When you first move to Abu Dhabi, you can be overwhelmed by the amount of information you need to take in.
From getting your medical and visa sorted to getting a bank account and a place to live, there's a lot you need to know.
But there's another key thing you'll want to get clued up on - and that's where to find a good ladies' night.
From free-flowing bubbles to half-price food and loads more offers, the city’s bars, pubs and clubs have some smashing deals for ladies all through the week.
Here are 18 we think you should know about.
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
A ladies’ night with a difference (see – more expensive), our Best Newcomer restaurant offers an altogether more classy night out. You’ll get a glass of sparkling on arrival, then if two of you spend more than Dhs999 you’ll get a bottle of high-end French bubbly thrown in. Reassuringly pricey.
Free (or Dhs999, depending how you look at it). Mon 7pm-11.30pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).
The Latino bar and restaurant’s BUlicious ladies’s night is a cracker. Three free drinks for the women while if there’s a table of men and women, everyone gets 30 percent off the bill. There’s a DJ playing pumping tunes and ladies can get pampered with manicures and lashes every last Monday of the month at the venue’s Glam House pop-up.
Free. From 8pm, Mon. The Hub, Mall at The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 666 8066).
Cho Gao Marina Walk
This spacious pan-Asian restaurant has a great lounge bar as well as dining area (and a top outdoors space for when the weather is cool). For ladies’ night the bar will supply the mixed drinks and house beverages absolutely free of charge. You can’t say fairer than that.
Free. Tue 8pm-12.15am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (800 423 643).
Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant
The British-style pub (our Pub of the Year nonetheless) has some kind of ladies’ night offer every day of the week, but it seems to be the Wednesday event that pulls in the biggest crowds. Three free drinks are available between 8pm and 1am and there’s a cracking atmosphere thanks to the DJ’s fun, floor-filling party tunes.
Free. Wed 8pm-1am. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3325).
Empire Yas Bar
The swish bar that sits over the F1 track at Yas Marina Circuit has a funky ladies’ night every Monday. Expect Mr Mean to pop up throughout proceedings – the character will instil a sense of fun at the candy-themed bash. There are excellent chart hits courtesy of DJ Slim, too.
Free. Mon 10pm-3.30am. Yas Hotel, Yas Island (050 501 5052).
The Yas Island bar and restaurant, which was named Best New Nightlife Venue at our Music and Nightlife Awards 2018, has a brilliant deal and vibe on Monday nights. At Bellissima Mondays ladies pay Dhs55 to get free-flowing house beverages 7.30pm and 1am. They can also get 50 percent off their food bill. Soulful house is playing courtesy of Abu Dhabi’s Best DJ Cliff Townley as well.
Dhs55. Mon 7.30pm-1am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
(02 656 2000).
This buzzing pub on Saadiyat Island is proving very popular indeed. It’s been busy whenever we’ve visited, but ladies’ night in particular seems to be a hit. The fairer sex will get three free drinks and 50 percent off the bites menu.
Free. Tue 5pm-9pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island
(02 697 0000).
The Peruvian bar and restaurant might not be on the tip of everyone’s tongue when it comes to nights out, but head here on a Thursday and you’ll be able to take advantage of 40 percent off all drinks and 50 percent off bar bites. It’s called Noche de Chiquas, which sounds pretty cool to say as well.
Prices vary. Thu 7pm-10pm. Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, West Corniche (02 205 3000).
Our reigning Bar of the Year is a super place for drinks and food throughout the week but Wednesdays get particularly busy for ladies’ night. There are unlimited Mexican mixed drinks (of the frozen kind and regular) and a DJ is playing a fun mix of 1990s classics. Livin’ la vida loca.
Free. Wed 7pm-11.30pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).
MAD on Yas Island
The super-club hosts URBN Thursdays every week, playing some of the biggest and best party hits around. There’s a complimentary bar from 11am until 1am for ladies, too, and usually you’ll find some of the most up-and-coming urban acts performing live. That’s pretty much every box ticked.
Free (but call for table bookings).
Thu 11pm-1am. Leisure Drive, Yas Island (055 834 6262).
House beverages really are free-flowing here at the XOXO Ladies’ Night every Monday. There is also a 50 percent discount on food, and when it’s from a menu created by legendary chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten it’s definitely worth indulging.
Free. Mon 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
Is there anyone who’s ever been to McGettigan’s that hasn’t had an absolutely cracking time? We’re yet to find anyone. Ladies’ night is no exception. There are five free house drinks for women, as well as 50 percent off main courses. Those who want to let their hair down and strut their stuff will be pleased to hear the DJ does a brilliant job of getting people dancing.
Free. Tue 6pm-10pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
Another Irish ladies’ night at this stalwart of the Abu Dhabi nightlife scene. Women, turn up on a Wednesday from 7pm and you’ll get three free house beverages and 50 percent off food. There’s entertainment from singer and guitarist Chad Sycamore to help with the good vibes, too.
Free. Wed 7pm-10pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
Porters English Pub
We’re big fans of this pub, which is decked out in classic British style, serves top grub and has a super line-up of live music and sporting events on the big screens. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ladies get three free beverages between 9pm and 11pm and then get 50 percent off drinks until 3am.
Free. Mon-Wed 9pm-11pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).
We have long held this 62nd-floor bar in high esteem and the ladies’ night deal has done nothing to dissuade us from its charms. Not only will you get great views, the weekly High Heels Night Out also offers three drinks and a food platter for Dhs65 between 8pm and 2am on Thursdays.
Dhs65. Thu 8pm-2am. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West (02 811 5666).
The rooftop bar gets busy on a Friday night, and while it may be a little humid in the summer, it won’t be long before we can really chill out at this cool venue. Ladies can get unlimited sushi for Dhs149 between 8pm and 10pm and free drinks from 11pm to 1am.
Free (Dhs149 for sushi platter) Fri 8pm-10pm, 11pm-1am. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5193).
The Kiss And Tell ladies’ night, at the city’s revolving restaurant and bar offers fantastic music from DJ Lola Nova as well as free-flowing drinks and 50 percent off a delicious à la carte menu. This is a venue like no other in the city, so you should try this at least once.
Free. Tue 8pm-10pm. Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
Ladies who head here get four free glasses of bubbly at the bar every Thursday from 9pm. So why not try some of the amazing food (it’s our current Best Indian restaurant) then take a seat in the bar area and take advantage of the free bubbles.
Free. Thu 9pm-midnight. The Hub at Mall at The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 672 8888).