Y Bar

A cool Yas Island bar with decent deals

Late-Night bars can often be dark and daunting places, but thankfully Y Bar is anything but. Okay, it’s open from noon every day, but our favourite time to visit the Yas Rotana venue is after dinner for a few digestifs before hitting the hay.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have any daytime merits. There’s a daily happy hour for a start, and when the weather allows, the outdoor terrace is pretty lovely, too. It’s also great on an evening, when it’s buzzing with people.

We love this part of town. The Golf Plaza on Yas Island is filled with good restaurants and bars that aren’t in the slightest bit pretentious. Y Bar is one of the more low-key ones, however that doesn’t make it any less charming.

On our latest visit we pull up a stool at the bar at around midnight (happy hour ends as the clock strikes 12 during the week and at 9pm on weekends) and the place is abuzz with people.

The inside of this place is all exposed brick, and we mean a lot of it. There’s so much it’s less New York loft apartment and more Mancunian Victorian factory, but without the poor working conditions and pollution. We’re teasing, as it always feels like a cool venue, quite unusual compared to its neighbours.

Staff are helpful and will let you know when it’s happy hour and what the current deal is (and, in our case, if you’ve just missed it). There’s a good range of drinks here, too, from hops to shorts and grape to mixed drinks. And despite some of our group’s quite out-there requests, it all gets served with minimum fuss.

A lot of families stay in the hotels on this part of Yas Island and to accomodate, kids are allowed in the bar until 10pm. While we prefer a more grown-up atmosphere, there’s no doubting it’s a good move for families.

If you don’t need to constantly have your eyes on your offspring, there are big screens showing most sports. There’s a Friday brunch, too, showcasing New York-style bar bites and mains.

While the food is unlikely to win any Michelin stars, it’s decent enough, so tuck in by all means. We’ll stick to the bar late at night, however, which is when we feel right at home.

A cool Yas Island bar with decent deals

The terrace is pretty night late at night


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