Abu Dhabi's best nights out

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Ladies’ night at Relax@12
Ladies’ night is feeling right in the hands of award-winning DJ Angelo at this rooftop bar overlooking the city skyline. The beat master lays down tracks from 8pm until 1am to help you ease your way towards the weekend, with top perks including free drinks for the ladies and free entry for gents. If you build up a hunger while dancing the night away, you can benefit from a 40 percent discount on the food menu, while tasty sushi will be passed around during the glitzy gathering, too.
Free entry. 8pm-1am. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5138).

Enchanted Iris
The theme for this year is fusion. We’re not sure how that relates to Beauty and the Beast, but it does somehow. There will be roses, Beasts, and also a special enchanted rose to really bring out that, er, scary Halloween vibe. There is also a complimentary bar for ladies. Enchanted Iris will be “where fairytale endings don’t exist and our beauties are most desirable to the beast”. We knew it.
9pm-late. Iris, Yas Island (055 160 5636).


Pablo Mateo at Boogie Box
November begins with one of the most-anticipated acts of the year. Pablo Mateo, aka Wrong Copy, returns to headline at Boogie Box. Last time around, he delivered an energetic, stripped down Techno set that has had people asking the club about his return ever since.
9pm-3am. Yas Beach, Yas Island (050 642 7898).


Freaky Friday at Yas Marina
Halloween comes but once a year – but that doesn’t mean you can’t stretch out the fun for a little bit longer. Let’s pretend for the sake of the kids (your secret is safe with us). Yas Marina will be your host for the fun-packed Freaky Friday on November 3, featuring a glut of ghostly activities. Youngsters can brave the haunted Maze of Madness or watch a pumpkin-carving demonstration. The kids can then have some fancy fun at the costume parade before going trick or treating in style, around the marina’s seven restaurants, where staff will be handing out some terrifyingly good snacks. Best of all, the event is free to attend, while kids can take part in all of the activities for Dhs30.
Free entry (Dhs30 for kids’ activities). 3pm-6.30pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island.

Halloween brunch at Loca

Halloween fare doesn’t have to be confined to just bobbing for apples and your own body weight in sweets. Loca is going crazy for all things Halloween by serving up a special Friday brunch. In honour of the Mexican “Day of the Dead” festival, the delicious El Día de los Muertos feast will include a host of the restaurant’s best dishes, including fresh guacamole, slow-roasted ribs, kingfish fajitas, plus live DJs and a few more fun extra touches, such as sugar skulls and face-painting.
Dhs270 (house beverages). Fri Nov 3, noon-5pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).


Urban Saturdays at Catch Rooftop
Head to the upstairs roof terrace bar above the popular seafood restaurant Catch. This popular urban night is not to be missed – listen to the best urban and commercial beats, while ladies receive three free beverages. Etihad crew get 50 percent off.
10pm-3am. Ongoing. Nation Riviera Beach Club (02 611 09090).

Recovery session at Velocity Sports Bar
The great saves aren’t just on the pitch when you catch a match at this super-cool sports bar. Every Saturday, from noon all the way through to 2am, football lovers can score a fantastic 50 percent discount on all burgers and sandwiches while watching the top-quality action beamed from all over the world. If you fancy some Saturday sustenance, pay a swift visit to Velocity.
Free entry. Every Sat noon-midnight. Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi, Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 304 7777).


Happy hour at Belgian Café Abu Dhabi

It might be the first day back at work for us in the UAE but it is still the weekend over in Belgium. Be sociable on a Sunday by popping over to this old favourite at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Share some Belgian beverages with a buddy as you can enjoy two for the price of one on a wide selection of drinks.
Every Tue 4pm-8pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Acoustic Sunday at Jazz & Fizz Bar
No one likes going back to work (we know that feeling well), so enjoy a soothing Sunday as Jazz & Fizz’s house band help you to shake off that painful start of the week with some laid-back acoustic tunes. There is a special colour-coded menu, with beverages starting at just Dhs15.
8pm-midnight. Ongoing. Hotel Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche (02 813 7777).


Teachers’ night at Ray’s Bar
Good news, teachers – Ray’s Bar is offering its appreciation for all the good you do by offering 50 percent off your total bill every Tuesday fom 8pm-2am. Don’t forget to take them a shiny apple and say thank you for being a star.
Every Tue 8pm-2am. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5555).

Soleil Vista at Barfly by Buddha-Bar
Unwind in the perfect way after a long day. Bring your friends and retreat for some sea and sunset at Barfly by Buddha-Bar. Enjoy a tapas platter and bottomless house beverages for Dhs99 every day (except Wednesdays, when it’s ladies’ night).
Dhs99. Thu-Tue 6pm-8pm. Ongoing. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 404 1951).


Mixed beverage of the day at Noche
The perfect place to start your mini umbrella collection. Drop by and try the mixed drink of the day for Dhs20 at Noche.
There is a chill-out lounge serving South American dishes, and also an al fresco lounge terrace overlooking the pool. Relax by the poolside, all day if you can. Or else head for a night out and try to forget that it’s hump day again.
Daily 7pm-2am. Ongoing. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (056 412 1741).

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