Barasti is a beachside lounge, part of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi hotel located in the depths of the elite Dubai Marina. Being an outdoors lounge, it was the perfect place to be at, to cool off after a long day of work. On Feb 14, 2013, Valentine's Day, I decided to head to Barasti with a couple of friends. I had done some prior research to find out if there is a dress code, considering it was a Thursday night and Valentine 's Day. Being beside a beach, the dress code remained casual which came as a relief to me, who had been dressed in uptight formals during the day and was not particularly fond of the bar and lounge culture.
We reached Barasti at 10 pm, the atmosphere was very relaxed with most people lounging outdoors in the couches area near the beach. The lounge was lit up with low key yellow lighting; there were couches near the beach where one could enjoy some shisha and drinks. The highlight of the lounge was the wooden two storey treehouse-like building where one could enjoy the view of the sea and Atlantis, The Palm, from a height.
We grabbed drinks at the bar, and brought them upstairs to distance ourselves from the music so we could chat. I ordered a ginger ale with vodka (AED 32) which was an unusual but delectable combination. Since all of us had dinner before meeting up, we decided against ordering any food. The atmosphere and weather were a good enough combination to keep us around for a while. So far, the service, drinks and shisha were impeccable, and there was nothing worth criticising. Except, maybe the shortage of space indoors where one had to make their way scooting and shifting between seats.
After a while, we headed downstairs towards the beach to enjoy grape shisha (AED 45) on the couches by the beach with some great techno pop played by the DJ. There was no one really at the dance floor, so we waited while there were a considerable amount of people so we could join in without looking out of place or over-enthusiastic. Once the dance floor started filling up, the music got better. Among the great trippy tracks were Paradise by Coldplay, Don't You Worry by Swedish House Mafia, and She Wolf by David Guetta ft. Sia. The dancing part of our night was the best, because of not only the trippy tracks but also that we could join in any of the other guests and dance with them, instead of sticking to our little group of friends. It is also a great way to get loose, heat up and possibly burn some calories on a cold night.
It was also quite refreshing to see that there wasn't a typical Valentine's Day celebration at the lounge. In fact, there weren't any red heart shaped balloons or special drinks, or even couples dressed in red, anything that could suggest it was the day of love. Observing the great service, reasonable prices, and beautiful location, I will definitely pay it a visit again, probably on the next Thursday night out with friends.