Barasti Bar

Price guide: Mid-range

Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai

Price guide: Mid-range

Barasti Bar

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#27 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Dubai
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
3.7
3.7
Service:
3.7
3.7
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Live entertainment, Nightlife, No fuss, People watching

Expert review of Barasti Bar

Dubai's liveliest beach bar serves great bar food by day and ups the noise by night.

Just a couple of years ago, Barasti Bar was but a fairly ramshackle beach bar at the side of a hotel. Now, after some considerable refurbishments and extensions, it has become one of the biggest nightspots in Dubai, with international DJs and live bands regularly popping by to play to hundreds of flipflopped dancers in the sand. While extremely busy at weekends, especially during winter when the vast wooden outdoor decking area can be enjoyed fully, it's still a great place to enjoy some beachside food and drink. 

Food and drink: 

As bar food goes, this place is among the best (and regularly wins awards for it), with a eclectic menu offering the usual fish, chips and burgers, plus Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern options. It's not the cheapest in town, but how often do you to get to enjoy a meal at spitting distance from the Arabian Gulf?  

Ambience: 

Lively. While fairly relaxed during the day, by evening Barasti has gained notoriety for becoming something of a heaving meat-market, packed with twenty-something Western expats and tourists out to survey the talent. If that's what you're into, then great, but just don't expect grannie to enjoy it. 

Service: 

Fine by day, but as the crowds start to flock by the evening it starts to stutter. The bars can get pretty busy, so get practising those elbow jabs for the pushers.  

Location: 

Barasti is sat next to Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, with a decent beach to enjoy and views across to the Palm Jumeirah (the manmade island in the shape of a palm, naturally).  

Price advice: 

Most dishes cost between 60 and 120 dirhams. 

More information on Barasti Bar:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
American, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Snacks
Address:
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai
Telephone:
04 399 3333
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily 11am-2am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Barasti Bar? Would you recommended it?