Our pick of the city’s best
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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). £
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).
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).
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). ★
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
Stars ’N’ Bars