Dubai has always had an active live music scene and there are some real gems to discover. Quincy Jones' first ever bar, Q’s Bar & Lounge (taxi: Palazzo Versace Dubai, +971 4 556 8865), has an ever-changing schedule of acts featuring next generation stars, directed by Quincy himself.
Smooth operators can shuffle their feet at the Jazz Club pop-up at The Green Room located on the upper floor of Galvin Bistrot & Bar (taxi: The Square, City Walk, +971 4 590 5444). Live performances take place Tue through Fri from 9pm-2am.
Sticking with the same genre, Jazz@PizzaExpress (taxi: JLT Cluster A, +971 4 441 6342) has won plaudits for its commitment to a full programme of live entertainment, including solo signers on Sun, Tue, and Fri.
In the concrete maze of JLT you'll find the ever buzzing Nola Social House & Eatery (taxi: Armada BlueBay Hotel, +971 4 399 8155), where every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 8.30pm you'll be treated to live funk and soul tunes.
With a global reputation for awesome live music, it's no surprise to find a Hard Rock Café in town (taxi: Dubai Festival City Mall, +971 4 232 8900). Check out wall-to-wall musical memorabilia, including a bolero jacket worn by the late Prince and Mick Fleetwood’s Tama drums, before rocking out to live and loud sounds.
Of course sometimes you just want to have fun. And Lock, Stock & Barrel (taxi: Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, +9714 392 7120) has most definitely carved a reputation for providing just that. The award-winning behemoth in JBR (it has a sister venue in Barsha Heights) is busy every night thanks to its great resident bands, regular drinks deals and a young crowd intent on enjoying every moment of their time in Dubai.