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Where to listen to live music in Dubai

Mon, June 27, 2022

Here are a few top venues that tap into the city's underground music community.

Here are a few top venues that tap into the city's underground music community.


Celebrity performers at Q’s Lounge

Relive the glory days at music legend Quincy Jones’ first ever jazz lounge. Virtuoso musicians, hand-picked by Jones himself, perform five nights a week at the venue's intimate, yet elegant living room setting. Previous headlining acts at Q's included American Idol runner-up Clark Beckham and Dancing with the Stars singer Rogelio Douglas Jr., and you'll always find new artists stepping onto the stage and keeping the night alive at Q's Lounge.

All that jazz at Nola


Revel in the lively New Orleans vibe and chic décor as you dig into Southern American soul food at Nola Eatery & Social House. The Nuvo Soul trio, performing their funk, soul and jazz tunes, present the perfect soundtrack to your night. The resident band takes to the stage on Tuesday and Saturday from 9pm to midnight, though we'd recommend arriving early as this hotspot fills up fast, especially post-brunch on Saturdays.


Electric entertainment at Jazz@PizzaExpress

Jazz Pizza Express Dubai
The Dubai outpost of Jazz@PizzaExpress has quickly become a popular home of live music (and not just jazz), served with a side of authentic Italian food. Choose from a a plethora of pizzas including the restaurant's classic thin and crisp Leggera base, which has stayed true to its recipe since 1965. With world-class musicians taking centrestage daily and delicious food to order, this place is a surefire hit. Book a table in advance, especially on weekends, to avoid disappointment.

Rock out at Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Dubai
An international juggernaut that needs no introduction, Hard Rock Cafe has a good live band every night, mostly playing covers. Sing along to your favourite hits, with a wide variety of historic rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, from vintage instruments to iconic stage attire. Enjoy front-seat entertainment inside, or head to the quieter outdoor terrace for laidback conversations under the stars.

Get up and dance at La Casa del Tango

la casa del tango
This Argentinian hotspot in the heart of DIFC promises dancing, dinner, and live music. As well as settling down to enjoy some mouth-watering steak, guests can also get front row seats as performers strut their stuff to upbeat music from the talented musicians in the house band. The eatery also has its own dance studio, so if you're feeling inspired, you can book some lessons and pick up some tips from world-class teachers.

Groove on at Lock, Stock & Barrel

Lock stock barrel

Lock, Stock and Barrel is one of Dubai's most dynamic live music venues. With venues on The Walk at JBR and in Barsha Heights, the high-fidelity lounges have spacious, quirky aesthetics, including warehouse-style exposed brick and industrial materials. Always keeping true to its live music roots, bands grace the stage on frequent occasions where you can sing along to your heart’s content. The menu on offer lets you enjoy hearty meals such as large nachos, burgers and steaks.


See local stars at McGettigan's

The Irish-themed venue McGettigan's has venues all over Dubai, including Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai World Trade Centre, and at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Guests can enjoy live performances every night of the week. Head down there to catch Dubai-based artists including Chad Sycamore, Kara Grey, Leanna Kerry, and Matt Grieves. They also host occasional performances from international acts.

World-class acts at The Theater

The creative force behind this hotspot is Lebanese-Armenian composer Guy Manoukian. Showcasing an immersive experience, The Theater Dubai at Fairmont Dubai takes its inspiration from both Western and Eastern influences. Performers from all over the world, including singers, musicians, and acrobats, will be providing the entertainment, and no matter where you're sitting you'll enjoy the show, as every seat in the house offers up great views of all the action.

Soulful vibes at Bagatelle Dubai

Local Live Music in Dubai
As well as serving up sumptuous Mediterranean food and French classics, this bistro comes alive every Monday evening, from 9pm till late, thanks to the Bagatelle Unplugged music sessions. Harmonious duo Heart & Soul entertain diners – most of whom are regulars – with their vocals and uptempo tunes as they play their trademark blend of blues and jazz. The venue also regularly hosts musical performances throughout the year, attracting DJs, singers, and bands near and far.

Dinner and a show at Papillon

Every Wednesday, guests at Papillon are beckoned into a secret world combining dining and live music at The Westin Mina Seyahi. The Madame Butterfly dinner package wows diners with an energetic cabaret performance featuring tango dancers, contortionists, acrobats and live singers with lungs of steel. The dinner menu offers a mix of sharing and a la carte choices including burrata salad, grilled seabream, beef tenderloin and truffle risotto.


Trumpet the greats at Sola Jazz Lounge

Asian and Mediterranean finger food will fuel your music-powered night at Sola Jazz Lounge, a sultry spot situated at the opulent Raffles The Palm. Rising stars and noted international names share stage space five days a week with a live DJ ensuring things stay upbeat during sets. From Latin and pop jazz to the Blues and a smattering of soul, you'll find a vibe that suits every aficionado. 
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