Ladies’ nights are a big deal in Abu Dhabi. Any day of the week, you’ll be able to find a great deal at some of the best bars in the city. And, in many cases, you won’t need to pay a single fil. Of course, the free drinks are for ladies only, but you can be sure of a busy night out by hitting one of these bars.
Ladies get four free drinks at this pub in the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi. But one of the highlights of the night is the live music from house band The International Playboys. The group has a loyal following and blasts out high-tempo rock classics to an enthusiastic crowd. Few places are as packed on a Wednesday night as Heroes.
8pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 616 6132).
Impressions Rooftop Lounge
If you’re looking for an altogether more laidback experience, this one is for you. Unlimited grape and mixed beverages are served while you look out over the mangroves and the water from this rooftop lounge. It’s ideal for a relaxed post-work catch-up. Certainly don’t expect anything too rowdy.
8pm-10pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street (02 656 1000).
Iris has one of the best spots in Yas Marina, perched over the water, just across from the Yas Viceroy. It makes for a spectacular setting, and this laidback lounge makes the most of its location with sprawling outdoor seating. For ladies’ night, women get four free drinks
from 7pm. This is quite a relaxed place early in the evening, but gets livelier later as the music picks up.
7pm-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636).
Head down to Le Royal Méridien for a generous ladies’ night offer from PJ O’Reilly’s. The Irish pub serves free-flowing sparkling grape from 7pm to 8pm and unlimited house beverages from 8pm to 11pm. There’s also a 50 percent discount on food from 7pm to 11pm, and live music from house band Sweet Chilli Jam. Should the indoor business get too much, head for the more relaxed area outside.
7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
This old-school British pub serves up a suitably no-thrills ladies’ night. From 8pm to 11pm there’s unlimited house grape. It’s not going to be the most glamorous of nights out, but for an understated catch-up, The Tavern is a good choice. There’s also an inviting menu of pub grub should hunger strike, so tuck into some comfort food like the fish and chips.
8pm-11pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
The Yacht Club
A classy soirée is on the cards if you head down to The Yacht Club. And the ladies’ night here is appropriately named “Glitz and Glam”. You’ll get unlimited bubbly from 9pm, with tunes provided by DJ Virgod. Accompany the free drinks with some of the excellent sushi served up by the kitchen staff.
9pm-midnight. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah (800 423 463).
A ladies’ night by the beach? If that sounds like bliss, Turquoiz is for you. This bar at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort sits right next to the shore and has a sunset terrace with lovely views. The bar’s Wednesday night offer costs Dhs55 per person and includes three signature mixed beverages plus a tapas platter. And if there are six of you going along, you’ll get a free bottle of sparkling.
Dhs55 per person. 6pm-9pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 498 8888).
One of Abu Dhabi’s newest venues, and possibly the most stylish sports bar in the capital. Velocity also hosts a surprisingly decadent ladies’ night for a place that houses as many TV screens as patrons. Head here between 6pm and 2am to get 50 percent of the bar’s lobster snacks as well as three complimentary glasses of bubbly.
6pm-2am. Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).
This time of year is perfect for lazy nights under the stars. A great, lesser-known spot for just such an evening is Wakataua in Le Méridien. Pick a seat right on the beach, dig your toes into the sand and look out to Al Maryah Island, with the colourful buildings reflecting in the water. For ladies’ night, the offer includes free house beverages from 7pm to 10pm, plus selected finger food. Chilled-out tunes from the resident DJ set the tone perfectly.
7pm-10pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).
At Cooper’s, ladies don’t just have one night dedicated to them. It all begins on Thursday and Friday, with free drinks from 8pm to 10pm. On Monday, get four house beverages from 8pm until midnight. Female cabin crew and teachers will also receive selected house beverages from 9pm to midnight on Tuesdays, and it’s free drinks for all ladies from 8pm to midnight on Wednesdays.
Timings vary. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park (02 657 3333).
Another place to offer multiple nights of great deals. Ladies who head to Tamba at The Hub in the World Trade Centre get free drinks at the bar from Thursday to Saturday. The offer is available between 10pm and midnight, making it a decent post-dinner option after eating at this stylish Indian restaurant.
