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Where to Find Abu Dhabi's Best Bars

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Hotel bars and lounges are hot spots for expatriates and tourists who seek libations after spending a day at work or under the desert sun. For tourists, the only place to legally consume alcohol is at a hotel or resort. From beachside cabanas to smoky lounges, there is plenty of wine, beer, and liquor to go around. Note that alcohol may not be consumed in public; a designated driver or taxi is always a good idea; and the country goes dry during Ramadan and several other days each year.
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Khor Al Maqta,Qaryat al Beri - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
For a nightcap, head to the enchanting Pool Bar, and as you sip your concoction, enjoy the cityscape all lit up. From here you can take in a view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Al Maqta Bridge. The bar is open from 9am to 11:30pm, and...
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Sas Al Nakhl - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Dune bashing, as it is called in the UAE, is when you go off-roading in SUV on sand. To make the ride really exhilarating, the drivers go into blind drops down the side of a dune then expertly allow the vehicle to slide down the face of the dune...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
In true upscale nightclub fashion, Skybar is host to laser light shows, notable DJs, international bands (Wyclef Jean in particular), and unique club performances. Apparently the Skybar is the place to see and be seen. When I visited Abu Dhabi,...
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Emporium Bldg,Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina ,Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Overlooking the Yas Marina, this upscale take on an American sports bar is a perfect place to unwind. This bar is very popular with sports enthusiasts of all countries due to the number of televisions and breadth of broadcasts. The establishment...
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Building 1 Yas Marina, Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Stylishly lavish interiors are mere footnotes at Cipriani Yas Marina. Featuring classic Italian fare, the restaurant's dishes are surprisingly authentic and the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic night out. To make things even more memorable,...
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The St. Regis Hotel has several lovely restaurants along the waterfront at its Corniche location in Nation Towers. Asia de Cuba dances to its own beat with refined elegance coupled with a lively beach beat that invites anyone in off the street to...
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Yas Marina Circuit - Yacht Club - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
On one of the first cool days of winter in Abu Dhabi, some friends and I decided to celebrate the weekend outdoors at Yas Marina. Settling on a seafood restaurant, we found ourselves on the lovely patio at Aquarium. True to its name, inside the...
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Two Michelin Star chef Michael Caines recently arrived in Abu Dhabi to open Pearls at Etihad Towers. He envisions his restaurant to be casual fine dining to match the beach, but elegant ambiance from its location over the water. His menu includes...
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Level 62, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Rd W - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
On the 62nd floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel, Ray's Bar does sunsets and beautiful Abu Dhabi city views brilliantly. If you're a woman, you'll also be lucky enough to take in the tremendous view of the Corniche while you touch up your...
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InterContinental Abu Dhabi,Bainouna Street - شارع الملك عبدالله بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
For the beer connoisseur, a stop at the Begian Cafe will have you trying loads of flavors with friends, fellow travellers, and expats. In the wintertime, the outdoor patio opens up to long tables and benches for friends to gather and enjoy the...