Check out these refreshing alternatives for a sundowner
Beach Bar & Grill: Mere metres away from the water’s edge, this bar and grill is a great, informal place to enjoy a drink during the afternoon, or something more romantic amid candlelight during the evening. A bottle of grape might set you back a little more than at Barasti, but it’s worth paying for the peace and quiet and personal space, if you’re not in the mood for beach partying.
Beach Bar: With something of a Caribbean theme, this place is one of the more casual venues on the list – you won’t be cast out of this super-chilled drinking spot for sporting flip flops. Unfortunately, it’s not open late, so is best saved for weekend meet-ups.
Captain’s:A beachfront bar and restaurant surrounded by palm trees at this relatively remote resort, Captain’s is a great place to head if you fancy escaping the crowds. Here’s the snag: it’s not as cheap as some of the city-centre spots – you can only visit if you pay for beach access, which is Dhs180 on weekdays and Dhs220 on weekends. On the upside, there’s a daily happy hour from 5.30pm until 6.30pm, with a 30 per cent discount on regular drinks.
Sea Breeze: Little more than a hut serving drinks and snacks, this low-key spot on the Sheraton’s private beach is perfect for a cooling drink after an afternoon sunning at the hotel. You’ll need to have paid to use the beach or facilities during the day to be granted access, but as it only costs Dhs100 during the week and Dhs180 on weekends to get in, it’s not too much of an extravagance.
Shimmers: This smart beach shack features wooden decking, heavy furniture, a slatted roof and no walls, and is currently open for drinks or lunch until 5pm. However, it’s in the process of being renovated, and from November 1 you’ll be able to lounge, majilis-style, under the stars too. Reservations are essential while the bar undergoes its transformation.
Our rating: 4/5 Open daily noon-5pm. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Villa Beach: Take in mesmerising views of the Arabian Gulf in the expensive surroundings of Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s most impressive restaurant. If you’re dining, you might find the prices on the menu a little eye-popping, even if the standard of cuisine is above par, but there’s nothing to stop you turning it into a more affordable evening by the beach by sharing a bottle of grape and a couple of small starters.
Our rating: 3/5 Open daily 7.30am-11.30am, 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).