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United Arab Emirates Nightlife

360°
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4406 8769
www.jumeirahbeachhotel.com/360degrees

The 360° bar is set on a circular platform off the coast with, as the name suggests, a 360-degree view from the Jumeirah Palm on one side round to Port Rashid. It's a seven-minute walk along the pier that connects the venue to the mainland, or take a zippy golf buggy which adds to the fun. Head straight up the steel steps to the rooftop platform rather than into the slightly claustrophobic restaurant area. Weekdays and Saturday nights see a more relaxed shisha-smoking and mint tea–imbibing crowd who hang out on white leather beanbags. Weekends (that's Thursdays and Fridays) are a different matter, as the DJ pumps up the bass and the crowd drink and dance the night away.

400 Club
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4332 4900
www.the400nightclub.com

A city hot spot, 400 Club has a Baroque-style interior and an extremely long line of dressed-up hopefuls waiting to get in. One of the venue's best tables (strategically situated under the DJ booth) can be secured by splurging on a Dom Pérignon '61 Methuselah, a snip at $8,447. Expensive Champagne bottles are brought with great fanfare, lit with sparklers and accompanied by the Rocky 2 overture. Tacky? Probably, but it's a popular venue nonetheless. If feeling like a sardine packed tightly in a can (albeit an exclusive one) isn't your thing, then avoid the weekends and come on the Gold-themed Tuesday night. Music is mainly house, R&B, and Arabic.

Closed Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Agency
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4319 8088
www.jumeirahemiratestowers.com/dining/the_agency

This popular, dimly lit wine bar is primarily patronized by vinophiles, banking boys, and the pretty girls trying to attract them. The well-heeled crowd make a beeline here after work, meaning the buzz—helped by the selection of more than 500 Old and New World wines—starts early and carries on through the night (last orders are at 2:30 a.m.). The antipasto platters are great for sharing, providing just enough sustenance to soak up the alcohol but not enough to make a meal of it. Avoid this branch on weekends, when it can be deathly quiet; go midweek to soak up the local vibe. On weekends visit its sister branch at the Madinat Jumeirah Souk, which has the added attraction of a canal-side location.

Armani Prive
Burj Khalifa
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4888 3308
dubai.armanihotels.com/dine/dine_armani_prive_en.html

Part of the designer-branded hotel and a haunt of the VIP set, Armani Prive, on the ground floor of the Burj Khalifa, offers three spaces: an outdoor veranda with views of the tower, a dance floor backed by a bar, alabaster-walled private booths, and an undulating wall of black and white LED lights. All furniture and glassware is from the Armani Casa line. House DJs and guest spinners such as Pete Tong from London's Ministry of Sound mix electronic, hip-hop, and lounge music.—Susan Hack

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 pm to 3 am.

Cavalli Club
Fairmont Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 04 332 9260
www.cavalliclubdubai.com

One of the most expensive nightclubs ever built, the $30-million Cavalli Club, on two floors of the Fairmont Hotel, consists of three leopard-print lounges suspended over a vast dance stage decorated with chandeliers of Swarovski crystals. The crowd includes sheiks in Western dress, local socialites, and tourists able to charm the bouncers and meet the red-carpet dress code. Deep-pocketed guests have been known to rack up six-figure bills that include jewels from the club's own Roberto Cavalli boutique next to the private elevator.—Susan Hack

Open daily 8 pm to 3 am.

C-Bar by Crystal
Al-Murooj Rotana Hotel
Al Saffa Street
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4321 1111
www.rotana.com/property-10.htm

This Dubai outpost of the famous Beirut Crystal nightclub is always packed with Lebanese lotharios trying to recapture the spirit of their homeland. Music is a crowd-pleasing blend of commercial house, R&B, and hip-shaking Arabic music. The low ceilings can get a little claustrophobic and the air-conditioning leaves a lot to be desired, but it remains one of the few happening clubs on a Wednesday night. Don't show up until after 11 p.m., when the party is just getting started.

