FRIDAY NIGHT FAVOURITES IN ABU DHABI
GRAND HYATT ABU DHABI
With arguably the best views on the Corniche, we love that this ladies night is on a Friday, making it the perfect way to get the weekend started in style! The live music - a live jazz duo - will have you movin’ and shakin’, while the sophisticated vibe and palace views are perfect for Friday with the girls. It’s great value too at AED99 for three selected drinks, a tapas platter AND a free flowing cocktail of the day.
Time: 5PM - 1.30AM
Contact: 02 510 1234
CONRAD ABU DHABI ETIHAD TOWERS
We’re suckers for a good pun, so even calling this one ‘the Grape Escape’ starts us off on the right foot! Ray’s Bar already has a reputation as a perfect spot for sunset drinks on the 62nd floor, so combine that with artisanal cheese and wine pairings and live music, and we will be regulars for sure. An easy pick for date night, classy after-work drinks or just showing your mates that you have your finger on the pulse, for fans of fine wine and epic views, this is an ideal night out.
Time: 8PM - 11PM
Ok, this one is technically available from Monday to Friday, but we do think it makes a perfect start to your weekend. We love the buzz at LPM at any time of the day, but perching at the bar for an end-of-the-work-week cocktail really hits the spot. It feels like a disservice to call this one a happy hour - the cocktails are that good and the bar snacks are again elevated. The burrata and tomato toast is a little slice of heaven, and ordering something like la sucette (with Grey Goose, strawberry yoghurt, CO2 & rosé wine lollipop) makes me feel like a kid in a grown-up candy shop!
Time: 5PM - 7PM exclusively at the bar
Price: AED48 all cocktails, bar snacks from AED25
Contact: 02 692 9600
EASTERN MANGROVES PROMENADE
20% OFF WITH BB+
This new Friday night brunch is an outstanding option for a great Japanese food brunch in Abu Dhabi.
Start with the incredible Ba:TE platter, on fire with maki rolls, sashimi, a good ceviche and the best Japanese tacos. Choose which appetisers you'd like from the menu and order both these and the
platter as often as you like. Be sure to get the don't-miss gyoza, chicken
popcorn and the best crispy sweet potato!
We loved the softbab mains: the softbab is ceremoniously untied from its own clay pot, where the salmon and short rib lies on a bed of rice, which is beautifully crispy at the edges. The waiter then mixes it all in together - you can ask for it not to be mixed if you prefer to avoid the rice, but it was absolutely delicious. The dessert platter is pretty, perfect for lovers of mochi, matcha and some absolutely outstanding chocolate fondant.
It's not a stretch to say that drinks are excellent too - we'll leave it to you to confirm that!
Time: 6.30PM - 11PM, 3 hour sittings
Price: Soft AED299 | House AED450 | Bubbly AED690
Booking: 02 632 5272
MANDARIN ORIENTAL EMIRATES PALACE
Hakkasan’s elegant Friday evening brunch menu features unlimited cocktails, sparkling, wine, beer, house spirits, and a collection of Hakkasan cuisine favorites.
The feast is accompanied by a specially curated menu of the perfect signature bites, starting with the Supreme Peking duck with caviar as well as a selection of Hakkasan’s most popular Dim Sum. Following the dim sum are bite-sized, savoury options such as Salt & pepper squid and Jasmine tea smoked Wagyu beef ribs. The feast is then finished on a sweet note with a decadent dessert selection.
Time: 8PM - 11PM
Price: AED488 for house package
Booking: 02 690 7739 https://hakkasan.com/abu-dhabi/reservations/
Dress code: upscale smart casual: no flip flops, shorts, sportswear
FAIRMONT BAB AL BAHR
Calling all you middle and off-islanders! Looking for a Friday night bargain that's not too far from home? Head to Bridges at the Fairmont Bab al Bahr and pick up this amazing deal: enjoy unlimited house beverages including Beer of the Month as well as any menu item for just AED199. We recommend the burger, the pizzas and the fish and chips!
If you're lucky you'll catch some football or rugby on the screens: Bridges could become your new go-to bar!
Time: Fridays from 7PM - 10PM
Price: 199 AED
Booking: 056 502 4999
The Warehouse at Pearl Rotana is the place to be on Friday nights, if fun tapas, an incredible live musician and good vibes are what you're looking for.
The wine list is extensive and perfect for anyone not too sure what they like - and if you really can't decide, let the knowledgeable staff help you out There are loads of options for anyone who'd prefer a cocktail and even mocktails for the designated driver night! Pair these with some great bar bites and tapas - we live the short rib and the beef sliders, get your toes tapping to the rhythm (dancing is encouraged!) and let the Warehouse slide you into your weekend in the right way.
Time: Happy hour 5PM - 8PM, bar open until late
20% off the bill with BB+
Contact: 02 307 5552
SOUQ AT QARYAT AL BERI
Arguably Abu Dhabi's most fun bar, Atlon brings you some impeccable Friday night action at TFI brunch.
Head to this unpretentious, on-the-water bar for a Friday night brunch where you can get unlimited drinks and bar bites for a knock-down, drag-out price. It's the best value in town and a good night is guaranteed.
Time: Friday 8PM - 11PM
Price: Soft AED149, house AED199, bubbly AED249
Contact: 058 575 3414
20% OFF WITH BB+
Mykonos has views for days over to Al Maryah Island, and this new Friday night brunch is one for anyone who wants to end their week with drinks in hand.
Alongside the free-flowing drinks, there's a buffet featuring Mediterranean bits and a DJ spinning tunes to have you on your feet.
Time: Friday 7pm - 11pm
Price: AED99 soft, AED150 house
20% discount with BB+
Booking: 050 785 2320