It’s no secret Abu Dhabi has a lot of amazing venues which have earned their stripes with years of entertaining guests and leaving them coming back for more again and again.
But there’s a new generation of up-and-comers snapping at their heels and demanding their own place at the top table of the capital’s nightlife hotspots.
The following venues are all shortlisted in the Time Out Music & Nightlife Awards 2018.
The event is at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche on Wednesday, June 28, followed by an amazing after party at Toro Toro at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers – a free bash that you’re all invited to.
1. 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
This venue didn’t waste any time in making an impression as it picked up Best Newcomer in the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards 2017.
The Japanese eatery, which originated in Spain, is a super spot for a drink, too, with an atmospheric terrace and a cool bar area as you enter the venue.
Expect expertly mixed drinks and a top range of grape.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (050 548 0369).
2. Art Lounge, Louvre Abu Dhabi
Perched on the terrace on top of the Museum Café, this amazing sundowner spot has brilliant views across the Abu Dhabi skyline.
The food is mainly tapas-style dishes of local and international flavours.
It’s the perfect sleek outdoor venue to sit back with a drink after getting your art fix in the world-renowned museum downstairs.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island (056 689 0019)
3. Copacabana, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Enjoy a vibrant splash of Brazil with the capital’s most colourful churrascacaria.
Staff are super-friendly, the décor is cool and the chilled atmosphere makes for an enjoyable night out.
There’s also a good range of South American mocktails, fresh juices, grape options and mixed drinks.
Keep an eye out for a fun brunch and weekly deals, too.
Close your eyes and you could be in Rio.
Open daily, noon-2am. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 495 3969)
4. Empire at Yas, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
A trip to the only nightclub in the world built over a Formula One means you can live life in the fast lane, gear yourself up for a night on the tiles and get in pole position for a brilliant night out.
And if there are any puns we’ve forgotten, please let us know.
There are a host of themed nights too, with ladies’ nights on Mondays proving particularly popular.
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (050 501 5052).
5. Filini Garden, Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
A beautiful Italian eatery by day and a cool hangout spot by night.
Enjoy a huge range of drinks and food in the stunning wooden outdoor terrace and take in the views across the adjacent golf club and links.
The venue has regular DJs playing, super deals thorughout the week and a super vibe. It didn’t take long for this Yas Island venue to become a capital favourite.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island (02 656 2000).
6. Level Lounge, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Not the biggest bar on this list in terms of size, but it sure makes up for it with a stunning food menu and a drinks offering to match any other capital venue.
Decorated with plenty of colour and splashes of graffiti, it’s a cool place to enjoy one of the capital’s gorgeous sunsets.
Just be sure not to fall into the pool.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 616 6132)
7. McGettigan’s Al Ain, Danat Al Ain
The popular Irish chain expanded into Al Ain last year and it looks like a genius move.
Why should Abu Dhabi and Dubai have all the fun?
Great grub, a homely feel and plenty of live music means this was always destined to be a success, and so it goes.
Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain (03 704 6174)
8. The Lounge at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
One of the more stylish newcomers around, this venue (which was called Al Nafoura Lounge, but is undergoing a name change)is determined to make a splash in the capital with a stunning fountain in the middle of the outdoor terrace.
There’s a varied and tasty food menu, along with a range of cold drinks to enjoy in the warm summer evenings.
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9129)
9. Toro Toro, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
A Latin steakhouse perched outside a capital landmark was always going to be a recipe for success.
And while the food was perhaps the main draw when opening, the stunning first-floor lounge, with views over the waters outside has taken the limelight in the months since.
Enjoy some truly fantastic drinks as you soak up the vista across the Arabian Gulf.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West (02 811 5882)
10. Voodoo Beach Lounge, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
One of the newest of the newcomers on this list, you could be forgiven if you haven’t heard of this new spot.
But trust us when we say this needs to go on your to-do list ASAP.
Expect modern décor, chart hits and great Caribbean-style food and drink options.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (056 636 1959)