With very few exceptions, hotels are the main focus
for nightlife, since they are the places that can
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 whenever.
Bars (Wine Bars)
are 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)
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
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.