We know you know about Barasti, but try the other ten as well
Barasti It’s rawkus, but if you’ve just arrived in Dubai, or by some bizarre fluke have never been to what must be Dubai’s best-known beach bar, there’s nowhere better to start. Open Sat-Wed 11am-1.30am; Thu-Fri 9am-3am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
Beach House Cabana This venue proclaims its beachy credentials so loudly in its name that it’s almost a disappointment to find it overlooks, rather than sits on, a beach. But its unpretentious, breezy feel and beach theme make it a good alternative to some of the better-known venues on the Palm. Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-1am. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 361 8856).
Bliss Lounge We’re big fans of the Sheraton’s chilled, stylish beach bar, which attracts a clubbier crowd with fresh one-off themed nights such as Bliss on Soul and Bliss on Funk, featuring special guests. By day it’s a great spot for sundowners. Open daily 12.30am-3am. Sheraton Dubai Jumeirah,JBR (04 399 5533).
Jetty Lounge Recently named Best Outdoor Bar for a second year running at the Time Out Music & Nightlife Awards, it’s safe to say we’ve fallen under Jetty Lounge’s spell. But what a spell – the recipe combines a great location, twinkly lights and chilled beats, mixed in a cauldron of golden sand. Open daily 2pm-1am. One&Only Royal Mirage, Umm Suqeim (04 399 9999).
Café del Mar Starting life as a small chill-out bar in Ibiza, the original Café del Mar grew in popularity thanks to its incredible sunset views. While it would be impossible to transplant the original’s unique charm intact, the Dubai venue stays true to the source in one very important way: it’s absolutely beautiful for sunset. Open Mon-Wed, Sun 5pm-midnight; Thu 5pm-1am; Fri 4pm-1am; Sat 4pm-midnight. Meydan Beach Club, JBR (055 220 7506).
Captain’s It may be somewhat out of the way, but nestled on the Jebel Ali Beach Hotel’s 800m stretch of private sand, Captain’s is well worth the trip. It’s so far out of the city there’s a genuine tranquillity that’s only broken by the amusing covers band who play in the evenings. Open daily 9am-11pm. Jebel Ali Beach Hotel (04 814 5555).
Majlis Al Bahar Sitting on a stretch of private beach opposite the Burj Al Arab, there can be few more valuable patches of sand in the world. This basic barbecue beach restaurant boasts a quaint standalone bar to soak up the best Burj view in town. Open daily noon-midnight. Burj Al Arab (04 301 7600).
Nasimi Beach Atlantis The Palm isn’t known for subtlety, which is why we’re always impressed with the restrained decor and ethos shown by Nasimi. The branded boutique shop aside, the bar’s simple white furnishings and excellent beach beats are an exercise in taste. There are few better sundowner spots in Dubai, and the one-off club nights are the stuff of legend. Essential. Open Sat-Thu 9am-1am; Fri 9am-2am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Shimmers Set at one end of Mina A’ Salam’s private beach, Shimmers is like a deluxe beach shack. With the Arabian Gulf on one side, the Mina A’ Salam on the other and the Burj Al Arab on another, it’s a charming spot at which to enjoy a drink. Open daily noon-4.30pm; 6pm-1.30am. Mina A’Salam (04 366 6730).
Wavebreaker Plonked in the centre of The Walk at JBR, for convenience and ease Wavebreaker comes up trumps. Serving hops and hearty grub, it’s basic, but there are few more relaxed places to drink on the beach – as evidenced by its huge popularity. Get there early at weekends. Open daily 10am-8pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 399 1111).
White X Beach & Lounge Home to wild club nights and raucous daytime brunches, White X isn’t the quietest place to chill on the sands – check out weekly urban night No.1 Fridays for a proper beach party. But this venue’s true draw, any night of the week, is its unique location at the furthest tip of the Palm’s crescent, looking wistfully back towards shore. Open daily 6pm-3am. Rixos the Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
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M Mar 31, 2013 05:09 pm
great spot !
very chiiled out , its much quiter than barasti , but the music is good,staff friendly . The one night I was there (Fri night) it was very quite, its as tho it is undiscovered yet so recommend when wishing to chat and impress friends
you have the sea lapping at your feet , it is bliss
Marketing at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Mar 28, 2013 05:56 am
Wavebreaker is open daily from 9am with food being served from 11am and closed at 11pm. Timings do get extended over weekends.
Ameri Mar 27, 2013 06:31 pm
I wants to know what's going on every night in Dubai.
deborah bellis Mar 27, 2013 05:52 am
Barnasty as it is commonly referred to ....needs an update IMOA