Recorded music is a great polished product and the advent of technology has made it easily accessible to everyone. However, the atmosphere of live music simply has no substitute. We’ve put together a list of great places around Dubai for your quick fix of live music, food and beverage. This list excludes concert arenas, theatres and electronic music.
Named after the culturally rich neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. This Jumeirah Beach Residence(JBR) hangout is everything it says it is. Tribeca hosts Dubai’s talent nurturing open mic night ‘#GoPlayTheWorld every Sunday starting 7pm.
This is more than just entertainment, it’s where you’ll see UAE’s rising young stars playing their best and newest material live on stage. The event is hosted by UAE music figurehead - Abbo.
PizzaExpress has long been a supporter of the arts. The company has opened a Jazz Club in Soho, London and even launched a contemporary art prize. Since its arrival to the UAE, PizzaExpress has kept this tradition alive.
One of the most loved and well-known nights - 'Souls & Beats by PizzaExpress Live' provides the ultimate combination of Raw Funk, Soul and R&B. The high ceiling gives the room perfect acoustics for live music performances. Wednesdays, are for jam sessions and the venues resident band Abri and the Funk Radius definitely make it worth the visit.
Heres some fun trivia - Rock legends 'The Doors' were driving through Los Angeles when someone spotted a Hard Rock Cafe. The band stopped and posed for a picture which later wound up on the 'Morrison Hotel' album. Photographer Henry Diltz said he later received a call from England saying "Hello. Would you mind if we use that name on the back of your album? We're starting a cafe over here in London and we would like to use that name."
With Hard Rock Cafe, forget about planning or scheduling it - they have live music performances every single day! You can listen to local and international performances every day from 8.30pm - midnight. Hard Rock Cafe also treats us to a big act from time to time.
Located in Somewhere Hotel, Barsha Heights 'The Clavichord' is a cozy music lounge that hosts everything from salsa nights to live Lebanese music oldies.
Treehouse is an awesome rooftop lounge located at the Taj Hotel in Dubai. A treat for R&B lovers, this venue brings in soulful acoustic sets every Sunday from 7pm to 12am. Enjoy the incredible view of Burj Khalifa as you take in the music with artful Mediterranean food.
Music legend Quincy "Q" Jones is perhaps best known for being the producer on Michael Jacksons Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad albums. After a long illustrious career that included 27 Grammy awards, Jones decided to open his first ever bar.
Q’s is a purpose-built venue that features performances from an ever-changing schedule of acts featuring next-generation stars, directed by Quincy himself. Catch Beyonce's songwriter NSTASIA performing at the venue until 8th September.
Another Soho district alumni, Lucky Voice is a chic karaoke bar that lets you get up on stage and sing to catchy tunes. Located in Barsha Heights, this venue also brings an amazing house band 'Game Over' for some real live music.
Lucky Voice also features 11 private and fully soundproof karaoke pods; accommodating parties of 6 - 25 people.
Summer is no dead-season in Dubai when you have an air-conditioned outdoor terrace at Vii. The green atmosphere comes to life every Monday with Soulful Jazz played by Stephanie Goudie in their weekly 'Soul Studio'. Live performance starts at 8pm.
NOLA is short for New Orleans, Louisana. The American city is known for its rich jazz history called Dixieland music or hot jazz and refers to the style of jazz that developed in the early 1940s.
Catch some live jazz tunes every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at NOLA's in Jumeirah Lake Tower (JLT).
Inspired by the trendy casual, industrial and live music venues LSB features great house and local bands at its locations in JBR and Barsha Heights.
The Irish village has built a strong reputation in Dubai over the last twenty years. Besides hosting international superstars like The Pretenders, Paolo Nutini, Macy Gray and The Wailers. The Village also hosts soothing acoustic sets from local acts.
An extremely popular location amongst blues and jazz lovers in the UAE. Blue Bar features tremendous performers from around the world, its most recent being Veronica's Vintage Jazz Trio - every Friday from 10pm onwards.
Rock Bottom was always known to feature tight bands that can cover just about anything. The venue features a dance floor and the house band takes requests!
Perhaps not typically named in a live music list, Trader Vic's is a globally renowned Polynesian themed restaurant. But make no mistake - the band busts out some great tunes every night. Where else are you going to catch Latin pop hits and the Buena Vista classics.
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Schedule is subject to change, please contact the venue for further information. This list will be reviewed regularly. Last update - Aug 20th, 2018