Well, where do I begin? It is unbelievable what goes on outside of the more publicised and known hotels and bars.
I could go on these type of Bar Crawls every Thursday night. A throughly enjoyable night where you can have a laugh - unlike in prententious and/or crap places such as Rock Bottom, Zenith and Sax. The latter 2 quite definetly house the most pretentious, idiotic people in Abu Dhabi, they also follow the most idiotic door rules as well.
So, the seedy/sleazy/underground bar crawl.
Started off in the Ally Pally (Al Ain Palace Hotel) - A bit like downtown China, but a decent bar, good AC, not smoke filled. Nice bogs.
Off to the Howard Johnson Hotel after here. Christ; Where do I begin?
Cellar Bar: Stunk, band were awful. 2 urinals in the blokes bogs. No idea where you're supposed to go if you happen to need a number 2.
Upstairs to Floor 18. No idea of the bar name. The number 1 Star Wars Canteen. 4 scantily clad women dancing on the stage. 2 of them stunning I may add - poor girls. 30 blokes sitting peering. Toilets stunk. No cubical. 4 urine filled urinals. Magic.
Upstairs again to Safari Bar. A decent enough "themed" bar to fit in with the African theme. Decent enough band as well. No cubicals in the toilets though.
Manilla Bar: 10dhs in if you're a Fillipino, 50dhs in if you're everyone else. Told them to stuff it.
African Bar. Few birds dancing, a singer. One bloke who wasn't that keen on seeing "non-regulars". One toilet - A cubical (Hurrah!) - Also housing a urinal, in the same toilet. Presumbably so you don't annoy the women by weeing on the toilet seat...
Bangldeshi Bar: Just had a peer in here - looked like a Social Club.
Blitz - Smoke filled club, destroys my eyes everythign I go in. star wars canteen once again, lagging behind Howard Johnson Floor 18 by a long way. Often go in here as the band is really good. Bogs are relatively ok as well...
Iranian Bar. Banned before we could even get through the door. Magic.
Blue Nile Nightclub. Scantily clad african girls wriggling to the beat, whilst lots of blokes sit peering. A blind man worked out the bars design. Awful. Packed as well. Didn't sample the bogs.
Pakistani nightclub. A room full of taxi drivers watching 3 girls dance. Just had a peer in here.
Meridien - Galouises. Often a regular nightclub attendance for a few of the chaps - not bad music either! Nice bogs as well.
I reckon we covered pretty much all of the seedy/sleazy places - Not as seedy and sleazy as we thought they were going to be, but an overall good night. Highly recommended.