Glamorous, exuberant, and flamboyant, Dubai likes to play even harder than it works. Let your hair down and enjoy the excellent Dubai nightlife!

Make no mistake, Dubai likes to party every night of the week. With swanky glass-walled bars, circus-themed nightclubs, retro arcade clubs, speakeasy bars, and world-class live entertainment, the hardest thing about a night out is choosing where to start. Here are some tips to Dubai clubs and pubs:

A Sundowner with a View

For cocktails and conversation, head to the romantic Pure Sky Lounge on the 35th floor of the Hilton Dubai at the Walk, a superb Dubai lounge with spectacular views over the Palm Jumeirah. Sip a Lychee or Chocolate Chip Martini as you admire the rose-gold sunset sky over the Arabian Gulf.

Ready Player One

There’s no shortage of nightclubs in Dubai, but if you’re looking for something fresh, step back in time to Stereo Arcade at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel The Walk, a retro arcade-bar-nightclub where you can dance to music from the 80s and 90s, watch live gigs by indie rock bands and replay Street Fighter II and other nostalgic games from your misspent youth at the neighbourhood arcade. Ditch the heels for this one, sneakers welcome.

The Secret Garden

At Vii Dubai, an oasis in the heart of Dubai’s skyscraper district, walk on from the elegant indoor lounge through the illuminated tunnel into the greenhouse-like terrace, complete with a leafy garden, baroque mirrors, and an ornate chandelier glittering over the bar. Grab a seat on one of the plush armchairs, order a cocktail, and admire the tasteful décor of royal fairytale meets Alice in Wonderland.

Break out your Dancing Shoes

Sip on fruity Mai Tais as you dream of island life at Trader Vic’s in the dreamy setting of Souk Madinat’s canals. While there’s a quieter outdoor section, you’ll no doubt want to head to the dance floor where a Cuban band plays most nights to show off your salsa skills.

To turn the party up a notch at one of the best clubs in Dubai, don your shiniest dress and head to the quirky but entertaining Cirque Le Soir to party with aerialists, sword-swallowers, burlesque dancers, fire eaters, and contortionists to dance music, hip hop, and R&B.

A Grand Affair

Opera in the Middle East? Of course. Dubai is at the forefront of cultural development in the region and you should expect the unexpected. The Dubai Opera resides in a magnificent building shaped like a dhow, a celebrated piece of contemporary architecture that can transform from theatre to concert venue to banquet hall, hosting ballet, musicals, concerts, orchestras, and opera. To see great shows from around the world like West Side Story and Les Misérables, book your tickets as early as possible.

Dubai is a multicultural city with a big expat culture, and it knows how to party, with global all year round from Oktoberfest, Halloween to Saint Patrick’s Day.

From the best clubs in Dubai to sleek Dubai lounges, you’ll certainly have great night out in this majestic city.

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