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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is part of the exciting new
and iconic Abu Dhabi five-tower complex. With a
reputation for being the newest and most luxurious hotel,
our expectations for our visit to Ray’s Bar were high.
We weren’t disappointed. With breathtaking views of
the Arabian Gulf and Abu Dhabi Corniche the hotel is
raising the standards for luxury hotels and Ray’s Bar on
level 62 continues the opulent theme. Plush furnishings
and low level lighting create an intimate ambience ideal
for a great night out. Flamboyant zebra and cow hide
upholstery hints to the fun vibe being created in this
lavishly appointed upmarket bar.
The Best Mocktails & Cocktails in the Capital!
As we arrived we noted the customers sitting at the bar
being engaged by the bar staff as they imparted the benefit
of their wisdom in old school blends which provided
a positive insight into the enthusiasm of the staff and
the welcoming vibe being created. Served to a smooth
soundtrack and with a sprinkling of repose, our chosen
beverages from the classic blends list were delivered with
prompt, courteous efficiency by friendly bar staff. You
can’t fail to be enthused by the friendly warmth of the
people around you as attentive bartenders interact with
customers displaying their own unique expertise of blend
Live entertainment, fabulous views, great food and a super smooth laid back ambience – it has to
be Ray’s Bar. Located on the 62nd floor of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, this fashionable venue
offers cool sophistication by the bucket load. Specialising in imaginative cocktails and divine tapas,
this is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a few drinks and a bite to eat, kicking back
and appreciating the magnificent views across the city. With the recently opened Etihad Tower’s
stunning location beside the sea at the western end of Abu Dhabi’s celebrated Corniche, Ray’s Bar
provides the ideal atmosphere in which to relax and indulge with the ultimate stylish set, whether
it is for after work drinks or a special social gathering. Far from a casual hang-out, with private
booths and cocktail tables, everyone was dressed to impress and we were pleased we had booked in
advance so we could enjoy our refreshments in the comfort of a cosy booth.
The bar staff are keen to ensure they get every patron’s
cocktail just right, taking the time to chat about favourite
flavours and magical mixed blends. Mixing drinks with
confidence and artistic flair the bartenders are delighted
to stir up a sweet signature drink from their extensive
beverage menu, but if this incredible choice of drinks fails
to whet your appetite, their obvious desire to please means
they are more than happy to create something else born of
your choice and blended with their imagination.
With vintages from across the globe, the grape list and
funky menus are vibrantly presented with pop art for a
fun vibe that hints at the exciting flavoursome experience
one is about to encounter. Whether you’re looking for
bubbly, grape based beverages or something purer, the
menu caters to all tastes and the drinks don’t have to be
served shaken nor stirred.
From fruity and punchy, to sweet and sharp, the choice
of cocktails is diversely tempting and they already seem
to be developing a reputation for being the best in the
capital! Having been helpfully guided through the
special range of signature drinks available, with mouths
watering, we made our selection. Great decision – our
chosen jelly mixed drinks seemed to be going down a
storm. Fabulously fruity beverages and divine juices were
poured over chunky cubes of frozen jelly for a refreshing
taste sensation which appeared to be hugely popular. We
certainly enjoyed ours, before turning our attention to the
Tapas menu.