Discover the city’s best talent
With a growing audience for live music and a packed calendar of concerts, Dubai’s own underground music community is burgeoning and many venues now support fresh, original acts. Here are a few places to catch some great local talent.
Hard Rock Cafe
This international juggernaut needs no introduction, and it has a good live band every night – mostly playing covers. You can sing along to your favourite hits before exploring a wide variety of historic rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, from vintage instruments to iconic stage attire. Throw a birthday bash with VIP treatment at a private function room or enjoy front-seat entertainment as you party with your friends. If loud is not your cup of tea, dine at the beautiful outdoor terrace with music running in the background while you relax under the twinkling stars.
One of only two MusicHalls in the world – the original is in Beirut – this unique, theatre-style venue located in
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray sees multiple artists across different genres performing short acts in quick succession, making for a lively, varied and entertaining experience. The acts are of a very high standard, brought in from around the region and world. Whether you enjoy rock or reggae, jazz or salsa, opera or folk music, you’ll find it here.
Relive the glory days at music legend Quincy Jones’ first ever jazz club, where you can enjoy live music performances by virtuoso musicians five nights a week in an intimate yet elegant living room setting. With next generation stars such as American Idol runner-up Clark Beckham and Dancing with the Stars singer Rogelio Douglas Jr. headlining acts alongside hand-picked up-and-coming artists keeping the night alive, this venue is a must-visit for music lovers.
A concept originally from London, the Dubai outpost has quickly become a popular home of live music (and not just jazz) accompanied by good Italian food (and not just pizza). With world-class musicians taking to the stage every single night of the week and delicious food served up to order, this place is a surefire hit for lovers of good music and food. Book a table in advance on weekends, as the restaurant fills up quickly.
Nola Eatery & Social House
Revel in the lively New Orleans vibe and chic vintage décor as you dig into Southern American soul food. The Nuvo Jazz trio, performing their funk, soul and jazz tunes, present the perfect soundtrack to your night. WIth the resident band taking to the stage several nights during the week, this hotspot fills up fast – especially post-brunch on Fridays – so make sure to arrive early to secure your perch.
The city’s top live acts showcase their immense talents in this ever popular, chilled-out hangout. You can try your hand at the vintage arcade games before enjoying a rousing, foot-tapping performance from a rotating set of Dubai’s rising stars, every Tuesday to Sunday. Party the night away to the latest RnB & Hip Hop music, or relive the Y2K vibe and feel nostalgia kick in at the refreshing 80s night.
Formerly known as The Music Room, this Bur Dubai venue has earned a reputation for hosting some of the best live music nights in the city. As the newly-launched Bar Baar (meaning ‘again and again’ in Hindi), it’s still committed to great live music – with visiting international artists, and up-and-coming Indian talent making up its jam-packed events roster.