What’s On lists the best sports bars in Dubai. Where to watch the UEFA Champions League Final, which kicks off on Sat June 6, 10.45pm.
Real Madrid Cafe
If you can bypass that fact that you’re watching the Barcelona vs Juventus final in a Real Madrid Café, you’ll like this option. The café at The Beach Mall opposite JBR is offering a shorter version of its usual menu that includes finger foods and burgers.
TV COUNT: One giant screen.
Real Madrid Cafe, The Beach, JBR, Dubai, Dhs200. Tel: (04) 2775625. Metro: JLT. Taxi: The Beach, JBR.
Football fans can enjoy the match along with happy hour refreshments from midnight to 2am. Expect great discounts and a large TV screen.
TV COUNT: One screen.
JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, Sun to Thur 4pm to 3am, Fri and Sat 11am to 3am. Tel: (04) 8145590. Taxi: JA Ocean View Hotel. jaresortshotels.com
Table Packages at Zero Gravity include entry for you and your friends, and plenty of drinks to keep you happy during the game.
TV COUNT: One giant outdoor screen and many, many indoor screens.
Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 6pm to 3am, Dhs200 (table of five). Tel: (04) 3990009. Taxi: Skydive Dubai. facebook.com/zero.gravity.dubai
Reform Social & Grill
Watch the Champions League Final on one jumbo screen as you tuck into good, old fashioned British pub grub.
TV COUNT: One jumbo screen.
The Lakes Club, Emirates Hills, Dubai, daily noon to 2am. Tel: (04) 4542638. Taxi: The Lakes Club. reformsocialgrill.ae
The Underground Pub
Book now to watch the final with your friends at this railway-inspired English pub and enjoy the match while digging into your steak pie. Selected beverages available starting Dhs25.
TV COUNT: Two large and 14 others.
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 8pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 3995000. Taxi: Habtoor Grand. habtoorhotels.com
An ambitious outdoor glass tent has been built to cover the entire middle deck – with the air conditioning on full blast at an agreeable 22 degrees, perfect for watching the big game.
TV COUNT: One jumbo screen and more than 10 others.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Beach Road, Dubai, daily 11am until late. Tel: (04) 3181313. Taxi: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi. barastibeach.com
Watch the match in a relaxed atmosphere at Spike Bar while choosing your dinner from a special a la carte menu.
TV COUNT: One large screen.
Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, Dubai, daily 6am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 4179999. Taxi: Emirates Golf Club. dubaigolf.com
Wavebreaker Beach Bar & Grill
Watch all the action outdoors at Wavebreaker on a giant LED screen or opt for air-conditioned comfort indoors.
TV Count: Two. One indoors and one outdoors.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, JBR, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3182582 Taxi: Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort. facebook.com/HiltonDubai
Belgian Beer Café, Tecom
The Belgian Beer Café in Tecom aims for a hat-trick by showing the final across its three floors with room for 80 fans on each of the ground and first floors and another 150 (combined seating and standing) on the rooftop.
Grand Millennium Hotel, Tecom, Dubai, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 4299999. Taxi: Grand Millennium Hotel. grandmillenniumdubai.com
Wings And Rings
Football and chicken wings go together perfectly, so indulge your passion for both at this DIFC bar. Tuck into an open buffet complete with wings, nachos and mini burgers with four drinks for Dhs200.
TV COUNT: One giant screen and 16 others.
Liberty House, DIFC, Dubai, daily 9pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3596900. Metro: Financial Centre. facebook.com/originalwingsandrings
Enjoy the finals at the longest bar in the Middle East, coupled with good deals on food and drinks.
TV COUNT: Two large screens and 10 others.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily noon to 3am. Tel: (04) 3122201. Taxi: Towers Rotana. rotana.com/towersrotana
While many football-themed sports bars are happy to be a little scuzzy around the edges, Nezesaussi is a sports bar for gents. With over 10 screens, a selection of gourmet food, a lively atmosphere, this is one of the best places to catch all the football action.
TV COUNT: 10+ screens.
Souk Al Manzil (next to Manzil Downtown Hotel), Dubai, Sun to Thur 5pm to 2am, Fri 9am to 2am, Sat noon to 2am. Tel: (04) 4285888. Taxi: Manzil Downtown Hotel. vida-hotels.com
Their famous giant cube-shaped TV and good deals make Qube a sports bar to be reckoned with.
TV COUNT: One giant cube and 16 other screens.
Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Nad al Sheba, Dubai, Sun to Wed 3am to 1am, Thur 3pm to 3am, Fri noon to 3am, Sat noon to 1am. Tel: (04) 3813780. qubesportsbar.com