Much like its restaurants, a lot of Abu Dhabi’s nightlife is centred around hotels and complexes, where the rules are more relaxed and the drinks flow freely. Female travellers will be pleased with the amount of ladies’ nights and everyone with the level of entertainment and DJ sets. Plan you nights properly and have dinner in the same place, before heading upstairs to a dance floor with a view.
Situated on the rooftop of the uber chic Pearls & Caviar, which is renowned for its Mediterranean-style seafood, this bar is a fair way from Abu Dhabi’s city centre. It boasts dazzling white décor and benefits from a great position next to The Villas by Shangri-La, on a canal that separates the mainland from the island. Head out to one of the bar’s terraces and relish stunning views of Abu Dhabi and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque from afar. Open until midnight Sunday-Tuesday and 3am Thursday-Saturday www.shangri-la.com/pearls
Located within the opulent Emirates Palace Hotel, this club is a restaurant each evening that then transforms into a late night dance club. Venture off for a pre-dinner drink on the outdoor terrace, then enjoy a gourmet meal and dancing later on. While famous for its great DJs and vibrant ambiance, Etoiles is also highly regarded for its cuisine, which combines innovative ingredients with local tastes. www.etoilesuae.com
Situated over the Formula 1 racetrack, Rush Lounge boasts a cool and contemporary décor with vibrant lighting features that make this an ideal after-hours venue in town. Enjoy the music from some of the most renowned regional and international DJs. Every Thursday enjoy the RUSH VIP, the biggest club night in the capital with DJ Kaboo, in which Cliff Townley plays some of the best dance and RnB. Every Friday there is Theatro Arabic & Fusion Hits; each Saturday is dedicated to BIG RnB and every Monday is for the ladies with women receiving complimentary spirits until 1.30am. Open until 3.30am www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/rush
People by Crystal
People by Crystal
Located within The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, People is a boutique nightclub that aims to give its guests ‘the ultimate Abu Dhabi nightlife experience’. With its sleek interiors, intimate size and exceptional service People is place to head-to if you’d rather have a sophisticated evening than a full-on rave. With extravagant entertainment, heart-pounding music and Abu Dhabi’s glamazons as regulars, this is the place to be at the weekend. Open Thursday-Sunday 11pm-4am. www.thecrystalgroup.net
Looking out over the city from the 62nd floor of Jumeriah Etihad Towers, Ray’s Bar boasts the best cocktails (and the best city views) in Abu Dhabi. With the views, DJ sets and laidback atmosphere you really feel like you’re in another world. The bar staff are also excellent, if you can’t find the cocktail you’re looking for, just ask the staff and they’ll create a personalised drink for you. Don’t forget to try the Asian-inspired tapas menu. Open from 5pm-3am. www.jumeirah.com