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Club venues come and go on an annual basis, so it’s worth checking the latest listings in Time Out Dubai (wtimeoutdubai.com) or visit wplatinumlist.ae to find out what’s new and happening; wyadig.com is (along with the Time Out website) the best source of local user reviews. Entrance charges generally vary depending on who’s playing; occasionally it’s free, but more usually expect to pay 50–100dh. Unfortunately, quite a few places (including several high-profile venues) suffer from truly lousy service – with neanderthal bouncers, officious waiters and pushy bartenders as standard. Note too that most places also have a couples-only policy (which may or may not be enforced depending on how busy they are) – in general it’s also worth dressing to impress, or prepare to be turned away. Quite a few bars have regular live DJs and a club-like ambience later on at night, particularly if there’s a special event on.

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