TERRACES AND ROOFTOPS IN ABU DHABI
There's no better place to feel like you're part of the Yas Bay action than the La Carnita terrace. The vibrant, comfortable seating allows you to settle in and enjoy the great food and drinks that La Carnita is known for as well as having the great feeling of the few who can get a terrace seat along the very busy Yas Bay promenade in winter.
What's hot? The taco menu has been ramped up with new options and big enough tacos to please even the hungriest among us (the carne asada is our pick!), while the dessert selection will leave you with memories of some of the best Mexican food in Abu Dhabi.
Sidenote: is there anything better than churros with dulce de leche, done right?!
Drinks are on point too - you can't go past the famous La Carnita margaritas but if you prefer a good gin cocktail, they do a mean negroni. And yes, you can order the infamous negroni sbagliato - with prosecco!
Time: 6PM - 2AM
Ladies Night: Thursdays 8PM - 11PM
CONRAD ETIHAD TOWERS
The VaKaVa terrace has it all: insanely chic, contemporary decor, sweeping views over the water and most importantly, a vibe.
On the VaKaVa terrace, you get a really good over-the-water feeling with views along the waterside where there's always something happening (what exactly is going on on that island??!) The space is whatever you need it to be: high tables for bigger groups, comfy chairs around the edges for a more intimate time, and bar stools to watch the bar chaps doing their thing, which is quite something!
Drinks are outstanding - don't miss the swoony dulce fizz with rums, prosecco and apricot brandy plus a bit of lime, and the Coco Linda, Tequila infused tea, Aperol, agave syrup, coconut milk, lemon juice finished off with orange juice.
Gents Night on Thursday is one of the most popular in town, where gentlemen get a great deal on drinks and the chance to enjoy a fab Latino band!
The 25% BB+ discount on the incredible la carte menu at VaKaVa's terrace makes it even more enticing - this might be the terrace you visit the most this season!
Time: From 7PM Tuesday - Sunday
JUMEIRAH AT SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT
Not only does the terrace at The Lounge give you incredible sunset views, this season, it's jazzing it up!
On a Friday night, head to this glorious rooftop terrace and listen to the sounds of Vintage Band as they croon their way through loads of favourites, with everything from Fever to Bruno Mars. The package includes a really good signature platter with some great house beverages: live music, a bite to eat, fab drinks, a sunset show and live music - so many good reasons to go!
The Lounge opens from 6PM
Jazz Night: Fridays 7PM -10PM
Price: Soft AED175, house AED225
Booking: 971 2 811 4342
THE ABU DHABI EDITION
The rooftop at Annex is a thing of funky beauty with amazing decor and a definite vibe all week long. But when it really comes to life is on Saturdays at the Annex Animals brunch!
Get that jungle vibe with tropical themed beverages and bites, makeup artists to get you in-theme and DJs playing wild tunes all night.
Enjoy funky bar bites, with some of the most creative cocktails in Abu Dhabi alongside deliciously chilly wines and bubbles to really set your days and nights on fire. It's wild!
Annex is open Wednesday - Sunday nights nights, f5PM onwards
Saturday Brunch timing: 2PM-5PM
Price: House bar, sparklers & cocktails AED 295 | Bubbly, premium bar and curated cocktails AED 395
Booking: 02 208 0000
MAMSHA AL SAADIYAT
The Raclette terrace is a great space, superbly designed to replicate a forest complete with twinkly lights in the evening and breathtaking views across Soul Beach and over to the sea to enjoy in daylight hours. It's a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner or just a couple of hours aperitivo.
It's open for le petit dejeuner at 9AM and with a daily happy hour from 11AM - 6PM Raclette is an amazing place to spend both day and night and the 20% BB+ discount on a la carte makes it an excellent option for outdoor dining in Abu Dhabi.
Time: 9AM - 12AM
KHALIDIYAH PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA
If dining with a view is what you're looking for, the terrace at Kamoon has one of the most beautiful terrace views in Abu Dhabi. Recently refurbished, the terrace looks out over the sea and is a great place to enjoy a shisha with some light Arabic bites. There is often an oud player to add to the very relaxed ambiance and make your outdoor dining experience special.
Time: 12PM - 12AM
Contact: 2 657 0000
BUT WAIT, THERE ARE MORE GREAT PLACES TO DINE OUTDOORS IN ABU DHABI ...
Abdel Wahab for shisha, drinks and great Lebanese food
Pearl Lounge at Grand Hyatt - a huge terrace with views over the water
Hakkasan at Emirates Palace - great cocktails and Asian bites
Shala Terrace at Park Hyatt - superb Gulf views and instant relax
Tean at Jumeirah Saadiyat - almost on the beach with an eclectic Arabic menu