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Pop nightclub is all about early-1980s experimental grindcore. Only joking. It’s a whole nightclub dedicated to the wonderful medium of pop music, from the bouyant tunes of Abba to the more recent Caribbean-inspired dance beats of Rihanna.

If, like us, you tire very quickly of hearing endlessly “meh” urban tunes and background house music at almost every turn (oh, and Ed Sheeran), then this nightclub is a breath of fresh air. But only if you’re not, you know, too cool to be seen pulling some shapes to Whitney Houston, or singing along to Despacito.

Having just opened this summer, Pop, from DJ Cliff Townley, who previousy looked after Rush at the Yas Viceroy, hasn’t quite found its crowd yet. But as the teachers return to the city and the capital gears up for party season, this should change.

It’s open six nights a week, entry is free for women and the drinks are complimentary until 1am, too. For men, it’s not quite as generous, but still a snip at Dhs100 entry, which includes three drinks. Unusually for this city, patrons are allowed to wear shorts and hats.

The venue offers plenty of room to dance, and the lighting and décor are suitably pinkish, and just the right side of kitsch. Thursday nights are all about the 1980s, ’90s and ’00s – and who doesn’t want to wind down the working week with a full-on pop nostalgia fest?

Tuesdays are the club’s Lollipop ladies’ night with DJ Keith Dobbs and the free drinks continue until 2am.

Essentially, Pop has all the makings of a really great night out, but it’s just not quite there yet. But, in the immortal words of Hanson, “Mmmbop, ba duba dop”. No, we don’t know where we were going with that either.

The bottom line

A fun venue yet to find its audience.

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: Hilton Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 055 780 0086
  • Travel: Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West
  • Times: Open Sun-Fri 10pm-3.30am

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