Hamil­ton’s Gas­tropub

→ Open Mon, Thu & Fri noon-2am; Tue-wed 4pm-2am; Sat-sun 2pm-2am. Saadiyat Rotana Re­sort & Vil­las, Saadiyat Is­land (02 697 0000).

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE -

SAADIYAT IS­LAND IS the place to go when you want to mark a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, im­press a date or show your vis­it­ing rel­a­tives the most glam­orous side to Abu Dhabi.

But while the is­land has plenty of deca­dent brunch op­tions (the tremen­dous Oléa of­fer­ing in par­tic­u­lar) and cool beach bars (yes, we’re still ob­sessed with Bud­dha-bar Beach), it was, un­til quite re­cently, lack­ing a good pub.

But thank­fully the open­ing of Saadiyat Rotana Re­sort & Vil­las came with a cool gas­tropub, too.

With an edgy, stripped-back in­te­rior and cav­ernous high ceil­ings, Hamil­ton’s al­most re­sem­bles a fac­tory.

But pre­sum­ably this is the idea, as every­one who is ‘down with the kids’ knows that there’s noth­ing more trendy than a con­verted fac­tory.

How­ever, there’s no sense that you need to have an im­mac­u­lately preened beard or thick-rimmed glasses to ot in here. This is a to­tally un­pre­ten­tious han­gout.

En­ter­tain­ment is pro­vided by a tal­ented live band ev­ery Sun­day,

Mon­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day even­ing.

When we ar­rive on a Sun­day night, the fe­male singer and skilled gui­tarist have at­tracted a good­na­tured crowd who are happy to shout out re­quests and clap en­thu­si­as­ti­cally at the end of each cover.

There’s also a 50 per­cent dis­count on a se­lec­tion of Span­ish grape. Filled with chopped-up fruit, the drinks are a bit sickly sweet for our lik­ing, put the of­fer ap­plies to dif­fer­ent bev­er­ages ev­ery even­ing from Satur­day to Wed­nes­day, be­tween 6pm and 9pm.

Other deals in­clude the Tues­day ladies’ night, when girls get three free drinks plus 50 per­cent off the bites menu.

These nib­bles are far bet­ter than your av­er­age bowl of peanuts. We’d hap­pily re­turn just for the chance to try the de­li­cious hal­loumi fries again.

For chilled drinks, bril­liant live mu­sic and a friendly crowd, Hamil­ton’s al­ways de­liv­ers.

WHAT IS IT... A cool, in­dus­trial-style bar with live mu­sic WHY GO... For mixed drinks in jam jars and some of the most ca­sual vibes on Saadiyat Is­land

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