WHERE TO EAT ON YAS ISLAND DURING ABU DHABI COMEDY WEEK

Abu Dhabi Comedy Week is making its debut, and we sure are excited about this one! With the likes of Dave Chappelle, Aziz Ansari, Joanne McNally, Bassem Youssef & Maz Jobrani, Tom Segura, Bad Friends, Tommy Tiernan & Kevin Bridges, Shawn Chidiac, Andrew Schulz, Jo Koy and Chris Tucker taking the stage, Yas Island is set to echo with laughter. Hitting the stage at Etihad Arena between May 18th - 26th 2024, it's one we don't want to miss - and as always, our main questions is: what are we eating?


Lucky enough to nab tickets? Make a night of it with dinner, drinks or both at one of these fabulous Yas Island hotspots. Doors open between 6 - 7PM (make sure you check your tickets!), so you will have plenty of time to grab a bite before - and don't forget a nightcap after - that’s showbiz, right?

BARBOSSA

YAS BAY


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 3-7PM will serve you well, plus look out for Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Paloma Wednesday, 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

MIKA

YAS MARINA


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

ART MARKET

YAS BAY


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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

CENTRAL

YAS BAY


Always a perfect destination for parents with kids of every age, this is a great option if you are taking your teenage comedy fans to a show. As well as a menu packed with favourites every day of the week, check out their Saturday brunch: along with arcade credits, they 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 laugh-out-loud action. 


BB+ MENU: BB+ members can take advantage of the exclusive BB+ menu offer at Central every day of the week. 


Open: 4PM-12AM Monday - Thursday | 12PM-2AM Friday - Sunday

Bookings: +971 4 423 8311

RANGOLI

YAS ISLAND ROTANA


You might not have time to grab dinner before your comedy gig kicks off, but they open late enough to satisfy those post-show hunger pangs, and it's worth it - 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

EL&N

YAS BAY


Want something that will lift your spirits, and really make your night a glitzy 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

LOCK STOCK & BARREL

YAS BAY


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 before the evening 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

ASIA ASIA

YAS BAY


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

PENELOPE’S

YAS MARINA


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

BUA THAI CAFE

YAS BAY


The 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

STILLS

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

Danika Star

1/19/2024