Thu-Sat, 10pm-midnight. The Hub, World Trade Centre, Hamdan Street (02 672 8888).
Another of Yas Marina’s cool, chilled-out venues, Aquarium looks out over the yachts. It’s best known for its seafood offerings, and has a popular sushi deal on Sundays. But there’s also a ladies’ night worth checking out. Pay just Dhs55 and you get unlimited beverages plus a food platter. It’s a relaxing way to end the weekend.
7pm-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0007).
It may be Heroes that springs to mind when thinking of a place for a drink in the Crowne Plaza, but Cho Gao is also well worth a look. It’s a smoke-free restaurant, a welcome rarity in the capital. And on ladies’ night, known as Cho Gal, it serves up four free beverages. There’s a nice menu of Asian bar bites, too, if you get peckish.
Sat-Sun, 7pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 616 6167).
Stills Bar & Brasserie
You can start early at Stills, for what is accurately termed as Ladies’ Day Out. This one starts at 4pm, and from that time onwards you get three complimentary beverages plus 50 percent off the final bill. This is a great opportunity to explore the excellent range of bar food served up here.
4pm-1am. Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 3061).
This no-thrills South American bar with plenty of screens, often showing sport, welcomes ladies with complimentary beverages every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday night. There are some filling Tex-Mex dishes on the menu to fuel you through the night as well. The atmosphere is usually quite raucous here, so it’s best suited to a celebratory night out.
Sun, Tue & Fri, 8pm-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).
Jazz Bar & Dining
If a night of live jazz music is what you crave, this bar’s Monday and Wednesday night offer is one to check out. There are unlimited beverages from 8pm to 11pm, to sip while the band performs on stage. Take a look at the steak and seafood menu if you’re after dinner, too.
Mon & Wed, 8pm-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).
Despite the hotel being amid the hustle and bustle of Hamdan Street, Level Lounge feels detached from it all. It’s a relaxing place to spend a couple of hours, making its ladies’ night offer appealing for those looking to kick back. Four house beverages are available from 8pm to 11pm in a relaxing setting next to the rooftop pool.
8pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 616 6132).
A nightclub that straddles a Formula 1 circuit may sound like an extravagant choice for a mid-week ladies’ night. And it is. But it won’t break the bank. In fact, it won’t cost anything at all. During Sugar Rush, women get free drinks until 1.30am, while groups of six or more will be shown to a table. R&B party classics set the tone, spun by DJs Kaboo and Cliff Townley.
10.30pm-1.30am. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (055 780 0086).
Byblos Sur Mer
This is one of the most stylish restaurants in the city, with its picture-perfect location next to a marina. Head to its upper lounge or terrace on Tuesday nights, and there are complimentary mixed beverages to be had. Check out the excellent Lebanese food offerings downstairs in the dining area, too.
8pm-1am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah (800 423 463).
A cool Saadiyat hangout well known for its evening party brunch, Caramel also does a good ladies’ night. Bubbly is complimentary, plus there’s 50 percent off the food menu. Expect bar food, but a classy take on the usual burgers. Kobe barbecue beef sliders and truffled penne pasta, anyone?
6pm-2am. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 678 3344).
It’s a late one for midweek, but this night is worth the exception at one of the most popular clubs in Abu Dhabi. During XO Ladies’ Night, it’s free drinks all night for the girls, which ensures a bumper crowd every Tuesday. It’s a great event for special occasions and for something a bit out of the norm to break up the week.
11pm-3.30am. Yas Island (055 834 6262).
A warm Irish welcome awaits at McGettigan’s on a Tuesday. Get here from 8pm for five free house beverages. Entertainment is provided by the resident DJ, who spins party hits. This won’t be a quiet midweek get-together, but it’s sure to be a lot of fun.
8pm-3am. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street, Al Raha (02 652 4333).
Look out over downtown Abu Dhabi from this revolving bar and lounge. DJ Lola Nova is on the decks during the Tuesday night special, when ladies get free drinks from 8pm to 11pm. The upbeat music and cool view make for a night out with a difference in this part of town.
8pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).