Whether you’re yet to check out new bar Casa De Cuba or you’ve already made it your local, you should get yourself down to the Casa De Loco hours on Sunday and Thursday evening. Grab a selection of classic mixed drinks at a reduced rate, while taking in the sunset views and enjoying top tunes.
Dhs25. Thu & Sun 5pm-8pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (056 742 7435).
It’s easy to feel grumpy on Sundays, so it’s a good job we’ve got Trader Vic’s to liven up the start of our working week. The very slick and stylish Miami Nights evening features sensational tunes from DJ Saif & Sound, plus Cuban-inspired mixed drinks and all your favourite fusion bites and staple Trader Vic’s nibbles.
Pass the cheese balls, please.
Prices vary. Sun 9pm-2am. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).
Terrazza Di BiCE
There’s 50 percent off all beverages on the special Terrazza menu every day for two hours. From Monday to Friday, you can also catch live music from a singer and pianist.
Prices vary. Daily 6pm-8pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5555).
The ‘Malt Mondays’ deal at cool tapas and grape bar The Warehouse lets you try four different hops from around the world at a knockdown price. Suddenly Thursday isn’t our favourite night of the week anymore. Weird.
Dhs99 (four hops). Mon 8pm-1am. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).
We love slick jazz bar Jazz & Fizz for the great views of downtown Abu Dhabi and the smooth tunes. The nightspot also makes hump day more bearable by offering 50 percent off main courses and bottles of grape. You know where to go next time you want a midweek party.
Prices vary. Tue 7pm-3am. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road (02 813 7777).
Half Off, Half Day
Drinks are half price for a whole half day at Appaloosa. One more excuse to go for a midday pick-me-up or post-work refreshment.
Prices vary. Sat-Wed, noon-7pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City A (02 201 4000).
Mind the Gap
With The Beatles, Oasis, The Clash and many more, Britain has produced some brilliant music. The Hamilton’s band are covering all the best hits at the weekly Mind the Gap night.
Free. Wed 4pm-2am. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas (02 697 0000).
Blu Sky Bar & Grill is proving that you don’t need to be over 70 to enjoy a game of bingo. You’ll want to be paying attention, though, as there are some brilliant prizes to be won if you manage to complete a row. Bring along a group of mates and start the weekend with lots of laughs and a sizeable dose of healthy competitiveness.
Free. Thu 8.30pm-3am. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).
Daily wind down
Saadiyat Island isn’t really the place to do anything on a budget, but we’ve found a deal that won’t leave your bank account totally empty. Classy bar The Manhattan Lounge is offering two drinks for the price of one for four hours every day.
Prices vary. Daily 4pm-8pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).
Music at Dahab
There’s live music from singers Rawi Ismail and Noor Al Omar, plus a DJ and dance show at the Hilton venue’s new Layali Dahab nights.
Dhs250 (set menu). Thu-Fri 10pm-3am. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 667 4446).
There’s nothing like spending a night in cosy English pub. There aren’t any chandeliers or gold furnishings at The Tavern, but you will find four hours of house bervages at a knockdown price.
Dhs149. Fri 4pm-8pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
Even if you managed to do the unthinkable and go through a whole Friday without going for brunch, you can still get on board with the after-brunch package at Aqua. It includes two hours of free-flowing grape and hops, plus tunes from the resident DJ.
Dhs145. Fri 4pm-6pm. The Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).
Six Nations deals
NRG Sports Café claims to have the largest outdoor screen in the capital, and we can certainly believe it. It also has a special deal in honour of the Six Nations rugby, with a food platter and two hops on offer for a discounted price so you and your pack won’t go without.
Dhs120 (food platter and two hops). Daily 4pm-2.30am. Until Mar 16. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).
A weekend on Yas Island always requires some refreshment and Y Bar is offering a nine-hour buy one, get one free offer on selected house beverages. Yas please!
Prices vary. Thu-Sat noon-9pm, Sun-Wed 4pm-midnight. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).