Eight places to party during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018

The best places to let your hair down during the F1 weekend

Eight places to party during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018

By now you probably know when to head to the race track, who you’ll be singing along to at the after-race concerts, what else you can do on Yas Island and where you’ll be staying. But many of you won’t be planning on sleeping very much at all during race weekend.

When the concerts are over, there’s still so much to enjoy before you head to bed.

So many more parties will be announced as we get nearer to the event, but here are eight of the biggest after parties happening in the capital.

Amber Lounge
Super-slick hotspot Amber Lounge is staking its claim to be the ultimate place to party after this year’s track action is over. The star-studded after-party hangout is pulling out all the stops to mark its tenth anniversary in style. It will play host to a string of big names across November 24 and 25, with Came Here For Love hitmaker Sigala already signed up. Another live act is yet to be announced, and we can’t wait to find out who it is. The annual pop-up in Yas Links Golf Club, is where VIP guests indulge in the height of luxury and glamour and has always been a popular hangout for stars and even the Formula One drivers themselves, including Fernando Alonso.
Prices vary. Nov 24-25. Yas Links Golf Club, Yas Island (+377 97 77 16 34).

One of Dubai’s fanciest French restaurants, Bagatelle, is coming to Abu Dhabi for one night only during the F1 weekend. The venue will take over the rooftop terrace of Yas Marina bar Diablito. Known for its late-night party atmosphere, which sees diners swap their knives and forks for dancing on tables. The high-end brand is open from 2pm until 1am on Saturday, November 24, and promises to bring a healthy dose of joie do vivre to proceedings. There will be DJs including Sam Starks and DJ Emir. Make sure you dress to impress and call to book a table in advance.
Prices vary. Nov 24, 2pm-1am. Diablito, Yas Marina, Yas Island (04 354 5035)

A pair of Dubai venues coming to Yas Island for the full weekend, super club BASE and swanky nightspot 1OAK (an import from New York) will be taking over the space above Italian restaurant Cipriani. This one is for the most flash partygoers in the capital with tables starting from Dhs7,000, and those that don’t like sleep – as it’s only open from 11pm and 6am. While no names have been announced yet, we are told there will be a couple of big name urban acts coming to perform live.
Free entry. From Dhs7,000 (tables outside), from Dhs10,000 (tables inside). Nov 22-25, 11pm-6am. Above Cipriani, Yas Marina, Yas Island, f1@basedubai.com (056 681 8881).

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
While the whole weekend is full of amazing spectacles, live music and lavish parties, when it gets to Sunday night, everyone in the capital is ready to really go for it. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE in Ghantoot is the place where partygoers from Abu Dhabi and Dubai meet in the middle to dance to tunes from some of the world’s best DJs. But for race weekend, it is preparing a party that’s even bigger. The huge brand is taking over the rooftop terrace at Diablito at Yas Marina on Sunday, November 25. Bringing 12 hours of scrumptious food, top-class vibes and sensational views, the music will be provided by Frederick Stone, Aidin Karami, Michka and Sam Starks.
Dhs300 (ladies), Dhs500 (gents, including two glasses of bubbly). Nov 25 1pm-1am. Diablito, Yas Marina, Yas Island (05 611 3400).

Buddha-Bar Beach
The ultra-glamorous Buddha-Bar Beach is revving up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with an epic weekend of fun. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort’s new hangout spot has joined forces with Mauritius-born DJ Ravin, the originator of the Buddha-Bar sound, for four nights of entertainment from November 22 to 25. The party kicks off each evening at 5pm with a jamming session by the resident DJ Bambina and saxophonist Milan. Then it’s time for DJ Ravin hits the deck at 10pm with a captivating fire show that will continue well into the night. DJ Ravin is a regular performer at branches of Buddha-Bar across the world, so Abu Dhabi is certainly in for a treat.
Free entry. Nov 22-25. 5pm onwards. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Candy Pants
Candy Pants is the fun-loving party company perhaps best known for its outrageously lively brunches in Dubai. But during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the group is setting up home in the new Cuban-style bar Casa De Cuba at Yas Marina. The very Insta-friendly Grand Prix Garden is totally free to enter, and it is bound to attract a fashionable and fun-loving crowd. It will be bringing with it a huge line up of international DJs and expertly made mixed drinks. Starting from noon, the festivities will continue all the way through until 5am. It might even be enough to tire out the biggest party animals in the capital, and it will certainly help make the weekend one that the city will never forget.
Free entry. Nov 22-25. Noon-5am. Casa De Cuba, Yas Marina, Yas Island info@candypants-events.co.uk.

MAD on Yas Island

The Yas Island super club is currently still teasing us about which artists will be appearing at its race-weekend after-parties. Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, hip hop legend Ne-Yo and chart topper Wiz Khalifa brought their infectious sounds to the cavernous venue last year, but clubbers of Abu Dhabi are hopeful that this year’s headliners will be even better. Either way, you know the Yas Island institution will be bringing friendly and feel-good vibes and hosting one of the best spots to party each night away throughout the weekend.
Nov 23-25. Yas Island (055 834 6262).

Rich List
This is one of the most popular race-weekend events every year. All F1 fans and capital residents know of its glowing reputation and habit for hosting incredible musical acts, as well as creating an infectious party vibe. Last year’s event at Yas Viceroy, which has now been rebranded as Yas Hotel, saw mega-selling music stars Busta Rhymes, Craig David and Rick Ross wow the crowds with their energy-filled sets. Revellers should expect more similarly amazing acts to be appearing this year. Tickets to the popular event at the Yas Marina hotel will also include access to The Royal Terrace, which is just as flashy and fancy as it sounds. Prices start from Dhs500 and you can also book VIP tables for up to 10 people.
Dhs500 (Friday), Dhs700 (Saturday), Dhs1,000 (Sunday), Dhs3,000 (VIP Sunday). Nov 23-25. Yas Hotel, Yas Island (+44 748 151 4444).

Be the first to get all the latest Abu Dhabi news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.

More from Bars & Nightlife

Where to head if you want some al fresco drinks

A weekend of camping, partying and exploring awaits…


Follow us