As Dubai has grown from a small town into a bustling city, so has the nightlife scene. Most 3 to 5 star hotels have bars and nightclubs for those interested in the nightlife. World-class DJs frequent Dubai's nightclubs, and many A-list musical celebrities are adding Dubai to their list of tour dates.
However, Dubai has several laws regarding alcohol which tourists should be aware of before visiting:
Alcohol is available only at licensed premises, usually attached to hotels most nightclubs and bars are in or attached to hotels, though they may have separate entrances.
Alcohol is not sold on religious holidays, nor during daylight hours in Ramadan even to non-Muslims.
Alcohol can be bought only for home consumption at certain outlets in Dubai, and an alcohol license is required. Supermarkets only stock non-alcoholic beers. Even food items containing alcohol are not sold in supermarkets.
Remember to carry some sort of identification when visiting a bar if you are young, as you will not be let in otherwise. The law prohibits anyone below 21 to enter.
The Authorities take disruptive behavior while intoxicated very seriously, which as you can imagine will lead to jail time or deportation.
Basta Art Cafe
Set in a lovely garden courtyard in a restored house, Basta is a great place to take a breather with a cold drink and write some postcards. The sandwiches-and-salads menu is aimed squarely at tourists, but if you are sick of kebabs, they will cater to your salmon-avocado wrap and mango smoothie cravings. The "Basta Special" drink of mint and lemon is also excellent.
Located at regal plaza hotel in bur dubai. the same human market as rattlesnake, but worse in quality. the music played is mostly arabic and russian techno. live bands are african and not as successful as rattlesnake. not recommended, as long as you don't want to buy something.
Jumeirah beach hotel complex, (http://www.jumeirahbeachh...). the latest addition to the jumeirah beach hotel complex. a very cool location at the end of the hotel marina, reached by golf buggy! open air bar with great views of the burj hotel and the jumeirah beach hotel all helped by a cool breeze from the ocean. various dj's but think ibiza lounge bar and you won't be far off. well worth a visit.
Restaurant and dance club in the metropolitan hotel on sheik zhayed road. live philippino bands and dj. popular for single male expats. the music is ok, but the place is just an open market for man to buy. as a single male you might attract a lot of hungry looks. not recommended unless this is what you want. entrance fee 50 dirham, draft beer 37 dirham.