“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
Turn up the volume, because live music and entertainment are back in Dubai, and honestly, we are more than ready for it. There is very little we love more than going to a new, funky place with some friends, enjoying some appetizers and drinks, and listening to live music. Whether its jazz, blues, Latin, or rock and roll, a night out with live music is always a good night.
However, sometimes it can feel like we are constantly scouring the internet for the best places to catch some of Dubai’s most talented singers and musicians only to find that a list is outdated, or there isn’t much on. So Savoir Flair has decided to compile a list of our favorite spots featuring the best of the best in live music and keep it updated on a monthly basis so you always know when and where to go.
Feel free to check back here every month for the most up-to-date information on where you can find live music in Dubai, no matter what day of the week it is. Good times guaranteed.
Best for: Piano Sessions
Enjoy some of the best Italian cuisine in the city and a view that will leave you breathless, all the while listening to the soft sounds of the piano at the chic Roberto’s in DIFC. It’s a classy affair, and when you need a night of elegant music and excellent food, this is where you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Days to visit: Sundays
Best for: Local Musicians
Cove Beach ‘Unplugged’ is back in the swing of things with all of Dubai’s favorite local musicians bringing the tunes from 8pm onwards. Catch Greg Pearson, and Jay Abo every week along with a variety of other special guests, like Dina Stars, playing along to all your favorites. Cove Beach has the music, the beach, the food, and stays open till late.
Days to visit: Mondays
Best for: Irish Bands and Covers
One of Dubai’s best-kept secrets, Fibber Magee’s has a pretty healthy line-up of live music almost every day of the week. You’d expect nothing less from an Irish pub, after all. It’s literally impossible not to sing along at the top of your lungs. Check out Irish native Des Renehan‘s ‘Desert Sessions, Chad Sycamore‘s covers, or see a full Irish band take to the stage for a rollicking good time.
Days to visit: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Best for: Jazz
Get swept up in the sultry tunes of jazz by Lady J and Felix as they sing your blues away at Masti in La Mer. It’s a casual affair with great food, but if you want that jazz fix with some of the tastiest Indian cuisine, in a fun and relaxing setting by the beach, this pretty much checks all the boxes.
Days to visit: Mondays
Bull & Bear
Best for: Soul, Jazz, Motown, R&B
If you want to take a trip down to New Orleans with some of the heaviest hitters in soul Dubai has to offer, then head over to Bull & Bear in DIFC, easily one of the best American restaurants in town. With Ray Charles-inspired Tuesday nights, we can’t think of a better way to end hump day. Unless of course you pass by on a Wednesday night for their jazz night, or Thursday nights for Mo Town, or Fridays for R&B. Okay, we think you get it.
Days to visit: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
Hard Rock Cafe
Best for: Rock-n-Roll
When you want to hear some rock-n-roll, Hard Rock Cafe is probably the first place that comes to mind. The classic American restaurant has live music every day of the week, with different bands coming in and out. Get ready to rock.
Days to visit: Every night, but local favorite, Big Mouth, takes the stage on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
CMP Bar & Grill
Best for: Jazz
CMP Bar & Grill is all about steak and jazz on Wednesday nights. They bring in a variety of live musicians for the newly launched ‘Upstairs at CMP’ and as there are different artists every week, it’s worth checking out more than once.
Days to visit: Wednesdays
Best for: Singer/Songwriters
There are three branches of this popular pub for you to enjoy some great live music: McGettigan’s JLT, McGettigan’s Madinat, and McGettigan’s DWTC. It is always best to check their website to see who is playing when, as their line-up regularly changes, however, McGettigan favorites include Leanna Kerry, Jess Cotton, and Mike Ross.
Days to visit: Wednesdays and Fridays
Q's Bar and Lounge
Best for: Cuban
Definitely one of Dubai’s favorite places to catch live music, and certainly one of ours, Q’s Bar and Lounge at Palazzo Versace serves up the hottest musicians in the city again and again and again. They’ve given us Dubai-based favorite Layla Kardan, and international music sensation, Rogelio Douglas, and now they present Cubache, a homegrown Cuban ensemble treating us to their Latin and afro-beats from 7:30pm to 1am.
Days to visit: Fridays and Saturdays
Jones the Grocer
Best for: Jazz
If you are looking for a sophisticated wine and cheese night with a side of jazz, then make your way to Jones the Grocer at Emirates Golf Club from 7:30pm to 11pm for their artisan cheeses in a spread of gorgeous cheese boards, house grape, and of course, some sultry jazz to round out the night.
Days to visit: Fridays
The Irish Village
Best for: Guitar Sessions
Singer/record producer Michael Gormley can be found with his guitar in The Irish Village in Garhoud as well as in Studio City on Thursdays and Fridays. Like ships passing in the night, Kara Gray also delights the crowds at whichever venue Gormley isn’t playing at, so that whichever Irish Village you do go to, you will be sure to hear good music. The only difference is while Studio City plays from 8pm to 11pm, Garhoud likes to start a little later and runs from 9pm to 12 midnight.
Days to visit: Thursdays and Fridays
Best for: Salsa and Latin American
Rumba brings a special ‘Buena Vista Social Lunch’ to their Cigar Lounge every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm, and Cubache serenades guests with their salsa and Latin rhythms. Relax in a classic Cuban atmosphere while watching traditional cigar rollers and indulging in the best Cuban food on the Palm.
Days to visit: Saturday afternoons