Filini Garden

Review: Chic place for a sunset drink with top views and a cool vibe Discuss this article

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If you’re after a chilled-out sundowner, you can’t get much better than Filini Garden. The trendy new Yas Island venue is a top nightspot that’s worth a visit if you’re seeking drinks with a view.

With wide-ranging vistas across Yas Links and out towards Al Raha Creek and the skyscrapers of the city centre beyond, the sunsets here are simply stunning.

Venture down the leafy path towards the bar and make a bee-line for the comfy sofas at the front for prime views.

The whole bar has an enchanted garden feel to it, and on a balmy evening it’s the perfect spot to while away an hour or so. Which is fortunate, as service is on the slow side. It takes nearly 15 minutes to even order a drink – but the scenery has us relaxed and we’re in no immediate hurry.

There’s a happy hour deal – which we wish we’d been told of at the time – where you can get drinks for Dhs30 or a drink and two cicchetti (Italian nibbles) for Dhs45. Aside from that, drinks are pretty standard at around Dhs50.

The bar itself is well stocked and sits on the top level, if you want to be close to the mixologists. There’s a range of seating from stools to sofas on the lower tier.

We love the menu itself, which boasts “haute couture” drinks, insprired by celebrated fashion designers (think “No. 5” in honour of Coco Chanel) and the pages are a flurry of cool art sketches and vibrant colours.

As darkness falls, the filament lights sway in the breeze and the party picks up on a weekend, thanks to a live DJ.

The restaurant doesn’t quite live up to the bar and setting, but for a night out with a cool vibe and even cooler setting, head here.

The bottom line
Great views, top venue. Worth a visit.

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.

Details

  • Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 656 2000
  • Travel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
  • Times: Open Sun-Wed 5pm-1am; Thu 5pm-3am; Fri noon-3am

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