TimeOutDubai.com compiles the definitve guide to F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after-parties at the best bars on and around Yas Island
MAD Yas: MAD Yas is new a club opening this year, and in addition to plans for impressive light shows, huge LED screens and a luxury VIP area, it’s got a great line-up for F1 weekend. Jeremiah will be performing on Friday night, and crowds will be rapping along to the London-accented sound of Tinie Tempah on Saturday. On Sunday, things take a turn for the trance (and electro house) from massive Dutch production and DJ duo W&W, who have collaborated with the likes of Armin Van Buuren and Harwell.
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.madyasiland.com (055 834 6262).
40 Kong at Yas Viceroy: The popular bar will be setting up shop for three nights, with a roster of entertainment from some familiar faces. Resident DJs Trix, Diamond Setter, Neari, Tony H and KaY TeK will be spinning daily alongside live electronic trio HVOB. With the crowd whipped into a suitable frenzy, deep house aficionados will be treated to three headliners giving the party a very Germanic feel.
Friday will see tongue-in-cheek Berlin-based duo Smash TV hit the decks, while Saturday’s topbilling will be taken by Hamburg’s Doctor Dru. Add to that a send-off set from Halle’s finest, Monkey Safari, and the Viceroy could well be the place to be on race night.
As for food, 40 Kong Kitchen will be keeping partygoers well nourished with a set menu included some of the rooftop bar’s best dishes as well as exotic options from all over the world. Some of their most popular mixed drinks will also be available. Arrive in style via chartered boat, which will be available for transfer at specific times of night.
Eden Beach club at Yas Rotana: An authentic taste of Ibiza will be coming to the Yas Island Rotana during the F1 festivities as Dubai’s Eden Beach Club opens a pop-up with two nights of top-notch turntablism. The event is bought to you in association with Iron Cult.
First up will be Hamburg house heavyweight Solomun, kicking off two sensational soirées with a Friday night headline slot. Solomun played a huge role in redefining European house music, giving the genre a fresh, ultramodern twist. He made his major breakthrough in 2012, thanks to a storming series of sets at his first season in Ibiza with Diynamic Neon Nights at Sankeys, which was inspired by his own label. He went on to become the winner of Best Producer title at the DJ Awards Ibiza and Mixmag’s coveted DJ of the year award.
Sunday night will bring another legend of the ‘White Island’ club scene to the booth as Sven Väth comes to the fore. A pioneer of the trance movement, ‘Papa Sven’ is respected around the world not only for his career longevity but also for his ability to pull off marathon sets that keep revellers in thrall. His legendary 15-year residency at Amnesia, Cocoon Ibiza, began way back in that renowned party year, 1999. His success has only continued to rise since. Now, he attracts more than 80,000 visitors in a four-month season, proving his music is just as relevant and exciting as when he was first discovered.
Both Solomun and Väth will be playing at the Yas Island Rotana, just five minutes’ walk from the circuit. Don’t miss your chance to dance to the music of these house music legends. This Crystal Group-presented double bill is a definite must-see.
Double passes from AED600 per person, table packages from Dhs8.000. Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-late, Yas Island Rotana. For reservations, e-mail email@example.com (04 277 1477).
Amber Lounge: It would be fair to say that Amber Lounge pop-ups are the most exclusive of any F1 event in the world – from Shanghai, Barcelona and Monaco to right here in Abu Dhabi. The VIP F1 nightlife experience was founded to give teams, sponsors and celebs a place to let their hair down. It returns to the UAE this year, promising another high-octane, full-throttle weekend of music, glamour and VIP indulgence. Craig David will be bringing his multi-platinum-selling brand of R&B to the heart of Yas Marina, busting out a string of hits such as ‘7 Days’, ‘Walking Away’, and ‘Rise and Fall’.
