Essential Cocktails in Abu Dhabi Featured

Treat yourself to one of these impressive cocktails that will have you never settling for a gin & tonic again.

by Angelina Hazzouri

Serving as the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has become a popular destination for travellers from all over the world. Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail connoisseur or you’re just beginning to expand your horizons at the bar, here is a list of the essential cocktails in Abu Dhabi.

Jelly Martini at Ray’s Bar

Internationally recognized as one of the best bars in Abu Dhabi, Ray’s Bar is a top visit for the adventurous traveller. With its most popular drink the Jelly Martini, which has wedges of delicious jelly floating in a sharp, fruity drink, the bar also has breathtaking 62nd-floor views and lively music from its many DJs, making it a destination that must be on your list. There is even a cocktail station called the “Fruit Garden” where guests can play bartender and make their own cocktails.

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La Rascasse & Exotic Gin at Skylite

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With a balcony overlooking a Formula One racetrack and chic décor combined with ambient lighting, the Skylite Rooftop Lounge is another one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular spots for drinks. A crowd-favorite signature drink is their “La Rascasse,” which consists of a house blend of Laurent Perrier Champagne, Courvoisier cognac, honey, orange bitters and lemon sorbet. Skylite also has an array of exotic gins - we recommend trying the peppercorn and strawberry.

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Camel Milk Cocktail at the Ritz

Abu Dhabi’s Ritz Carlton Grand Canal has its own camel milk mixologist. Interesting occupation, right? Though it sounds unusual, the camel milk cocktail at the Ritz is full of vitamins, iron, and unsaturated fatty acids. "Camel milk mixologist" Mohammad Daoud originally created his range of non-alcoholic camel milk cocktails for Muslims celebrating Ramadan, as the drinks are high in protein and nutrients.

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Two Gun Negroni at Butcher & Still


Designed to look like a bar from the 1920s, Butcher & Still has a speakeasy-style interior that lures guests into one of the most creative cocktail menus we’ve seen. Certain drinks on the menu are prepared at your table, such as the Two Gun Negroni - a classic negroni with a twist, as it is served on cracked ice in a swirl of smoke. Another attraction to this classic bar is its antique Tanqueray No. 10 Imperial Martini Shaker, one of only five in the world.

Drinks, Eats, and Ocean Views at Buddha-Bar Beach

With exquisite drinks created by its mixologists, Buddha-Bar Beach is known for its changing cocktail menu and lively music, and it is just one of seven bars and restaurants at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. The cocktails here are all very creative, and the mixologists are experts in helping you decide what to order. With scenic views of the ocean and culinary gastronomic treats blending Japanese and Pan-Asian flavors with Mediterranean flair, your experience at Buddha-Bar will be unforgettable.


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