If you love nightlife, you won’t be disappointed with the huge amount of bars and clubs Dubai has to offer. Outdoor venues are increasingly popular here, especially during October and May, but the indoor venues are also a must see, with some of the most ‘blinging’ and sparkling interiors you’ll have ever experience. Unlike some of the bars and clubs in Europe and the States, the majority in Dubai will not charge an entry fee, however a few exclusive ones may after a certain time, so best to go early, grab a lovely area to sit and people watch. Alternatively, if you are able to get yourself on a guestlist, this will save you a load of hassle at the door. We have given you the info below. Legal entry age for bars in UAE is 21 and please note that even if you are well above the legal age you may still get asked for ID especially if entering at a peak time for a highly sought after club. Girls are well respected here, and more often then not, a ladies free entry and drinks promotion will be running on atleast one day of the week. Contact the relevant hotel for more details. Lastly, to really guarantee entry into a club – dress to impress. The crowd in Dubai love dressing up – even the males pay particular attention to grooming – so the more glam, the better!
The nightlife scene in Dubai is lively with some of the world's top DJs in attendance to play the beats for you to dance the night away. Whether you are into your happy house, your soul and R&B, your Arabic beats, your hardcore, or just your regular popular fare, it is all catered for in the diverse venues that exist in Dubai. It's usually best to dress up a little, and wear your glam clothes as the bouncers will sometimes have any excuse for you to not get in. It's also preferable to go as a mixed group or turn up early. Entrance costs range from free entry to anything up to 50Dhs. Tuesday night is the traditional "Ladies night" where ladies drink for free, and Thursday is the big club night where most bars are filled to capacity. Wednesday's and Friday's also feature due to differing weekends, but Thursday is the night to hits the clubs in Dubai.
The Clubs & Bars that we recommend
We have put together a selection of the bars and clubs that you could try out. They are usually based at the hotels due to the licensing of alcohol, and while we have only given a few to choose from, you can be sure that the Dubai nightlife is pumping. Be aware that some places are notorious for shady activities. A few of our legit, non dodgy, recommendations are listed below:
We have listed our top picks below and catagorised the venues for your convenience: