Review: Swanky, revamped Yas Viceroy nightspot playing top music Discuss this article

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Standing in the bridge gallery (formerly home to nightclub Rush), the newly launched Empire aims to be a new and improved version of the Yas Viceroy club.

The only club in the world standing over an F1 track, Rush managed to pull in the crowds all year round, not just on the big nights, and it seems set to be a similar story for Empire.

Confusingly, you can’t actually access the club from the hotel itself, despite there being an entrance (complete with doorman and signage), with the only entrance being from the outside.

Once you do get in, the space is impressive – all purple and red lighting with black-and-white leather furnishings. The room is long, with high ceilings and massive windows with thick black curtains draped down them to ensure that nightclub vibe.

Even though it’s not packed when we first set inside, the vibe is upbeat and picks up steadily throughout the evening as the DJ plays popular tunes.

Another plus is that Empire boasts free entry on all four nights it operates, as well as offering a range of deals and music.

Monday is ladies’ night (free drinks all evening for women), while there’s an Arabic night on Tuesday, Urban Beats on Thursday, and on a Friday you can indulge in a four-course dinner on one of the tables next to the catwalk.Dining isn’t essential, of course, and you’re just as welcome if you just want to pop in for a beverage and a boogie. The dancers perform on the central runway, with partygoers doing their thing around the edges.

There’s a range of mixed drinks but, as expected it doesn’t come cheap. Empire’s plush, swanky, and definitely a place you’ll want to dress up for.

The bottom line

Flashy club with an upbeat party vibe.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews bars anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 050 501 5052
  • Travel: Yas Viceroy, Yas Island
  • Times: Open Mon, Tue & Thu 11pm-3.30am; Fri 10pm-3.30pm.

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