5 of Dubai's best ladies nights
Ladies night – an excuse for women to have a free night out and men to go on the prowl. In the past year the concept has exploded in Dubai, with almost every venue you can think of offering freebies for the girls. These days, free-flowing bubbles isn’t enough to attract the glossy posse through the doors, ruses such as a real diamond lucky dip, boutique shopping stalls and dancing butterflies make for an evening of peculiar entertainment.
The New York hangout may be relatively new, but it hasn’t been slow on the uptake of themed nights. The Madame Butterfly ladies night is fresh on the scene but already packed. Music including deep house and nu disco comes courtesy of Myles from Virgin Radio.
Deal: Unlimited sparkling, house red and house white from 6.30pm until midnight.
Gimmick: Sporadic moments of butterflies dancing on podiums, along with a separate room housing a pop-up shopping district.
Details: China Grill Restaurant and Lounge, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, 04 511 7333, chinagrillrestaurant.com
The Beach House
Set on the edge of Anantara The Palm, The Beach House is an idyllic setting for those who prefer something a bit more low-key.
Deal: Unlimited sparkling from 8pm until late for AED75.
Gimmick: The first 50 people through the door get a silk pouch containing a gem. One of the stones is real, and the rest are glass replicas.
Details: The Beach House, Anantara, The Palm, 04 567 8302, dubai-palm.anantara.com
Reform Social & Grill
As a relaxed British pub with a beer garden feel, Reform isn’t an obvious choice for a midweek girls night. But if you'd prefer an evening where the music is quiet enough to actually have a conversation, it's perfect.
Deal: Buy two glasses of sparkling and get the rest of the bottle free. From 6pm until late.
Gimmick: Although some weeks are gimmick-free, others capitalise on the stereotype of women and shopping. These events, dubbed Pretty Chic, bring hairdressers, cupcakes and fashion stalls, selling affordable accessories. Look out for them on Reform’s Facebook page.
Details: Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, 04 4542638, reformsocialandgrill.ae
Pure Sky Lounge
With a view from the 35th floor, the ultra-white ‘Dubai’ look, and an outdoor terrace, this is a great one to take visitors. Its location in JBR’s Hilton Hotel also makes it perfect stumbling distance to a range of other bars.
Deal: Unlimited pink beverages from 9pm until 11pm.
Gimmick: The constraint of ‘pink beverages’...
Details: Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, 04 399 1111, hilton.com
The rather oddly named Lost Angels is a popular one among midweek party animals. The pink carpet (yes, literally) is rolled out for the evening, and entertainment includes live jazz and a DJ spinning throwback tunes.
Deal: Unlimited house beverages and snacks for AED100. From 8pm until midnight.
Gimmick: It’s ladies only until 10pm, when the gentlemen are unleashed. So-called Lost Boys can join in for two hours of unlimited house beverages and snacks for AED200.
Details: Zero Gravity, near Skydive Dubai, 04 399 0009, 0-gravity.ae