Our pick of the city’s best

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE -

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9 Live mu­sic £ Happy hour

★★ 2018 Time Out Abu Dhabi Mu­sic & Nightlife Awards win­ner ★ 2018 highly com­mended in the Mu­sic & Nightlife Awards

British-style venue which draws a big crowd, par­tic­u­larly among the Kha­lidiya res­i­dents.

Sher­a­ton Kha­lidiya Ho­tel

Abu Dhabi, Al Kha­lidiyah

(02 666 6220). £

Ally Pally

A friendly pub that serves tra­di­tional British pub-grub plates and hops. Launched in 1983, it’s also known for its lengthy happy hours.

→ Li­censed. Open daily noon-1am. Al Ain Palace Ho­tel, Al Markaziyah

(056 415 8911). £

A sporty bar with quirky food and bev­er­ages. Boast­ing a ter­race and rea­son­able prices – it’s a good han­gout for friends.

Mar­riott Ho­tel Al For­san, Khal­ifa City (02 201 4131). £

A chic spot for Chino-latino cui­sine and mixed bev­er­ages. Be sure to get an af­ter-work drink at the out­side bar.

Na­tion Riviera, St.regis Ho­tel, Cor­niche Road (02 699 3333). 9 ★★ Beach Bar

★ Out­door Nightspot

Azura panoramic Lounge

A swish ter­race that’s ideal for watch­ing the sun­set over the Ara­bian Gulf from The St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

Fri-sat 11am-1am. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Na­tion Tow­ers

(02 694 4553). barfly by Dud­dha-Bar This cool space has a fizzing at­mos­phere, great ser­vice and laid-back mu­sic.

Thu 6pm-3am, Fri 4pm-3am, Sat 4pm-1am. Vene­tian Vil­lage, The Ritz-carl­ton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

(02 408 7201).

Bel­gian Cafe abu Dhabi A wide range of hops are avail­able at this pop­u­lar ex­pat haunt. There are also top Bel­gian frites and the out­side area is a great spot to kick back in.

Fri-sat 4pm-2am. In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Abu Dhabi, King Ab­dul­lah Bin Ab­dul Aziz Al Saud Street

(02 666 6888). £

Bel­gian Cafe Novo­tel Gate Ho­tel A warm and wel­com­ing nook for drinks. The comfy wooden in­te­ri­ors are pop­u­lar with ex­pats.

Jess­rain (02 508 9999).

Is­land A su­per bar, with plenty of space in­side and a gor­geous ter­race out­side. Screens for show­ing sport, de­cent pub grub and happy hours make it worth a visit. →

Fri-sat noon-2am. Radis­son Blu Abu Dhabi, Yas Is­land (02 656 2000). £

Blue Mar­lin is well-known for pump­ing mu­sic, a Satur­day beach brunch, sushi and tapas bars and plenty of in­ter­na­tional DJ ta­lent play­ing ev­ery week­end. →

Golden Tulip Al Jazira Ho­tel & Re­sort, Ghan­toot

(056 113 3400). 9

★ Out­door Nightspot,

Club of the Year

A bril­liant sports bar that’s the of­fi­cial home for Manch­ester City sup­port­ers in the cap­i­tal.

Fri-sat noon-3am. South­ern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya

(02 818 4888). £

Sky Lounge Thirty-one

A Mid­dle East­ern bar with su­per views. Ex­pect food, shisha, live oud mu­sic and Ara­bian beats.

→ Open daily 6pm-2am. Grand Mil­len­nium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 495 3916).

Brauhaus Pop­u­lar pub with plenty of Ger­man bev­er­ages and food op­tions. The out­door area has typ­i­cal Ger­man pic­nic ta­bles ideal for gath­er­ing groups.

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011). £

Set be­tween the pool and pretty beach, this place is stylish and re­laxed. En­joy drinks in hand, toes in the sand.

Emi­rates Palace Ho­tel, West Cor­niche (02 690 7920).

★ Beach Bar

A fun Latino party spot with a sprawl­ing ter­race and a top Fri­day brunch.

→ Open daily noon-3am. The Hub, Mall at the World Trade Cen­ter Abu Dhabi (02 666 8066).

Ca­bana Breach Bar & Grill At this su­per beach club spot you’ll find ex­actly the sort of crowd-pleas­ing mixed drinks and plates of food that re­mind you why you live in a city like this.

Na­tion Riviera Beach Club, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Na­tion Tow­ers

(02 694 4780). ★ Beach Bar

A proper pub that’s a favourite in Abu Dhabi thanks to its clas­sic in­te­rior, out­door seat­ing and happy hour pro­mo­tions.

