Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Music & Nightlife Awards nominees revealed

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The nominations for Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Music & Nightlife Awards 2018 have landed.

Categories span the length and breadth of nights out in the capital – including the top bars, pubs, clubs, gigs, events, party brunches, ladies’ nights and more.

Our team of reviewers have spent the past year going on hundreds of nights out, visiting venues anonymously.

That means we have a totally unbiased review process that you can absolutely trust. It’s honest, independent and without any sponsor or third-party influences.

The team of Abu Dhabi experts here at Time Out have come up with the nominations based on our real experiences. There are no external nominations and there is no voting system.

The full list of categories and nominees is below, with the awards ceremony being hosted on Wednesday, June 27.

We’re recognising the brilliant, the sublime, the original and the outrageous, and revealing the winners of these definitive awards, on a night where we’re pulling out all the stops.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be an awards ceremony without a massive after-party, open to the public.

And you really don’t want to miss it. We’ll be revealing the location soon, so stay tuned.

For event queries, email tablebookings@timeoutabudhabi.com.

For more information on the Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards 2018 After-Party, watch this space.

Check out the full shortlist below:

EVENTS

Best Comedy Gig
1. Barry Hilton, Park Rotana (The Laughter Factory)
2. Daliso Chaponda, Hilton Al Ain (The Laughter Factory)
3. Daniel Fernandes, InterContinental Abu Dhabi (VDesi Laughs)
4. Dominic Holland, Park Rotana (The Laughter Factory)
5. Jason Manford, Park Rotana (The Laughter Factory)
6. John Fothergill, Park Rotana (The Laughter Factory)
7. Mandy Knight, Park Rotana (The Laughter Factory)
8. Mike Epps, Al Raha Beach Theatre (YAK Events/ADTCA)
9. Simeon Goodson, Frankie’s Comedy Cellar
10. Trevor Noah, du Forum

Best Gig
1. Blackstreet, Sunset Music Festival, Zayed Sports City
2. Calvin Harris, du Arena (FLASH Events)
3. Creamfields, du Arena (FLASH Events)
4. Dua Lipa, du Forum (FLASH Events)
5. KT Tunstall, InterContinental Abu Dhabi (Alive Entertainment)
6. Katy Perry, du Arena (FLASH Events)
7. Kronos Quartet, NYUAD
8. Ky-mani Marley, Bob Marley Birthday Festival, Yas Beach
9. P!nk, du Arena (FLASH Events)
10. Pink Martini, Abu Dhabi Festival (Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation)

Best Ladies Night
1. Cho Gao Marina Walk, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
2. Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
3. Glo, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
4. Loca, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island
5. Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina
6. MAD on Yas Island, Leisure Drive, Yas Island
7. McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel
8. Ray’s Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
9. Relax@12, Aloft Au Dhabi
10. Stars ’N’ Bars, Yas Marina

PEOPLE

Best Bar Band
1. Big Mouth, Victor’s Bar & Restaurant, Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi
2. EQ, Jazz Bar & Dining, Hilton Abu Dhabi
3. Generation Gap, The Tavern, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
4. Suckin Diesel, McGettigan’s/PJ O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
5. Sweet Chilli Jam, PJ O'Reilly's Irish Pub, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
6. The International Playboys, Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
7. The ShakeDown, Stars ‘N’ Bars Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina
8. The Spitfires, Hemingway’s, Hilton Abu Dhabi
9. Uptown, Jazz@PizzaExpress, The Hub at The Mall, World Trade Center Mall
10. YfY, Porters English Pub

Best Abu Dhabi DJ

1. Chad Phunk
2. Cliff Townley
3. Devon Kosoko
4. Frederick Stone
5. Hassan Alwan
6. Keith Dobbs
7. Nuff Said
8. Rob Forrest
9. SLIM
10. Stew Magoo

VENUES

Best Bar with a View
1. Asia de Cuba, Nation Riviera, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
2. Catch Rooftop, Nation Riviera, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
3. Eclipse Terrace Lounge, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
4. Glo, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
5. Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina
6. Pacifico TIKI, Al Raha
7. Puesta Del Sol, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
8. Ray’s Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
9. Relax@12, Aloft Abu Dhabi
10. Stratos, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

Best Beach Bar
1. Asia De Cuba, Nation Riviera, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
2. Barfly by Buddha-Bar, Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
3. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Resort & Hotel, Ghantoot
4. Breeze Lounge, Emirates Palace
5. Cabana Beach Bar & Grill, Nation Riviera Beach Club, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
6. De La Costa, Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island
7. ESS Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri
8. Ginger Mermaid, Zaya Nurai Island
9. Smokin Pineapple, Zaya Nurai Island
10. Waves, Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort

