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Dubai has officially landed on the list of top international nightlife destinations. No matter what time of year, you can always depend on a handful of world-famous DJs and musicians performing here regularly. Last call is no later then 3am, although some close earlier. Although homosexuality is considered a crime here, there is an active gay scene. Still, this is more then a clubber’s playground – those longing for romance also have a handful of choices. Since most of the people living in Dubai are foreigners, most bars and clubs are populated with people from around the world.

Dubai Nightlife

Buddha Bar

This Asian eatery/bar could easily be mistaken for a glitzy club on L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard. The excessively coiffed, booming bar scene is an ideal destination for those wanting exotic cocktails and a peek at Dubai's hip crowd.

Grosvenor House, 011-971-4-399-88-88,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | bar | bar menu | jim's pick

Cin Cin

With over 250 international labels, 48 wines by the glass, and a great selection of first-rate fare (including waygu beef burgers), guests will have more ways than one to leave this über-chic bar/lounge feeling buzzed. Expect a few local celebrity encounters.

Sheikh Zayed Rd., 011-971-4-332-5555,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar menu | celebrity hangout

The Agency

A favorite with locals, this Southeast Asian eatery is an ideal spot for quick and tasty dishes at a great price. Order one of their specialty ice-cream-based cocktails for dessert.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Rd., 011-971-4-319-8780,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar menu | wine

The Apartment Lounge + Club

Those longing to dance in more upscale surroundings packed with sofas will enjoy this 2005 addition to the Dubai scene. Patrons can depend on the Apartment for its consistently innovative lineup of DJs and weekly dance parties.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 011-971-4-406-8999,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | dj

The Rooftop Lounge & Terrace

Take in the Gulf breezes at the One&Only’s al fresco Rooftop Lounge & Terrace, one of Dubai’s most romantic, and sparsely lit, drinking destinations.

Al Sufouh Rd., 011-971-4-399-9999,
Tags: romance | nightlife | lounge | patio


The undisputed epicenter of Dubai’s nightlife, this three-floor club and rooftop bar consistently features big-name DJs. Because of its popularity, expect a long line of tourists and locals.

Madinat Jumeirah, 011-971-4-366-6917,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | patio | dancing | nightclub | dj

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