Posted by Sabine Khoury on 12th May 2019.

Library Bar, The Abu Dhabi EDITION - your next pre-dinner drinks spot

Sitting in a library? On a Friday night? Well that might sound weird and boring, right? But not at the recently opened Library Bar in The Abu Dhabi EDITION luxury hotel, situated on the waterfront of Al Bateen Marina.
British Michelin star chef Tom Aikens is the brains behind the development of this bar and its menu - a craft gin inspired cocktail bar with a gentlemen’s club vibe.
Let’s discover this hidden gem in Abu Dhabi.


The first thing you’ll notice is that the lounge is opposite the Oak Room Steakhouse (another concept by Tom Aikens). I bet you can have your pre-drinks and then head to the restaurant; smart idea!
When you enter the lounge, you’ll see how small the room is! Oh but it’s a beautiful room with oak-paneled walls, leather chairs, and bar stools. The walls are filled with artworks of written words and weird figures - very abstract art that fits perfectly with the place.
Old soul music playing, dimmed lights, and a warm welcome from the smartly dressed staff, it’s time to relax in those leather chairs and order.


I’m not a Gin expert, but it seemed to me like the menu had (maybe) one of the best gin/rum-based concoctions in the UAE. They have a list of various cocktails along with a list of classic drinks, ranging from Plymouth Gin with citrus cordial to Hennessy with Raspberry and the prices aren’t that expensive too.

They serve, to be exact, 6 menu bite items. But I don’t think that’s an issue as the main objective of this lounge is to have your drinks and then continue for dinner elsewhere.
And what you’ll notice if you take a little bit of time and go over the whole menu, you’ll find a sense of cheekiness in each cocktail. 

We ordered:
The Diplomat (for me) - Diplomatico reserva Rum, cacao liqueur, vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg on top. Weird right? But the nutmeg taste fits perfectly with the sweetness and cinnamon flavor of the drink.
Library Negroni (for him) - Bombay Sapphire Gin, Campari, Dubonnet, Sacred spiced vermouth with a candied chocolate orange piece on top :) The sweet part balances perfectly the sour taste of the Gin.
Grilled Merguez in a bun, it’s a fancy version of hot dogs.
Buckwheat pancakes with cream cheese and truffle spread, just YUM!
Triple cooked chips. These were so chunky with a perfect crispiness in each bite.


A beautiful lounge with chilled vibes. It’s the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks or even after-work drinks. If you’re in Abu Dhabi and looking for a sophisticated and intimate lounge bar with creative gin cocktails, then Library Bar is your go-to place.

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