My Abu Dhabi The Cap­i­tal List’s Jonny McCarthy knows more about the city’s nightlife than most. Here’s where he heads on a night out

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When I have guests in town, Ray’s Bar [1] at Jumeirah Etihad Tow­ers never fails to im­press. It’s on the 63rd floor and the views are un­ri­valled. If it’s a late night you’re after then visit MAD on Yas Is­land [2]. It al­ways has a great line-up – they’ve re­cently had the likes of Lil John, Nelly and Jay Sean per­form there. It’s the big­gest club in the UAE, the staff are friendly and the sound sys­tem and light pro­jec­tions are some­thing to be­hold. Iris on Yas Is­land [3] caters more for fans of house mu­sic and has held some fan­tas­tic al­fresco par­ty­ing on Yas Ma­rina. Head here on a Wed­nes­day for Ladies’ Night – it’s one of the best in the city. One of my favourite monthly events is Boo­gie Box [4]– a techno night that has a cult fol­low­ing in the city. It’s been run­ning for six years and takes place at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Yas Beach. The award­win­ning Laugh­ter Fac­tory [5] live com­edy nights take place at the Park Rotana and are a must – these guys have been bring­ing some of the best co­me­di­ans to the UAE for 20 years. Last month they had South African comic Barry Hil­ton – he's huge. Chalkie’s Quiz Night at the Blu Sky Bar [6] is a guilty plea­sure for me. I love a quiz, but al­ways strug­gle with any­thing out­side of the sports and mu­sic cat­e­gories. Blu Sky Bar has one of the only juke­boxes in the city, so that’s a plus point once the quiz ends. My ‘hid­den gem’ in the city is the Cap­tain’s Arms [7], a venue that’s been around al­most for­ever. Fan­tas­tic service and a tra­di­tional pub menu. The place re­minds me of be­ing back at home in Manch­ester, sit­ting out late on long sum­mer nights talk­ing to friends.

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