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Y Bar

Y Bar (Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi) — If you tend to judge a venue by its decor, then you’re sure to rate Y Bar. From its red brick walls and ceiling, to its interesting chandeliers and dark wood furniture, this is one bar that prides itself on aesthetics. Located on the fashionable […]

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Sunstroke

Sunstroke (Dubai Marina, Dubai) – this is actually a party organizer who sets up monthly boat parties (actually, catamarans) featuring various up-and-coming DJs that spin various forms of dance music, including soulful funky House music (a.k.a. “Garage music”). Departures are usually from Dubai Marina. For up-to-date info, go to: http://sunstroke.ae/

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Stills

Stills (Crown Plaza Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi) — Abu Dhabi’s longest bar is more than just a superlative, it’s a reminder of the capital city’s increasing popularity and dedication to become a truly cosmopolitan and exciting city. Like something you’d expect to find in Manhattan or London, Stills is a sophisticated watering hole with […]

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Skyview Bar

Skyview Bar (Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai) — located in the most ostentatious hotel in the world, Skyview Bar in the 7-star Burj Al Arab is a lavish hideaway and the perfect setting to quench your thirst. While the journey up to the 27th floor is decisive and finished within seconds, the bar itself […]

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Siddharta Lounge

Siddharta Lounge (Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai) — This sleek Marina venue (which was previously the Buddha Bar) follows the blueprint shared by its sister venues worldwide: super-elegant clientele, imposing doormen and pricey drinks. This lounge is located at a gigantic area that opens onto the Arabian Sea — on two levels, with three […]

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Sho Cho

Sho Cho (Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi) — Trendy furnishings and splashes of neon set the scene at this stylish outdoor bar (there is indoor seating too, complete with another bar, in case the weather changes). A DJ plays chill-out music on Thursday and 80s tunes on Friday, while you sip […]

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Paparazzi

Paparazzi (Armani Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai) – its very VIP location is enough incentive to put a House music club here. With the Armani name on this club, it’s not a stretch to imagine that virtually all of its patrons are dressed to their “GQ” best. However, its selection of House DJs is […]

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Okku

Okku (The H Hotel, 1 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai) — The brainchild of resident entrepreneurs Markus Thesleff and Ramzy Abdul Majeed, Sunday evenings are particularly popular due to its DJs sessions of classic House music and retro (Old School dance music) favorites.   Food-wise, this sultry, subterranean nightspot serving sushi and imaginative Japanese dishes and […]

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Nasimi Beach

Nasimi Beach (Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis Hotel, Dubai) – this mega hotel occasionally makes an effort to book mega dance music events within its grounds (in this case, at a place called Nasimi Beach), often with interesting results. House music acts such as Avicii, ATB and David Guetta have performed there. It also hosts weekly satellite […]

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Level Lounge

Level Lounge (Crown Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi) — Abu Dhabi’s favorite outdoor chill out experience! Located on the roof top bar of Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Level Lounge is the perfect hideaway. Combining the unique sensory of open air and a relaxed atmosphere making an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the sounds of some […]