El Chiringuito – Spanish for “beach bar,” in case you were wondering – is one of the newest venues on the Palm, having opened at the end of last year to replace Eden Beach Club at Rixos.
It’s the second branch of El Chiringuito, the first of which is in Ibiza, and this outlet brings some of the White Isle’s spirit to Dubai. International DJs play regularly on weekends. They take to the decks under a canopy with huge dreamcatchers hanging from it, too.
Walking into this space is like setting foot on a tropical island. It’s under a roof – but one that’s open to the elements – with fans spinning lazily up above. Bowls of tropical fruit as well as chillies (because, why not?) are scattered around the space and there’s plenty of greenery.
Chill out on the sofas or loungers by the pool, which overlook the beach and the rest of the Palm in the distance, but if inside is more your bag, there’s that, as well.
Drinks are reasonably priced, ranging from Dhs45 for hops and grape to Dhs85 for mixed drinks. All the usual suspects are present, as well as some of El Chiringuito’s signature mixed drinks, with ingredients including homemade cinnamon syrup and fresh dragon fruit.
It doesn’t get too busy – perhaps because it’s still quite new, perhaps because of its location at the very end of the Palm’s east crescent. When we visited midweek, there were more people behind the bar than there were customers. It picks up at the weekend, though. Even when there’s no DJ, the music is good, with James Brown and Butterfly by Crazy Town pumping out over the speakers on our visit.
It might be a bit of a trek to get out to, but it’s definitely worth the trip.
The Bottom Line Head here for Ibiza-esque vibes and some good tunes to boot.