One thing that many expats miss from home (well, British ones, anyway), is a good, old-fashioned pub crawl.
There’s aren’t many places where it’s possible, but Hamdan bin Mohammed Street is definitely one of them.
So here’s our guide to the handful of venues to check out along the stretch, starting at Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre and ending at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi.
Up & Below
This rooftop bar had something of a makeover late 2018, turning it from an all-white Ibizan throwback to a more modern space. There’s a daily happy hour from 5pm-8pm offering half price house beverages, and look out for regular DJ nights and comedy events. The food menu has one of the few Caribbean offerings in the city, too.
Open daily 11am-2am. Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center (02 698 2222).
It might sound like an Indian restaurant, but this actually is a rather dimly-lit pub, with a good choice of draught hops, friendly servers and a nice, chilled atmosphere. There’s a happy hour running until 9pm every day and on Monday it’s ladies’ night. We’re sure there was a pianist playing once when we were in and there’s a singer on every night, too.
Open daily noon-2am. Novel Hotel City Center (02 633 3555).
Abu Dhabi would be a poorer place without this place in it. Heroes is as much of an institution as you can get. The underground pub is a wonderfully welcoming place, with great staff, keen prices, regular live music from the brilliant International Playboys and sport on the big screens. There’s also a good menu of pub grub if you get peckish. One of our favourite places in the city.
Open daily noon-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (02 616 6132).
Essentially a rooftop pool bar, if you don’t fancy a dip it doesn’t really matter. The views of downtown are good, and you’ll snap a decent Insta pic if you’re here for sundowners. There’s a funky food menu and on Tuesday ladies get 25 percent off it and four free drinks. Sounds good to us.
Open noon-2am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (02 616 6800).
A curious place, that seems too similar to Heroes to be housed in the same hotel. Nonetheless, it has plenty to offer. From bucket deals to Scottish short nights, you’ll be able to bag an offer most days here. It’s a cosy little bar, ideal to chat with your friends over a few drinks and maybe have a game of darts.
Open daily 5pm-2am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (02 616 6835).