The best New Year's Eve 2018 parties in Abu Dhabi

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The best New Year's Eve 2018 parties in Abu Dhabi

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on this 25th floor rooftop bar at Marriott Downtown, and enjoy great views of the city’s fireworks at midnight.
There’s a varied drinks menu on offer, plus salads and steaks are available to order à la carte.
Dhs150 (three drinks). From 7pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi
A lively New Year’s Eve party, with entertainment including Go-Go dancers, a saxophonist, resident DJ Bambina and celebrity DJ Sam Popat.
Dhs600 (entry to after party with house beverages from 11pm), Dhs800 (canapés and free flowing beverages), Dhs1,000 (four-course dinner with house beverages). 8pm-3am. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Chameleon Terrace
Enjoy the end of year party on this terrace with a performance from DJ Nuff Said and views of the fireworks.
Dhs150 (standing and two house beverages), Dhs450 (seating, antipasti platter and half bottle of bubbly). Mon Dec 31 9.30pm-3.30am. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).

Chiringuito by B Lounge
Hit the beach and enjoy this casual black and white themed party with electro beats from DJ Arthur. It’s free to enter when you dine at any of the hotel’s restaurants on December 31. 
From 10pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road East (02 677 3333).

ESS Lounge and Pool Bar
Head out late to this beachfront bar and enjoy a special beverage package on December 31.
The venue offers impressive views of the fireworks and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Dhs240 (house beverages). From 10pm. Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8555).

Filini Garden
Step into Filini Garden on New Year’s Eve and be transported back to 1970s New York with a Studio 54 themed party. A DJ will be spinning the tunes and the packages include food.
Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (house beverages), Dhs895 (premium beverages). 7pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

A fun Masquerade Party will take place on the stylish outdoor terrace bar. Music comes from DJ Chadphunk and Milan on the saxophone.
Dhs199 (entrance and one drink), Dhs1,500 (table for four plus one bottle), Dhs3,000 (table for six and two bottles). 7pm-4am. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island  (02 813 5520).

A lively party with a DJ and plenty of space to dance the night away. There are various drinks packages available and ladies can enjoy free entry if they arrive early.
Free entry (ladies, before 11pm), Dhs125 (men, three drinks). 8pm-4am. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown, Sheikh Zayed the First Street (02 615 6666).

A New Year’s Eve party with a wide selection of drinks and food, plus the Time Out award-winning pub’s award-winning house band, The International Playboys, will be performing live to make the celebrations go with a bang. 
Free entry (ladies), Dhs135 (men, three drinks). 8pm-4am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6132).

Hamilton’s Gastropub
A lively New Year’s Eve party that continues into the early hours, with a live DJ spinning the beats. Bar bites will be available too.
Dhs150 (before 11pm, two drinks, one bar bite), Dhs310 (after 11pm, house beverages). 7pm-3am. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island, (02 697 0000).

The Southern Sun’s rooftop bar is throwing a pool deck party on New Year’s Eve.
Enjoy impressive views of the city’s skyline from 27 floors up and music from a DJ.
Dhs150 (rooftop party entry), Dhs300 (house beverages), Dhs850 (gala dinner, house beverages and after party entry). 10pm-3am. Southern Sun Hotel, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).


The swanky Yas Island is bringing a night of 1920s flair to New Year's Eve. Get dressed for the occasion in pressed suits and flapper dresses and join in with the fun. There'll be dinner, drinks, music, costumes and loads more. 
From Dhs350. Mon Dec 31, from 9pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636). 

Jazz & Fizz

Top music bar Jazz & Fizz’s New Year’s Eve party includes music from every generation. There are dancing, drinks and good food guaranteed.
Dhs150 (entry, welcome drink), Dhs280 (house beverages and 50 percent off food), Dhs800 (four people, one bottle of premium beverage). 7pm-3am. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

Lemon & Lime
Carry on the New Year’s Eve celebrations after midnight at The Westin’s Lemon & Lime with free flowing bubbly and a DJ playing tunes.
Dhs150 (house beverages), Dhs200 (bubbly). 1am-3am. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

Level Lounge
This downtown rooftop bar is throwing a pool party on New Year’s Eve with a live DJ. Ladies go free. Swimming pool access is included in entry.
Free (ladies), Dhs125 (men, three drinks), 8pm-2am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan bin Mohammed Street  (02 616 6800).

