Not on the high street

Why all the best bars in Abu Dhabi aren’t found Down­town. By Har­riet Shep­hard

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE -

FOR THOSE OF us who live away from the city cen­tre, or ‘off is­land’ as it is some­times re­ferred to, head­ing into the city ev­ery time we fancy a drink can get a bit tir­ing (not to men­tion ex­pen­sive).

But the idea that all the good bars are found in the buzzing cen­tre of the cap­i­tal just isn’t true. Of course there’s al­ways loads go­ing on Down­town, but the sub­urbs also bring their own pop­u­lar han­gouts to the party.

So if you’re a city slicker who sim­ply re­fuses to be­lieve there’s any nightlife be­yond the Grand Canal, this list of su­per spots might just change your mind.

Mcget­ti­gans

Hang­ing out by the Cor­niche might of­fer lovely views over the Ara­bian Gulf and Abu Dhabi land­marks such as Emi­rates Palace, but it doesn’t have the unique charm of this ever-pop­u­lar Ir­ish bar.

When­ever you visit this chilled-out wa­ter­ing hole, you just know it’ll be full of a fun-lov­ing crowd. The Tues­day ladies’ night of­fers girls Àve free drinks and 50 per­cent off main cour­ses be­fore 10pm, but it’s the Bingo Wings of­fer­ing that re­ally gets peo­ple talk­ing.

This leg­endary Mon­day-night event fea­tures two games of mu­si­cal bingo, two drinks and un­lim­ited amounts of chicken wings (come on, what could be bet­ter?) for Dhs100. It’s to­tally ridicu­lous and one of the most un-glam­orous nights you’ll have in the cap­i­tal. You’ll love it, we prom­ise.

→ Bingo Wings: Dhs100. Mon 8pm-11pm. Ladies’ night: Free. Tue 6pm-10pm. Al Raha Beach Ho­tel & Re­sort, Chan­nel Street (02 652 4333).

Paci­fico Tiki

We could bang on about how amaz­ing the views are from this bar for hours. But aside from its prime po­si­tion jut­ting out from Al Ban­dar Ma­rina, this trop­i­cal-themed lounge

also keeps its pa­trons com­ing back for more by of­fer­ing a se­ries of very tempt­ing, themed evenings.

The Wed­nes­day ‘Hola Cuba’ night fea­tures a live Latin band, plus com­pli­men­tary drinks for ladies and un­lim­ited bev­er­ages for gents for Dhs199. Or, if you’re look­ing to kick-start your week­end with as many drinks and nib­bles as you fancy, the Thurs­day night brunch of­fers all this and a lively danceáoor for Dhs275. → Hola Cuba night: Free (ladies), Dhs199 (gents). Wed 8pm1.30am. Thurs­day brunch: Dhs275 Thu 8pm-11pm. Al Ban­dar Ma­rina, Al Raha Beach

(02 556 6090).

Sho Cho

This swanky Ja­panese restau­rant serves some of the best sushi in the cap­i­tal, and it also hap­pens to be one of the most beau­ti­ful spots for a sun­downer or two.

With an out­door ter­race look­ing over the Grand Canal, plus the Grand Mosque loom­ing ca­su­ally in the back­ground, it’s a truly iconic venue. Se­lected mixed drinks are Dhs30 ev­ery day from 5pm to 8pm, while the Wed­nes­day ladies’ night of­fers girls com­pli­men­tary bub­bly and se­lected mixed drinks from 7pm un­til late. And you re­ally can’t ar­gue with that now can you.?

→ Happy hour: Dhs30. Daily 5pm-8pm. Ladies’ night: Free. Wed 7pm-3am. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jess­rain (02 558 1117).

The Pa­tio

The re­cently-ren­o­vated pool at The Westin is one our favourite places to hang out this win­ter and the Latino bar­be­cue nights are also a new ar­rival on the cap­i­tal’s nightlife scene. With a huge buf­fet of grilled meats, seafood, sal­ads and more, plus un­lim­ited drinks all for Dhs210, it seems to have struck upon a win­ning for­mula.

The Fri­day post-brunch pool party also lets you con­tinue on with all the fun and fri­vol­ity of the in­fa­mous Bub­ba­li­cious brunch, with six hours of un­lim­ited bev­er­ages for Dhs180. Get your ca­bana booked now and revel in some Fri­day af­ter­noon frol­ics.

→ Latino nights: Dhs210, Jan 10 & 24, 8pm-11pm. Pool Ses­sions: Dhs180 Fri 2pm-8pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Re­sort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

Paci­fico Tiki

Sho Cho

Ap­paloosa

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