The nov­elty fac­tor

From danc­ing bears to crowd karaoke, you’ve not prop­erly par­tied in Dubai un­less you’ve been to one of these unique clubs

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The aptly named House Party Bar is guar­an­teed to trans­port you to col­lege frat cul­ture with its cheesy tunes and red plas­tic cups. The night­club is clev­erly split into a se­ries of ‘rooms’. Gi­ant Jenga? You’ll find it in the gar­den. Beer pong? That’s in the games room. Ta­ble ten­nis? It takes place in the kitchen. Ball pit? Yes, just head for the play room.

aFair­mont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Mon and Thur 6pm to 3am, Sun, Tues, Wed and Sat 6pm to 2am, Fri 4pm to 3am. Tel: (050) 9955400. face­­tyBar


If you want to sing your heart out one evening, karaoke spots don’t come much bet­ter than Lucky Voice. At its bi-weekly Wed­nes­day and Fri­day brunches, you can take part in crowd karaoke, or jump on stage for a lip-sync bat­tle. If you’re more of a shy show­ersinger, opt for a pri­vate pod, where you can tackle 10,000 songs in a sound­proof booth.

aGrand Mil­len­nium Ho­tel, Bar­sha Heights, Dubai, Sat to Wed 4pm to 3am, Fri 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 4478010. luck­


One of Dubai’s lesser known night­clubs is Mai­son Rouge. Fill­ing a cabaret and din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence shaped hole left be­hind by The Act, this in­ti­mate restau­rant and lounge has more than a lit­tle bur­lesque feel about it. The shows range from bal­let to sax play­ers, and are on twice daily at 8pm and 10.30pm.

aThe Con­rad, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 8pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 3528169. face­ MaisonRougeDubai


It might not be the classi­est of nights out, but katsu and karaoke at this lively Me­dia City hotspot is an un­likely but win­ning com­bi­na­tion. Mr Miyagi’s has one of the most fun (and pop­u­lar) party brunches in Dubai, com­plete with crowd karaoke, cock­tails served from wash­ing ma­chines and team games that get very com­pet­i­tive. Cou­ple that with the ul­ti­mate playlist of sing-along hits and a good happy hour, and you’ll be do­ing at least one Macarena lap of the bar be­fore the night is over.

aLevel 9, Me­dia One Ho­tel, daily noon to 2am. Tel:(04) 4207489. mr­miyag­is­


Who wouldn’t want to party seven floors un­der­wa­ter on an his­tor­i­cal ship? That’s ex­actly what’s on of­fer at The Hatch, an un­der­ground night­club found on leg­endary liner QE2 Dubai. Serv­ing as a pop-up af­ter-party for Blue Mar­lin’s famous day-to-night Fri­day house events, it’s a no-frills af­fair that’s all about the mu­sic. There’s lim­ited space, so pre-book­ing your ticket is a must if you want to guar­an­tee get­ting on board. Techno heads, this one’s a must-try.

aQE2, Port Rashid, Dubai, var­i­ous Fri­days. Tel: (050) 3759715. the­hatch­


Par­ty­ing with a life size bear might not be your typ­i­cal night out, but it sure is a fun one. For this, head to Toy Room, where head hon­cho Frank the Bear can be found caus­ing mis­chief sev­eral days a week. Weekly nights are dic­tated by a largely R&B playlist spun by the res­i­dent DJs, while Frank can be found lead­ing the way, danc­ing on ta­bles and tak­ing self­ies with revel­ers.

aSoho Gar­den, Mey­dan, Mon, Thur, Fri 11pm to 4am, Wed 12.30am to 4am. Tel: (052) 463 3338. toy­


At the kitsch Asian restau­rant at the Taj Ho­tel in Busi­ness Bay, ex­pect to have your dishes served up by karate-kick­ing wait­ers or break danc­ing samu­rai war­riors. Go here on a Wed­nes­day and you’ll be served a lively evening brunch where any­thing goes. While it’s more of a restau­rant than a bar, it’s bar side, called the Lucky Cat, serves up some great Asian in­spired cock­tails – as well as a daily ladies’ night.

aTaj Dubai, Busi­ness Bay, daily 6pm to late. Tel: (04) 438 3121. mis­stess­

Lucky Voice

House Party Bar

Dragon dance with a dif­fer­ence

Bear hugs at Toy Room

Mr Miyagi’s

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