Not content with showcasing his vocal dexterity, the British star will also be hitting the decks as he presents TS5, his popular and anthemic DJ set that is a weekly highlight on UK station Capital Xtra. “I am so excited to perform on the Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi stage,” he said. “All my friends rave about Amber Lounge’s stunning setting, the incredible VIP service, and the intense party atmosphere, and I cannot wait to experience all the fun for myself. Nothing moves faster than Formula 1, but Amber Lounge is a close second.”
For ticket and table package enquiries, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sat 11pm-late (ladies’ night), Sun 11pm-late (F1 after-party). www.amber-lounge.com (+377 97 77 74 34).
Amber Lounge F1 Yacht: Join the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Labrinth and Kim Kardashian and reserve a place on the luxurious Amber Lounge Yacht. It’s the ultimate viewpoint from where to watch the drama unfold as this luxury triple-deck boat has trackside mooring. In addition to race viewing on the Saturday and Sunday (and a wild Saturday night opening party), buffet lunch and dinner will be on offer, and F1 drivers will be popping in for exclusive interviews and autograph signings. Other treats will include an open bar and goodie bags with team merchandise. Guests can also opt to stay on-board in one of the fully-catered cabins.
Two-day package AED18,181 per person. For booking inquiries e-mail email@example.com(+377 97 77 7434).
Iris: Iris Abu Dhabi needs little introduction. The Marina-side lounge bar looks across to the Yas Viceroy and has a chilled-out, stylish, backyard vibe with artisanal mixed drinks to match. Over the F1 weekend it will play host to French-German DJ/producer JC Ades and his deep, soulful electronic music on Thursday, and from Friday to Sunday the venue will be home to all-day entertainment. Mash Mashine will be performing live on Friday night, followed by Saturday night’s DJ set from duo Bang La Decks and Romanian sensation Adrian Efrimie. Sit down for lunch between 11am and 4pm with special à la carte and set menus while listening to live music, and then party until dawn every night when Iris will be open until 6am. Head there for its F1 after-party on Sunday night, and the infamous White Dubai experience on Saturday.
For table enquiries and reservations e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Thu Nov 20 6pm-3am; Fri-Sun Nov 21-23 11.00am-6am. Building 1, Yas Marina, Yas Island, www.irisabudhabi.com (055 160 5636).
The Podium Lounge: Following two sold-out years at the Yas Viceroy, this year The Podium Lounge will be even bigger as it takes over the du Forum. The ‘ultra-lounge’ boasts an overhead catwalk and VIP balcony suites and there will be nightly live auctions of F1 memorabilia signed by the likes of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Niki Lauda.
Up to 3,000 partygoers will be entertained by Grammy-nominated dance act Freemasons – supported by Katherine Ellis, with whom they scored the 2008 hit ‘When You Touch Me’ – on opening night. Hed Kandi creator Mark Doyle will be joined by vocalist Soraya Vivian and celebrity saxophonist Lady V.
On Saturday, 8KY 6LU, one half of LMFAO, will be backed by beat master DJ BMAD and Miles Slater, music director of London’s member-only Boujis, will be on the undercard. Catch Dimitri from Paris on Sunday night, supported by British producer, DJ and remixer Joey Negro, and his energetic disco house.
Tickets from AED400. Fri-Sun 10pm-5am. du Forum, Yas West, www.podiumlounge.com/ae/tickets.
Cirque le soir at rush club: Renowned London and Dubai club Cirque le Soir will be bringing its decadent style of nightlife to Yas Island on Friday night. Its famous troupe of fire breathers, contortionists and dancers will be on site with the usual weird and wonderful performances and in true cirque style, surprises are guaranteed, including promises of a special guest performance. Bound to be an unforgettable party experience.
For reservation inquiries e-mail email@example.com. Fri Nov 27. Rush Club, Connecting Bridge, Yas Viceroy Hotel (055 228 5528).
VIP ROOM: VIP Room clubs are where the who’s who of cities like Paris, Marrakech and St. Tropez go to let their hair down. VIP Room also hosts huge after-parties at events like the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival. Find them on Yas Island over F1 weekend at a soon-to-be revealed location. Details of their line-up are also coming soon.
Nov 27-29. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (052 881 8888).