Best Live Music Venue
1. Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
2. Jazz Bar & Dining, Hilton Abu Dhabi
3. Jazz@PizzaExpress, The Hub at The Mall, World Trade Center Mall
4. Jazz N’ Fizz, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
5. McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel
6. PJ O'Reilly's Irish Pub, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
7. Porters English Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
8. Rock Bottom Café, Al Diar Capital Hotel
9. The Tavern, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
10. Victor’s Bar & Restaturant, Hilton Capital Grand

Best Lounge Bar
1. Barfly by Buddha Bar, Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
2. BU!, The Hub at The Mall, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
3. Caramel Restaurant & Lounge, The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
4. Couture Lounge, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan
5. Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina
6. Pisco Lounge, COYA
7. Salotto, Roberto’s, The Galleria
8. Skylite Rooftop Lounge, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
9. The Dragon’s Tooth, Dai Pai Dong, The Rosewood Abu Dhabi
10. Zsa Zsa, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

Best Outdoor Nightspot
1. Asia de Cuba, Nation Riviera, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
2. Azura, Panoramic Lounge, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
3. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort
4. Catch Rooftop, Nation Riviera, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
5. Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina
6. La Cala, Ghantoot Marina
7. Puesta Del Sol, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
8. Relax@12, Aloft Abu Dhabi
9. Skylite Rooftop Lounge, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
10. Up & Below, Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi

Best Party Brunch
1. Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant, Park Inn by Radisson
2. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Resort & Hotel, Ghantoot
3. BU!, The Hub at The Mall, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
4. COYA, The Galleria
5. Giornotte, The Rtiz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
6. Loca, The Galleria
7. McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort
8. PJ O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
9. Stills Restaurant & Bar's Funch, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
10. The Westin Golf Resort & Spa Abu Dhabi

Best Restaurant Bar
1. BOA Steakhouse, Eastern Mangroves Promenade
2. Butcher & Still, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
3. Circo, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
4. Cho Gao Marina Walk, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
5. Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace
6. KOI Abu Dhabi, The Collction at The Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
7. Li Jiang, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
8. Stratos, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
9. Tamba, The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
10. Zuma, The Galleria

Best Sports Bar
1. Appaloosa, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan
2. Blu Sky Lounge & Grill, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
3. Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
4. McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort
5. NRG Sports Café, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
6. Porters English Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
7. Sports Café, Fairmont Bab Al Bar
8. The Sportsman’s Arms, International Tennis Center, Zayed Sports City
9. Stars ‘N’ Bars Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina
10. Velocity, Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

Best Grape Bar
1. Bentley Kitchen, The Galleria
2. Crystal Lounge, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
3. Havana Club, Emirates Palace
4. Jazz’N Fizz, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
5. La Cava, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
6. Lounge, Hyatt Capital Gate
7. Ray’s Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
8. Salotto, Roberto’s, The Galleria
9. The St. Regis Bar, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
10. Zsa Zsa, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

GRAND PRIX

Best Newcomer
1. 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
2. Al Nafoura Lounge, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
3. Art Lounge, Louvre Abu Dhabi
4. Copacabana, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
5. Empire Yas Nightclub, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
6. Filini Garden, Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
7. Level Lounge, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
8. McGettigan’s Al Ain, Danat Al Ain
9. Toro Toro, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
10. Voodoo Beach Lounge, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi

Club of the Year
1. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort
2. Hysteria, Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi
3. La Cala, Ghantoot Marina
4. Legends Night Club, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
5. MAD on Yas Island, Leisure Drive, Yas Island
6. Rock Bottom Café, Al Diar Capital Hotel
7. Sax Lounge & Club, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
8. The Exchange Lounge & Night Club

Pub of the Year
1. Brauhaus, Beach Rotana
2. Captain’s Arms, Le Meriden Abu Dhabi
3. Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
4. Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant, Oryx Hotel
5. McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort
6. Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
7. PJ O'Reilly's Irish Pub, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
8. Porters English Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
9. The Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City
10. Victor’s Bar & Restaurant, Hilton Capital Grand

Bar of the Year
1. Asia de Cuba, Nation Riviera Beach Club, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers
2. Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina
3. Loca, The Galleria
4. Pisco Lounge, COYA, The Galleria
5. Ray’s Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
6. Salotto, Roberto’s, The Galleria
7. Stars ’N’ Bars, Yas Marina
8. Stills Restaurant & Bar, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island
9. Velocity, Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi
10. Zuma Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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