rave, The Backyard
  10. The Laughter Factory, various locations

PEOPLE

BEST ORIGINAL ACT

  1. Abri & Funk Radius
  2. Aman Sheriff
  3. As Per Casper
  4. Carl and the Reda Mafia
  5. Hollaphonic
  6. Jay Abo
  7. Jaye & Foe
  8. Stephon LaMar
  9. The Boxtones
  10. Vandalye

BEST BAR BAND

  1. 13Daze
  2. Big Mouth
  3. Carrie Gibson
  4. Ciaron Fox
  5. Cubache
  6. Game Over
  7. Gorgeous George
  8. The Mike Ross Band + Oh!
  9. Salha & the Million Dollar Band
  10. The Swing Revue

BEST DUBAI DJ

  1. Adam Graca
  2. Adam J
  3. Dany Neville
  4. DJ Bliss
  5. Frederick Stone
  6. Jixo & Danz
  7. Mar+Mer
  8. Michka
  9. Smokingroove
  10. Soulninja

VENUES

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

  1. Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai Festival City
  2. Iris, The Oberoi Dubai
  3. Jazz@PizzaExpress, JLT
  4. Lock, Stock & Barrel, Grand Millennium Dubai
  5. McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Hotel
  6. Moe’s on the 5th, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
  7. MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
  8. Q’s Bar & Lounge, Palazzo Versace
  9. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue
  10. The Irish Village, Garhoud

BEST LOUNGE BAR

  1. 40 Kong, The H Dubai
  2. Asia Asia, Pier 7
  3. At.mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa
  4. Gold on 27, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
  5. INDIE, DIFC
  6. Iris, The Oberoi Dubai
  7. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar
  8. Little Black Door, Conrad Dubai
  9. Q’s Bar and Lounge, Palazzo Versace
  10. Zuma, DIFC

BEST OUTDOOR BAR/PUB

  1. 7 Elephants, DIFC
  2. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  3. Breeze Beach Grill, Club Vista Mare
  4. Café Artois, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  5. folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  6. Iris, The Oberoi Dubai
  7. Jetty Lounge, One&Only Royal Mirage
  8. Luna Sky Bar, Four Seasons DIFC
  9. Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Dubai Resort at Jumeirah Beach
  10. The Irish Village, Garhoud

BEST BAR WITH A VIEW

  1. 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  2. Asia Asia, Pier 7
  3. At.mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa
  4. Bar 44, Grosvenor House Dubai
  5. Cielo Sky Lounge, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
  6. folly by Nick and Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  7. Gold on 27, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
  8. Iris, The Oberoi
  9. Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  10. Vault, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

BEST PARTY BRUNCH

  1. #webrunch, Accents, InterContinental Dubai Marina
  2. Candypants, XL Dubai
  3. Dusty’s, Al Fattan Currency House
  4. Lock, Stock and Barrel, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
  5. Lucky Brunch, Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Dubai
  6. Jazz@PizzaExpress, JLT
  7. Saffron, Atlantis The Palm
  8. Wanderlust, JW Marriott Marquis
  9. Warehouse, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
  10. SuperNatural (Saturday), Zero Gravity

BEST RESTAURANT BAR

  1. Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim
  2. COYA (Pisco Lounge), Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  3. folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  4. Miss Lily's, Sheraton Grand Dubai
  5. La Petite Maison, DIFC
  6. Okku, The H Dubai
  7. Ramusake, Doubletree by Hilton – Jumeirah Beach
  8. RÜYA, Grosvenor House Dubai
  9. The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, Doubletree by Hilton – Jumeirah Beach
  10. Waka, The Oberoi Dubai

BEST SPORTS BAR

  1. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  2. Bidi Bondi, Palm Jumeirah
  3. Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriot Marquis Dubai
  4. Cook Hall, Westin Al Habtoor City
  5. Crown & Lion, Byblos Hotel
  6. Garden on 8, Media One Hotel
  7. Kickers, Dubai Sports City
  8. McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Hotel Dubai
  9. The Dubliner’s, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
  10. The Underground, Al Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

BEST GRAPE BAR

  1. Alta Badia, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  2. BOCA, DIFC
  3. Cave, Conrad Dubai
  4. Champagne Lounge, The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City
  5. Grapeskin, La Ville Hotel & Suites
  6. Oeno, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  7. Oscar’s Vine Society, Crowne Plaza Dubai
  8. The Agency, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  9. Vintage, Wafi Pyramids

BEST BEACH BAR

  1. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  2. Breeze, Club Vista Mare
  3. Jetty Lounge, One&Only Royal Mirage
  4. Key West, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
  5. Wavebreaker, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah

GRAND PRIX

BEST NEW NIGHTLIFE VENUE

  1. 961LB, Al Seef
  2. Axe House, JLT
  3. BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club, Tryp by Wyndham
  4. Drai’s Dubai, Meydan Racecourse Grandstand
  5. Inner City Zoo, Rixos Premium Dubai
  6. Poppy by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
  7. Secret Terrace, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
  8. Soho Garden Club, Meydan Racecourse Grandstand
  9. The 44 Dubai, Al Habtoor City
  10. The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah

PUB OF THE YEAR

  1. Belgian Café, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City
  2. Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  3. Copper Dog, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach
  4. Dubliners, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
  5. Fibber Magee’s, Saeed Tower One
  6. JB’s, Amwaj Rotana
  7. McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  8. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
  9. The Irish Village, Garhoud
  10. The Ship’s Wheel, Jebel Ali Village

BAR OF THE YEAR

  1. 40 Kong, The H Dubai
  2. Barasti, Le Méridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  3. Breeze Beach Grill, Club Vista Mare
  4. INDIE, DIFC
  5. Iris, The Oberoi Dubai
  6. Le Petit Belge, Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers
  7. Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
  8. Lock, Stock & Barrel, Grand Millennium Dubai
  9. Lock, Stock and Barrel – JBR, The Walk, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
  10. Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Dubai

BEACH CLUB OF THE YEAR

  1. Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  2. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels
  3. Cove Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  4. El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm Dubai
  5. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm
  6. Nikki Beach Club, Pearl Jumeira
  7. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina

CLUB OF THE YEAR

  1. 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  2. BASE, Dubai Design District
  3. BOA, W Dubai, Al Habtoor City
  4. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai
  5. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai
  6. Billionaire Mansion, Taj Dubai
  7. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  8. Provocateur, Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  9. Rock Bottom Cafe, Ramee Rose Hotel
  10. WHITE Dubai, Meydan Grandstand

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