Swap nightclubs for supper clubs…
We have seen a recent shift in the nightlife industry; dance floors are replaced with dinner tables and loud music replaced with live acts. If there’s one thing you can say about Dubai, it’s its endless determination to create something new in a time when it’s needed most.
If you want to catch a dinner and show in Dubai, here are 12 of the best options.
Dream is the name of the sumptuous late-night dinner and entertainment concept at the base of the Address Beach Resort at JBR. The magnificent restaurant uses sophisticated projection technology to express different narratives throughout the evening. With luxurious and stately finishes, the space has been expertly designed to provide a luxurious experience while maintaining its ethereal “Dream” aesthetic. Dream’s wow factor is in their evening show, which was meticulously rehearsed to deliver a flawless performance. A new cast has been added, offering a combination of songs, dances, aerial jumps, acrobatics, magic shows and more.
Dream, Address Beach Resort, JBR, Tuesday through Sunday, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tel: (0)4 220 0224. @dreamdubaiofficial
Papillon has taken over the space previously owned by Asia de Cuba in The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, with a completely revamped aesthetic. In a supper-club-style setting, tables sit lower than the stage, where a single spotlight shines on closed curtains. The venue has reopened with an all-new show and cast, promising a cabaret-style experience — feathers and all. The bar is covered in pink tiles, which is just one of the subtle feminine touches incorporated throughout the space. While other dinner and show concepts focus on beautiful people doing impressive skills, this artistic depiction of raw emotions sets the experience apart.
Papillon, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Wednesday to Saturday, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tel: (0)50 252 4098. @papillondxb
Billionaire Dubai offers a range of exciting live entertainment to complement your dining experience. Fabulous singers, record-breaking athletes, stunning cabaret performances and new hand-balancing acts – they’re all part of F1 legend Flavio Briatore’s Billionaire Dubai. Entertainment is curated by Artistic Production Manager, Montserrat (Montse) Moré who has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Lío and Pacha in Ibiza.
Billionaire, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, Tuesday-Sunday 9pm-3am. Tel: (0)4 510 3100. @billionairedubaiofficial
The Theater Dubai offers “unprecedented world-class entertainment, conceptualized by visionary music maestro, Guy Manoukian”. A team of global talents, including dancers, singers and aerialists, were flown in to put on an unforgettable show, from a stage that cuts through the audience. Dinner tables are positioned for the best possible view, where a menu of gourmet dishes will accompany the entertainment.
The Theater Dubai, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Tuesday to Saturday, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tel: (0)4 222 2268. theatredubai.com
CHEEK Restaurant & Lounge hosts a ‘midnight brunchevery Monday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., with enigmatic live entertainment and an à la carte menu. From 450 Dhs, the experience includes access to shows, exclusive cocktails and à la carte meals.
Play Restaurant & Lounge, 36th Floor, The H Hotel, Mondays, 8-10 p.m. Such : (0)4 336 4444. playrestaurants.com
Limited edition by Q’s Bar
This sensual place is often defended by What’s new in Dubai, and for good reason. The hidden gem Palazzo Versace serves a decent gourmet menu accompanied by the best live music you will hear in Dubai. Jeremy Isaac is the latest vocal powerhouse to settle in the room, delivering neo-soul grooves, Latin percussion and modern R&B sounds every night. A minimum spend of 250 Dhs per person on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 350 Dhs from Friday to Sunday is required.
Limited edition by Q’s Bar, Palazzo Versace, Jaddaf Waterfront, Wednesday to Sunday, 7pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 556 8865. palazzoversace.ae
One of Dubai’s most popular theater performances, The Pearl is housed in the purpose-built venue in Al Habtoor City. The enchanting performance is not to be missed, with acrobatics, stunning set design and theatrical storytelling. You can combine your ticket with dinner at one of five restaurants in the area. For 354 Dhs, you can get a bronze seat ticket plus a meal at the Mexican restaurant Zoco or the open-air terrace Le Patio.
La Perle, Al Habtoor City, Tuesday to Saturday, 6.30pm or 9.30pm, Dhs294. Tel: (0)4 437 0001. laperle.com
Taikun recently moved to Hilton Habtoor City and therefore presents a stylish new venue to host his provocative shows. Described as an underground show club, Taikun promises a whole new show, with an upscale dinner menu to match.
Takiun, Hilton Habtoor City, Tuesday through Sunday, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tel: (0)4 528 3780. taikundubai.com
Flashback Speakeasy, hidden within the Paramount Hotel, hopes to send you back to the 1920s with its new musical evenings. The vocal talents of local artists such as Claudia Patrice, Larudche and Andrea Laguna will take the stage to bring you the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and many more legendary singers. On Thursdays (starting May 12), you can attend “Murder in the Speakeasy”, a murder-themed dinner and show set in the 1930s. It’s 299 Dhs with the soft package, 380 Dhs for the house package and 550 Dhs with bubbles.
Flashback Speakeasy, Paramount Hotel, Business Bay, Thursdays 8-11pm. Tel: (0)4 246 6641. @paramounthoteldubai
The House of Tango
Hoping to bring Buenos Aires to Dubai, professional tango dancer Enrique Macana opened La Casa Del Tango at DIFC. The high-energy show builds throughout the night with passionate dancing, intense drumming sessions and impressive solo performances.
La Casa Del Tango Restaurant & Bar, Gate Avenue, DIFC, daily 8am-1am. @lacasadeltangodxb
A Monday night dinner and show experience, called The Show, is held weekly at STK at Rixos Premium JBR. Customers can enjoy live entertainment as well as seven food and drink tickets for Dhs 250 per person. The flexible approach allows you to use all your tickets for a selection of bites and drinks.
STK, Rixos Premium, JBR, Sunday, 8pm to late, Dhs250. Tel: (0)4 323 0061. togrp.com
For a Levantine experience, head to the DIFC’s theatrical restaurant, Antika Bar. The venue has a variety of different acts on stage throughout the week, including Jihad Mahfouz and Georges on a Friday night, and Wadih Ghosn and Farah Nakhoul on Saturdays.
Antika Bar, Podium Level, Tower 2 – Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Monday to Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Tel: (050) 735 9177. antikabar.ae