Time Out Says
Perched all the way up on the 62nd floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, we find sweeping views across the Corniche, Emirates Palace, UAE Presidential Palace and beyond. And all this slack-jawed gawping is enough to make anyone thirsty – so we head to the sleek bar and grab a menu.
It’s a Thursday night and there’s a steady mix of after-work groups in the know, and hotel guests making their first appearance in the bar. Diners who’ve been to Ray’s Grill, just one floor above, are also slumped in a corner, happily digesting their steaks with a nightcap. There’s enough of an atmosphere so we’re not lonely, yet there are enough intimate pockets to take refuge in.
Ray’s Bar specialises in mixed drinks and boasts a list of both well-known classics and its own creations. They are on the expensive side (many cost more than Dhs100 for one), however a bottle of hops (from Dhs40) or small glass of grape (from Dhs50) are perfectly reasonable, meaning the bar doesn’t price itself out of being for everyone. Between 5pm and 8pm every day you’ll find a happy hour with 50 percent off selected beverages. Nice.
Service is slick and the dress code is more smart than smart casual. There are plenty of window seats around the central bar, so we watch the twinkling of Abu Dhabi lights below. We attempt to resume conversation, but it’s difficult when every other word is “wow!”
The bottom line
A towering success, with prices for all.
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 12 Jun 2018
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