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Dubai nightlife

Bars come to life during the cooler months of October to April, when they open up their terraces to take advantage of the city's knockout views and perfect weather; during the summer, the scene tends to move into (over) air-conditioned interiors. Local licensing laws mean you have to cross the threshold of a hotel before you can get a sip of alcohol, and closing time for bars is generally 2 am, with some establishments stretching it to 3 am but no later. Bars are generally busy all week long, but the weekend days here are Friday and Saturday, so the party really kicks off on Thursdays, anchored by an ever changing schedule of local and visiting DJs. In clubs, there is usually a minimum charge if you want a table (it varies according to night and venue, but they will tell you on booking), and you have to call ahead. Although officially illegal, prostitution is tolerated to keep the expat labor force happy (men here outnumber women by three to one); bars effectively subsidize the world's oldest profession through regular ladies' night drink discounts. You'll spot very attractive prostitutes in even the most sophisticated of establishments, but it's all part of the nightlife scene here. Some nightclubs stay open during Ramadan, but live performers and outdoor dance music are banned, and everything is generally toned down.

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360°, Dubai

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...more

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400 Club, Dubai

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...more

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Agency, Dubai

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...more

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Armani Prive, Dubai

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...more

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Cavalli Club, Dubai

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...more

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C-Bar by Crystal, Dubai

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...more

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China Moon Champagne Bar, Dubai

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...more

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Cin Cin, Dubai

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...more

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Club Submarine, Dubai

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...more

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Maharlika Café, Dubai

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...more

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