After four years, this uber-cool Yas Marina spot is still a capital trend setter Reviews

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In a city where new bars and restaurants spring up on an almost daily basis, four years can seem like an eternity.
It was back in 2013 that Iris, via trendy Beirut, first made its mark on Abu Dhabi’s ultimate party destination, Yas Island.

It has proven to be a favourite ever since, but has the home of the capital’s beautiful people lost any of its lustre?
As we make our way to the glamorous venue, right in the heart of the ever-popular Yas Marina stretch, we soon find the party is far from over. Iris still attracts the hippest crowd in the city (plus, on this occasion, your friends at Time Out) and it is easy to see why. It continues to bring the wow factor thanks in no small part to its extensive outdoor space, with wonderful views over the beautiful waters of Yas Marina and the iconic Yas Viceroy Hotel. Perfect, now that the sweltering summer is behind us.

The indoor area is pretty cool, too, and we recommend taking a seat at the bar and watching as the talented and friendly team of mixologists go about their work.

What we love about Iris is its versatility. Not only is it a chic post-work hangout with a tasty food menu, but as the hours tick by it also comes into its own as a vibrant night spot.

Regular Thursday night sets get the weekend unwind off to a great start with a superb roster of DJs, drawn from all over the globe. There is a Wednesday ladies’ night and those looking to enjoy a blast from the past can head over for the nostalgia-soaked Bring It All Back night every Sunday, with old-school tunes from the hit-laden 1980s and 1990s.

Iris might not be the new kid on the block, but it is still setting the trends.

The bottom line

An old favourite and a great night out.

Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 055 160 5636
  • Travel: Yas Yacht Club, Yas Marina
  • Times: Open Mon-Sat 6pm-3am

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User reviews:

Posted by: ML on 31 Jan ' 14 at 08:03

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Called Iris and made a booking for two only to discover when we reached that the manager didn't want to give us a table or sofas. He wanted to seat us on the high bar stools. When asked why we couldn't sit in a different place he claimed all the tables were booked although not a soul was to be seen. Very poor attitude! We walked out and went to Diabilito instead. Great vibe, friendly service, busy place and good tapas!

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