Amerigo's Mexican Bar & Restaurant
When you’re talking about massive parties, there aren’t many nations that do bigger and better fiestas than Mexico. And if you head along to the Año Nuebo party (literally meaning New Year) on the big night then you’ll be able to boogie on down on Yas Island all night long. You can get your groove on to some Latin tunes, chow down on Mexican street food and get unlimited drinks, too.
Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs525 (house), Dhs130 (kids aged six to 11). From 8pm. Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2412).
Appaloosa in Khalifa City A is hosting a big bash for New Year’s Eve. There’s no change for entry, do all you need to do is turn up and party the night away to the tunes from the two-piece band. You can also purchase some tasty bar bites from the à la carte menu, and the large outdoor area will be decked out in beautiful festive decorations.
Free entry. From 10.30pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City A (02 201 4131).
It’s a 1980s-themed bash at Radisson Blu on Yas Island this New Year, with an under-the-stars evening and live entertainment on board a floating stage constructed in the hotel’s pool. There’s going to be a huge selection of international food, including seafood and sushi, barbecue, desserts and so much more. For the full ’80s visual effect, you’ll find loads of throwback decorations and paraphernalia of the bygone decade – like bunting made from compact discs, how very old school.
Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs595 (house), Dhs125 (kids aged six to 11). Check timings with venue. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).
Belgian Cafe Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate
Join in the carnival party at this friendly pub. The dinner buffet with be accompanied by entertainment from a live samba band, and the celebrations will continue into the early hours.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (bubbly). Tue Dec 31 8pm onwards. Hotel Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate, Al Maqta (02 508 9999).
Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi
The stunning beachside restaurant and lounge is putting on a big party, with music from legendary Latin DJ Carlos Campos and a live saxophonist, Milan. There will be dance shows and a set from resident DJ Bambina, too. When the clock strikes midnight, you will have the best seats in the house to watch the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display across Saadiyat Beach before the party continues into the night.
Dhs1,000 (four-course dinner and unlimited beverages, terrace (based on availability) and terrace). Dhs800 (canapés and unlimited beverages, seating on the deck, bar, terrace, Cheery Blossom Lounge (based on availability) and indoor bar lounge), Dhs600 (after-party with unlimited beverages, no seats guaranteed). 8pm-2am (four-course dinner and canapés), from 11pm (after-party). The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).
Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant
Get ready for what promises to be one of the most fun New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city. Our highly commended Pub of the Year from the Music & Nightlife Awards 2019 is throwing a Rock 'n Roll party to welcome in 2020. It’s free entry for all and there’s going to be a live DJ, a special street-food style menu, cracking drinks deals and more. Don’t feel shy about dressing up in your most flamboyant outfits as there are also prizes to be won. We always feel at home at this British-style pub and you will too.
Free entry. 8pm-3am. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).
Eclipse Terrace Lounge
Enjoy views over the Abu Dhabi waterfront from the Four Season’s rooftop lounge at this New Year’s Eve Party on Al Maryah Island. There’ll be a four-course set menu featuring dishes including grilled seabass wrapped in banana leaf, sriracha honey crispy shrimps and a citrus sphere dessert, plus a DJ to keep you entertained as you ring in the New Year. If you feel like eating elsewhere, you can instead just pay for entry into the party which includes one house beverage.
Dhs190 (entrance fee plus one house beverage), Dhs480 (set menu plus entrance fee). From 8pm. Eclipse Terrace Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, opentable.com.
This beachfront bar, which lies across the water from Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, will put you in the perfect position to enjoy the fireworks along the canal. There’ll be a number of musical performances throughout the night, and you can enjoy drinks packages from Dhs318. You’ll also be able to buy bite-sized treats including sushi, chicken drumsticks or black tiger prawns.
Dhs318 (drinks only). From 10pm. Ess Lounge and Pool Bar, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8555).
Garage and W Lounge
W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island is the city’s hottest new party hotel, so where better to ring in the new year than at a cool soirée? To welcome in 2020, Garage and W Lounge are throwing a massive bash – where you get the best of both worlds. Have dinner at Garage before you dance through the night at W Lounge. Dinner runs from 8pm until 11pm, while from 11pm until 2am the after-party takes place at W Lounge, where there will be old school vinyl and funky beats to get you in a party mood.
Garage: Dhs895. 8pm-11pm. W Lounge: À la carte. 11pm-2am. W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island (02 656 0000).
