BRILLIANT NIGHTS OUT
15 to try this week
WEDNESDAY Grape and cheese
We’re a sophisticated bunch here in the capital, and nothing is more hipsterfriendly as indulging in a long evening of grape and cheese. The brilliant buffet at La Cava features 30 different varieties of grape and cheeses.
→ Dhs200. Mon-fri 7pm-9pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).
Latin beats at Pisco Lounge
Pisco Lounge & Bar is heating up Abu Dhabi’s nightlife scene by hosting live music nights every Wednesday and Thursday. The threepiece band’s South American tunes will keep the danceáoor packed all night.
→ Free. Open Wed noon-12.45am, Thu noon1.45am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).
THURSDAY One for the girls
Celebrate the start of the weekend in style at Eclipse Terrace Lounge. Ladies get two complimentary drinks plus a plate of tasty sushi. With cool tunes and views over our beautiful city, what’s not to love? → Free. Thu 7pm-10pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).
The al fresco Àlm experience at ESS lounge is special.
Not only does it offer spectacular views of the Grand Canal but it also includes free popcorn. Two Àlms are shown back-toback every Thursday and Friday evening. We don’t know about you, but we were sold at the popcorn part.
→ Free. Thu-fri 7pmonwards. Shangri-la
Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi (02 509 8888).
FRIDAY After-brunch party
Get ten drinks for Dhs150, play on the Wii, belt out a tune on the karaoke and even go bowling at the lively post-brunch gathering at Viewz.
→ Free. 5pm-3am. Cristal Hotel, Zayed the First Street, Madinat Zayed (02 652 0000).
[email protected]’o has introduced an authentic Arabic barbecue night. Choose from meat, seafood or mixed grilled mashawis, feast on cold mezzeh and Arabic desserts, and relax in the outdoor lounge.
→ Dhs199 (soft drinks). Fri 7pm-11.30pm. Soàtel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road
(02 813 7777).
SATURDAY Burger and craft brew night
Sometimes, you’re not in the mood for Àne dining and you just want to devour a huge burger that’s stacked high with toppings. Well, if you end the weekend at Market Kitchen you can get a burger and two craft beers for less than Dhs100.
→ Dhs99. Sat 6pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).
Enjoy some of Spain’s most famous dishes, including patatas bravas, gambas and paella, for Dhs180 per person every evening throughout December at Azura Panoramic Lounge. → Dhs180. Daily 5pm8pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers (02 694 4553).
SUNDAY Live music
Hamilton’s was already winning due to its prime location by Saadiyat Beach and it’s cooler-thancool industrial-style décor. But now it is adding live music into the mix every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday evening. Start thinking of your requests now.
→ Free. Sun, Mon, Thu & Fri 9pm-midnight. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).
12-hour drinks offer
Back Yard Bistro’s happy hour should really be renamed happy days. It does last from noon until midnight daily, so it would make far more sense. Pints of hops start from Dhs21, bottles from Dhs19, grape is Dhs22 and mixed drinks Dhs30. → Prices vary. Daily noon-midnight. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
(050 114 3666).
MONDAY Ladies’ night
Girls get three complimentary drinks every Monday evening at Cho Gao. The best tunes are playing all night long and you may as well treat yourself to your favourite Asian dish while you’re at it.
→ Free. Mon 7pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (02 616 6149).
TUESDAY Rooftop vibes
Ladies need to check out the Tuesday night deal at Up & Below bar. From 9pm onwards women get four complimentary drinks, plus 50 percent off sharingstyle bar bites.
→ Free. Tue 9pm-2am. Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center,
Abu Dhabi, Hamdan
Bin Mohammed Street (02 698 2222).
WHAT IS IT... 12-hour happy hours at Yas Marina’s Aquarium WHY GO... Get 50 percent off house beverages from Sunday to Thursday, noon until 7pm