Wakataua Terrace

Take a break at this peaceful lounge on the sand
  • 1

Time Out Says

Picture the scene: you’re slumped on a beanbag, your toes are in the sand, and you’re looking out across a peaceful bay with the lights of skyscrapers reflecting off the water.

As relaxing bars go, Wakataua Terrace takes some beating. There’s no blaring music or strict dress code. You can just turn up as you are and unwind.

This is about as simple as a beach bar gets. A couple of tables are placed on terra firma, but everything else is on the sand. Your beverage choices are standard, and the food menu is a basic selection of Asian-inspired light bites.

But despite all this, or maybe because of it, Wakataua is actually quite romantic and welcoming. Faintly-glowing lamps provide the mood lighting, and the only sound is quiet lounge music, the murmur of chatter and waves lapping against the shore.

It’s not all perfect, though. To say the service is non-intrusive would technically be correct, and kind of fitting for the location. But it drifts too far towards inattentive. Having to frantically wave your arms for attention does break the relaxing vibe somewhat.

It’s also not a busy bar. This could be due to its position within the Le Méridien Village, where competition is fierce. After all, not many people walk past the Captain’s Arms without going in. And then there’s the slightly confusing name. It’s probably referred to more often than not as “that beach bar in the Le Méridien”.

These are all minor gripes, though. Once you’ve collapsed into your beanbag, most of your worries will wash away as you enjoy the breeze and watch the lights of Al Maryah Island twinkle in the water.

The bottom line

The perfect place to relax after a busy day.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 29 Nov 2016

Be the first to get all the latest Abu Dhabi news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.


TypeBar & Pub
4:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Sunday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMMonday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMTuesday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMWednesday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMThursday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMFriday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMSaturday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 02 644 6666
Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi

Recommended for you in Bars

Comedian Jimmy Carr on his Dubai Summer Surprises gigs

The funnyman tells Time Out about coming to the UAE for his first gig o

Abu Dhabi DJs launch their own radio show and podcast

Cliff Townley and James Murray want to keep Abu Dhabi’s nightlife alive

Abu Dhabi's Filini Garden relaunches night and weekend brunch

Enjoy a bite and a drink every weekend

Hickory's Restaurant & Bar reopens with two-for-one deal and new happy hour

The Yas Island venue has great views of Abu Dhabi

Where to see fireworks in Abu Dhabi for Eid al-Adha

Book a front-row seat at Stars N Bars on Yas Island

Jimmy Carr tickets now on sale in Dubai

Buy tickets now for Jimmy Carr’s Dubai gigs on August 13 and 14