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Friday afternoon brunches have become standard in the city, with unlimited food, drink and dancing galore. However, if you like to keep your day times fresh and free but don’t want to miss out on the awesome brunch deals, there are now loads of evening brunches to try.

Here’s our top pick of evening brunches to try at the weekend…

Thursday: all’onda

Cosa Nostra is the new evening brunch taking place every Thursday at Emerald Palace Kempinski’s Italian Venetian restaurant, all’onda. From 8pm to 11pm, enjoy baked stuffed mushrooms, spaghetti carbonara and tomato rigatoni as well as a selection of sushi and unlimited drinks. After, guests can enjoy three more drinks for Dhs100 until 1am.

all’onda, Emerald Palace Kempinksi, Palm Jumeirah, Thursdays, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs495 sparkling. Tel: (04) 248 8870.

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Thursday: The Stage Brunch

The Stage Brunch proved so popular at Pizza Express JLT, they started it at a second location – Pizza Express Live in Business Bay. Great value, live music and a busy atmosphere, it’s no wonder it’s become a firm favourite in the city – not to mention a What’s On award-winner. For Dhs225 you’ll get delicious sharing starters, a la carte main and free-flowing house beverages.

Jazz Pizza Express, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, and DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay, 8pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs150 soft, Dhs225 house, Dhs275 sparkling. Tel: (052) 798 7275.

Thursday: Accents

If you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option for a Thursday evening brunch, Dhs249 for four hours unlimited food and house bevvies should do the trick. The brunch will take you on a trip down memory lane, with hits from 80s, 90s and Brit pop to keep you on your feet all night. Soft drinks are Dhs199, house is Dhs249 and sparkling is Dhs299.

Oldskool Summer Jam, Accents, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, 7pm to 11pm, Thursdays. Tel: (04) 446 6654.

Thursday: Publique

Publique, the Alpine-themed restaurant in the Madinat Jumeirah, have an evening brunch package that runs from Saturday to Thursday from 8pm to 11pm. The cost is usually Dhs345 for three hours with a minimum booking of four guests but at the moment you can avail their summer deal for Dhs245, valid until the end of September. All brunch groups will get an ‘instructor’ that will guide them through the authentic alpine journey. A selection of starters will be served directly to the table, each guest can then choose a main of their choice, followed by cheese raclette and chocolate fondue to share, and wash it down with unlimited house beverages.

Publique, Madinat Jumeirah, 8pm to 11pm, Sunday to Thursday, Dhs245, valid until the end of Sept, with a minimum booking of four. Tel: (04) 430 8550.

Thursday: McGettigans

McGettigans is a cosy Irish watering hole with no frills but plenty of fun. For a very reasonable Dhs230, you’ll get a three-course meal and unlimited house drinks every Thursday from 8.30pm to 11.30pm. They’ll keep things lively with live music and a DJ to get you on your feet.

McGettigans JLT, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, Thursdays 8.30pm to 11pm, Dhs230 for house.

Thursday: Copper Dog

JBR pub, Copper Dog, has launched an evening brunch happening every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm. Expect an array of authentic pub grub including sliders, nachos, ribs and wings, all washed down with beer, wine, cocktails or spirits. There’s a live band playing before DJ Andy Swift kicks off the party into the evening. You can also enjoy games of pool or beer pong in the games room.

Copper Dog, DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR The Walk, 8pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs149 soft, Dhs259 house. Tel: (04) 559 5355.

Thursday: Bar Rumba

Need a little Latin in your life? You might know all about Asia De Cuba but are you familiar with Bar Rumba upstairs? The bar holds a ‘Supper Club’ every Thursday where you can sample some delicious bites from the chef’s selection menu with unlimited drinks for Dhs195 for two whole hours.

Bar Rumba, Westin Mina Al Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 9pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 511 7333.

Thursday: Junipers

This brand new speakeasy bar has just opened up in the equally brand new hotel, VIDA Emirates Hills. It’s got a chilled out vibe and is the perfect spot to head to get a good brunch deal, when you don’t really want the craziness of a regular Dubai brunch. The food is served sharing-style with platters including chicken wings, calamari and Wagyu burgers.

Junipers, VIDA Emirates Hills, The Hills, Emirates Hills, Dubai, 8pm to 11.30pm, Thursdays, Dhs325 house, Dhs225 soft. Tel: (04) 872 8888.

Blushing Dragon at Karma Kafe

Enjoy picturesque views of the iconic Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains indulging in miso black cod, Wagyu beef gyoza and Japanese tuna pizza, accompanied by a unlimited servings of soft, house or sparkling beverages.

Karma Kafe, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 8pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs329 soft, Dhs449 house, Dhs549 sparkling. Tel: (04) 423 0909.

Thursday & Friday: Mr Miyagi’s

If you’ve got that Thursday feeling then Mr Miyagi’s is the place to go. Hit up their Wok & Roll brunch where you’ll get three hours of unlimited house drinks and five courses of their Asian cuisine. It’s fun and frivolous with live DJ’s, impromptu entertainment and karaoke. Not to mention, there’s often a game of beer pong to be played. You’ll get the same on Fridays too with their afternoon and evening edition.