It promises to be a big night at Glo for the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party as 209 comes to an end with a big party. DJs Keith and Chad will be behind the decks to provide the soundtrack to the big night with Milan on the saxophone and professional dancers entertaining guests. Plus with a host of great food including live cooking stations, pulled beef sandwiches, shawarma and more. Once the clock strikes midnight, fireworks will light up the sky over Al Maryah Island where you can take in the amazing spectacle with a great view over the city to end the year on a high.
Dhs150 (with complimentary drink), Dhs1,500 (group of four), Dhs3,000 (group of six). 8pm-4am. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5520).
This cool gastropub is a chilled out and hipster-friendly place for some quality hops and a few bar bites. On New Year’s Eve it is pulling out all the stops and putting on a fun evening to remember, and there are various deals available throughout the night. If you arrive between 7pm and 11pm you can get two house beverages and bar bites for Dhs175, while from 11pm until 3am you can get unlimited house beverages and bar bites for Dhs350.
Dhs175 (two house beverages), Dhs350 (unlimited house beverages). 7pm-3am. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).
If you’re looking to shout “Hello!” to 2020 under the stars, LRM Central has just the New Year’s Eve bash for you. Celebrators should make their way down to the al fresco spot at 8pm to take in the last few buzzing hours of 2019, thanks to a brilliant list of live entertainment lined up. Like what, you ask? An energetic live band to dance the night away to and a DJ spinning the decks. What’s more, party bashers can get in on the free-flowing house beverage deal for Dhs300, going on from 8pm all the way until 2am. That’s plenty of time to sip on an array of drinks and, better yet, raise your glass to. As for the rest, you’ll just have to head down to the NYE party to find out.
Dhs300 (house beverages). 8pm-2am. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).
Nasma Beachfront Bar
Located just steps away from the white sands of Saadiyat Beach, this is a dreamy place to see in the New Year. Relax on comfy bean bags or soft sofas and enjoy free-flowing house beverages from 10pm until 2am. A Cuban band will be playing the best tunes to set the mood, and attending this cool after party means you’re guaranteed to start 2020 on a high.
Dhs350 (house beverages). 10pm-2am. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).
This institution in the capital wants you to ring in the New Year the only way it knows how – the Irish way, of course, and what a night celebrators are in for. Kicking off at 8pm, PJ O’Reilly’s will be bringing the very best live entertainment from Juke Box Money, festive tunes to jingle-all-the-way to and a big countdown to the New Year. Along with free-flowing beverages and plenty of Irish grub to tuck into, this Irish spot is a fine spot to wave 2020 a big hello. Oh, and the party won’t stop until 3am, too.
Dhs300. 8pm-11.30pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 695 0515).
If there’s one way to kick off the New Year in style, it’s probably by celebrating the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’ at a swanky revolving lounge and bar. Would you look at that, Stratos’ New Year’s Eve celebration is doing exactly that, and its heading back in time to the 1920’s to ring in the trendy 2020’s. Taking place from 9.30pm all the way until 3am on New Year’s Day, partygoers can take on its three hours of unlimited canapés and house beverage deal for Dhs499 anytime throughout the night, all while dancing away to the tunes from a live DJ. A fitting night awaits…
Dhs499. 9.30pm-3am. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 695 0490).
When you visit Trader Vic’s, you know what you’re going to get – a warm welcome and tiki-tastic drinks. The Polynesian institution is stepping things up this New Year’s Eve with a Moulin Rouge-themed extravaganza which will have you cancan-ing your way into 2020. The party will really get going when a live band takes to the stage, so make sure to don your comfiest dancing shoes. Dress up for the occasion and the best dressed partygoer is set to win a special prize.
Dhs300 (minimum spend per person), Dhs300 (unlimited house beverages and canapés from 8pm to midnight) Dhs150 (entry including two free house beverages). 8pm-2am. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).
Take the New Year’s Eve celebrations outside, and make a date at this poolside bar. Packages start at Dhs150 and you can sashay into the new year in style with some al fresco dancing. There will be live music spun by Waves’ resident DJ to get you up and dancing. Feeling more laid-back? Chill out in the cool outdoor lounge as you wait for the clock to tick down to midnight.
Dhs150. From 7pm. Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan Hotel, Al Mushrif (02 501 6088).
This brand-new party spot is kicking off 2020 with a bang, with a massive party at WET Deck. The W chain is world famous for its parties, so you can be guaranteed a cracking night out at this swish hotel. Popular British DJ duo Hollaphonic will be taking to the decks to help you dance your way into 2020. This adults-only party is Dhs500 to attend and will get you live tunes and party platters to nibble on throughout the evening. It’s time to go shopping and get planning, this one demands your best New Year’s Eve party attire.
Dhs500. 8pm-4am. W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island (02 656 0000).
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Amerigo's Mexican Bar & Restaurant
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