People may find it difficult to wrap their heads around the idea that alcohol in an Arab country is possible. After all, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other neighboring nations have a bad rep for brutally clamping down on liquor as a serious religious offense. However, nightlife in Abu Dhabi is very much alive, despite being 'strategically restrained'. These bars in Abu Dhabi support casual (and responsible) drinking.

Saadiyat Beach

One of the best bars in Abu Dhabi can be found on Saadiyat Island. The Saadiyat Beach club is an exclusive club that is most festive after sun down. Drinks are available at around 4:00 PM until midnight. This seaside lounge serves excellent white wine worth $1.63. The special ladies' night is open every Thursdays.   

La Cava Wine Bar

La Cava Wine Bar captures the very essence of nightlife in Abu Dhabi - which is essentially classy, cozy and chic. Located underground lounge of Rosewood Hotel, this sophisticated watering hole stores 1,500 labels and expensive liquor brands in the country. Even better, it has a neat cigar corner. With most dinner fares costing an average fee of $68.06, La Cava Wine Bar is one of the most luxurious Abu Dhabi establishments.

Ray's Bar

One of the many Abu Dhabi establishments that cater to expats is located on the 62nd floor of the Jumeirah Etihad Hotel Towers. As one of the trendiest bars in Abu Dhabi, Ray's Bar serves the signature Asian-inspired cuisine that goes well together with its tasty liquors. This watering hole is open from 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM.

Belgian Cafe

Beer is an excellent beverage for anyone looking for alcohol in an Arab country. And the best place to find a 'cold one' is at the ground floor open patios of the Intercontinental Hotel. The Belgian Café is open from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM. A good beer always goes well with the magnificent view of the nearby marina.

Sorso Lounge

This luxurious restaurant sports a sexy dimly-lit Venetian interior design. Unlike other Abu Dhabi establishments, Sorso Lounge is a bistro that isn't located inside a hotel building. Excellent cocktails and jazz performance begins from 8:30 PM until midnight.