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Where to listen to live music in Dubai

Mon, August 24, 2020

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.




Check out one of only two MusicHalls in the world, the original being in Beirut. Equal parts theatre, club and gourmet restaurant, the stage here witnesses high-calibre artists who are at the top of their game. Acts are performed in quick succession to keep energy levels high, so whether you like rock or reggae, jazz or salsa, opera or folk music, you can find it all at MusicHall.


Qs 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. You'll find next generation stars such as American Idol runner-up Clark Beckham, and Dancing with the Stars singer Rogelio Douglas Jr. headlining acts, alongside other artists keeping the night alive.

Nola Eatery & Social House

Nola Eatery Social House Dubai

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 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 secure your perch by arriving early. 


Bar Baar

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 is still committed to great live music. Catch the visiting international artists, and up-and-coming Indian talent making up to its jam-packed events roster. Combining good food and great music, it promises a memorable night for all.



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. 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.

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.

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