Where to go at sundown in Dubai

Thanks to Dubai’s amazing weather, we get sunshine all day long and spectacular sunsets every evening (unless you’re reading this on one of the roughly two days a year that it rains). There’s nothing better than kicking back at a chilled-out spot watching the city go from day to night, and there are dozens of picturesque places across town for this. Whether a beach bar or rooftop lounge is more your speed, we’ve rounded up some the Dubai’s most idyllic offerings.

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Just arriving at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will fill even the hardiest of Dubai dwellers with excitement, so the chance to dine at prices that won’t leave you crying into your beans on toast for the next month is one that should be taken up. Scape opened in 2016 as the hotel’s most relaxed, casual dining venue. And it’s surprisingly chilled-out for such a fancy location. Set poolside, the wide ranging terrace is the perfect spot to take a seat in cooler weather. During summer there’s a bright and airy interior, with views from floor-to-ceiling windows. With views out to sea ahead of you, and back towards the iconic building, it’s a delightful place for a lunch or dinner date. Food doesn’t disappoint either – with a selection of dishes from the Americas. Opt for some Baja fish tacos to start. Flaky fish with creamy avo sauce makes the perfect combo of flavours and textures. Next, move on to Angus beef tampiqueña – cooked just right with chimichurri, crispy shallots and a side of moreish truffle fries. It’s a big enough portion to share, and we recommend a side of arugula (rocket to the Brits) salad, too. The vibe is relaxed, the staff are friendly, and for a fun, informal meal at one of the world’s most famous buildings it’s one you shouldn’t miss.

The bottom line
Top-quality dishes, excellent views and a laid-back but chic vibe. One for your next date night.
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At more than 20 years old Barasti, is one beach bar that’s never going out of fashion. So while it might be ageing in years, it’s never getting old in terms of popularity with its army of fans here in Dubai.

The reason for its popularity is multi-faceted. The massive, sprawling beach bar and club provides whatever you’re looking for – be it lazing in the sun, watching the game, tucking into some decent bar food or partying to top name DJs. It covers all bases, and it covers them well.

Not only did it take home the gong for Best Beach Bar at the 2018 Music & Nightlife Awards, it also claimed Highly Commended in both Sports Bar and Beach Club categories, too.

On the top deck, you’ll find the club’s famous gigantic telly, always showing the day’s choice match or event – and the bar has a particular penchant for footie and a spot of rugger during the major tournaments.

Its huge, central tiki hut-esque bar is also surrounded by smaller screens and inside, you’ll find yet more screens, making this a dream of a sports bar on Saturday and Sunday.

On the lower deck, another bar and recently opened swimming pool make this a chilled-out spot for beachgoers throughout the week, and the mass of sand adds to the relaxed vibe.

But Barasti is also capable of throwing a pumping party, and does so with brilliant regularity. International DJs head into town regularly and thousands of beach-going party people can dance the night away barefoot on the sand.

It’s one of the city’s most famous spots for a reason.

The bottom line
Longstanding nightspot that’s as good as ever.

This chilled-out bar at beach hotel Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort & Spa will make you feel like you’re on holiday, even if in reality you’ve just escaped a from a hard day at the office.

The vibe is mellow – aided by the fact that it’s full of actual holidaymakers (who we envy).

With views from the terrace out to sea and across the Palm, it’s the perfect spot for sundowners, so if you can, head here early to catch the sunset.

We settle into one of the comfy seats, the stresses of the working week immediately evaporating, as we gaze out at a view you could never tire of.

During the day the venue hosts a classy afternoon tea, but by night it’s a chilled-out hotel bar, serving up mixed drinks and light bites – think crispy fried coconut prawns and cajun chicken tacos.

The drinks menu is on the pricey side, with glasses of grape at around Dhs60 to Dhs90. However, a two-for-one daily happy hour from 5pm until 7pm helps with that.

The Thai-inspired venue is moodily lit, with a warm vibe, and it’s easy to relax. All that’s missing is the actual holiday.

The bottom line

Chilled-out vaycay feels.

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Let’s be honest, there are some excellent bars in Garhoud but they are all overshadowed by The Irish Village. It’s a shame, but the institution is a behemoth on the Dubai nightlife scene.

Offering something totally different is CU-BA, a rooftop bar at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. There’s not much to tempt you to sit inside (though perching at the bar means a more steady supply of the top bar snacks), outside is where it’s at.

In fact, we don’t think there’ll be many better places for sundowners in the city. The terrace, with its low, loungey seating, overlooks the greenery of Dubai Creek Golf Club and the shimmering Creek. Beyond lie the skyscrapers of Downtown Dubai.

We all know it’s an incredible skyline, and seeing it from this angle doesn’t dim its appeal.

Drinks are routinely priced for such a venue, however there’s an early evening happy hour that brings hops and grape down to a reasonable amount.

We can’t say we’ve ever been over-impressed with the service, but to be honest we’re quite happy to be left alone to enjoy the view.

There’s nothing to make this place stand out, other than its superb view. But we’d take that every time.

The bottom line
The view makes the venue.


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