Nine alternative nights out in Dubai – from board game cafés to paintballing

Go to these spots for an evening with a difference

Nine alternative nights out in Dubai – from board game cafés to paintballing

Fancy a night out in the city with a difference? Well, it’s time to get off the couch and explore these alternative spots.

Smash your way into the weekend, or riddle yourself in alternative reality – or perhaps you fancy defying gravity in an adrenaline-fuelled trampoline park.

Whatever you’re looking for, here are nine of the top spots that are open late at night.

QueClub Café
If you're a gamer, or just enjoy stepping into the virtual world, then this funky gaming café is a great spot that’s open until the early hours.
The venue hosts several tournaments offering a social gaming experience – and what’s more, it boasts some of the best billiards tables in town.
Prices vary. Thu-Fri 10am-3am, Sat-Wed 10am-2.30am. Oud Metha (04 336 5551) and Al Barsha (04 385 1191).

Rails Dubai
Want to win some prizes? This new spot has you covered, as every computer rental comes with special coins that can be traded in for prizes or for more gaming.

Table football, pool table, console and PC gaming are all available here as well as cheap food from the café – so round up some buddies, grab a soda and get gaming.
Open every day 10am-2.30am. Red Diamond building. JLT, Sarayat Road (04 423 7742).

Escape Reality
This alternative reality environment will put you and your team to task, with only one mission – to escape.

Behind each door lies puzzles that require teamwork to solve, from defeating vampires to surviving the zombie apocalypse. Immerse yourself in this team building exercise as you go up against the clock.
Prices from Dhs100. Thu-Fri 2pm-midnight, Sat 2pm-11pm, Sun-Wed 3pm- 11pm. Indigo Sky, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 3327777).

Bounce Dubai
Put your aerial acrobatic skills to the test at this urban indoor playground, which houses more than 100 interconnected trampolines.

If you're looking for a spot for a kick-about, then you can also test your hardcore B-boy skills while completing a slam dunk, or defy gravity as you run up the walls rebounding from high-performance trampolines.
Prices vary. Open daily 2pm-midnight. Al Quoz (04 321 1400).

Sharjah Paintball Park
Bring out your inner soldier while stepping into the battle scene while tackling a range of scenarios on the indoor and outdoor fields.
Prices from Dhs100. Open Sun 9am-1am, Mon-Thu 9am-11pm, Fri 9.30am-11am and 2pm-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Near Tasjeel Village, Sharjah (050 203 2288).

The Smash Room
Want to knock off that stress? Well, here’s a chance to feel better with every whack of the bat.

Set up in an old warehouse, get ready to crush some concrete walls, old TVs and appliances. Maybe a bat is your weapon, or the heavy sledgehammer – and once you’ve made up your mind, it’s smash time.
Open Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm. 195 Umm Suqeim St (058 198 2323).

Dubai Bowling Centre
Dubai Bowling Centre brings classic arcade games back to life with the DBC Arcade, giving you the best of classic and future gaming experiences.

Add a bit of a retro taste to get your weekend rolling at Dubai Bowling Centre’s 16 professional bowling lanes, with giant screens playing films to enjoy between turns.
Prices vary. Open Sat-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Fri 10am-1am. Al Quoz 1 (04 321 1400).

Unwind Speciality Board Game Café
Bond with friends over some quality board games at this cool café in Dubai. There are more than 500 games to choose from and some bites to enjoy as well.
Open every day 2pm-midnight. Hessa St (04 336 6611).

Chillout Ice lounge
Beat the heat in this freezing cold lounge, which features ice sculptures and an illuminated interior all at sub-zero temperatures.
But don't worry, because there are plenty of hot drinks and meals at this icy escape to ease the chills.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Rd (04 341 8121).

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