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Much of the nightlife in Dubai centers on hotels and hotel bars, which with few exceptions are the only places in the city with licenses to serve alcohol. At.mosphere, on the 123rd floor of the Burj Khalifa, is outrageously expensive, but Forbes Travel Guide’s editors feel it’s worth every dirham for the outstanding views that you’ll enjoy with a well-heeled crowd chatting over the quiet tunes of occasional live lounge acts. Other luxury hotel bars and restaurants have high-quality (if expensive) drinks, including Library Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, Vista Lounge at Dubai Festival City and a few outposts of Trader Vic’s at various locations. The Irish Village is a kitschy favorite in the old part of town.
The global reach of Dubai even pulls in international stars for occasional shows, with huge DJs and pop acts dropping in at clubs and hotels around town. For the biggest names, you’ll want to get tickets ahead of time and prepare for epic lines — and a party that doesn’t really get going until after midnight. The traditional after-clubbing activity is hitting the shawarma stands around town that stay open for one final late-night snack.