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Where to listen to live music in Dubai

Tue, August 3, 2021

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.


See 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 include 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.

Hear old-school tunes at Nola Eatery & Social House

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. 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. 


Head to the jazz age 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. With world-class musicians taking centre stage 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.

Prepare to be wowed at Billionaire Dubai

Local Live Music in Dubai
There's always something different on offer at Billionaire, which provides guests with dinner and a show every evening. Get comfortable at one of the round tables dotted around the venue, and watch a host of live performers from all over the world take to the stage to entertain the crowds. From singers and dancers to musicians and impressive acrobats, there's a lot to take in, with upbeat music from the DJ in between the acts.

See local musical stars at McGettigan's

The Irish-themed venue McGettigan's has venues all over Dubai, as well as throughout the UAE. At some of its Dubai spots, which can be found in JLT, 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 Johnny Hammond. They also host occasional performances from international acts – in the past they've welcomed bands and musicians such as Walking On Cars, Picture This and Gavin James to their stage.

Catch world-class entertainment at The Theater Dubai

The creative force behind this new venue is the Lebanese-Armenian composer Guy Manoukian. The immersive cabaret experience that is The Theater 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 a view of all the action.

Soak up the 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 Sunday evening, from 8pm till late, thanks to the Bagatelle Unplugged music sessions. Harmonious duo Heart & Soul entertain diners – most of whom are regulars – with their vocals and up-tempo tunes as they play their trademark blend of blues and jazz. The venue also regularly hosts musical performances throughout the year, with upbeat music from DJs, singers, and bands.

Enjoy dinner and a show at Weslodge Saloon

The award-winning North American restaurant has teamed up with entertainment agency White Rabbit to treat diners to an unforgettable dinner show 68 floors above Dubai. Head to the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening to see a trio of stage shows taking place all around you. The performances that blend live music and captivating dance routines, with costumes created by the Dubai-based designer Julia Milan, so head down and grab a front-row seat. As well as the electrifying  shows and spectacular views, the Canadian dishes are enough make this venue worth a visit, from the Southern-fried chicken to the poutine and grilled steaks.
Weslodge Saloon
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