The Attic Supper Club - Barfly by Buddha Bar, Venetian Village, Abu Dhabi

The first time I tried Barfly by Buddha Bar when it opened here in the capital, I was intrigued by everything about it - the moody lighting makes it sinful to sue a flash to take photographs as it simply does not capture the ambience. It is supposed to be low lit. This is what brings home the sense of decadence and pleasure that this venue creates. Killer music and cocktails are the signature staples at this venue but as it is known as an Eatertainment venue, you need to try the food! 

Their Attic Supper Club concept has been running for around a year now. It was what most people would loosely call an 'evening brunch'. Thankfully, Barfly by Buddha Bar has been a bit more creative in its choice of branding. While there is something seemingly formal and sophisticated about the name, make no mistake, this is a fun filled evening and probably like nothing else you would have experienced in the city. 

A bar bites menu includes sushi, edamame, really tasty buffalo wings and tempura prawns are just the light snacky foods you want late at night, just enough to allow you to enjoy free flowing cocktails, wine and spirits. 

For your cocktails, I recommend going to the bar and watching the bar tenders mix them up for you. The bar at Barfly works so well because it is sexy - that is a key word for me when it comes to bars. Although I feel they are missing that key personality behind the bar, it is still worth experiencing. 

However, it is the entertainment that really sets this place apart. Cool beats is one thing but the dancers take this venue onto another plane. On my visit, they started inside and moved outside. With the hot weather, they will probably be confined to the indoors. A really good vibe in the end. Surreal in so many way. 

The Attic Supper Club takes an evening and transforms it the way no other concept does right now in Abu Dhabi. Look beyond the fact that as a concept the Venetian Village may not quite be working and focus on individual venues like Barfly by Buddha Bar that brings something to the city that not many venues bring - genuine eatertainment. The price for the evening is great value as well, something that is essential to people in Abu Dhabi right now. overall, a great night out is to be had. 

The Essentials

Barfly by Buddha Bar,
Venetian Village
At the Ritz Carlton, 
Abu Dhabi
Barfly by Buddha Bar
+971 2 4041951

Thursdays 9pm-midnight
225 AED++
Brandon Stoltenkamp
Disclaimer: I tried Barfly by Buddha Bar courtesy of the restaurant.