Love music? Check out these awesome venues

If you love live music, we’ve found the best places in the capital for your listening pleasure

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From jazz and Latin beats to rock and acapella, there are some great musical acts around. Here are our picks of top spots for live music from local and international talent.

BU!

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With heaps of South American flavour on the menu, it’s only natural that BU! has the music to match. Every Wednesday, the restaurant hosts its Noche de Salsa night, an evening of live Latin beats to get your toes tapping. Free. The Hub, World Trade Center Mall, Khalifa Street. From 8pm. Contact: 02 666 8066, butrinity.com

Heroes

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Award-winning band The International Playboys takes to the stage at Heroes five nights a week to get the crowd dancing and singing along. If you fancy a more chilled vibe, then the acoustic sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday are sure to match your mood. Free Tue–Wed and Sat, AED 125 for gents Thu– Fri after 11pm. Hamdan Street. From 10.30pm. Contact: 02 616 6132, facebook.com/heroespubauh

Jazz@Pizza Express

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Jazz@Pizza Express is your place if you’d like some musical variety. On Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday, expect to see in-house band Uptown performing alongside featured artists, including Ludys and Dahlia Brava. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Martin Go brings his own brand of soul. Free. The Hub, World Trade Center Mall, Khalifa Street. Times vary. Contact: 02 444 7752, facebook.com/jazzpizzaexpressad

Hemingway’s

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For a little pop and RnB, head to Hemingway’s where Ukrainian duo Blackberry perform five nights a week. Comprising a singer and guitarist team who used to entertain guests on cruise liners all over the world, the duo features Yelyzaveta and Maksym who perform live hits from musical favourites, including Adele, The Beatles, Coldplay and Sting. Free. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. Mon–Thu from 8pm, Fri from 9pm. Contact:
02 692 4247, facebook.com/hiltonabudhabi

The Sportsman’s Arms

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Located in the heart of Zayed Sports City, family gastropub The Sportsman’s Arms offers frequent live events for music fans, including plenty of rock and folk flavour courtesy of the weekly Rock Under the Stars night, hosted every Friday. With previous guest artists including international troupe Jack Found, Bruce and the Beat and US band Straitjacket, the bar has a more alternative vibe for rock fans. Free. Saif Ghubash Street. Times vary. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportsmanszsc.com

McGettigan’s

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 4.00.44 PMThis Irish pub frequently features live music, with Limerick-based acoustic folk band Hermitage Green often topping the bill, as well as some of the best international tribute bands around. Recent acts have included Bruce Springsteen tribute The Boss, as well as U2 sound-alikes The Joshua Tree leading a good old sing-along. Free. Al Raha Beach Hotel, off E10. Sun–Wed 3pm–3am, Thu–Sat noon–3am. Contact: 02 652 4333,
facebook.com/mcgettigansauh

Belgian Café

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Belgian Café brings a taste of Brussels every Tuesday with its mussels and live jazz night. Tuck into seafood with a side order of live music from the in-house band and musicians. Free entry, AED 100+++ for unlimited mussels. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Al Bateen. Tue 8pm–11pm. Contact:
02 666 6888, dining-intercontinental-ad.ae

Take to the sage 

So you want to make the music yourself? Try out these options…

Sheraton Abu Dhabi hosts a monthly night for budding musicians at its beachside B Lounge location. With the next performance set for 6th January, you can showcase your talent overlooking the Corniche. Free. Corniche East. 7pm–10pm. Contact: tavernpub.00446@sheraton.com

Pizza parlour Jazz@Pizza Express offers rising stars the chance to shine at its weekly open mic night, hosted every Tuesday. With previous alumni including capital acapella group Blue Fever, it’s the chance to hone your skills. The Hub, World Trade Center Mall, Khalifa Street. 8pm–10pm. Visit: bit.ly/2iy9TUR

Whether you’re a vocalist, musician or even slam poet and want to test out your act, community group Echoes Abu Dhabi hosts regular open mic evenings. With a friendly crowd to cheer you on, it’s a great platform to dip your toe in the water. Dates vary. AED 30. Shabby Chic Café, Golden Tower B, Al Nahyan. Times vary. Visit: facebook.com/echoesabudhabi

WORDS Camille Hogg

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