5 to try: Outdoor bars in Abu Dhabi

From beach party venues to stylish terraces, try these al fresco spots Discuss this article

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Al Maya Island & Resort
Hop aboard a boat at the end of Corniche Road West and you’ll be on this island within ten minutes. And, once there, it’s party time. The resort’s Friday beach get-togethers are renowned for banging tunes, live entertainment and a generally enthusiastic crowd. It’s also a beautiful location, set along a white sand beach with views across to downtown Abu Dhabi.
Dhs100 per person, free for ladies before 2pm. Fri 11am-9pm. Al Maya Island & Resort (02 667 7777).

Beach house
And now for something completely different. If the thought of being trapped, on an island, with dance music blaring non-stop isn’t your idea of fun, then check out Beach House. This Mediterranean-style restaurant has a chilled-out rooftop bar and seating right on the beach. Sundown sessions await.
Open daily 5pm-2am (rooftop bar). Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 407 1234).

Already well-known as a place to get great seafood, Catch is also one to try for al fresco drinks. The cooling effect of the sea breeze, as you look out across the Corniche, is perfect. Catch serves up signature mixed beverages, has regular sets from the resident DJ and ladies get three free drinks from 9pm to 1am during Urban Saturday. There’s a lot to like.
Open daily noon-midnight. Nation Riviera, Corniche Road (02 611 0909).

DJ sets throughout the week mark this out as one of the capital’s best nightlife spots. It also has a very cool terrace with stunning views across the city. It all makes for a spectacular night out in this part of town.
Open Sat-Wed 5pm-2am, Thu-Fri 5pm-3am. Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 654 5138).

Sho Cho
A stylish Japanese restaurant and lounge in the effortlessly cool Souk Qaryat Al Beri is bound to be popular, especially with its outdoor terrace overlooking Khor Al Maqta’a. Order some sushi to complement your drinks and you’ve got a good night out here.
Open daily noon-3am. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).

By Christopher Hough
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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