Belgian Café Abu Dhabi

A bit of a legend on the Abu Dhabi nightlife scene

Sometimes oldies are goodies, and that’s definitely the case with the veteran InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel. Once of the first international chains to come to the capital, the hotel has stood proud in Al Bateen for decades, and shows no signs of slowing down yet.

It houses some fantastic bars and restaurants, from the fun Italian Circo and impressive Fishmarket to the all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse Chamas and Time Out award-winning Cho Gao Marina Walk. But, the one place we return to time and time again is Belgian Café.

Walking into the bar is like coming home to an old friend. It’s familiar, comforting and reliable. It may not be the most flashy place in the capital, but it doesn’t need to be. It makes up for a lack of pizazz by offering good service, a warm atmosphere and Belgian hops by the bucket- (or very large glass-) load.

There are plenty of versions of Belgian Café across the UAE, some with more merit than others, but throughout them all you can expect a range of Belgian hops on draught (and more specialist offerings by the bottle), wooden décor and a menu filled with dishes such as moules-frites.

Inside, this branch has a more lived-in feel than some of the others, staff seem to recall you from previous visits and the food menu is more expansive. There’s also a huge outdoor area with its own bar, which really comes into its own in the cooler months.

Deals are abound every night, with happy hours running until 6pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends, when you’ll get 50 percent off a range of drinks. There are other deals throughout the week, with mussels available for Dhs99 on Mondays, unlimited mussels for Dhs165 on Tuesdays, unlimited ribs for Dhs145 on Saturdays and steak for Dhs99 on Sundays. There’s regular live music and you’ll find sport on screens througout the venue, too.

There are always people in there, in stark contrast to some of the more glitzy, but empty, venues   elsewhere in the capital. We really can’t recommend coming here enough.


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