Although its options aren't as diverse as you'll find in Dubai, Abu Dhabi hosts a fair few bars and clubs, all of which are based in hotels that own alcohol-vending licenses. The current vogue seems to be for British- and Irish-style pubs complete with dartboards, pub quizzes, and fish and chips. Other venues range from jazz clubs to sophisticated piano bars to cheesy themed nightclubs. Drinking alcohol can get expensive here, so keep an eye out for the promotions and offers many establishments offer on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.Abu Dhabi's relative wealth and peaceful mindset make running into trouble while out on the town practically unheard-of. That said, don't stray from the main thoroughfares late at night, and let common sense dictate your behavior at all times.Quick Facts Never consume alcohol on the street away from licensed premises, do not carry it on public transportation, and do not purchase it on behalf of a Muslim—all of these are illegal activities in Abu Dhabi. Do not even consider drinking and driving. You could end up spending several weeks in prison even if you're just slightly over the legal limit. You'll need to buy a special license to purchase alcohol for consumption in your room. In case of emergency, dial 999 to reach the police and ambulance service, 997 for the fire department. Sexual activity outside of marriage is illegal, even for foreigners. The legal drinking age is 21, but to drink alcohol you must obtain a license.
Bars and Lounges
Located at the Hilton's private beach club, Hiltonia, Escape is a great place to relax and enjoy the view. A young, trendy crowd of locals and tourists packs this popular place.
Horse and Jockey
InterContinental al-Ain Resort
Al Salam Street #145
The swirling patterns of its carpets give the Horse and Jockey a 1970s feel, but the drinks menu and pub quizzes are very much up to date. Try to make it here for one of the special barbecue nights. Tuesday evening's Quiz Night is popular with locals. Smoking is allowed.
Le Royal Méridien
It seems that wherever you go in the world, you’ll find an Irish pub. PJ O’Reilly’s offers a sufficiently authentic experience, sanded wooden surfaces, football on the TV, and decent fish and chips. The staff tends to be overworked, so it’s not always easy to get timely service.
Al Ain Palace Hotel
Baniyas Najda St.
This sweat-laced and lively music venue draws Filipino migrant workers in hordes, so expect to find Filipino-influenced food and drink options. A trio plays pop songs before guests mount the stage for raucous karaoke sessions.
The Captain’s Arms
Le Méridien Hotel
Tourist Club Area
Happy hour, which runs from 5pm–7pm, packs this typically British-style pub quickly most nights. The low ceiling broods over a bar lined with foreign beers, wines, and spirits. If you get peckish, the food menu features pies, burgers, and sandwiches.
Cristal Cigar and Champagne Bar
As the name might suggest, this is a plush, classy joint filled with sparkling chandeliers and minimalist furniture. Live jazz bands play most nights. The clientele consists of well-to-do locals with a fondness for Western culture.
Jazz Bar & Dining
Corniche Road West
Appealing to a more sophisticated crowd, Jazz Bar's drink prices can be a bit higher than those at other clubs. The live jazz is known to be good, so arrive early to get a good seat.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
This highly atmospheric nightspot on the roof of the Crowne Plaza features a large gazebo where you can lounge around poolside on rattan chairs. DJs play loungey house music all night long.
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