1 Asia de Cuba
Finally re-opened after the long summer months (hurrah!), nab yourself a private cabana and look out across the Gulf. Why not take a few pics of your moment of smugness, too? It’s not every day you come across a Chino-Latino fusion nightspot, and especially one with a large deck terrace, island bar and pretty lanterns everywhere. The Latin vibes will make you want to salsa and the delicious mixed drinks probably will do, too.
Open daily noon-2am. Nation Riviera, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi (02 699 3333).
This outdoor lounge is simply cool, there are no two ways about it. It hosts an open mic music night every first Saturday of the month from 7pm and there is low, Arabian-style seating laid out like an amphitheatre, so you can gaze up at the stars and palm trees.
Open daily 9am-midnight. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort , Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
3 Beach House Rooftop
Saadiyat Island has some of the best beaches and finest sunsets in Abu Dhabi, and the Park Hyatt’s Beach House is perfectly placed to make the most of that. Cosy up on the sofas and enjoy cool mixed drinks, shisha, understated glamour and a gentle sea breeze.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 407 1138).
One our favourite terraces in the city due to its size, view from the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi and grass-covered walls, the pan-Latin venue has a super selection of food and there are excellent bartenders making inventive mixed drinks.
Daily Sat-Thu 5pm-3am. Fri 12.30pm-3am. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 666 8066).
5 Byblos Sur Mer
Set over two floors with spacious terraces, this contemporary Lebanese restaurant overlooks InterContinental Abu Dhabi’s spectacular marina with views of Etihad Towers on the horizon. The lounge bar on the second floor offers stunning seaside vistas and live entertainment.
Open noon-2am Sun-Thu, noon-3am Fri-Sat. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen (02 666 6888).
We’re big fans of Catch and adore its seafood, but above the restaurant is one of the better nightspots in the city. Saturdays is urban ladies’ night with three free drinks, and there is a bonus ladies’ night on Tuesday with unlimited beverages. This terrace has a cool breeze and sea views, what more could you ask for?
Open daily 11pm-3am. Nation Riviera, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi (02 611 0909).
7 Iris Yas Island
Looking across at the ever-changing colours of the iconic Yas Viceroy hotel and a luxury yacht-filled marina, this Lebanese import is one of the coolest bars in the city. A well-heeled crowd drink stylish mixed drinks and listen to minimalist dance music in a buzzing vibe.
Open daily 6pm-3am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636).
It’s hard to get a consensus on where exactly the centre of Abu Dhabi is, but one thing is for sure – Aloft Abu Dhabi hotel’s rooftop lounge has been at the heart of the clubbing community for years. This chic place is a great for a night out with your mates.
Open Thu-Sun 5pm-3am, Mon-Wed 5pm-2am. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Al Safraat (02 654 5138).
9 Sho Cho
There is a lot to like about the Japanese lounge at Souk Qaryat Al Beri, especially its gorgeous terrace which looks out upon Instagrammable views of of Maqtaa Creek and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The décor is minimalist, white and sleek.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm, 6pm-2.45am, Fr-Sat noon-2.45am. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi (02 558 1117).
10 Stills Bar & Brasserie
With the terrace now open again after the summer, and it being home to one of the most lively after-brunch parties in the city (Dhs150 for four hours of house beverages), we couldn’t really leave Stills off the list. Check out our three-time Time Out Best Band winners, the International Playboys, in their new Friday slot and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Stills, Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Yas Island (02 656 3053).
11 Toro Toro
This newbie has a simply stunning outdoor terrace and bar that deserves your attention.
Open 7pm-2am Sat-Wed; 7pm-3am Thu-Fri. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (02 811 5882).