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Nightlife Nirvana: Discovering Abu Dhabi’s Hottest Bars

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The UAE has steadily relaxed its alcohol laws, with Abu Dhabi being the only emirate that permits licensed venues to brew beer on-site, provided it is consumed on the premises. Abu Dhabi, aiming to attract nearly 40 million tourists by 2030, is renowned as the UAE's holiday and party hub and vibrant nightlife.

Abu Dhabi has some of the most exciting and bars making the nightlife scene vibrant. With the Emirate offering a variety of bars that cater to different tastes and preferences, there is something for everyone. The bars offer an excellent mix of elegant settings, creative drinks, and stunning views, making them some of the best food and drink spots to hang out in Abu Dhabi and enjoy a memorable night. Here are our top picks of the best bars in Abu Dhabi.


Get ready to chill out in one of the stylish rooftop bars of Abu Dhabi at Relax@12. It's a perfect place to catch stunning views and enjoy the sunset on the 12th floor of Aloft Abu Dhabi. The bar offers a relaxed and chic atmosphere and is just the place to grab drinks after work and hit the dance floor.

Ray’s Bar

Popular for its mesmerising ambience, creative cocktails, and refreshing beverages, Ray’s Bar is just the place for you to relax and socialize. Located on the 62nd floor of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, the bar offers some innovative cocktails, delectable snacks, and fascinating views, which are all the makings of a perfect night out.

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Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar

Discover the ultra-luxurious and enchanting world of Siddharta Lounge. The temperature-controlled rooftop lounge is a captivating place to enjoy renowned music and a scrumptious dining experience in the backdrop of dazzling views of the Arabian Gulf. The lively atmosphere and vibrant energy at the rooftop bar make it a great place to enjoy a night out.

Hidden Bar

Hidden Bar located at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island, is a haven offering an ultimate night out experience, set in a spacious outdoor terrace area. Guests will love to delve into the handcrafted gin infusions and indulge in the gastronomic journey. Hidden Bar is renowned for its unique "Gin O'Clock" experience, which includes a curated menu and delectable mains and desserts, all paired with unlimited cocktails, bubbles, and more.

Stratos Revolving Lounge & Bar

Those seeking an unforgettable night out must visit Stratos. Nestled amidst Abu Dhabi's skyline, the revolving restaurant, lounge bar and grill, promise patrons an unmatched dining experience for cocktail connoisseurs and food enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in ever-changing 360-degree panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf as you spend time out with friends.

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