Whether you’re looking to chill by the pool or the sea or to make the scene in your Friday best, you’ll find it in Yalla’s guide to the best terraces in the capital.
There’s nothing Yalla loves more than being able to get outside, and in Abu Dhabi, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to all things al fresco when the temperature drops. From romantic rooftops to sundowners in the sand to bars with a beat, Yalla has rounded up a comprehensive list of the capital’s ten finest outdoor terraces to chill out on this winter.
Tamba’s legendary terrace is chic, and its storied beverage menu is just as fashion forward.
Every drink has exotic ingredients and its own unique story. Be sure to ask for it!
Best for: evening drinks in stylish setting.
The Beach House delivers your sundowner to you with toes in the sand. This mellow outpost
embodies a getaway escape you visit on holiday, but you don’t have to hop a flight to get here. Best for: seaside sunset gazing.
St Regis Helipad Sunset socials
This once monthly splurge is the highest rooftop setting that can be had in the capital. The St Regis welcomes guest to its helipad rooftop for a sunset social that promises the best sunset views for days. Best for: sunset from such opulent heights.
BBQ Al Qasr
With its tents on the sand, this is the closest you can get to the sea without getting your feet wet. BBQ Al Qasr doles out divine grilled fare in the utmost of elegance. Few diners depart unimpressed. Best for: impressing guests.
Hickory’s might just have you forgetting for a moment that you are in a desert. With its enviable address on Yas Link’s verdant lawn, this is the place to take in sunset with the whole brood! Best for: relaxing on and after the green.
The happiest hour in the capital can be had at Bentley Kitchen. Do as the locals do and go straight to Bentley’s after work for fine fare, amazing views, and the friendliest company.
Best for: city views.
Nestled within Emirates Palace, Hakkasan is a trendy spot to catch a glimpse of the Abu Dhabi social scene. Mingle amongst capital luminaries while taking in marvellous city views.
Best for: seeing and being seen
As the sun sets behind Emirates Palace, Azura is the place to take it all in without skimping on comfort or service. Grab light bites and cool drinks and watch the sun go down.
Best for: catching the sunset over Emirates Palace.
Buddha Bar Abu Dhabi
Everyone hip is hip to Buddha Bar Abu Dhabi. Its terrace is designed for chill with a classic Buddha Bar soundtrack with vibey beats to accompany your chill. Best for: a chilled evening
Nasma Beachfront Bar
Nasma Beachfront Bar transports guests to a faraway tropical haven boasting awe-inspiring
views of the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf. Best for: chilling poolside.
A Terrace for All!
The Beach Rotana is an Abu Dhabi institution. The capital’s oldest hotel—25 this year! —was
clearly designed with the great outdoors and choice in mind boasting, not one, not two, but
six inviting terraces with water views for days. You may already know about the popular terraces had by Finz, Benihana, Prego’s, Brauhaus, Indigo, and Essence.
Now, they have revamped a beloved terrace spot, Al Shorfa Lounge, and you may just want
to park yourself here all winter long. The terrace’s relaxed atmosphere allows guests to enjoy delicious bites and drinks. The menu is Levant inspired dishes but has some international classics thrown in too.
Published on October 2018