A trendy nightclub boasting authentic Arabic-style decor and an eclectic selection of live music and traditional dance. The brightly hued Kasbar raises three levels, the upper two of which boast ornate terraces that overlook the oft-oscillating crowded dance floor. A favorite with locals and expats alike, the nightclub features some of Dubai's best DJs – the types of guys who know how to make the party last long into the night by spinning the scintillating club, house, techno and Arabic pop hits.
Dubai's famous Irish Village recreates the look, feel and charm of a traditional pub, easily making it a favorite watering hole among expats. The pub grub is just as it ought to be, simple and hearty. Outdoor seating gets packed in winter. Small wonder: few things in life compare to downing a stout under the surreal desert twilight. The Village is hosting more live acts these days, everyone from Bob Geldof to Chrissie Hynde, and it's predictably standing room only on St Patrick's Day.
While Bur Dubai might strike you as an unlikely location for a chic rooftop lounge, that's only because you haven't yet been to Chill. Located on top of the Royal Ascot Hotel, Chill blends a mixture of quirky design influences, from fake grass to paper lanterns to Ikea-like furniture. You're sure to find some favorites on the extensive drink list to enjoy as you soak in the Dubai skyline and mingle with the jet-set ex-pat clientele.
Popular, but not uncomfortably packed with revelers, Zinc seems to attract a fair number of flight crew members who appreciate the laid-back atmosphere. It's a dance club, to be sure, with the requisite stylish industrial-type décor, but the vibe is casual and not at all snooty. DJs spin popular dance tunes and some house and techno – nothing too daring or obscure. If you're looking for someplace upbeat but perhaps still a bit anonymous, give Zinc a try.
Sometimes multiple personalities are a good thing. Take Rock Bottom Café, for instance. Throughout the day, it's a family-friendly, American-style restaurant with casual 70s-era décor. As night falls, DJs and house bands get the partiers dancing (the Bullfrogs help!). And on Saturdays and Sundays, football becomes the center of attention as the bar fires up its numerous plasma and huge projection screen TVS. There's something here for just about everyone!
Despite a few identity crises in past years, the Apartment has managed to return to the top of the "exclusive nightclubs" roster. Two separate spaces appeal to those who prefer to chill out with a martini as well as those who would rather throw down on the dance floor. Depending on the night, you might find DJs spinning funky house, 80s hits or contemporary dance music. Dress your trendy best; designer jeans and trainers are permitted.
When you walk in, you might think, "Perhaps they took the name too far," but there's something to be said for this underground bar with curved walls and portholes that suggest a (you guessed it!) submarine. The cool industrial finish meshes well with the electro and minimalist beats. If dancing isn't something you want to do, there are plenty of couches and tables that are the perfect place on which to relax and enjoy your drink of choice.
This classy venue (think French Renaissance-meets-Baroque, if you can) brings more than a dash of Parisian chic to the club scene. A firm favorite of the swankier demographic of the Lebanese community, this is a dressy place that keeps things fresh with a succession of theme nights throughout the week. If you're lucky enough to have two X chromosomes, think about checking out Boudoir on a Tuesday - ladies drink free champagne all evening!