Sho Cho

Review: Great views over the canal and some top deals Reviews

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There are a couple of things you need to look past when you head to Sho Cho. One is the journey to the bar itself. Souk Qaryat Al Beri is in a great location, but there’s an eerie, neglected air to it and it always feels as if it’s ten minutes from closing time. The other is that Sho Cho, being an 11-year veteran of the Abu Dhabi nightlife scene, has lost a little of its lustre and could do with a bit of a freshen up.

However, once you’re settled on the terrace and are looking out over Khor Al Maqta, those niggles fade away. There are
a few venues along this stretch of canal, some of them a lot newer and more hip than Sho Cho, but there’s still plenty to recommend about this sleek bar and sushi restaurant.

For those who like to splash out, there are plenty of high-end drinks choices, with some expensive vintage grape, bubbly and Japanese short drink options. Most of us will be looking at the lower end of the spectrum, however, and for that there are bottles of hops, glasses of grape and mixed drinks that come in at around the same price you’ll find in similar spots.

Something Sho Cho does well, though, has to be its regular deals. Brunch is very reasonable (under Dhs250), the Wednesday ladies’ night offers free mixed drinks and sparkling grape until 1am, and there are daily Dhs30 happy hours and other all-in packages during the week.

Head here for sundowners and some maki rolls, especially if you have guests in town, as the view is great as the evening draws in.

It’s not the newest kid on the block, but Sho Cho is still worth your time.

The bottom line

A place for sundowners and happy hour.

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: Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 558 1117
  • Travel: Between the Bridges

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User reviews:

Posted by: Zeina on 27 Dec ' 09 at 05:44
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Definitely different from anything that Abu Dhabi has. Not the best for authentic Japanese food or sushi but does the job. Dont be surprised if while enjoying the marina view you wonder whether you are in Abu Dhabi or Dubai! Decent background music during the afternoon, although can be better if raised the volume a bit.

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