Make sure you have a fresh green t-shirt in your wardrobe – St Patrick’s Day 2017 is nearly upon us (FYI, it’s on Friday). We’ve rounded up some of Dubai’s best deals that will have you Irishing you were there (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves)…
Urban Bar and Kitchen
Didn’t your mum always tell you to eat your greens? This chilled-out JLT eatery is giving its menu a clover-coloured twist, serving up emerald pints for Dhs25 and wagyu burgers with Kermit-hued buns for Dhs85. Opt for the combo for Dhs95.
Urban Bar and Kitchen, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A. Friday March 17, 12pm onwards. Tel: (04) 4380000. More info on website.
St Patrick’s Day just so happens to coincide with this pub’s weekly Emerald City brunch, where you’ll find a lively atmosphere with loyal patrons, delicious grub, endless drinks, and toe-tapping entertainment. Packages available from Dhs99 for all-you-can-eat and two house beverages, or Dhs79 for kids 12 and under.
The Dubliner’s, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre. Friday March 17, 12pm onwards. Tel: (04) 7022455. More info on website.
Why spend just one day celebrating when you can spend three? Merrymakers will enjoy free entry all weekend, with live music from the Ruaile, MapleJacks and DJ MarkyMark, as well as some more traditional Irish tunes and dancers. Saturday is family day, with a petting zoo, face painting and bouncy castle.
The Irish Village, Garhoud, throughout the weekend. Tel: (04) 2395000. More info on website.
You’ll find plenty of Paddy’s Day antics within all three of McGettigan’s bars — just pick your location (JLT, DWTC, or Souk Madinat Jumeriah). Start the day with a breakfast roll and pint from 10am to 1pm for Dhs50, or stay for brunch, with four hours of free-flowing food and drinks — as well as music, entertainment, and genuine Irish craic — from Dhs295.
McGettigan’s, various locations, Friday March 17, brunches run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Tel: (04) 3780800. More info on website.
The Ultimate Paddy’s Day Party
McGettigan’s and DGT Events have joined forces to present a huge St Patrick’s Day party at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. The event will feature a cracking lineup of musical acts, including Gavin James, Walking on Cars, The Coronas and the stars of The Commitments. Regular tickets cost Dhs150 including a free drink, kids aged five to 16 get in for Dhs75, and kids under five go free.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Friday March 17, from 1pm. Tel: (04) 3780800. Complimentary buses will be running from McGettigan’s bars to the venue throughout the day. Tickets on sale at Platinumlist.net and 800 Tickets.
London’s finest fish restaurant might seem like a strange place to spend St Patrick’s Day, but believe it or not, Geales has it sorted. The eatery is throwing an Irish-inspired garden party with entertainment like bungee runs and coconut shy, with DJ Danny C on hand to provide the tunes. Food stalls will serve classic dishes like steak and Guinness pie, fish and chips, and Irish oysters. Dhs220 gets you food and a pint of Guinness.
Geales, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Friday March 17, from 12.20pm. Tel: (04) 3165550. More info on website.
Get ready to paint the town green at this authentic pub, with Irish hops going for Dhs25, and two-for-one deals on selected Irish shooters between 4pm and 8pm. Tunes will be supplied by Fibbers’ resident rock band, Roadie, from 9.30pm until late.
Fibber Magee’s, Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road. Friday March 17, from 8am. Tel: (04) 3322400. More info on website.
Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant
The festivities are starting early at this American hang-out, which kicks off its St Paddy’s Day celebrations on Thursday. The bar will adorn itself in green to mark the occasion, with special St Patrick’s Day-themed cocktails and bites on offer. Get even more in the spirit with a live band, performing from 9pm on both nights.
Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant, Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Bahar 7. Thursday March 16 and Friday March 17, from 12.30pm. Tel:(04) 4398888. More info on website.
La Ville Hotel and Suites City Walk
Celebrate Ireland’s heritage with a touch of class at Graze, with barley tasting and a prime cut of dry-aged Irish beef from Dhs400. Then head over to Grapeskin for happy hour from 5pm to 8pm, with half price Irish beverages on St Patrick’s Day. Plus, register your details and you’ll go in the draw to win a two-night stay in Dublin.