Top 8 Dance Clubs in Dubai

Hit the dance floor and brush up your best moves at one of these hot spots...
Thursday , 02 January 2014
Alpha
Alpha
Boudoir
Boudoir
Catwalk
Catwalk
Chi@ The Lodge
Chi@ The Lodge
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sensation
Sensation
Submarine
Submarine
Trilogy
Trilogy

Alpha
Address:
Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, Dubai
Tel: 050 913 0165
Web:  www.alphaclub.ae
Dress code: Casual
Times: 6pm to 3am, Tuesday and Thursday; 4pm to 3am, Friday
Price Range: $$
Unapologetically unique and painfully cool, Dubai’s true music club Alpha has done well to secure a firm place in the city’s nightlife scene. Step into the quirky club and you know you’re in for a different experience. The unique décor is a bizarre but funky blend of ancient Greek statues and day-glow with Warhol-style pop art paintings. Private tables line the perimeter and a perma-packed dance floor sits directly in front of a raised DJ booth (one that has welcomed the likes of The Ramones, The Futureheads, and Dub Pistols among many, many others). A usual draw for the hipster, indie music crowd, you’d be well advised to dress concert cool. Think Coachella and you’ll do just fine.
FYI: Alpha does a no-frills but totally fun late Friday brunch kicking off at 4pm and ending at 7pm, just in time for the dancing to begin.

Boudoir
Address:
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 345 5995
Web: www.myboudoir.com
Dress code: Club chic
Times: 7pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $$
If there’s one venue that’s fits the description of a true club, it’s Boudoir. Inspired by an opulent French court complete with red velvet draping, gold accents and crystal chandeliers, the unapologetically exclusive nightspot prides itself on being over-the-top and incredibly unique. On any given night you can expect to find a Gucci-clad crowd sipping champagne and grooving to the latest RnB, hip-hop and house tracks. And with a ladies night every night of the week, you can be guaranteed to find the city’s glamazons dressed in their best and ready for a night of unadulterated fun.
FYI:  Naomi Campbell and Orlando Bloom were both spotted at Boudoir while in Dubai.

Catwalk
Address:
Golden Tulip Al Barsha, Barsha, Dubai
Tel: 04 341 7750
Web:  www.catwalkdubai.com
Dress code: Club chic
Times: 7pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $$
It may take you a bit of time to find the Golden Tulip Hotel in Al Barsha, but the effort is more than worth it! Home to Catwalk, a hot nightspot that promises good-looking people, affordable drinks and rocking music, the highlight has to be the dance floor that’s dominated by a glowing red catwalk (naturally!?) that allows you to really strut your stuff in style. With cheerful, friendly staff and an innovative drinks list (they’ll blend you your drink even if it’s not on the menu), this nightclub offers some of the best music in town. An impressive list of local and international DJs spin up a storm during its many themed nights, playing everything from House and Retro to R’n’B and Desi.
FYI: Enjoy Tres Chic Tuesdays at Catwalk, the ultimate ladies’ night featuring complimentary drinks all night.

Chi@ The Lodge
Address:
Oud Metha, Dubai
Tel: 04 337 9470
Web:  www.chinightclubdubai.com
Dress code: Casual
Times: 9pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $
If there’s one club that needs no introduction, it’s Chi@ The Lodge. Dubai’s behemoth nightclub is like one big dance floor offering the perfect place for club-heads to groove all night. For indie lovers there’s the red room playing everything from alternative rock to synth pop. For those more keen on hip-hop and RnB, there’s the urban room playing the best of classic and current hits. But for those serious revelers, there’s no place like Chi Garden, a massive outdoor dance floor where live acts from world-renowned DJs to uber cool bands keep the crowd moving all night. And when it comes to looking the part, opt for trendy but comfortable so you’ll have no trouble breaking out your best moves. Ladies, think flats and a summer dress; fellas, think sneakers, jeans and a cool tee.
FYI: International acts including Basement Jaxx, Zane Lowe, Bow Wow and many more have all performed at Chi.

Sanctuary
Address:
Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 426 0561
Web:  www.sanctuarydubai.com
Dress code: Club chic
Times: 9.30pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $$
Calling all club heads! If you haven’t experienced Sanctuary yet, you better rethink your weekend plans. As one of Dubai’s few true clubbing experiences, Sanctuary promises revelry like no other. Step inside the massive venue and you’re greeted by the sounds of the DJ playing anything from house to R&B and hip-hop. The decor is lavish giving it a more sophisticated clubbing vibe. With three designated areas – the Main Room for dancing, the Velvet Room for VIP guests and the VIP Terrace for an exclusive outdoor experience – Sanctuary caters to the high flying party person. And in case you’re not yet sold, the club has also hosted some of the world’s biggest DJs including Armin Van Buuren and Armand Van Helden.
FYI: Samantha Ronson DJ’d at Sanctuary for the opening of the Atlantis.

Sensation
Address:
Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 331 1111
Web:  www.sensationclub.com
Dress code: Club chic
Times: 10.30pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $$
If a place to sit isn’t a concern and the only thing that matters is the music blasting from the massive speakers, then Sensation is definitely the place to be. A quintessential clubbing spot with a dance floor big enough to accommodate the entire crowd, and world-renowned DJs flying in from across the globe, you can be rest assured that you’ll be dancing from the moment you enter. And with a variety of theme nights, from RnB to house and even Persian night, you’re never stuck without a night of the week to go out on.
FYI: Thrust Thursdays ladies’ nights at Sensation feature fab drink deals.

Submarine
Address:
Dhow Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai
Tel: 04 359 9992
Web:  www.dhowpalacedubai.com
Dress code: Casual
Times: 6pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $
It’s not hard to imagine what the interior of Submarine might look like. Staying true to its name, the funky bar does indeed resemble a deep sea vessel complete with porthole windows and a curved ceiling. This unique design makes it one of the coolest and most eclectic night spots in town. Attracting an equally eclectic crowd, the venue offers the perfect place to let loose to and groove carefree. Chill out with friends at one of the tables or hit the dance floor and enjoy the sounds of the DJ or live band, either way, you’re sure to get into party mode very quickly. Be sure to catch the resident band Something Extra performing rare and fun tracks all night.
FYI: For fun alternative music to the run-of-the-mill dance clubs.

Trilogy
Address:
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 366 9617
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Dress code: Trendy
Times: 10pm to 3am, daily except Wednesday and Sunday
Price Range: $$
After leaving the clubbing circuit for some years, Dubai’s premiere nightlife destination is back and better than ever. The mammoth three-floor club which includes the Main Room, Urban Room and Rooftop is all set to give the party crowd a reason to celebrate. Offering a massive space to dance, drink and enjoy the sounds of the fabulous DJs lined up, Trilogy is without a doubt one of the city’s best clubs. Be sure to check out the Rooftop during the winter months where international DJs will grace the decks for world-class club experiences and don’t miss the chance to groove to some of house and techno’s finest acts in the Main Room.
FYI: Mark Ronson helped celebrate the club’s re-launch last year with a live DJ set.