Club venues come and go on an annual basis, so it’s worth checking the latest listings in Time Out Dubai ( or visit to find out what’s new and happening; 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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