With very few exceptions, hotels are the main focus for nightlife,
since they are the places that can serve alcohol.
The rule of
thumb seems to be anything so long as its Western, with
English pubs the current preferred choice of watering hole. The
Tavern at the Sheraton Resort & Towers, & Harvesters
Pub at Sands Hotel are the best flag-fliers. The Gauloises Club
at Le Meridien is the latest chic nightspot to arrive in the capital.
Dress is smart, & although it does have a no rules
night, this really means designer jeans & Versace T-shirts.
US bars are also popular, especially Heroes (Crowne Plaza) &
Island Exchange (Abu Dhabi Grand), while the Hilton has two excellent
live music venues: Hemingways & the Jazz Bar. The adjoining
Tequilana is also worth a look, particularly if the karaoke urge
gets the better of you. Other popular venues include PJ OReillys,
an authentically Irishy pub at the Abu Dhabi Grand, & 49ers,
at the Dana Hotel a combination Tex-Mex diner, bar &
nightclub, depending upon what time you arrive, & hugely popular
Bars (Wine Bars)
very few wine bars, but Chequers at the Sands Hotel is definitely
worth a viewing. The selection is excellent, with superior bar
food culled from rabbit, venison & other game, while the new
black & chrome decor will appeal to 80s nostalgists.
clubs (Piano Bars)
Last but not
least, there are several piano bars where more sophisticated evening
entertainment can be had. Vincents Bar at the Crowne Plaza
& The Piano Lounge at Abu Dhabi Grand are two of the best.
are numerous, although most of them aim for a broader appeal by
providing food earlier in the evening. Among the more popular
venues are Colosseum at the Marina Club, with consistently good
live music, Le Gauloises Club at Le Meridien, & Illusions
at the Abu Dhabi Grand.