– Travel Food & Wine
If you’re in the mood to party or sip on the best cocktails in one of the top bars, Abu Dhabi has certainly got you covered. No matter which night of the week it is, you can be sure of a great night out in one of the capital’s buzzing venues.
Ray’s Bar, Jumeirah Etihad Towers hotel
Located on the 62nd floor of the Jumeirah Hotel, this bar treats its patrons to some of the best views in the city. Ray’s Bar is truly contemporary, attracting travellers to experience something out-of-the-ordinary. A group of skilled bar tenders meticulously create the best of drinks to ignite your palate, while the DJ plays upbeat and exciting songs to keep you grooving. The coffee and mint and lime-based mixed beverages are expertly made, and the full drinks menu offers a huge range of original and classic concoctions. Their various signature cocktails, such as the Queen’s Necklace, Born in Dublin, or the classic Old Fashioned transformed into Hazelnut Old Fashioned are a must try. The amazing DJ sets, wonderful cocktails and chic ambience make the classy bar a perfect spot for a night out.
MAD on Yas Island
With the distinction of being the biggest indoor destination for nightlife in United Arab Emirates, this fantastic nightclub is the best place for party-hoppers in Abu Dhabi. This nightclub on Yas Island is home to the annual Formula One extravaganza. Boasting some of the biggest names in popular music, MAD hosts a variety of entertainment shows and fun themed parties. MAD on Yas Island features 360 degree projection mapping, huge animated LED screens and four full color crowd scanning lasers. On Friday ladies’ night, women get free entry and four free drinks. MAD has been titled Abu Dhabi’s “Best Club” by the 2016 Time Out Music and Nightlife Awards and this club should be visited to have an absolutely unforgettable night.
The Warehouse Wine & Tapas Bar
Specializing in tapas and fine grape options from the around the world, The Warehouse Wine & Tapas Bar provides quality food and drink without being too fancy or pretentious. Introducing a unique dining experience to Abu Dhabi, this wine & tapas bar wows guests with its urban chic interiors, its irresistible menu of small plates and a lively roster of global wines to tempt even the most discerning palate. The Warehouse has an extensive roster of drinks that will satisfy even those with the most discerning tastes. Inspired by Mediterranean-style dining, paired with warehouse-stimulated design, it is the hippest hangout in the city. Adding to this venue’s charm is its attentive and friendly staff that is always ready to assist, making guests feel right at home.
Blue Marlin Ibiza
Blue Marlin Ibiza opened its doors for the first time internationally and created a spectacular beach club in UAE. From meticulously crafted cocktails to exclusive VIP tables, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE plans the guests’ experience to the smallest detail. Set among a variety of tropical and indigenous fauna, guests are immediately transported into a private oasis. The venue also boasts one of the UAE’s largest outdoor bars, luxury cabanas, VIP areas with dip pools, a powder-white beach and tranquil waters, swaying to the smooth grooves of its resident and international DJs. They have recently also added an amazing infinity pool to make it the perfect spot for some daytime lounging.
Set on the picturesque beachfront of the St Regis Saadiyat Island, Buddha Bar Beach Abu Dhabi is the ultimate beach bar lounge experience taking you from day to night. The generous and well-planned deck looks onto the open expanse of turquoise sea and beach. The Buddha Bar Beach’s position offers unadulterated 5 star views of the sunset over Saadiyat. The fancy mixed drinks are some of the best in the city, and the huge wooden terrace is one of the best places to be during the winter. When the sun sets, master mixologists dream up fabulous cocktails to enjoy Buddha Bar‘s innovative and avant-garde sound experience. The regular sets from international DJs make it a great place to party as well.