Six to try: Nightclubs in Abu Dhabi

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We don’t know about you, but we’re rather partial to a night at the cinema. We’re also big fans of eating out with friends, late-night window shopping and curling up on the sofa with a Netflix comedy special.

Sometimes, however, the rhythm is gonna get you. That’s when a nightclub is the only place to show the world your best dance moves. From beach clubs at sunset to house bands after midnight, try these clubs for size.

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Sure, you have to drive down the road towards Dubai, but, as we never tire of telling our friends in the neighbouring emirate, this Ibiza-style club is on Dhabi turf. The day-to-night venue is ideal for sunset clubbing and dancing to international house DJs as you look out at the Arabian Gulf, kick off your shoes and dance about. Very possibly with your sunglasses perched carefully atop your head.
Fri-Sat 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Empire

The world’s only nightclub built above an F1 track. As much as we pretend to like the notion of a small, smoky atmospheric, backstreet jazz club, we can’t help but be blown away by that boast. We’re also rather fond of free entry, futuristic décor, central podium dancers and a mix of upbeat nights with crowd-pleasing DJs.
Mon, Tue, Thu-Fri 10pm-3.30am. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (050 501 5052).

Hysteria
One of the few new clubs to open up here in recent years, you can be sure to satisfy dance cravings at this Hilton Capital Grand nightspot. There are ladies’ nights and urban music nights, as with all city clubs, but Hysteria has carved out a reputation for its excellent Arabic music soirées.
Mon-Sat 8.30pm-3.30am; Sun 8.30pm-midnight. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (054 444 7841).

MAD on Yas Island

Abu Dhabi’s best club has the sound system, star power, décor and up-for-a-good-time party crowd to pull punters in from across the region. The Yas Island venue picked up Time Out Abu Dhabi’s awards for Best Ladies’ Night, Best Club Night, Best Club Performance (for Rita Ora, although shows by Tinie Tempah, Jason Derulo and Coolio have been memorable in the past few years) and Best Club as testament to its all-conquering star status.
Thu-Fri 11pm-3am. Leisure Drive, Yas Island (055 834 6262).

Rock Bottom Café
With the unselfconsciously spirited house band, unapologetically crowd-pleasing resident DJs, late-night party spirit and top promotions there is a word for nightspots like this Capital Hotel club. Fun. Or, to put it another way, unpretentious, punch the air, try and moonwalk, sing along if you know the words, don’t worry about posing for social media posts, laugh-out-loud fun.
Daily noon-3.30am. Al Diar Capital Hotel, Mina Street (055 600 5488).

Sax Lounge & Club
Those who like their clubbing upmarket tend to find their way to Le Royal Méridien’s club before long. It is not uncommon to see society photographers snapping fashionable sorts as they knowingly pose on the dancefloor fringes. Ladies’ night gets
busy and there are upbeat tunes most nights of the week.
Mon, Wed-Sat 11pm-3.30am. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 1286).


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