As slick as the bars and clubs of Downtown Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road may be, there’s an equally intriguing nightlife scene happening just over the Dubai Creek in Deira. At least, that seems to the be the opinion of a growing number of people heading to Deira to try out the ecletic range of bars, clubs and live music spots. Filipino bands? Russian cabaret? Irish pubs? Sure. Deira’s diverse nightlife is another shining example of Dubai’s multi-cultured heritage.
Moulin Bleu is a lively restaurant-meets-nightclub at the Broadway Hotel. While its name suggests a French theme, it actually has a distinctly Russian flair. Guests fill up on Russian food, served both buffet and à la carte style, before a programme of entertainment – think singers, belly dancers and ballerinas – begins. And, it doesn’t stop until 3am.
Where: Broadway Hotel, Rigga
Hibiki Music Lounge
Another Dubai first: karaoke bar and general institution Hibiki is still going strong after all these years. If you dare, you can perform in front of an audience in the main bar area or, to keep your wailings more private, you can book a private room in which to sing your heart out.
Where: Hyatt Regency Dubai
Boracay Night Club
One of the most popular and certainly liveliest Filipino clubs in Dubai, Boracay’s USP is its live music. Each night, bands take to the stage to start the party which always closes with a full dancefloor. Give your dancing shoes a break with some pulutan (an authentic snack from the Philippines) washed down with an equally tasty mixed drink. In short, it’s a Dubai must.
Where: Asiana Hotel, Salahuddin Road
After an hour in Hofbräuhaus it’s easy to forget you’re in Dubai. The German restaurant and bar inspired by the original in Munich is one of the best places in the city to find hearty Bavarian food and a true German ambience. As for the drinks, it’s hard to beat its selection of curated drinks from Europe.
Where: JW Marriott Hotel Dubai