14 of the best nights out in Dubai
From ball pits to brunches, you can party hard every night of the week.
In a city that never sleeps, there’s always somewhere for the party people to play. Whether you’re looking for some mid-week madness, a cheap night out, or simply wanting to party hard over the weekend, Dubai has a night out for everyone.
Here are of 14 of the best nights out in Dubai…
Sunday: Sunday Sessions at Lucky Voice
Starting off the week with a bang, Lucky Voice has a recently-launched house night to take you back to your youth. There’s a strict vocal, funky, feel-good house music policy that’s bound to have you on your feet, and one of Dubai’s best-loved DJs, Natalie Brogan, keeps the party going until the early hours. Plus, there’s two-for-one on selected drinks until the clock strikes midnight.
Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Sunday, 8pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 514 6687. More info on website
Sunday: The List at Billionaire Mansion
One of the biggest weeknight parties out there, The List takes to Billionaire Mansion every Sunday night. Bringing an urban music policy to the start of the week, it draws in a glamorous crowd – expect to see cars full of shots and champagne flying around.
Billionaire Mansion, Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Sunday, 11pm to 2am, free guestlist. Tel: (050) 226 1622. More info on Facebook
Monday: Mondays Made Me at Sass Cafe
This elegant Monday night affair at Sass Cafe goes from a glamorous dinner to a dancing-on-the-tables-among-dressed-up-characters kind of party. It’s one of DIFC’s most raucous parties, and there’s nearly always a full house of guests enjoying the mix of live entertainment and DJs.
Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Monday 8pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 352 7722. More info on website
Monday: Hip Hop Monday’s at Cirque Le Soir
It’s had a brand new refurb, and now Cirque Le Soir comes complete with a bigger, better ball pit, a fun fair and a host of new circus acts. On Monday, it’s all about hip hop, where you can enjoy smooth beats while watching clowns, fire breathers and sword swallowers.
Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Monday, 10.30pm to 3am, free entry. Tel: (050) 995 5400. More info on website
Tuesday: Mile High Club at Mahiki
This Polynesian tiki bar has always had one of the most popular ladies’ nights on the circuit. And for the winter season, there’s a new offering for ladies every Tuesday, with dishes from the sushi bar from 7pm to 10pm, and an extended drinks offer of bottomless wine and cocktails until 1am. It comes with a commercial music policy, and usually packs out after midnight with the party-hard people keeping things lively until 3am.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Tuesday, 7pm to 3am. Tel:(055) 216 0181. More info on website
Tuesday: Lock, Stock and Lipstick at Lock Stock JBR
Quickly becoming one of the busiest bars in town, the super-sized Lock Stock and Barrel JBR is a great place to party most nights of the week. Its Tuesday ladies’ night however, has to be one of our favourites. Ladies get three free drinks from 6pm to 1am, plus there’s buy-one-get-one-free drinks for the early doors crowd from 4pm to 8pm.
Rixos Premium, JBR, Tuesday, 6pm to 3am. Tel: (058) 836 2891. More info on website
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Wednesday: Disconekt at Vii
For the hardcore party people, Disconekt hits the decks at Vii every Wednesday and it’s all about the music. Resident DJs Frederick Stone, Aidin Karami and Jixo & Danz join forces to deliver a techno and tech house night that packs out until the very end. Head down from 9pm for B4 Disconekt in Vii’s urban garden, with DJ Mario Bazouri.
Floor 7, The Conrad, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Wednesday, 9pm to 3am. Tel: (050) 957 9471. More info on Facebook
Wednesday: Miss Independent at Ramusake
It’s arguably one of the biggest and best nights of the week, with reservations essential to guarantee entry and the place often booking up several weeks in advance at both sittings in the restaurant. Ladies get unlimited grape until midnight and the parties goes on until late, leaving you to sit back in the super-hip setting and soak up the beats from DJ Adam Graca.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Wednesday, 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 559 5300. More info on website
Thursday: Base Dubai
Base, the open-air super club that landed in Dubai Design District in April, may have had a shaky start, but if it’s a big night out you’re after, they don’t come much bigger than this. They’re bringing international acts to Dubai most weekends, and Eric Morillo, Defected and Disciples are already confirmed for upcoming Thursdays.
Dubai Design District, Thursday, 10pm to 3am. Tel: (055) 313 4999. More info on website
Thursday: Miss Lily’s
You can turn up at Miss Lily’s most nights of the week and find yourself in a packed Jamaican-style bar, but Thursdays kick things off with a feel-good weekend vibe. Expect a mix of commercial hits with a reggae soundtrack, and some of the best Caribbean cocktails around.
Sheraton Grand, Sheikh Zayed Road, Thursday, 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 354 4074. More info on website
Friday: We Brunch and The Aftermath at Intercontinental
Fast becoming one of Dubai’s biggest party brunches, We Brunch at Accents boasts an international buffet, cocktail stations, shots trolleys, and a soundtrack from one of Dubai’s top commercial DJs, Andy Swift. The afterparty, aptly named The Aftermath, is open to all at downstairs bar Ynot, and quickly fills up with party people descending from other Marina brunches. It comes with a great value drinks deal, with six drinks for Dhs150 until 7pm.
Intercontinental Dubai Marina, Friday, brunch 12.30pm to 4pm from Dhs350, after brunch 3pm to 7pm Dhs150 for 6 drinks. Tel: 056 6944 538. More info on website
Friday: Mr Miyagi’s
There’s never really a bad time to go to this quirky new Asian street food restaurant and bar, but the after-brunch bar is one of the busiest and best times to go to Mr Miyagi’s. There’s a happy hour from 4pm to 8pm which includes some of their pun-fuelled cocktails (the ‘no money no honey’ is one of our favourites), plus a cheesy soundtrack that’s sure to have you singing along. The post-brunch crowd might drift away by 10pm, but a fresh crowd of club-goers heads in to keep the party atmosphere up until late.
Level 9, Media One Hotel, Friday, 4pm to 3am. Tel:(04) 420 7489. More info on website
Saturday: URBN at White
Meydan superclub White Dubai is back after its summer hiatus, and it’s got a fresh new look for its Saturday URBN ladies’ night. Every week, some of the region’s top DJs descend on the club, as well as the occasional international act, and there’s an open bar for girls all night. This is definitely a go-big-or-go-home option for those who aren’t ready for the week to be over.
Meydan Racecourse, Meydan, Saturday, 10pm to 3am. Tel: (050) 443 0933. More info on website
Saturday: Supernatural at Zero Gravity
Not exactly a night out – but this poolside party brunch has got the Saturday brunch scene in such a spin, we thought it deserved a mention. The afternoon-long brunch party packs out with up to 2000 partygoers looking for some sun in a lively atmosphere. It’s an all-inclusive food and drink affair with a party-hard vibe by the pool, or those in recovery mode can head to the beach for more of a chilled afternoon. DJs take to the decks throughout the afternoon, and there’s one-off international guest artists headlining once a month.
Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina. Saturday, 12pm-5pm, Dhs225 ladies, Dhs275 gents Tel: (04) 399 0009. More info on website
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