Like everything Dubai has to offer, its nightlife scene is far from ordinary. From nightclubs to bars to speakeasies, the city’s entertainment options are limitless. Just remember, before you set out to have a great night, make sure you’re over 21 years of age as Dubai’s door policy does not allow minors. Here is a list of the best clubs in town.
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Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Club of the Year (three years in a row), White Dubai is the biggest and most exclusive nightclub in the city—located on the rooftop of the Meydan Racecourse Grandstand. Tucked away from the city, the rooftop offers an incredible view of Dubai’s skyline—if you’re looking. Only open during the winter months (mid-September!) when the cold weather hits Dubai, this is a place you do not want to miss out on visiting. The crowd is a mix of tourists and residents; it’s a place for all partygoers to come together. Put on your best outfit because, while the staff at the door don’t charge, they do make sure that only the best-dressed enter. You can pop in without table reservations, but make sure to get there earlier than 12am as the place fills up fast. You can expect an incredible night any day of the week with live performances, EDM DJ sets, and urban beats.
Monday night is “Hip-Hop Chic” night at Cirque Le Soir; everyone in Dubai knows it, and all the city’s clubbers are there—it did win an award for it after all. This is not your regular hip-hop night, and Cirque Le Soir is definitely not your regular nightclub. Located on Dubai’s well-known Sheikh Zayed Road, the club’s extreme circus theme is something you have to see for yourself. A mix of glamour and freak, the place is booming with people every night of the week and offers different themed nights to suit all tastes. Everything from hip-hop to EDM goes, and the performers are there to make the best out of every night.
Located in the luxurious Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa, Armani/Privé is your classic premier nightclub. Dubai’s best-dressed come out to play, and they sure know how to party. From private live performances to nightly sets by resident and international DJs, this is one place you will feel the glamour as you walk in; after all, you’ll be partying the night away in the world’s tallest building.
The name says it all—it’s your best shot at partying like a billionaire in Dubai. Opened in 2016, Billionaire Mansion is a mix of incredible dining, drinks, and a party atmosphere. Starting off with “The List,” an urban night held every Sunday, an evening at Billionaire Mansion will set you up for the rest of the week! Make sure you’ve got your best shoes on for this one—you’ll want to fit in with this crowd.
A clubbing classic in Dubai, Cavalli Club has always been a go-to party destination for years—even before the city’s club scene picked up! The glamorous setting and low hanging chandeliers will remind you why this is one of Dubai’s most exclusive and longest-running clubs. Live shows and DJ sets are a regular sight, but don’t put it past them to have a dinner table in the middle of the club if requested!
Located in the landmark Raffles Hotel, People by Crystal is an old-school favorite for residents and tourists alike. Getting in might be a hassle, but once you’re there, you’ll realize why there is all the hype. Open three days a week, there is a night to please everyone’s taste—especially when ladies’ night rolls around!