Le Méri­dien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666). £

A glo­ri­ous ter­race that over­looks the sea with plenty of weekly food and drink pro­mo­tions

→ Open Mon-sun from noon­mid­night; up­per ter­race from 6pm-3am. Na­tion Riviera, Na­tion Tow­ers

(02 611 0909). 9

This is a low-lit, cosy bar in­side the bustling chur­ras­caria. A pop­u­lar spot for those those look­ing for a nice drink in a mel­low en­vi­ron­ment.

→ Open daily 6pm-1.30am. In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Abu Dhabi, King Ab­dul­lah Bin Ab­dul

Aziz Al Saud Street

(02 666 6888). 9

A quiet venue over­look­ing the Grand Canal that’s ideal for cou­ples and small groups of friends to re­lax in. → Open daily 6pm-1am. Fair­mont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jess­rain (02 654 3238).

The place where ev­ery­body knows your name, bands play rock hits and Amer­i­can bev­er­ages are quaffed with gusto.

→ Open daily 6pm-3am. Al Ain Palace Ho­tel, Al Markaziyah (02 599 6000).

Classy South-east Asian venue that’s good for post-work bev­er­ages and a bite to eat.

→ Open Sat-wed noon1am; Thu-fri noon-2am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 616 6149). 9

Cho Gao Ma­rina Walk A great ter­race over­look­ing the ma­rina and a very cool lounge bar in­side, too.

→ Open Sat-wed noon1am; Thu-fri noon-2am. In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Abu Dhabi, King Ab­dul­lah Bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

An in­ti­mate venue with up­beat tunes laid on by the house DJS.

→ Open Mon-sat 10pm2.30am. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah (02 681 1900). 9

Come here for a fancy night or just stop for a bev­er­age on your tour of the busy ma­rina. Ideal for in­ti­mate meals with friends. → Open daily 6pm-mid­night. Yas Ma­rina, Yas Is­land

(02 657 5400).

Coopr's Bar & Restau­rant A tra­di­tional wa­ter­ing hole with a laid-back at­mos­phere. Per­fect for watch­ing the big game while grab­bing a bite to eat.

→ Open daily noon-2.30am. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khal­ifa Park Area

(02 657 3333). £


Cool and classy night spot pro­vid­ing the ideal week­end un­wind. Ex­ten­sive, but pricey, drinks menu big on bub­bly.

→ Open daily 5pm-1am. Mar­riott Ho­tel Al For­san, Khal­ifa City (02 201 4000).

De la Costa if you are look­ing for a respite from smoky pubs, head here and lis­ten to re­laxed beats.

→ Open Sun-wed 5pm­mid­night; Thu 5pm-2am; Fri noon-2am; Sat noon-mid­night. Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Is­land (02 656 3500). 9

Eclipse Ter­race Lounge A stun­ning ter­race pool-side spot with sprawl­ing views across the Al Maryah wa­ters. → Open Sat-wed noon­mid­night; Thu-fri noon-1am. Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Is­land

(02 333 2222). £

A classy bar that sits over the Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit. Check out the reg­u­lar themed nights.

→ Open Mon-fri 10pm3.30pm. Yas Ho­tel Abu Dhabi, Yas Is­land (050 501 5052).

9 ★ New­comer

Fadó Ir­ish Pub & Restau­rants A ca­sual Ir­ish pub with a folk jam on a Tues­day, live mu­sic nights and week­end happy hours.

→ Open Sun-thu noon-2am, Fr-sat noon-3am. Oryx Ho­tel, Al Kha­lidiyah

(02 692 2219). £

A su­per-cool han­gout with a huge range of drinks and food served on the stun­ning ter­race. Has reg­u­lar DJS play­ing and good deals through­out the week.

Thu 5pm-3am; Fri noon-3am. Radis­son Blu Ho­tel, Abu Dhabi Yas Is­land (02 656 2000).

★★ New­comer

One of the more so­phis­ti­cated out­door lounges in the city, Glo is of­ten full but al­ways com­fort­able. Pro­mo­tions also fea­ture through­out the week. → Open Sat-wed noon-1am, Thu-fri noon-2am. Rose­wood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Is­land (02 813 5550).

Hakkan Ter­race A fan­tas­ti­cally chic spot out­side the stun­ning Can­tonese restau­rant with reg­u­lar DJ sets and a su­per laid­back vibe.

Thu 6pm-2am; Fri 4pm-2am. Hakkasan, Emi­rates Palace, West Cor­niche (02 690 9000).

Oozes Cuban flair and the mix of the weather, toe-tap­ping tunes and laid-back way of life is some­thing we could all adopt. → Open daily 5pm-2am. Emi­rates Palace, West Cor­niche (02 690 7999).

A tra­di­tional pub with a charm­ing at­mos­phere and de­cent grub. There are reg­u­lar quizzes, live mu­sic and sport is shown on big screens.

Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeira (02 692 4247). 9

A no-frills pub. Bev­er­ages are vast and the food hearty, while house band The In­ter­na­tional Play­boys are al­ways en­ter­tain­ing.

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi. Al Markaziyah (02 616 6132).

9 £★

A su­per venue whether you’re in­side or out­side. Ex­pect great mu­sic, high-end bar bites and a glam­ourous crowd.

Yas Ma­rina, Yas Is­land

(055 160 5636). 9


This chic bar of­fers a good choice of grape, bub­bly and mixed drinks to go with the live mu­sic and DJ. → Open daily 5pm-3am. Sof­i­tel Abu Dhabi Cor­niche, Cor­niche Road

(02 813 7777).

Jazz bar & Din­ning A well-drilled band plays from a raised stage to the bar’s The food is worth try­ing, too.

→ Open Sun-wed 7pm-2am, Thu-fri 7pm-3am. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah

(02 692 4247). 9

An im­pres­sive Ibiza­style venue where you can sit and over­look shim­mer­ing wa­ters while lis­ten­ing DJ.

→ Open Fri­day noon-4am. Ghan­toot Ma­rina & Re­sort (050 151 8407).

a Cava A mel­low and re­laxed grape cel­lar, of­fer­ing an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion in a classy set­ting. Its cigar menu is ex­ten­sive as well.

→ Open Mon-fri 6pm-1am. Rose­wood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Is­land (02 813 5550). ★★

A fan­tas­tic, laid-back Mex­i­can venue with su­per food and a great happy hour. Should be on every­one’s todo list on Al Maryah Is­land.

→ Open daily noon-1.30am. The Gal­le­ria, Al Maryah Is­land (02 582 3639). £

★★ Party Brunch, Ladies’ Night ★

The city’s best club, wel­com­ing in­cred­i­ble ur­ban acts and DJS ev­ery week. Usu­ally free drinks for ladies, too.

Leaisure Drive, Yas Is­land (055 834 6262). 9 ★★

This bustling Ir­ish pub draws crowds by the droves. The at­mos­phere is fun and care­free, as is the clien­tele. A top spot.

→ Open Sun-wed 3pm-3am, Thu-sat noon-3am. Al Raha Beach Ho­tel & Re­sort, Chan­nel Street

(02 652 4333). £9

★ Sports Bar, Pub of the Year

NRG Sports Cafe A sports bar with large screens blast­ing out live matches. A great spot to watch sport with pals and a few drinks and bar snacks. →

Le Méri­dien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666). £

A restau­rant and bar that juts out into the Yas Is­land wa­ters. The build­ing is s strik­ing and the views are pretty spe­cial.

→ Open Sun-thu 12.30pm1.30am; Fri-sat 12.30pm3am. Al Ban­dar Ma­rina, Al Raha Beach (02 556 6090). ★

This is one of the coolest spots in Abu Dhabi, with colour­ful, In­canau­di­ences. in­spired in­te­rior and a ter­race with views over the city.

→ Open Sun-wed noon­mid­night; Thu-sat noon-1am. The Gal­le­ria, Al Maryah Is­land (02 306 7000). ★★ Lounge Bar ★

PJ O'Reilly's is­r­ish pub that has reg­u­lar DJS, happy hours, sports screens, Time Out award-win­ning bar food and live mu­sic. An in­sti­tu­tion that’s well worth check­ing out. →

Thu-fri noon-3am. Le Royal Méri­dien Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 674 2020). £

Porters English Pub A good se­lec­tion of hearty pub grub and hops. You can also ex­pect sport and mu­sic. → Open daily noon-3am. Grand Mil­len­nium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street

(02 443 9999). £

★★ Live Mu­sic Venue

A stun­ning out­door spot with in­cred­i­ble views over the canal make this a spot for sun­down­ers.

→ Open daily 5pm-1am. Fair­mont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238). ★★ Bar with a View

Amaz­ing views, top ser­vice and cool drinks from this se­ri­ously classy venue at Eti­had Tow­ers.

→ Open daily 5pm-3am. Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers, Cor­niche Road West

(02 811 5666). £

Roberto's Lounge & Club The bar area has DJ nights, is open un­til the early hours and has su­per drinks.

Gal­le­ria, Al Maryah Is­land (02 627 9009). ★

Lounge Bar

Skylite Rooftop Lounge A stun­ning lounge on Yas Ho­tel’s rooftop.

Ho­tel Abu Dhabi, Yas Is­land (02 656 0700).

Sports bar with big screens, live bands and retro ar­cade games.

→ Open daily 11.30am-2am. Yas Ma­rina (02 565 0101). 9 £ ★ Sports Bar, Bar of the Year


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