Super-cool outdoor spot Filini Garden is proving a welcome breath of fresh air on the Abu Dhabi dining and nightlife scene. The sophisticated open-air Italian lounge, at Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island is serving up brilliant beats and bites over two whole levels of funky, al fresco fun.
The picturesque Filini Garden has glorious views over the fairways of Yas Links and out towards the glistening waters of Al Raha Creek, making it the perfect spot for an expertly-crafted mixed drink at sundown.
You enter the cool venue via a lush foliage-lined garden entrance, which leads you to the lower outdoor deck, complete with those stunning vistas. A raised DJ booth will host residents Cliff Townley and Paul Hamilton. The pair will play chilled tunes to create the perfect ambience for a laidback night out.
The lower deck has a Mediterranean garden-style feel to it, where guests can enjoy beautiful sunsets and sample delectable small plates of food (cicchetti) from the Italian kitchen and a range of drinks inspired by world’s greatest fashion designers.
Filini Garden’s upper deck is where the bar lives, and there are stools lined up along it so you can watch the mixologists up close. There’s also a grand long table for special occasions and big groups. This is the area where the full menu filled with delicious Italian dishes courtesy of chef Federico Vigilante is available. Enjoy pizzas, pastas (we recommend the lobster linguine) and other delicacies, including an incredibly pretty (and tasty) burrata.
Sunset sips between 5pm and 7.30pm every day start at Dhs35, with nibbles available from Dhs15, too.
Bellissima Mondays, Filini Garden’s signature ladies’ night, is on from 7.30pm until 2am each week. Gather the girls for free-flowing sparkling grape for just Dhs55 from 9pm until midnight, and you’ll aso get 50 percent off set food menus on the night.
Guys, you aren’t left out, either, as the venue will host Dolce Thursdays (from 7.30pm until 2am). The weekly event offers a free flow of an Italian house beverage for gents for Dhs179, from 7.30pm until 10pm, and bottomless Italian mixed drinks for Dhs129. Both nights are accompanied by music from one of the venue’s DJs.
Other top deals include Fresco Fridays, which includes an unlimited house beverage package every week from 5pm until 8pm (Dhs199 for guys and Dhs149 for ladies).
There has never been a better time (or place) to enjoy the great outdoors.
Open Sun-Wed 5pm-1am; Thu 5pm-3am; Fri noon-1am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 2000).