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Some of Dubai’s drinking venues are seriously swanky – the likes of Mercury Lounge, Cielo Sky Lounge and the Arabian-style Bahri Bar come to mind – while others, such as the ever-popular Irish Village, are geared towards pints and parties.
There are some first-rate nightclubs too, with special mentions going to White Dubai, 360˚ and Armani/Privé, all of which draw international DJs. On a similar note, Pacha Ibiza Dubai opened here in 2014.
A night out doesn’t have to mean dancing until dawn, of course, and there are all sorts of more relaxed options to choose from, including the (literally) chilled atmosphere at the ice-sculpted Chillout Ice Lounge.
It’s unlikely you’re heading to Dubai for a particular club, but be aware that some venues close at the height of the sweltering summer, between June and September. Packed with opening parties, September is a great month to visit if pubbing and clubbing top your holiday agenda.
One of the hottest spots in town is the warehouse-style bar Cargo, which has a terrace overlooking Dubai Marina and offers selected drinks for £5 between 5-8pm.
Elsewhere, the destination has long drawn some of the biggest names in world music; everyone from Plácido Domingo and One Direction to Sting and Robbie Williams have appeared in recent times.
Good spots for live-music fans include The Fridge, which puts on a wide range of different bands and genres, and cabaret venue MusicHall, at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel, which holds “dinner and dance” evenings.
Recommendations for pre-drink dining can be found on our eating out in Dubai page.