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After Dark Hidden Gems: 6 Must-Visit Restaurants & Nightclubs In Dubai

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September 7, 2023

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Dubai is world-renowned as a city that never sleeps, with glamorous clubs and late-night dining stretching into the early hours. However, beyond the flashy facades of Dubai's most famous venues, a lively nightlife scene thrives in more intimate hidden gems. Let us introduce you to 6 hidden gems that are staples for local night owls in the know. Whether you're looking for cutting-edge cocktails, vibing DJ sets or flavourful global cuisine, these spots have what you need for an unforgettable night after dark.

53 Dubai 

Experience unparalleled luxury at its peak by dining at the highest spot in Dubai at 53 Dubai located at Sheikh Zayed Road. Guests can look forward to a spectacular lineup of cabaret shows providing top-notch entertainment. The live music mixed with vibrant energy is certain to leave patrons in awe. 53 Dubai guarantees its guests will experience the finest dinner show in Dubai through immersive performances by incredibly skilled entertainers. Those seeking an exceptional night out can indulge in 53 Dubai's delectable 3-course set menu for just AED350 per person, including a starter, main course and mouthwatering dessert. Visitors are invited to join in the festivities at 53 Dubai and enjoy world-class cabaret entertainment alongside high quality cuisine at an affordable price point.

Fine dining & Live Entertainment at 53 Dubai!

Electric Pawn Shop

Located in the H Hotel, Electric Pawn Shop is a hedonistic and exotic bar and restaurant that draws inspiration from the dystopian counter-culture of 1970s Chinatown in New York. With an Asian-influenced concept and effortlessly cool vibe, it transports visitors to a bygone era through its creative cocktails, contemporary Asian cuisine, natural wines and underground beats. Those looking for lively entertainment can enjoy resident DJ nights every evening starting at 8pm, spinning eclectic beats that keep the party going late into the night. For a more affordable option, Electric Pawn Shop offers happy hour from Sunday to Thursday between 6pm - 9pm, where guests can enjoy buy one get one free deals on selected cocktails, beer and wines. Whether diving into the restaurant's imaginative dishes or sipping artisanal libations, a visit to this one-of-a-kind culinary destination promises an unforgettable night out in Dubai.

Asian Cuisine & Live DJ at Electric Pawn Shop!

Koyo Dubai

For a taste of Tokyo in Dubai, head to Koyo in Dubai Marina. This intimate Japanese joint transports you to a bustling back-alley Izakaya with its wooden decor and traditional dishes. Every weekend, Koyo hosts the greatest brunches and afterparties, keeping guests energised well into the night with lively entertainment and beats. Those seeking lively late nights can lean into the underground at Koyo's Friday Afterparty from 11pm onwards. Downstairs, the resident DJ spins deep underground sounds amid expertly crafted cocktails for true Tokyo night owls. Every Tuesday evening starting at 6pm, Koyo invites ladies to savour their Ladies Night offering two hours of free-flowing drinks of bottomless beverages when dining from the selected menu. Both casual diners and late-night revelers can savour this hidden gem's delights.

Authentic taste of Tokyo!

Smoke & Mirrors

Located at the SLS Dubai hotel, Smoke & Mirrors offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Dubai skyline along with craft cocktails and Latin-inspired dishes. Daily from 5pm to 7pm, the lounge invites guests to unwind during their Cigars & Sunsets Happy Hour. Visitors can enjoy local hand-rolled cigars while soaking in the picturesque sunset views. When purchasing any cigar during this time, one will receive a complimentary drink from their selection of refreshing beverages. Every Monday evening, Smoke & Mirrors hosts Industry Night from 7pm to 2am. This event brings together fellow industry professionals for an evening of great company and conversation alongside endless views. Industry members showing their valid ID can benefit from 50% savings on both drinks and dishes from the crafted cocktail menu.

Latin dishes, craft cocktails, & hand-made cigars!

Secret Room 

Located in Downtown Dubai, Secret Room is an underground hip hop nightclub like no other. Here, visitors will discover where Japanese street art meets lively beats, as the walls are adorned with striking neon graffiti artwork. From Wednesday to Saturday, revelers can lose themselves in a venue pulsating with ongoing hip hop, house and electro tracks courtesy of top resident DJs. The full-on dance mood keeps the energy high well into the early morning hours. On Wednesdays and Fridays, Secret Room delivers non-stop grooves perfect for moving to the rhythms of house music. With cutting-edge fixtures, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and an intimate ambiance, Secret Room promises an unforgettable clubbing experience in the heart of Dubai each evening.

Unforgettable clubbing experience at the Secret Room!

Twenty Three 

Twenty Three is a rooftop destination located in Media City. It offers a perfect spot for after-work or evening activities, where you can enjoy urban sunset views along with drinks and light appetisers. It aims to challenge the perception of luxury and exclusivity by providing an affordable upmarket chic experience without pretentiousness. Additionally, Twenty Three has launched Bailamé Latin Tuesdays, a night of dancing. The entrance fee is AED60, which includes one drink. Moreover, there are Happy Hour deals available daily from 5pm to 8pm.

Best rooftop in Media City!

Whether you crave global cuisine, chic cocktails or vibing music, Dubai's nightlife scene has something for every taste. Check out these hidden gems - your next great night out in Dubai is waiting after dark! Be sure to download Playbook to discover even more live music venues, culinary hotspots and clubs off the beaten path. Available for FREE on App Store & Google Play. Check out out latest Instagram post on After Dark Hidden Gems.

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