Mr Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel, Wok & Roll brunch Thursdays 8pm to 11pm, Fridays 3pm to 6pm and 8pm to 11pm, Dhs299 house, Dhs349 sparkling. Tel: (04) 420 7489.

Thursday & Friday: Q43

Brunch: Q43 are here for you all weekend. On Thursdays, Dhs199 will get you free-flowing house beverages and dishes from a special chefs menu for Dhs199. On Fridays, you’ll get a culinary trip around the world with dishes served to your table and house drinks for Dhs369. If that’s not enough, both nights offer you another hour of unlimited drinks for Dhs99 post-brunch.

Drunch: This week, Q43 launched a brand new drunch deal to fly you through Friday night, From 6pm to 1am, Dhs250 will get you unlimited selected house beverages. Happy days.

Q43, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 8pm to 11pm, Thursdays & Fridays, Dhs129 soft, Dhs199 house. Tel: (04) 443 5403.

Thursday & Friday: The Hideout

Enjoy a no-frills brunch party every Thursday and Friday at The Hideout, where you’ll get a 3-course meal and unlimited house beverages for Dhs250. If you’re into house and garage, you’ll want a book on Thursday, or on Friday, head there for 80s, 90s and noughties hits. There’s also a drunch deal where you can take advantage of unlimited house beverages from 4pm to 8pm for Dhs200.

The Hideout Dubai, 1st Floor, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina, Fridays 4pm to 8pm, Dhs200 drinks only Dhs250 brunch. (058) 534 6000.

Thursday & Friday: STK

STK’s brunches have become somewhat legendary thanks to their delicious food, lively entertainment and party atmosphere. So much so, they’re usually booked up at least a month in advance (sorry, you might need some time to plan this). They do an evening brunch on a Thursday, ‘Rare’, where you’ll get shared starters, an a la carte main and free flowing drinks for Dhs349. Fridays you’ll get their Double Dare to Brunch with prices starting from Dhs599 for food and house beverages.

STK JBR The Walk, Rixos Premium Dubai The Walk, JBR and  STK, Downtown, Address Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, 8pm to 11pm, Thursdays Dhs349, Fridays Dhs599.

Friday: Seven Sisters

While this one isn’t exactly an evening offering, it’s worth a mention. Seven Sisters has a fantastic mid-afternoon option for those who don’t like to start too early, that kicks off every Friday at 3pm. Although it’s a canal side rooftop spot, you don’t need to worry about getting too hot -as they have a cooling tent up during the summer months. You can get the house drinks package for Dhs249 or food and house drinks for Dhs349.

Seven Sisters, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Fridays 3pm to 7am, Dhs249 house drinks, Dhs349 house drinks and food. Tel: (056) 775 4777.

Friday: Ammos

Missed Ammos’ afternoon brunch? Fear not, they do an evening version of their Greek ‘Legasea’ brunch on a Friday evening too. Running from 7pm to 10pm, tuck into authentic cuisine including mezze platters  served up to the sounds of traditional Greek music. It’s Dhs445 for the Giamas (house drinks) package or you can upgrade to Dhs595 for (Mykonos), which includes one bottle of house champagne per person.

Ammos, Rixos Premium, JBR, Dubai, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs445 house drinks package. Tel: (052) 777 9473.

Friday: Matagi

This Pan Asian restaurant have just launched their decadent new evening brunch ‘Crazy Rich Brunch’, with a summer offer starting from Dhs299 to kick things off. Indulge in dishes such as sashimi and maki platters to start; lamb chops and grilled wagyu sirloin for main followed by indulgent desserts like Mochi ice cream or mikan cheesecakes.

Matagi, Crescent West, Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai,’Crazy Rich Brunch’ Fridays from 7pm to 11pm, Dhs299 soft package, Dhs399 house package. Tel: (04) 248 8850.

Friday: Garden on 8

Fancy a few drinks but don’t want to dress up to the nines? Enter Garden on 8, the friendly neighbourhood pub brunch that will make you feel right at home. Their Friday night brunch is served up BBQ-style, with a choice of meat and seafood dishes to fuel you up for dancing to some classic 80s and 90s tunes.

Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 7.30pm, to 11.00pm, Dhs395 house drinks. Tel: (04) 427 1000.

Kanpai Lounge & Restaurant

Sofitel The Palm

Looking for a sophisticated evening brunch? You’ll find just that at Kanpai in Souk Al Bahar, where you can indulge in a night of Japanese cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. Every Friday evening, feast on three hours of your favourite dishes including black cod, tiger prawns and a selection of yakitori. Even better, after brunch, there’s three more hours of unlimited beverages for Dhs150.

Kanpai, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 6pm to 9pm, Fridays, Dhs315 soft, Dhs420 house and sparkling. Tel: (04) 441 9262

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