The Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards review process

Ever wondered how Abu Dhabi’s best bars, pubs and clubs are decided? Here’s what you need to know

The Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards review process

The Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards are the most prestigious nightlife accolades in the city.

Every year we recognise the top bars, clubs, party-brunches and more in Abu Dhabi, and celebrate them in a glittering awards ceremony.

When it comes to reviewing, our judging process is unlike any other, and the most trusted by both the hospitality industry and partygoers across the city.

Here’s why.

Time Out Abu Dhabi’s core values

Anonymity: Time Out Abu Dhabi’s team of reviewers visit bars, pubs and clubs throughout the year, always booking under a pseudonym and always paying for their own drinks. This ensures they experience every visit as a regular paying customer, and receive no special treatment.

Integrity: Good, bad or ugly, Time Out’s reviewers tell the truth about their experiences. Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Music & Nightlife Awards shortlists and winners are formed on the basis of multiple reviewers visiting venues, ensuring that no nomination is the result of a single visit by a single reviewer. Each is a collective decision made by the team over the course of a year.

Independence: Time Out’s team of reviewers are not influenced in any way by Time Out advertisers, partners or friends.

Expertise: Time Out reviewers are serial “doers”. They’re out every night of the week, in all corners of the city, to ensure they’re real local experts.

Value for money: The Time Out Abu Dhabi brand is committed to telling its readers the best things to do and places to eat in town, saving its readers both time and money.

Time Out Abu Dhabi’s criteria
• Level of service

• Range and variety of drinks

• Type and standard of entertainment

• Décor and setting

• Ambience and atmosphere

• Overall value for money

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