There’s nothing better than a long lazy lunch or sunset beverages by the sea. From the ultimate open-air party spot to the place where you can regain inner peace, Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top 10 beachfront bars and lounges to help you make the most of Dubai’s pristine beaches.
Updated: February 2023
1. Nammos, Four Seasons, Jumeirah
A Mykonos-favourite among celebrities and jet setters, Nammos Dubai is the second outpost of the Greek restaurant and beach club. It’s one for party-goers that like to see and be seen. Nammos draws in the crowds, especially on the weekend so be sure to book ahead (the team at TopSpotsDubai.com can handle all advance reservations). The restaurant, fitted out with light natural materials, serves up Greek favourites with a fine dining accent. Live music can be enjoyed most days. The private beach is a go-to for relaxation on sun loungers, sundowners and shisha.
2. Shimmers on the Beach, Madinat Jumeirah
Shimmers is a Dubai classic and remains popular with tourists and residents alike. While Shimmers offers a sense of pared-back luxury it overlooks the glamourous Burj Al Arab offering some of the most impressive views of this iconic hotel (especially during golden hour!). The menu comprises traditional Greek cuisine. There’s the option to dine at the on-site restaurant under a white canopy or for a more relaxed vibe head to the bean bags on the beach. The in-house DJ sets the tone for an afternoon of fun with energetic beats.
3. Jetty Lounge, One and Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina
Jetty Lounge is another Dubai favourite thanks to its unparalleled views and sophisticated feet-in-the-sand drinking and dining setting. Relax on comfy bean bags or chairs, this is the ideal spot for a date or catch-up with friends.
The menu includes Mediterranean light bites as well as mezze. The journey to this beach bar is part of the experience. Guests arrive via golf buggy after driving through the hotel’s lush greenery. Jetty Lounge’s DJ sets the calming mood with chilled-out lounge music.
4. Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel
Head to Summersalt for that all-important Burj Al Arab Instagram backdrop. Spend your day on the private beach or head to the pool. Live beats play out from the resident DJs creating an energetic atmosphere that goes on into the evening. The menu spans international favourites including sushi and ceviche as well as more filling dishes such as Linguini Lobster.
5. Surf Club, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah
Surf Club aims to take the title of the ultimate beach party spot. A specially built DJ booth has even been carved into the sand to host international DJs. When they’re not dancing guests can dine on a contemporary seafood menu or select from live sushi counters. Saturdays are notoriously lively. Recline on the terrace or head to the private beach and kick back in a cabana or on a sunlounger. Surf Club offers excellent views of the Dubai Marina skyline so we recommend staying there until sunset.
6. Caña by Tamoka, The Ritz-Carlton, JBR
Located in the heart of JBR, Caña by Tamoka offers guests impressive Ain Dubai and sea views. The family-friendly venue takes influence from the spirit of Central America from Cartagena to the Caribbean. Make your way down a winding path and head to the vibey circular beach bar, ideal for sundowners and laid-back snacks with a Latin accent. The DJ booth ensures the atmosphere stays uplifting.
7. Lucky Fish, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah
Lucky Fish restaurant and its adjoining Lucky Beach are best for conscious dining with a relaxing atmosphere. Shabby chic interiors offer a coastal vibe with surprising adornments such as a 19th-century French chandelier. The thoughtful menu is designed in collaboration with local fishermen. Diners can select from the daily display of fresh seafood or lighter dishes that comprise seasonal ingredients such as salads, burgers and meat-based mains. Head to Lucky Beach to soak up the sun and Dubai Marina skyline views from cabanas, sunloungers or sofas. Sunset on Sunday is known to be prime party time here.
8. February 30, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah
The newly opened February 30 is a Beirut concept that’s becoming the latest Dubai beachside hotspot. Lively beats create a party atmosphere that goes from day to night. Vibes can be enjoyed from either the restaurant tables or the sun loungers. The laid-back menu spans casual snack foods such as sandwiches, pizzas and burgers as well as Asian favourites including poke bowls and sushi and more filling main dishes. Shisha is served from the deck, while guests gather around the circular bar for sundowners.
9. ULA, Palm Jumeirah
Perched on a sandy beach on the Palm Jumeirah, ULA looks out towards the surrounding sea. The venue’s concept is all about connection and takes influence from the energy of the earth, sun and sea. Earthy interiors made from natural materials give the feeling of a bohemian Ibiza beach bar. Live DJs and musicians provide entertainment. A great spot for a relaxed lunch, the Mediterranean-inspired menu includes several Greek favourites.
10. Soul Lounge, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa
Soul Lounge offers a slice of tranquillity away from the more lively Nikki Beach Club. Situated in the lobby of the Nikki Beach Resort and Spa the venue with indoor and outdoor seating offers unobstructed sunset views and a laidback vibe.
Coffee, cocktails, light bites, sharable snacks and shisha are on the menu here accompanied by relaxed mixed beats by the venue’s DJ.
Remember: some of Dubai’s beach-side venues can get fully booked weeks in advance. Contact us and we can secure your spot to save you the stress.