A phenomenal beachside hangout that’s loved by the party crowd
Barasti is known far and wide for its party vibe and relaxed atmosphere.
Popular among residents and tourists alike, a lively night is always guaranteed when you venture to the sprawling space on a Thursday or Friday evening, and we defy you not to join the bustling dancefloor to throw a few shapes.
You’ll often find a live band or a DJ spinning out a mix of current tunes and absolute classics that will have you channelling your inner Gina G (ahem) and singing along at the top of your lungs.
The establishment also plays host to massive events on the beach that sees revellers letting loose and dancing under strobe lights on the sands, or venture down during the day for access to the free beach with adjoining bar.
The beach bar is completely laid-back and you’d be just as likely to find folk strolling around in their shorts and flip-flops as you would in their best post-brunch finery.
As you might expect, then, the clientele is mixed, with all ages, couples and groups, but everyone here is out to have a good time.
The beachside hangout is not just limited to evening frivolity, however. There’s a load of TVs showing all manner of sports on match days and the food is pretty good too.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am, Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 318 1313).
Breeze Beach Grill
Perfect for beachside chills at any time of the day
Breeze Beach Grill is an all-rounder, and an excellent one at that. Whether it’s an afternoon whiling the hours away, sundowners or evening drinks, Breeze hits the spot every time.
Situated on the corner of Club Vista Mare, the bar spills out onto the sands of the Palm and is a perfect spot for winding down and forgetting the hustle and bustle of the city.
The patio area is also lovely, with sofas, benches and high tables dotted around, with shisha available and a barbecue going through the winter months.
In the summer time, you can move inside and settle into a wood panelled sofa and enjoy the bright, rustic quality of the interiors.
Food here veers towards the healthy side with a Caribbean twist, and you can choose everything from salads and sandwiches to smoked meats and fish fresh off the barbecue.
Drinks are priced rather reasonably for the Palm, although you’d do well to watch out for the daily happy hour deals – which are excellent.
When you do visit Breeze, prepare for it to be busy at all hours. The day-to-night transition here is spot on, which means it’s always bustling and you’d be wise to book a table if you’re planning on visiting with a group.
That being said, the vibe is relaxed and you’ll probably struggle to get wound up about anything here.
Open Sun-Thu noon-1am; Fri-Sat 9am-1am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3000).
A cool Floridian/Caribbean bar area set on the beach with sea views
Key West, at Dubai’s Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, is named after the southern-most point in the state of Florida, and is one you’re going to want to know about.
The island itself, which was inspiration to many a famous author and songwriter (Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffett to name just two), is known for its laid-back vibes and Caribbean feel. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at this restaurant and bar.
From its idyllic setting right on the beach Key West offers a slice of tropical island life in Dubai.
Inside it’s all crisp whites flecked by azure blue, in keeping with the colours and feel of the rest of the super-chic beach resort.
Take up a seat outside on the beach-facing terrace, where the sounds from the sea make for a peaceful dining experience and a perfect spot for sundowners.
If you get a bit peckish during your visit, the menu offers a mix of Floridian, Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, with some inventive twists that will either pique your sense of adventure or shock your sensibilities – quinoa paella with sweet potato and corn, anyone?
Staff have a cool, easy-breezy air and offer up creative suggestions to those willing to experiment, which seems to be what Key West is about.
Overall Key West is brilliant and well-priced. Head here for a delicious slice of Floridian life.
Open daily 5pm-11pm. Nikki Beach Dubai Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
Jetty Lounge is the ideal spot for laid-back beach vibes and a lazy drink on the sand. It’s effortlessly cool, undeniably classy and rather sophisticated in style.
Once darkness falls the place livens up. Lit up with purple and gold, the palm trees take on a tropical vibe that will make you feel like you’re on your holidays. It’s cool, it’s chic and it’s more grown-up than some other beach bars (though that’s reflected in the prices, which can be a bit steep).
There are good happy hour deals to be found, however, if you time it right. Head here for sunset, order a drink and sit back in the comfy sofas. It’s a place to forget all your troubles and let the sounds of the waves wash over you.
Open daily 2pm-2am. One&Only Royal Mirage, Umm Suqeim (04 399 9999).
Wavebreaker is a true beach bar with gorgeous views of the Arabian Gulf from it’s prime destination on the sands of JBR.
The bar is relaxed and laid-back, and more a spot for some quiet sundowners than for a big night out – but that being said, the bar is an absolute hit, and the tables are usually bustling.
Wavebreaker is the perfect place to idle away an afternoon in the sun with a couple of drinks, and if you get peckish the bar serves safe and satisfying classics; burgers, hot sandwiches, salads and similar staples. Ingredients are fresh, portions big, and service fast.
There’s screens showing a range of sports on match days and there’s also shisha on offer.
Open daily 10am-11pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 399 1111).