See in 2019 at Loca’s New Year’s Eve Mexican-style party.
Dress to impress at this footloose and fancy free venue and enjoy live entertainment.
Free entry. From 8pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).

MAD on Yas Island
The Yas Island super club is bringing the circus to town this December 31. The venue will be filled with acrobats, clowns and other entertainers as well as top DJs for the duration of the seven-hour party.
Dhs250 (ladies, three drinks), Dhs400 (men, three drinks), Table packages from Dhs2,000. Mon Dec 31, from 9pm. Yas Island (055 834 6262). 

Expect a lively party at this  popular Irish pub, with live music and DJs. There’ll be plenty of drinks and some sharing platters going around.
Dhs299 (house beverages and platters). 8pm-12.15am. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 02 652 4333).

Nation Riviera Beach Club
A beach club party with live music and an all-you-can-eat buffet to ring in the New Year.
Dhs750 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (house beverages), Dhs1,150 (bubbly). Special rates for groups of more than ten. 8pm-2.30am. Nation Riviera, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).

Observation Deck at 300
Soak up panoramic views of the Abu Dhabi skyline from 74 floors up on New Year’s Eve. A variety of beverages and nibbling dishes are available, plus brilliant views of the fireworks are guaranteed.
Dhs145 (one premium beverage). From 10pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).

PJ O’Reilly’s
The Irish pub is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash with live bands, DJs and free flowing drinks.
Dhs300 (house beverages). 8pm-11.30pm. Le Royal Meridien, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street (02 695 0515).

Pool Deck
Party into 2019 at the pool deck at Jumeriah at Etihad Towers. Tunes from the resident DJ will make sure the dance floor is busy. It’s Dhs150, then drinks are paid for at the bar.
Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).

Ray’s Bar
The vibrant bar on level 62 is throwing a New Year’s Eve party with a DJ spinning house and tech beats. Impressive views of the city and fireworks are guaranteed.
Dhs200 (one glass of bubbly), Dhs485 (per person for tables of six, house beverages and a glass of bubbly), Dhs575 (per person for tables of four, house beverages and a glass of bubbly), 25 percent off for restaurant guests on the night. From 8pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West
(02 811 5666).

Join in the celebrations at the New Year’s Eve Glow Party. This rooftop bar offers great views of the city’s skyline and plays great music until the early hours. A top late-night party.
Dhs399 (before Dec 31), Dhs450 (Dec 31). 8pm-3am. Aloft Abu Dhabi, ADNEC (02 654 5193).

Carry on the New Year celebrations at this after midnight party.
Live entertainment and a variety of drink packages are available.
Dhs500 (minimum spend per person, bar area), Dhs1,000 (minimum spend per person up to four guests, lounge table), Dhs10,000 (minimum spend, six to 10 guests, lounge VIP table). 12am-4am. Beneath Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

The classic pub is a lively party place on New Year’s Eve with free entry and music from the venue’s resident live band, Backyard Sessions.
Free entry (over 21s). From 7pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road East (02 677 3333).

The Village
There’s a massive masquerade party to see in 2019. You’ll have views of fireworks, be able to listen to a live band and enjoy the tunes from a DJ.
It’s free if you’re eating at any of The Village’s restaurants, otherwise it’s Dhs100 in.  
Free entry (for restaurant guests), Dhs100 (one drink). From 10pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).

The Warehouse
Get involved in the countdown to New Year at this Spanish-themed bar. A DJ will be keeping the party going into the early hours of 2019.
Dhs100 (two welcome drinks). 9pm-1am. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street
(02 307 5591).

This Time Out award-winning sports bar is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a range of culinary delights and drinks, and there will be Dhs12 beverages available during early evening.
Free entry. 4pm-7pm (happy hour). Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Waves Pool Bar
A party night with DJ Candy. Entrance includes two drinks and a bar bites platter, and everyone gets a glass of sparkling at midnight.
Dhs149 (over 21s only). 8pm-2.30am. Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street (02 501 6444).

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