The Best Underground Music Parties In Dubai

Bad House Party
Bad House Party | © Sami Sasso
Erina Baftiroska

In a city with the brightest lights where luxury is in every detail, Dubai’s nightlife reflects that and offers some of the best parties with DJs and musicians from around the world. However, its party scene has as many underground parties as it does fancy nightclubs and beach bars. Putting aside the unlimited number of boat, house, and warehouse parties that residents like to enjoy on a regular basis, here are some of Dubai’s biggest underground parties to look out for when you’re looking to party with the residents.

Analog Room

Founded in early 2012 when the house scene was still new, the Analog Room today is one of the underground scene’s signature deep house gigs. Held weekly on Thursday nights (last working weekday in the UAE), the party takes place under different roofs around the city. The Analog decks have seen everyone from resident DJs to internationally acclaimed house DJs spin for a private and unique crowd.

1. Bad House Party


Founded by long-term Dubai residents, Bad House Party is one of the only places you’ll hear a DJ play old-school punk, emo, or funk anthems. The party is well known for taking up residence in Casa Latina at the quiet Ibis Barsha Hotel, but the atmosphere is far from quiet. The monthly held nights take you back in time and will give you a chance to meet some of Dubai’s biggest punk and skater residents. Thanks to its popularity on the underground scene, the Bad House Party team have had the chance to bring UK-based artists to Dubai for a little kick to the live punk-rock scene.

Deep Crates Cartel

Like Analog Room, Deep Crates was one of the first parties to start up in Dubai’s underground music scene. You’ll have to watch out for this one as parties are held only once a month, but the reggae/hip-hop-based nights are some of the best in town. Expect to party anywhere from the industrial area of Dubai to some of the oldest and quietest neighborhoods in town.

The 264 Cru Parties

The 264 Cru is a collective of locally based Dubai artists and DJs who have come together to create some of the best underground parties in the city. Each DJ has his own style and mixes, and you can expect to hear anything from bass music to trap to old-school R&B house mixes. Recently, their spectrum has grown, and they’ve hosted internationally acclaimed DJs and artists, making for some of the best parties (and after-parties) on the scene.


New to Dubai’s party scene, Decibel is best known for organizing some of the most intense parties in town. Hosting local, regional and international DJs, the party has gained in popularity, and residents have been soaking up the drops on the dance floor. Parties are held every other weekend but are definitely worth the wait!

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