Barfly by Buddha-Bar

Review: Venetian Village nightspot that’s good for drinks, food and dancing Discuss this article

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When it comes to flashy places to have a night out, there are dozens of spots you can head to in Abu Dhabi. But next time you’re stuck for an idea, we heartily recommend Barfly by Buddha-Bar at the Venetian Village.

It’s a venue that seemingly does everything well. Whenever we’ve visited, the experience is pretty much faultless. There’s a Friday brunch that’s great value, excellent fun and serves really, really, really good sushi. It’s right by the canal, so if al fresco drinks are your thing it delivers on that front, too. Indoors there’s an atmospheric dining room, a long bar that you can pull up a stool at, and a small dance floor.

This is a cool venue if ever there was one and the vibe extends to the music played and drinks menu.
You’ll find regular DJ sets from the acclaimed DJ Ravin, who helped create the Buddha-Bar sound on the various compilation albums. Even if he’s not there, you can expect a similar mix of laid-back beats and funky tunes.

Mixed drinks are inventive and plentiful and there’s a good selection of Asian hops as well as the regular offerings and grape choices. Prices aren’t too bad, either.

Whether you’re there post-work and fancy propping up the bar for a couple of hours or heading for a full-on night out, this is a venue that provides, and while it can be quiet just after opening, it usually fills up as the night goes on.

Deals include ladies’ night on Wednesdays and unlimited platters and drinks for just Dhs99 every other day of the week.

It’s official: We love this place.

The bottom line

Cool bar with a good vibe and top drinks.

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: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 408 7201
  • Travel: Venetian Village
  • Experiences: Alcohol available
  • Times: Open Sun-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu 6pm-3am, Fri 4pm-3am, Sat 4pm-1am

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