Three of the coolest secret bars in Abu Dhabi, and how to get in them
We’re breaking the first rule of ‘secret bar club’ here…
We’re unlocking some of Abu Dhabi’s best kept nightlife secrets, because we firmly believe — the people deserve to know. Join us on this tour through hidden doors, into secluded speakeasies and past the red felt belts of the capital’s VVIP swag pads.
The password is ‘123’. Clearly haven’t got round to chaging the factory default yet.
Accessed via a secret door inside Saadiyat’s charming brasserie Parisienne, Fouquet’s — is the super chic, Le Marta. It’s a low-lit, burgundy-spun Aladdin’s cave of tasteful design. Inside you’ll find a bar stocked with sophisticated tipples and mixologists of note. They’ve just launched a brand new gent’s-only promotion that makes for a real ooh la lads night. Get two hours of free pour on premium sips every Wednesday night between 7.30pm and 9.30pm for Dhs350.
Fouquet’s, Saadiyat Island, next to Louvre Abu Dhabi, closed Monday, Sat to Wed (except Mon) midday to midnight, Thu and Fri midday to 1am. Tel: (02) 205 4200, fouquetsabudhabi.com
You might also like
Dragon’s Tooth is a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Or more accurately, it’s outrageously trendy cocktail lounge, hidden in Chinese eatery Dai Pai Dong, which is itself stashed inside Abu Dhabi’s Rosewood hotel. The bar, which was inspired by the 1920’s Shanghai Jazz scene, has a daily 6pm to 8pm blended beverage combo deal — with one signature drink and a serving of dim sum for Dhs77.
Dragon’s Tooth, Dai Pai Dong, Rosewood, Al Maryah Island, open 6pm-1am on weekdays, 6pm to 2am weekends. Tel: (02) 813 5550, @daipaidongad
There’s another secret soiree spot to uncover at Rosewood Abu Dhabi, and the hotel’s Hidden Bar offers some inspiring waterfront skyline. There’s a double daily happy hour 6pm to 8pm, and midnight to close. They also have a ‘Gin O’clock’ promotion available between 12 noon and 9pm every Friday, where you can enjoy a set three-course menu alongside three hours of free-flow cocktails, bubbles and grape for Dhs265.
Rosewood, Al Maryah Island, open Thu to Sat noon to 4am, Sun to Wed 6pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 813 5550,