Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards 2015

Revealed: Best bars, clubs, DJs, gigs and more in Abu Dhabi

The first ever Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards Winners are revealed!

Abu Dhabi party people listen up! For the past twelve months, the Time Out Abu Dhabi team have been sampling the best the city’s nightlife scene has to offer, hitting up the capital’s best clubs, bars, pubs and lounges, and checking out all the city’s biggest events and concerts.

Now it’s time for us to tell you the results of our search. The first ever Time Out Abu Dhabi Music and Nightlife Awards is going to happen on April 29 at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, and we couldn’t be more excited.

For a long time the capital’s top nightspots have needed recognition from a definitive and trusted source and we are all too happy to give it.

Every category is incredibly competitive, it’s going to be a real challenge determining the winners. Let the debate begin.

See the full Winners list below.

Best Ladies’ Night
Winner

Rush, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Highly Commended
Étoiles, Emirates Palace
The Yacht Club, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Other nominees:

Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Iris Yas Island
Jazz Bar & Dining, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
People by Crystal, The Collection
SAX Club, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Stills, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Best Jazz Night
Winner

Jazz Bar & Dining, Hilton Abu Dhabi

Highly Commended
Jazz'n Fizz, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Other nominees:
Cipriani Yas Island
Ray’s Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Sorso, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
The Capital Grill, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot
Best Club


Best Latin Night
Winner
De La Costa, Saadiyat Beach Club

Highly Commended

Chamas, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Other nominees:
Cinnabar, Hilton Abu Dhabi
IMAGO Restaurant & Bar, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Lemon & Lime, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Porters Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Relax@12, Aloft Abu Dhabi
Stars 'N' Bars, Yas Marina

Best Urban Night
Winner
Urban Education – Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Highly Commended
411 Nights – People by Crystal, The Collection
Other nominees:
Big R ‘N’ B – Rush, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Clique Fridays – Eight, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Hip Hop Nation – Left Bank, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Rock da Roof – Vertical Bar, Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot
Best Club


Best Club Night
Winner
The Experiment – O1NE Yas Island

Highly commended
Singles' Traffic Jam – Eight, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Liquid Rain Pool Party – Aloft Abu Dhabi
Other nominees:
Club Rush Thursday - Rush, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
DJ Angelo at The Yacht Club – InterContinental Abu Dhabi
FUNK Junktion – Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Mischief Thursdays – Left Bank, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Revival Fridays – People by Crystal, The Collection
The Showdown – People by Crystal, The Collection

Best Gig (under 3,000)
Winner
Kid Ink - People by Crystal

Highly commended
From The Jam - Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Other nominees:
Craig David - People by Crystal
Estelle - Amber Lounge
Jason Derulo - O1NE Yas Island
Nas - People by Crystal
Rudimental - The Podium Lounge Abu Dhabi
The Weeknd - People by Crystal

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot
Best Club


Best Gig (3,000+)
Winner
Justin Timberlake; Flash Entertainment

Highly commended
Armin van Buuren; Flash Entertainment
Other nominees:
Black Sabbath; Flash Entertainment
Creamfields Abu Dhabi; Flash Entertainment
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Flash Entertainment
Rita Ora; Yasalam Beats on the Beach; Flash Entertainment
The Who; Flash Entertainment


Best International DJ Set
Winner
Armin van Buuren - O1NE Yas Island

Highly commended
Marco Carola - Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Other nominees
Danny Avila - O1NE Yas Island
Dirty Vegas - The Podium Lounge Abu Dhabi
John Digweed - O1NE Yas Island
Luciano - Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Sasha - Saadiyat Beach Club
Tom Novy - Saadiyat Beach Club

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot
Best Club


Best Resident Band
Winner
International Playboys – Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

Highly commended


Sweet Chilli Jam – PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Other nominees:
Luna Soul – Jazz'n Fizz, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Resident band – Chamas, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Supernova – Porters Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Wave – Jazz Bar & Dining, Hilton Abu Dhabi

Best Resident DJ
Winner
DJ Frederick Stone – Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

Highly commended
DJ Angelo – The Yacht Club, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Other nominees:

DJ Amanda Jayd – Stratos, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
DJ Chris Delaney (multiple venues)
DJ Cliff Townley – Rush, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
DJ Ka Boo (multiple venues)
DJ Luke McLean – Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
DJ Margo Sahara – Zuma, Al Maryah Island
DJ Saif (Saif and Sound) – People by Crystal, The Collection

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot
Best Club


Best Live Music Venue
Winner
Jazz Bar & Dining, Hilton Abu Dhabi

Highly commended

B-Lounge, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Other nominees:
Abu Dhabi City Golf Club
Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Iris Yas Island
Jazz'n Fizz, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel
PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Porters Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club


Best Lounge Bar
Winner
Zuma, Al Maryah Island

Highly commended
IMAGO Restaurant & Bar, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Other nominees:
Chamas, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Hakkasan, Emirates Palace
Impressions, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
Jazz'n Fizz, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Lemon & Lime, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Sorso, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot
Best Club


Best Outdoor Nightspot
Winner
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

Highly commended

Iris Yas Island
Other nominees

Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
De La Costa, Saadiyat Beach Club
Level Lounge, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Relax@12, Aloft Abu Dhabi
Sho Cho, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Skylite, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Stills, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Best Sports Bar
Winner
McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel

Highly commended
Stars 'N' Bars, Yas Marina
Other nominees
Cooper’s, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
Hemingway's, Hilton Abu Dhabi
NRG Sports Café, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Porters Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda

Stills, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Taverna, Armed Forces Officers Club
Y bar, Yas Island Rotana

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot
Best Club


Best Wine Bar
Winner
La Cava, Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Highly commended


The St. Regis Bar, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Other nominees
Brasserie Angélique, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Piano Lounge, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Privé, Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
The Manhattan Lounge, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Best Pub
Winner
McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel

Highly commended
Porters Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Other nominees
Belgian Café, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Belgian Café, Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate
Brauhaus, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Captain’s Arms, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
Cooper’s, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
Hemingway’s, Hilton Abu Dhabi
PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
The Tavern, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot
Best Club


Best Bar
Winner
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge Abu Dhabi, The Collection

Highly commended


Iris Yas Island
Other nominees:
Chameleon, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Jazz Bar & Dining, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Ray’s Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Sho Cho, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Stars 'N' Bars, Yas Marina
Stills, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Y bar, Yas Island Rotana

Best New Nightspot
Winner
Asia de Cuba, Nation Riviera Beach Club

Highly commended
Catch, Nation Riviera Beach Club
Stratos, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Other nominees
Amber Bar & Café, Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan
Barosa, Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown
Belgian Café, Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
BOA Steakhouse, Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Abu Dhabi
Burlesque Restaurant & Lounge, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Relax@12, Aloft Abu Dhabi

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Club


Best Club
Winner
People by Crystal, The Collection

Highly commended
O1NE Yas Island
Other nominees
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Eight, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Étoiles, Emirates Palace
Left Bank, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Rush, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
SAX Club, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
The Yacht Club, InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Best Ladies' Night
Best Jazz Night
Best Latin Night
Best Urban Night
Best Club Night
Best Gig (under 3,000)
Best Gig (3,000+)
Best International DJ Set
Best Resident Band
Best Resident DJ
Best Live Music Venue
Best Lounge Bar
Best Outdoor Nightspot
Best Sports Bar
Best Wine Bar
Best Pub
Best Bar
Best New Nightspot

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