STEPPING UP FOR SUMMER IN YAS BAY
LOCK, STOCK & BARREL
Roast that Rocks happens every Sunday at Lock Stock & Barrel from 2PM and for just AED 120 you get a full roast dinner, one house beverage, and live entertainment.
The menu is full of choices: choose two proteins, a drink, and your preferred style of Yorkshire pudding (giant or unlimited). The protein choices include beef striploin, lamb leg, chicken, or vegetable.
All of the 'fixings' are pretty similar with each option and they're fantastic: roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, honey-glazed parsnips, green beans, and gravy. The tender beef striploin with cauliflower cheese (oh-so-good!), and proper, well-seasoned gravy in the most massive giant Yorkshire pudding is an excellent choice. The portion is generous, so make sure you come hungry!
The fantastic guitarist makes sure the room is rocking out to old-school classics, popular British pop songs, and a few current faves too.
For AED 120, this is a great value deal, plus there were unlimited Yorkshires, and also UNLIMITED YORKSHIRES! ... what more do you need?
Time: Sunday 2PM - 10PM
Price: AED120 per person
Booking: 04 423 8308
Go Geisha is in the top 3 ladies nights in Abu Dhabi. It ticks every box: a value-for-money deal, atmosphere and ambience, great drinks and delicious Pan-Asian food. Food isn’t always everyone’s priority at a Ladies Night, but this is definitely a huge selling point for us and Asia Asia delivers ten-fold.
Consider yourself spoiled for choice with Asia Asia’s drinks menu, inclusive of: wine (white/red/rose), single house spirits with mixers, Tiger beer and 2 signature cocktails. Unless you want to gamble with a hangover, we advise you not to mix your drinks, but it’s just so hard not to when the mixers are spot on, the wine pours are generous, they offer unique cocktails and you don’t have to worry about wasting a drink token because you have 6 of them! The sake based haruka has refreshing lychee, lemon and rose flavours and the watermelon & basil martini echoes the same fresh sentiment, with a perfectly contrasted light watermelon flavour against a sharp ‘martini-esque’ vodka kick.
For starters the Indonesian chicken satay skewers and the made-to-order sushi are winners, with the avocado maki also coming in hot.
We love the khao soi (yellow curry) and beef Singapore noodles, soy marinated salmon and classic sweet & sour chicken for mains, all excellent quality and great for sharing if you're in a group. Finish with either the caramel cheesecake or yuzu tart.
Sit inside with the dim mood lighting under the renowned cherry blossom tree or outside with stunning views of the Yas Bay boardwalk crowds and the water.
This is a must-try and will become your favourite too - you won’t leave hungry, thirsty or disappointed!
Time: Thursdays 6PM - 1AM
Price: AED 225 per lady
Booking: 04 423 8302
If what you're after is a good time and a boatload of atmosphere, La Carnita has it. Evenings especially, you're guaranteed a great night with excellent drinks and a good vibe.
The bar area at La Carnita is standing room only on both Thursday and Friday nights. Thursday is ladies night, when girls get unlimited, free margaritas until 11PM while being entertained by Latin dancers to really bring the noise.
Friday night at La Carnita is always a good idea. To really bring the Mexican flavour, the mariachi band plays from 9PM.
Settle yourself in on weekdays from 4PM - 7PM and enjoy selected drinks for just AED30. The mixologists are always on point, with drinks well made and looking gorgeous.
Saturday is brunch day and La Carnita's brunch is popular with anyone who loves Mexican food, great drinks and a DJ. Views over Yas Bay make this twice as cool and even in summer, vibes are impeccable with the incredible interior decor.
Once a month, La Carnita houses Reggaeton, an all-day Saturday party. Expect amazing food and drinks packages starting with brunch, moving to after brunch then party night. The vibe is strongly party, a guaranteed good time.
Open: 12PM - 2AM
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4PM - 7PM, AED30 on selected house beverages
Ladies Night: Freeflow classic Margaritas for ladies between 8PM - 11PM. Minimum spend AED150 per person.
Reggaeton all day Saturday party. Next one is the end of June - stay tuned for deets.
Contact: 050 185 8068
LOCK, STOCK & BARREL
LSB’s Saturday brunch is by far the best party brunch in Abu Dhabi and it's priced just right at just AED275. It’s a relaxed vibe so you can dress up, bring a bunch of friends and make a party out of it or have a casual vibey afternoon.
Start your experience with a wristband in exchange for payment and a welcome drink, with buckets of beers and glasses of chilled wine waiting at the door, ready to get the party started. The menu consists of sharing platters for starters and the main course, all of which can be ordered as many times as you like. For drinks, you can choose from a selection of beer (draught and bottle) wines, spirits, and cocktails. We like the South Side Ricky with gin, lemon, cucumber, and soda - light and refreshing with a hint of sweetness. They keep on coming!
The starter platter is an assortment of bar bites: excellent Cajun chicken tacos with some heat from chipotle aioli and a shredded cabbage crunch; salt and pepper chicken wings with a light coating, keeping them nice and crispy. Keep ordering the guac and chips till you can't guac no more and the beef skewers are a popular zingy bite.
The main course platter is laden down with battered fish, hand-cut chips, roast chicken, veal sausages, pulled brisket, striploin, mac and cheese, and cornbread, the highlights being the sausages and the fish and chips done just right. Dessert is simple: vanilla ice cream over cookie and brownie chunks and the LSB trifle with raspberry and cream.
The music is rock, which plays into the style of the venue and makes for perfect brunch music and it lifts the tempo as the afternoon goes on - by the end of the brunch, everyone is dancing, drinks in hand.
Lock Stock & Live is fantastic value with a great variety of unlimited bites and a solid drink menu and the vibes are outstanding - 100% an afternoon well-spent.
Post brunch tip: Carry on with happy hour at LSB or head next door to Central for bowling and games.
Time: Saturdays 2-5pm
Price: Soft AED200 | House AED275
Lock Stock & Barrel is a 21+ venue.
Booking: 02 235 8659
This is an excellent Friday night brunch, starting with 12 starters - don't miss the crispy sweet potato, the dim sum and the fabulous ceviche. There is something on the main course list to cover everyone's tastes but we love the miso black cod and the tenderloin above all else! Desserts don't disappoint: enjoy a platter with a range of tasting options - the chocolate marquise and the mochi hit so well and finish the meal just right.
Drinks include cocktails like Aperol Spritz, Negroni, and sangria. The rose wine is also good. The vibe is pumping, with a DJ playing vibey house music throughout the night.
Time: 8PM - 11PM
Soft AED275 | House AED375 | Prosecco AED475 | Kids 7-12 = 50% off
Reservations: 02 235 8663
Art Market hit the ground running in Yas Bay and is now one of Abu Dhabi's most popular cafes. They do something that very few others in the genre seem to be able to do: produce good food, simple but done well at sold at reasonable prices. We love the breakfasts, the sandwiches and the cakes ... and also that we can get a glass of prosecco while we wait.
What you may not know is that Art Market is also a barber shop as wel as doing fabulous art activations, using guest artists and artisans. Stay tuned for details on calligraphy classes and other great events.
Time: 7.30AM - 10.30PM
Contact: 050 993 1884