The UAE is a Muslim country, but don't fear, if you in Abu Dhabi on business you will find a surprisingly large variety of sophisticated drinking spots in the city's top hotels. Here are some of our favourites...
Step inside the Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s Hidden Bar for an intimate evening and extravagant end-of-the-day drinks. At once private and slightly mysterious, this venue has become one of the ultimate nightspots on Al Maryah Island. The cosy setting comes in the form of lounge features with cocoon-style seating complete with gliding veiled drapes and relaxing music. You can also head outside and relax on the terrace, admiring the Abu Dhabi skyline and the waterfront below.
After a long day of browsing the multitude of luxury stores at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, stop for a break at Ray’s Bar, a venue offering stunning views of Abu Dhabi as well as delicious drinks. Located on the 62nd floor, the bar also presents tasty snacks, such as Asian-inspired tapas, an extensive cocktail list and private rooms for relaxed and intimate conversation. Live DJ performances take place from Wednesday night through the weekend.
One of Abu Dhabi’s most stylish, urbane roof decks brings guests non-stop nightlife with its resident DJ playing commercial house music to set the rhythm of the evening. Modern and chic in appearance, Skylite is the ideal place for relishing in after-work cocktails, a romantic date or time with friends. Enjoy endless nights under Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi’s sensational light-filled canopy that reaches above and into the starry night sky as if it were a protective dome. A wonderful place for a night-time escapade, Skylite tops the charts.
This dimly-lit lounge bar is the classic place in which to stop for an aperitif or after work drink. The name ‘Sorso’ means ‘sip’ in Italian, and the décor of the venue reflects this connection, through its black and red colour palette, Murano glass chandeliers and bespoke carpeting – all elements that reflect the hotel’s Venetian theme. The service is superb and the cocktails and delicious. Plan your visit from Tuesday to Thursday from 8.30 p.m. to midnight to enjoy a live jazz duo band.
This posh venue on the Fairmont Bab Al-Bahr’s ground floor features a contemporary décor with interesting design elements as well as an impressive list of creative cocktails. It also boasts some delicious vintage champagnes and speciality drinks prepared by the bar’s superb mixologists. And for those who wish to nibble while they drink, there is also the possibility of ordering from the nearby Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. Chameleon is ideal for an after-work drink in a classy ambiance. As its name suggests, it is a place for all occasions.
This swanky venue will remind you of an upscale bar in New York City. Enjoy a relaxed and subdued ambiance and delight in some of the best cocktails in town. While the venue is predominantly an indoor bar, it also offers the possibility of a pleasant outdoor seating area where diners can enjoy views of Saadiayat Island’s pristine beach while listening to groovy jazz tunes. Be sure to try the resort’s signature Bloody Mary – the Arabian Snapper while there.