WHERE TO EAT ON YAS ISLAND BEFORE HAMILTON
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Formerly La Carnita, Barbossa has relaunched with a BANG! Not much boosts the vibe more than excellent Mexican food and proper margaritas, making Barbossa a perfect option for pre-show dinner and drinks. Pull up a stool for a tipple at the bar and watch the bartenders do their thing for that front-row-seat feeling. Daily happy hour from 4-7PM will serve you well, plus look out for Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Ladies Night and Saturday brunch stepping it up from 1–5PM (from AED249).
Open: 12PM - 2AM Thursday - Saturday | 12PM - 1AM Sunday - Wednesday
Bookings: +971 2 886 7876
The latest darling of Yas Marina, we are still dreaming about the simple but exquisite food plated up by chef/patron Mario Loi. With interiors I want to call home, perfect terrace views across the Marina and some of the best Mediterranean food going in Abu Dhabi, keep an eye on the time: the hours melt away, and you might be late for the show! Try the filo-wrapped baked feta drizzled with honey and signature cocktail from the bar.
Open: 12PM-12AM | daily (open until 1AM Friday-Saturday)
Bookings: 056 433 1422
YAS ISLAND ROTANA
Perfect for dinner after a matinee showing, or open late enough to satisfy those post-show hunger pangs, dinner at Rangoli is a production all on its own! Opt for wow-factor dishes like smoked lamb chops (served in a literal jar of smoke) or gold-dusted, charcoal black koyla samosa chaat for a feast for the eyes as well as the belly. For top quality, special occasion Indian fare, this one is hard to pass up.
Open: 6PM-12AM | daily
Bookings: 02 656 4000
Pull up a pew in the relaxed setting of Art Market. Choose from their tasty cafe-style menu, order a beverage (or two) and enjoy some chilled beats - you could hardly find a closer spot to warm up before taking a few steps down the promenade to Etihad Arena! We love their friendly staff, and anywhere that we can order breakfast food AND a cocktail gets our tick of approval.
Open: 7.30AM-11.30PM | daily
Bookings: 050 993 1884
The perfect destination for parents with kids of every age, this is a great option if you are taking your younger theatre fans to the show. As well as a menu packed with favourites every day of the week, check out their Saturday brunch: along with arcade credits, they have facepainting and a bouncy castle and even have a teenagers package! Rally the troops for a game of bowling afterward (brunch runs 1-4PM) and happy hour until 8PM, and then it’ll be time to head off for some musical action.
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Open: 4PM-12AM Monday - Thursday | 12PM-2AM Friday - Sunday
Bookings: +971 4 423 8311
Want something that will lift your spirits, and really make your night a glitzy pink affair to remember? Serving up some of the most aesthetic meals you could ask for - all day brunch, burgers and mains, and a coffee to keep you going - EL&N is almost within touching distance of the stadium. This café really is as sweet as pie, and the perfect backdrop if you want a cute pic to commemorate the night!
Open: 10AM-12AM daily (open until 2AM Friday-Saturday)
Bookings: 009712883 9395
Abu Dhabi’s quintessential party bar, Lock, Stock & Barrel guarantees bangin’ vibes, great times and finger lickin’ food. Saturday’s Lock, Stock & Live Brunch 2-5PM (from AED 225), is a good option for a brunch that fits between shows. Happy hour runs from 4-8PM daily, so either way this one is a winner - and the closest bar to the arena!
Open: 4PM-2AM | daily | earlier opening Friday-Sunday
Bookings: +971 2 235 8659
Make a night of it! Treat yourself to dinner at Asia Asia with a view over the water and those delicious Pan-Asian flavours they are so well known for. We love too many things to list, but our highlights include the always-on-point cocktails, excellent service and the crispy sweet potato that we’d make a special trip for!
BB+ MENU: BB+ members can take advantage of the exclusive BB+ menu offer at ASIA ASIA every day of the week.
Open: 6PM-1AM Monday-Thursday | 2PM-1AM Friday-Sunday
Bookings: 04 423 8302
Fancy starting the evening off with something a little sophisticated but still easy going? Penelope’s has you covered. Depending on the day of the week, they have some fun specials, including their ladies night. Happy hour runs from 5-7PM, with their signature cocktails at AED30.
BB+ MENU: BB+ members can take advantage of the exclusive BB+ menu offer at Penelope’s every day of the week.
Open: 5PM-1AM Monday - Thursday | 12PM-1AM Friday - Sunday
Bookings: 050 204 2475
CROWNE PLAZA YAS ISLAND
A favourite we return to time and again, Stills consistently delivers on quality and taste - you can opt for something a little fancier, or keep it simple with some bar bites or a burger while making the most of happy hour from 3-9PM. Saturday’s Daydream Brunch is all about fun, featuring a BBQ hub, Mexican station, kids menu, lavish grand buffet, free-flowing drinks and live music. It runs from 12:30-4PM!
Open: 12PM-1AM | daily
Bookings: +971 2 656 3066
The newly opened sister restaurant of Desert Lotus, we rate Bua’s signature pad Thai - they swap noodles for crispy wontons - and cool off with a Thai iced coffee - delish! A smaller venue (so we’d recommend booking sooner rather than later), while the weather is kind, nab a seat outside and enjoy some people watching and soak up the pre-show buzz with your crew.
Open: 12-11PM | daily
Bookings: 02 575 3158