Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi may not have the heaving sweaty dance clubs nor world-class DJs Dubai is famed for, but locals love its elegant champagne bars and Irish and German pubs. The city is seeing an increasing number of international acts, from J-Lo to Justin Timberlake.

Abu Dhabi Nightlife

Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar

Abu Dhabi’s most sophisticated champagne bar has a clubby, colonial vibe with its polished wood, Chesterfield sofas, and jazz pianist. Try to make the über-bargain Thursday 6pm happy hour.

Millennium Hotel, Khalifa St., 011-971-2-626-2700, www.millenniumhotels.com
Tags: nightlife | great value

Jazz Bar

This Art Deco favorite is the place for live jazz and blues, often performed by South African bands. While you can come for cocktails only, the contemporary fusion cuisine is superb.

Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel, Corniche Rd West, 011-971-2-681-1900, www.hilton.com
Tags: nightlife

Oceans

Enjoy the Arabian chill-out sounds and sea breezes on enormous white sofas on this lounge bar’s al fresco deck. If the weather is warm, head to the air-conditioned, colonial-inspired interior.

Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa St., 011-971-2-674-2020, www.lemeridien.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy

Sax

Dress up for this sophisticated bar-club and don’t miss Tuesday’s lively Lebanese night when well-dressed Arab expats dance on the tables to live improvisational sounds (a combination of jazz, DJ, and traditional music).

Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa St., 011-971-2-674-2020, www.meridien.com
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | lounge | dancing | cover charge | open late

Zari Zardozi

Feel like you’re on the set of a Bollywood movie at this atmospheric Indian bar-restaurant-club where DJs spin contemporary Indian fusion sounds as Abu Dhabi’s affluent society-set kicks back over hookah pipes.

Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa St., 011-971-2-674-2266, www.zarizardozi.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | cover charge | open late

Zenith

The enormous flashing lights and circular dance floor give this dance club a futuristic space-ship feel. Attracting a beautiful mix of well-to-do locals and media trendsetters, it’s the perfect place for people-watching.

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort & Towers Hotel, 011-971-2-677-3333, www.abudhabi-mall.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | cover charge | open late

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