“What about us fellas?”
It’s a common cry we hear from Abu Dhabi’s male fraternity any time we mention ladies’ nights. It seems being part of a global patriarchy isn’t enough...
Ladies can enjoy the best food, drinks and nightlife the capital has to offer for free most nights of the week, while their gentlemen companions have to pay their own way.
But it’s not all doom and gloom for the boys around town.
There are plenty of cool events and promotions for the blokes of the city, you just need to know where to look.
Here are a few of our favourites...
Dolce Thursday at Filini Garden
This is one of our favourite outdoor spots in Abu Dhabi, especially in cooler weather. And this Yas Island hotspot’s Thursday night promotion for the fellas of the capital make it the perfect place to welcome the weekend.
A bumper happy hour deal means you can bag unlimited house beverages for three hours between 8pm and 11pm for Dhs150.Just in time to watch the beautiful sunset across the adjacent golf course.
Dhs150. Thu 8pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).
Tuesday steak-out with JW Steakhouse
There’s nothing like a slap-up meal to banish the midweek blues. Gents can enjoy a mouth-watering 28-day dry-aged Aberdeen Angus steak, along with one side and a sauce of their choosing. If that sounds like thirsty work, you can wash it down with two pints of the black stuff.
This bumper deal is available at Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi’s JW Steakhouse for Dhs288 every Tuesday night.
Dhs288. Tue 6pm-midnight. Marriott Downtown, Abu Dhabi, Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 304 7777).
Craft brew night at Stock Burger Co.
Craft hops have boomed in popularity over the past few years with a wider and more imaginative selection than ever.
And there are no fewer than 15 to choose from if you take advantage of the nifty new two-for-one deal at Stock Burger Co. Pair them with one of the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi hotspot’s famous burgers and you’ve got yourself the makings of a fine evening out with the lads.
The two-for-one deal is available daily – and all day on Saturdays – meaning there’s even less reason to rush that juicy burger or your craft brew.
Prices vary. Sun-Fri noon-8pm, Sat noon-2am. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (800 78625).
Dress to impress at Stratos
We’re big fans of this stunning revolving bar at Le Royal Méridien. And we reckon the fellas of Abu Dhabi will enjoy its regular ‘An Evening for Gentlemen’ offer on Mondays.
Sophisticated gents can enjoy half-priced cuts of meat or high-end bottles of grape.There’s also serious savings to be made on fine cigars, too, if that’s your thing.
Any excuse to get dressed up in your finest suit for an evening out with the boys (leave the ladies at home).
Prices vary. Mon 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
Social Sundays at The Retreat
It’s the start of another working week, but it can be hard to get into gear on Sundays (we certainly feel your pain). If you’re not quite ready to leave the weekend behind, you could do worse than head to The Retreat at The Westin Abu Dhabi after work.
A range of food and drink deals will get you into the spirit, including pints of hops for Dhs18 or a pitcher for Dhs30. Watch the latest sports action on the big screens and enjoy a sharing platter of delicious bar bites for Dhs90.
It’s enough to make us like Sundays. Well, almost.
Prices vary. Sun, noon-3am. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).