Caribe Latin Bash at Ocacti
What’s the deal?
Ladies get free classic and strawberry-flavoured Mexican mixed drinks as well as fruity grape-based Spanish mixed drinks every Tuesday from 9pm. Oh, and you’ll also get a free bowl of tortilla chips with salsa dip to enjoy with your drinks.What’s the crowd like?
The place was lacking slightly in buzz when we arrived, with staff outnumbering guests and only a few lone men at the bar, a scattering of ladies chatting quietly in pairs and a couple or two enjoying a late dinner out
on the terrace. But things did slowly pick up, especially when a larger, younger group arrived to celebrate a birthday complete with colourful balloons.Male to female ratio?
Fairly even numbers – probably close to 50-50.What’s the music like?
It’s decidedly Latin – not surprising considering that Ocacti is a Mexican bar and tapas restaurant – and ladies’ night has the addition of a live band, who take to the stage in the centre of the venue to keep everyone entertained throughout the evening.The venue?
Housed within Pier 7 – the ever so slightly difficult to find circular building connected to Marina Mall via two footbridges – Ocacti is Mexican-themed, the large wall mural depicting a desert cactus at sunset instantly giving the game away as you walk in. It’s a large, warm space suited to an intimate get-together, with ample seating both indoors and outside on the balcony that hugs the building and boasts decent views looking out over the marina.Dress code?
According to the website, Ocacti’s dress code is ‘fabulous and stylish’, but from our experience we’d say casual to smart-casual is fine for a night out here.Service?
No complaints here, with staff quickly taking orders and appearing promptly with drinks – no matter how many freebies you’ve already taken advantage of!Free entry, with free drinks for ladies from 9pm ‘til late. Pier 7, Dubai Marina, www.ocactiuae.com (04 452 6699).