Dubai beach clubs
Time Out profiles Dubai beach clubs with a penchant for a party, including Nasimi, Nikki, Barasti, Eden, Purobeach, Blue Marlin, World Islands and more
From the pristine white sandy beach of Nikki Beach to the pristine white sofas of Eden Beach Club, Dubai has become a world hub for those glamorous seaside spots that pump bass more than they do pages of a book.
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.
The newest outlet from the Nikki Beach brand, this one on the Pearl Jumeira opened early last year.
It feels secluded, on the far side of the island, away from all the hustle and bustle of the city.
The bar is on a terrace by the pool, where there are plenty of low sofas and sun loungers – if you’re visiting at night, you’ll have to resist the urge to go for a dip.
It’s the perfect spot for sundowners – kick back on one of those lazy chairs and watch the sun sink below the horizon as you lap up magnificent views over the Arabian Gulf.
The ambience is chilled, helped by the soft jazz piping through the speakers and the sound of the waves breaking against the shore.
The space is classy and chic, with its crisp, clean, all-white colour scheme – from the furniture to the buildings to the sand on the beach. The resort has the impressive ability to transport you from Dubai to a far-flung island where the uncharted beach is pristine and perfect. So far, oh so very good.
The drinks menu is small, but Nikki Beach has put its own spin on the more traditional offerings. The prices reflect this, though, with mixed drinks at the keener end of the cost spectrum, ringing in at no less than Dhs70.
It doesn’t get particularly busy during the week, with just a handful of people present on our last weekday visit, making it feel like a secluded hideaway. It gets busier at the weekend – as you’d expect – especially since its first floor lounge, Nikki Privé, only opens on Thursday and Friday nights.
For a true taste of glamour and laid-back sophistication in Dubai, you need to experience Nikki Beach.
The bottom line
Cool, classy beach bar that will transport you to the place of dreams.
From the adjoining Sophie’s Café with its “Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well” and organic salads, juices and sweet treats, to the bustling beach shack-style bar, this really is a place to bed down for an entire day. Set up camp on one of the 300 beds on the private Palm beach, or nab prime spot around the pool. Overhanging trees, landscaped pathways, views of the Burj Al Arab and an uplifting soundtrack make it a gorgeous little spot. For the more active, wakeboarding lessons, paddleboards and beach spots are available at an additional cost.
With the opening of its brand-new, 39-metre, glass-fronted infinity pool, Zero Gravity is over the identity crisis that has not so much held it back, but more made it a place to tentatively approach in the daytime. It has, until now, been best loved for its late-night shindigs that happen under a variety of names – DXBeach, Velocity and so on – but now there is a real push to become a weekend day hub. Transitioning from night to day is always tricky, but Zero Gravity has overhauled its changing facilities, added lockers and installed rain showers. So, see you at sunrise for yoga, lunchtime on the beach, and down the front for an international DJ as the clock strikes midnight.
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