Abu Dhabi's best outdoor bars

While you can still enjoy the UAE’s cooler weather, make sure you check out these awesome outdoor watering holes in the UAE capital.

Neil Churchill March 10, 2015

Hakkasan, Emirates Palace (above)
In keeping with the chain's signature look, walking into Hakkasan at Emirates Palace and seeing the wooden screens, latticing design and green and brown colouring, you'll be reminded of the brand's other high-end locations around the world, namely the original London flagship.

This one differs from Hanway Place however with an extensive outdoor terrace that might just be the best place in the city to unwind after a long day in the office. Removed from the usual sights of the corniche, the terrace embraces a stylish, minimalistic design with plants and greenery a welcome addition, while low lighting adds a moody character.


Asia de Cuba abu dhabi.

Asia de Cuba, St. Regis Nation Towers
The vibrant Chino-Latino restaurant officially opened its doors earlier this year, but it's not just its fantastic food that makes it a must visit. It's outdoor lounge and beach deck has an enviable location on the corniche, with unbroken views of the sea and Marina island.

Its creative interior design extends outside with comfy wicker seating, beach-side cabanas, a long high-rise table and bar seating to choose from. The colourful space blends touches of Cuban décor, modern Italian furniture and quirky lighting features, creating a unique, funky outdoor bar in the UAE's capital.


Iris Abu Dhabi. Iris, Yas Island
It's not always easy to find an unconventional, trendy bar that still embodies the style, panache and attraction of high-end venues, and it will pain its rivals to see how easily Iris on Yas Island has managed it. Its styling is a mix of home comfort and outdoor minimalism, with flora punctuating the wooden surfaces.

With the lit-up Yas Viceroy a constant presence in the background, it's not hard to get lost in Iris' laid-back atmosphere and spend far longer here than you had planned.


Scott's, Etihad Towers
It might seem strange that given the Etihad Towers all-consquering height on the Abu Dhabi corniche, this outdoor bar is found at ground level. But such is the class, style and sophistication of Scott's, you won't find a more worthy outdoor venue at this address.

Offering the finest oysters, fish and crustacean, the restaurant is hard to beat for seafood lovers. But on the upper terrace, its dramatic location with open air views mixed with sumptuous wine options and classic cocktails make it a suave bar that's hard to beat.


Skylite, Yas Viceroy abu dhabi. Skylite, Yas Viceroy
Probably Abu Dhabi's most iconic hotel - thanks to its colour-changing light display and the Formula One track nestled in its roots - it will come as a surprise to no-one that there's a swanky, stylish bar on the 9th floor rooftop.

Expect a busy, chic crowd at weekends with commercial house music from the resident DJ. But during the week the urban roof deck is a chilled venue for an afterwork catch-up. Plus sitting beneath the sensational canopy will never tire.


Ingredients, Eastern Mangroves Hotel abu dhabi. Ingredients, Eastern Mangroves Hotel
A unique outdoor venue in the wider UAE as much as it is in Abu Dhabi, Ingredients may be the mandatory international cuisine restaurant at Eastern Mangroves, but its terrace offers one-off views of the mangroves in all their natural glory.

The two al fresco spaces serve as the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy a cold beverage or two while you leave the city behind you. Sit still for long enough and you're likely to see some wildlife.