When you think of the best things to do in Dubai, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s just full of lavish parties. While it’s home to some of the most exceptional nightclubs and bars, there are far more activities to do that don’t necessarily have to involve alcohol, dancing or staying up until sunrise.

From karaoke lounges to shisha in the sky, and late-night golf, take a look at our top picks for things to do in Dubai at night…

Try for a full house

Far from what your grandparents might do in their spare time, this is a bingo night like no other. Winner of the ‘Most Original Night Out’ in Dubai, Bongo’s Bingo is an excellent option if you’re stuck for ideas and wondering what to do. Although the events are few and far between, if you do happen to be visiting Dubai when they are on, we suggest getting yourself a ticket. This is definitely not for the fainthearted. Those seeking a good time can expect dance offs, crazy giveaways and an intoxicating playlist of cheesy tunes, certain to get you in the party mood. Win big here…

Blue Route, Stop: Media City

Go to a comedy show

If you’re wondering where to go in Dubai, we recommend pulling up a chair at The Laughter Factory, the Middle East's longest-running comedy night. Regularly showcasing A-list talent with past acts such as Frankie Boyle, Michael McIntyre and Kevin Bridges, don’t be surprised if you’re front row for a world-famous comic’s set. TLF lines up three different professional comedians every month for your entertainment at various locations across the city. Guaranteed to make you giggle this is a refreshing way to spend an evening in Dubai.

Red Route, Stop: Heritage Village

Sing along to your favourite songs

You can sing, dine and drink in style at K Lounge Karaoke. With more than 50,000 songs in a wide variety of languages to choose from, it’s one of the best places to visit in Dubai if you fancy a sing song. Serenade crowds of up to 45 with karaoke classics or put on a performance to remember with an upbeat number.

Located in the heart of one of Dubai’s major tourist attractions, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, K Lounge offers guests an unforgettable social experience with a breath taking view of the Burj Al Arab hotel. K Lounge prides itself on being an inclusive and intimate venue where you can feel at ease to have a good time. They cater to a maximum of 10 tables every evening, so we recommend booking in advance if you want to make your voice heard.

Green Route, Stop: Souk Madinat

Blow a few puffs of hookah

Make like the locals do and spend an evening unwinding with a flavoured shisha pipe in one of Dubai’s beautiful places. A more relaxing alternative to going to any of Dubai’s nightclubs, NU AIR Shisha Lounge offers the lively atmosphere and excitement you’d expect on Thursday or Friday night without the hustle and bustle of a crowded disco.

Located on The Palm and open until 2am most nights, book one of NU AIR’s private cabanas and practice your smoke rings in luxury. Think plush cushions, fairy lights and a soothing breeze all night long. Order a variety of delicious sushi from their traditional Japanese menu when you get peckish.

Find your zen at Full Moon Yoga

We’re going to let you in on a little secret, every month Talise Spa have a full moon yoga class on the beach. A must visit for any yogis in Dubai, align your mind, body and spirit with this one-of-a-kind tranquil experience. As the ocean waves gently break on the sandy shore, you’ll be getting into your favourite yoga poses and stretching to your hearts content.

Double up on relaxation and Dubai sightseeing here, the class is taught right in front of the Burj Al Arab hotel which is illuminated in vivid colours when the sun sets. Make the most of Dubai’s lunar calendar and experience true inner peace in the moonlight.

Green Route, Stop: Souk Madinat

Play late-night golf

When it comes to activities in Dubai, this is a true gift for any golf player who wants to work on their swing after dark. Open until midnight every night, there’s no such thing as an unusual time to be on the golf course with Faldo.

A truly memorable experience like no other, take on Emirates Golf Club Dubai’s 18 or 9-hole championship course or simply try and sink a hole-in-one at the time most convenient for you. The last tee off is at 9.45pm so you can still see all the places of interest in Dubai during the day and then easily fit a game into your evening with no complaints.  Perfect if you’re a social or competitive golfer.

Blue Route, Stop: Marina Walk

Make the most of your Dubai trip by exploring the city by night. Whether you choose to go to one of these places or pick somewhere from our Dubai After Dark guide, we’re sure you’ll be experiencing the very best of Dubai’s Nightlife. And once you’re done be sure to fill up on delightful dishes the next morning at one of the Great Brunches in Dubai