China Moon Champagne Bar
Raffles Dubai
Wafi Mall
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4314 9888
www.raffles.com/EN_RA/Property/RDB/Restaurants_Bars/China_Moon_Champagne_Bar.htm

The pyramid-shaped Raffles Hotel looks less like an ancient monument than the set for the film Stargate transplanted to the Arabian desert. At the top, beneath the transparent capstone, sits the China Moon Champagne Bar, which in addition to 53 varieties of premium fizz, has extraordinary views of the Burj Dubai and the sparkling night skyline. Up a staircase guarded by a sculpture of a golden pharaoh (and white-gloved staff discreetly vetting potential prostitutes), guests lounge on white couches or Oriental red plush chairs while nursing drinks. A glass of Veuve Clicquot sets you back $47.

Open nightly 7 pm to 3 am.

Cin Cin
Fairmont Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4332 5555
www.fairmont.com/dubai/guestservices/restaurants/cincin.htm

Wine racks line the walls of this low-lit, chichi bar. Cin Cin is a good but expensive option for indulging in a pre- or postprandial drink any night of the week, and is one of the few places that retain their character through the summer months, mainly because the owners have concentrated on creating a cool interior as there's no terrace. Cin Cin really picks up on weekends, when decked-out Dubaians get tipsy before heading to nearby Club 400. A more sedate cigar lounge in the back attracts slightly older, Cohiba-puffing big spenders. If you feel like dancing, head for the Fairmont Hotel's Ballroom, which becomes the very happening Peppermint Club on weekends.

Open nightly 6 pm to 2 am.

Club Submarine
Dhow Palace Hotel
Bur Dubai
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4359 9992

Literally underground, in the basement of the Dhow Palace Hotel in gritty Bur Dubai, Submarine opened in November 2007 and immediately became Dubai's dance hot spot, thanks to movie-set decor (guests enter through an industrial steel tube), a revolving musical lineup (Wednesdays for German Underground, Fridays for R&B, Saturdays for Bollywood Playback), and, sadly, the closure for redevelopment of long-reigning nightspot Trilogy. A retractable 25-foot roof lets in fresh air and a view of the stars. The Bur Dubai location attracts both socialites and regular working folk. There's a $27 door fee for guys, but women enter free.

Open nightly 8 pm to 3 am.

Maharlika Café
The President Hotel
Trade Center Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4 344 6565
www.presidenthoteldubai.com

At Mahalika Café, on the fourth floor of a seedy but lively Karama district hotel, a Filipino cover band belts out eerily accurate facsimiles of any decade's dance hits. A joyful vibe and inexpensive (by Dubai standards) pitchers of vodka-spiked fruit juice pull in the crowds.—Susan Hack

Open daily 6 pm to 3 am.

Rooftop Bar
Arabian Court
One&Only Royal Mirage
Jumeirah Beach Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4399 9999
www.oneandonlyresorts.com

Alfresco, laid-back, and lovely. Sip a lethally strong Mojito while gazing at the golden sunset, sea, and, er, construction site on Palm Jumeirah in the distance. Small Arabic snack plates are on offer (try the triangular fatayer, bite-sized pastries filled with spinach and pine nuts). DJs tend toward funky house: Expect them to crank it up a bit on Fridays to create a party atmosphere.

Sho Cho
Dubai Marine Beach Resort
Jumeirah Beach Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4346 1111
www.sho-cho.com

Year after year, this nondescript wooden terrace remains the most popular bar in town. Sunday nights are heaving thanks to the nostalgia-inducing '80s music that gets the up-for-it crowd dancing on tables and singing. There's food here too, but be aware that you might be unceremoniously kicked off your table to make way for the partying as the evening progresses. If you can't get in, walk around the corner to Boudoir, another cult spot done up in red velvet and black silk (971-4345-5995; www.myboudoir.com).

Open nightly 7 pm to 3 am.

Trilogy
Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4 366 6917
www.jumeirah.com/Hotels-and-Resorts/Destinations/Dubai/Madinat-Jumeirah/Restaurants--Nightlife/Bars-and-Nightlife/Trilogy/

Reopened in 2010, Trilogy is a vast dance club at the entrance of the Madinat Jumeirah souk. After strutting your stuff (if you can find a space to dance) on the laser-lit ground and first floors, you can escape to the open-air rooftop bar for a breather. The club is busiest on Thursdays and Fridays, when up to a thousand people move to famous electronic music acts, Persian techno, and multinational DJs. Reserve a VIP table or buy an advance-sale ticket if you want to skip waiting in line. Wear some bling to fit in with hard-partying locals.—Susan Hack

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 pm to 3 am.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.