If you’re looking for something edgy and a bit more underground, you’ve landed in the right place.

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From speakeasy-style pubs to quirky lounges, Emirates Woman has gathered a list of Dubai’s unexpected venues that are beyond the cliché.

Off The Wall


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This sleek offbeat bar located at Hotel Indigo in Dubai pushes the boundaries with its unique storytelling experience from the art-laden walls to the signature drinks which offer a fresh take on cocktails as it’s curated with unusual ingredients. It’s open daily from 5pm to 2am, with expert mixologists who are ready to give you a completely off-the-wall experience.

For more information visit hotelindigodubai.com

Nyx at Gaia


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For that ultimate after-dinner soirée, this underground nightclub located at Greek haven Gaia, makes for the perfect way to end your night, as it’s previously welcomed several A-listers from around the globe such as 50 cent, Rita Ora and even A$AP Rocky to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of Dubai. From hand-crafted cocktails to a night of nostalgia, this venue is surely one to visit as it’s located in the heart of DIFC.

For more information visit gaia-restaurants.com

Shanghai Me


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While being at the epitome of Art Deco elegance this popular restaurant emulates that 1930s aura with an enchanting experience and great tunes as the interiors evoke the green jungles of Asia in a luxe setting with a taste of Asian tradition that pays tribute to the prohibited parties of the golden age. Experience how fine dining meets storied nightlife scene at Shanghai Me, which is located at Gate Village Building 11, DIFC.

For more information visit shanghaime-restaurant.com

The Tipsy Lion


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This British-style gastro-pub opened its doors in Dubai this year, with a massive terrace and delectable grub featuring sharing-style platters. This bar is located at Sofitel Dubai Downtown promising guests a spending time with a relaxed night out, whether with friends or family. It’s open from Sun-Wed 5pm-2am, Thu 5pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am, Sat 1pm-2am.

For more information visit tipsyliondubai.com

Flashback Speakesy

By transporting you straight to the 1920s this surreptitious speakeasy bar located at Paramount hotel is open from 5pm to 1am as you listen to some soulful hits and take a flashback to a vintage era back in time, with handcrafted cocktails to relish with your friends and loved ones.

For more information visit paramounthoteldubai.com

Nippon Bottle Company

While exploring the 100-year old history at this hidden bar, guests can experience the unending legacy of textures and blends from Japan through a journey of flavours at this refined venue. Located at Dusit Thani, Nippon Bottle Co is open from 4pm to 2am daily.

For more information visit dusit.com


At the heart of Soho Garden, this upscale gastropub has a wide range of dishes with cosy interiors as this authentic atmosphere offers big screens and games for all sports fanatics too. Located at Soho Garden, the expert team offers an assortment of signature cocktails with sampler hops with unmissable packages all throughout the week for a casual time to enjoy as it’s open daily from 12pm to 1am.

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Churchill Club

This secluded enclave offers the best selection of fine spirits and a range of international bites menu with an intimate setting with a welcoming atmosphere and menu featuring a list of exclusive cocktails for you to relish on your visit. Located at Four Seasons Hotel in Dubai International Financial Centre, it’s open from 5pm to 3am.

Underground Pub

Bringing this quirky London underground-themed pub to Dubai, it offers all-England style home comforts from quiz nights to the latest sporting action. Located at Habtoor Grand Resort on Jumeirah Beach Dubai, the Underground pub is open from 12pm to 1am with convenience refined at this quirky venue.

For more information visit habtoorgranddining.com

The Unlucky Cat

From delicious cocktails to mixed beverages, this Asian speakeasy welcomes guests in a dimly lit space, with numerous offers and tasty nibbles, positioned right at the entrance of Miss Tess. It’s located at Taj Dubai, and is open from 6pm to 2am, with reservations not required, so definitely pay a visit as you’re guaranteed a relaxing time.

As per the current restrictions, all venues shut by 1pm until further notice with the usual health and safety measures adopted in each location to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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