Tonight’s the night: your guide to nightclubs in Abu Dhabi

By Team for AbuDhabi World on April 02, 2016

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If you’re in need of a night out on the town, look no further. Here’s our pick of the best clubs and theme nights in the city

MAD

Formerly O1NE, this notorious spot gives Dubai’s nightlife a run for its money. You couldn’t miss it from the outside – the graffiti clad circular structure stands out even among Yas Island’s plethora of unique edifices. Inside, the spacious club is lined with giant screens, giving a 360-degree projection mapping. Open three days a week, there’s a different theme each night, including MAD Thursday, URBN on Friday and Singles Traffic Jam on Sundays – which also happens to be ladies night. Thu, Fri and Sun 11pm-3.30am. Contact: 055 834 6262, madonyasisland.com

People by Crystal

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It may be small but this boutique nightclub packs a big punch. Bringing a high-energy vibe to the lounge-style club, LED screens display various projections on the ceiling and walls. It’s all about the ladies on Women Crush Tuesdays while Thursday is the Urban Showdown. Taking over the weekend revelries is DJ Saif and Sound from Radio 1 spinning blasts from the past mixed with current tunes for Revival Night. The Collection, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Tue, Thu and Fri 11pm-3.30am. Contact: 050 826 9698, peoplebycrystal.com

Iris Yas Island

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Restaurant by day, bar by night, Iris is the place to be any night of the week. The trendy spot, which originated in Beirut, is chilled, but there’s a great vibe as the nocturnal set enjoy crafty mixed drinks and great beats among a background of bobbing yachts. Follow Iris’ Facebook page to find out about theme nights, guest DJs and live performances. Mon-Sat 6pm-3am, Fri 4pm-4am. Contact: 055 160 5636, facebook.com/irisyasislanduae

De La Costa

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If you want to feel like you’re on vacation, head to Saadiyat Beach Club where you can enjoy great beats from the DJs while dancing on the coast. Aside from bringing a range of artists from Beenie Man to Bob Marley tributes to the club, De La Costa is also the venue of choice for regular events 50 Shades of Blues and Versus. Sat-Wed 5pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 5pm-2am. Contact: 02 656 3500, facebook.com/saadiyatbeachclub

P&C

While downstairs is a sophisticated tapas restaurant that’s home to a live jazz station, upstairs is where the cool kids are. Both chic and contemporary, the rooftop bar at P&C offers great views of the canal from a chilled atmosphere. It’s also home to Audio Tonic, the region’s longest-running weekly house music night. Keep track of guest DJs and appearances at facebook.com/audiotonic. Sat-Thu 6pm-3am, Fri 4pm-3am. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, between the bridges. Contact: 02 509 8777, shangri-la.com

Rush

As the only nightclub in the world built over a Formula 1 racetrack, Rush has the cool factor for location alone. The spacious red-lit club has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views over the track and marina. The weekly theme nights feature some of the city’s best DJs including DJ Kaboo and Cliff Townley. Don’t miss Sugar RUSH Ladies Night every Monday where ladies receive complimentary spirits until 2am while DJs spin “sugar-coated” R&B and party hits. Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri 10.30pm-3.30am. Contact: 055 780 0086, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/abudhabi

Sax

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One of the oldest nightclubs in town features a line-up of local and international entertainment with weekly theme nights. Every Wednesday it’s Balkan Night with beats from DJ Goran. Don’t miss special theme nights like The Censored Project, live performances from Arabic stars and ladies nights. Mon, Wed-Sat 10pm-3am. Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa Street. Contact: 050 663 0753,facebook.com/saxabudhabi

Liv

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It’s not your typical nightclub, but the city’s latest spot is certainly going to give its club rivals a run for their money. Yas Beach recently introduced LIV at Yas Beach, described as a “hedonistic playground”. The beachside venue promises the “who’s who” of international DJs on the weekends, as well as theme nights, beach brunches and more. Contact: facebook.com/yasbeach

Ladies nights

Yes it’s ladies night, and the feeling’s right. Check out these other clubs with special offers just for women

The Yacht Club

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Every Wednesday ladies can enjoy unlimited bubble from 9pm until late while enjoying beats from DJs Angelo and Paul Hamilton. 7pm-3.30am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen. Contact: 02 666 6888

Level Lounge

Free signature cocktails. Mon 7pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street. Contact: 02 616 6166

Relax@12

Free drinks for ladies all night. Thu and Fri 10pm-2am. Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to Adnec. Contact: 02 654 5138, relaxat12abudhabi.com

Moodz

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Five selected beverages for AED 5. Fri 7pm-3am. Al Ain Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Ain. Contact: 03 754 5111, fb.alain@rotana.com

Thirst 1st Bar and Lounge

AED 2 for drinks. Sun 8pm-11pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street, between Airport and Muroor Roads. Contact: 02 657 4848, facebook.com/hiauh

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