Dubai has an excellent nightlife scene with a large choice of bars and nightclubs to be enjoyed. Most of the licensed bars are in hotels but there are some exceptions.
Dubai also has some interesting laws when it comes to nightclubs. They all must close at 3.00am, 21 is the official minimum age allowed to purchase alcohol though some clubs can also refuse entry to anyone under 25.
At some of the most prestigious clubs in the city, doormen tend to be a little strict, but as long as you have at least one girl in your party, you should be fine.
A Selection of Some of Dubai’s Top Nightspots
Apartment Lounge + Club ( Visit Site )
Location: Jumeirah Beach Resort.
Tel: +971 4 406 8000
Located inside the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, this lively nightspot has different music throughout the week. R&B, Hip Hop, House, Latin - and bangs out the Funky House beat on Thursday & Friday nights. Ladies often receive free drinks before midnight too!
Barasti Bar ( Visit Site )
Location: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Rd.
Tel: +971 4 318 1313
Situated at the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, it is one of the top bars along the seaside, where you can go and relax on a hot afternoon with a cool drink. Some DJs play music indoors so that one can sit inside for a change of scenery.
Location: Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Jumeirah Rd.
Tel: +971 4 345 5995
Located at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, this Persian club has one of the best reputations in the city. It attracts mostly Lebanese crowd who enjoy a variety of music. When a bottle of champagne is brought to the table the music is switched off to celebrate its arrival.
Carter's ( Visit Site )
Location: Wafi, Oud Metha.
Tel: +971 4 324 4100
This is a very stylish restaurant cum bar located inside the Pyramid complex at Wafi City. It opens for lunch at 12:00pm and closes its doors at 1:00am, and 2:00am on Thursdays and Sundays. As the evening progresses the restaurant slowly transforms into one of the hottest bars in the Dubai and the DJ starts playing at around 10:00pm.
Champions Sports Bar ( Visit Site )
Location: Abu Baker Al Siddique Rd, Deira, next to Hamarain Shopping Center.
Tel: +971 4 262 4444
Located at the JW Marriott, it is an excellent place to go to watch major live sporting events such as Football (or soccer as Americans call it), Rugby, and large boxing matches. The bar is open daily from 12:00noon until 2:00am in the morning, except for Fridays when it is open from 6:00pm until 2:00am. The bar area is large and is surrounded by TV screens. This venue is popular with resident expats and locals.
Chi @ The Lodge
Location: Al Nasr Leisureland, Off 10 St. near Lamcy Plaza.
Tel: +971 4 337 9470
Located at the Al Nasr Leisure-land, near the American Hospital, the club is very popular with the younger generation. It is especially known for having funk, house and hip-hop nights and also organises many theme nights to keep the youngsters interested. The nightclub has four large rooms, a semi outdoor dance area with a garden, and a VIP room to chill out in providing you have made reservations. It is a good idea to arrive early in order to avoid the massive queue
Ikandy Ultralounge ( Visit Site )
Location: Shangri-La Hotel.
Tel: +971 4 405 2703
Sexy poolside lounge, located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, the bar is set on the fourth floor of the Shangri La Hotel, at the pool deck. It has a funky reflecting pink light which makes white clothes glow and is a perfect location for pool parties.
Issimo Bar ( Visit Site )
Location: Hilton Dubai Creek.
Tel: +971 4 222 7171
Located in Deira at the Hilton Dubai Creek, this place is a modern designed sports and martini bar. It is predominantly popular with middle-aged men who come to relax on comfortable leather sofas and watch live sports.
Kasbar ( Visit Site )
Location: Al Sufouh Rd.
Tel: +971 4 399 9999
The nightclub is located at the amazing Royal Mirage Hotel, and is a Moroccan themed venue. The club is built up on three levels with terraces that overlook the dance floor below. The music varies, with some of the best DJs in the city playing all the latest dance hits. The upper level is the place to be seen and has comfortable Arabian style sofas that allow for an intimate evening. The club opens at 9:30pm and the cover charge is Dh50 which includes one drink.
Ku-Bu ( Visit Site )
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Deira.
Tel: +971 4 205 7333
Located at the Radisson Blu Dubai in Deira, this bar with its African-inspired decor is a small and darkly lit chill out zone. It is a good choice to start the night off in, with a DJ playing international hits and funky beats.
Malecon ( Visit Site )
Location: Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Jumeirah Rd.
Tel: +971 4 346 1111
This live music venue is located at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa. It is a salsa bar with an in-house Latino group. It is a restaurant in the early hours, but transforms into a lively dance spot in the late hours and on some occasions hosts some of the best house DJs.
Location: Grand Hyatt, Sheikh Rashid Rd.
Tel: +971 4 317 1234
This nightclub is situated at the Grand Hyatt, used to be Dubai’s very first club, and is still a very popular venue especially with the Middle Eastern crowd. Mix hosts top international DJs who play a mix of Arabic pop, house and R&B. It has a huge dance floor, an elevated bar and podium dancers to admire.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd.
Tel: +971 4 330 0000
Located at the Emirates Towers Hotel, this bar is a great place to go for a drink after office hours, and is very popular with expat corporate types and expats on business as well. The bar is open from 12:30pm until 3:00am and last orders are at 11:15pm. The upper section of the bar becomes a nightclub with a resident DJ playing a mixture of classic and new popular songs. The bar also doubles up as a restaurant which serves American cuisine.
Trilogy ( Visit Site )
Location: Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Tel: +971 50 624 5751
With a huge refurbishment & re-launch (with a set from Mark Ronson) in 2010, Trilogy is definitely back! Located on the Jumeirah Beach Road, this is one of the biggest and trendiest nightclubs in Dubai. It has three floors and the roof top bar is the best spot to glance at the stunning views of the city. The club features many big named DJs and hosts a considerable amount of VIP bashes. Trilogy is a fascinating club which offers a night to remember.