With some big games ahead this weekend, grab a seat at one of these spots to catch all the action…
The football season is a great excuse to make it to the pub.
And there’s no better way to catch up with mates than over 90 minutes of no-talking while the game is on.
So here are 14 bars and pubs with screens and deals aplenty where you can watch the Premier League in Dubai…
The cosy neighbourhood feel of Amsterdam Hub in the Sofitel Dubai JBR makes it a great place to watch the match with mates. They show multiple matches across their screens dotted around the bar, and offer some good deals on food and drink, including a daily happy hour.
Amsterdam Hub, Sofitel Dubai, daily 2.30pm to 3am, Tel: (056) 222 9914. More info on website
This Dubai stalwart has a big focus on sport (and screens). The venue boasts both a vast outdoor and covered indoor seating area and a large sports screen specially for the big events. Get a head start with the Wild Thing jungle-themed brunch every Saturday. It’s buffet style food and an open bar for Dhs175 for the ladies and Dhs250 for the guys.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, Sat to Weds 11am to 1.30am, Thurs & Fri 11am to 3am. Tel: (04) 399 3333. More info on website
There’s a whole host of options to be had at Barrel 12 over the football season. As well as a daily happy hour from 4pm to 7pm, there’s a weekend roast for Dhs99 and a three-hour brunch package served over any three-hour block between noon until 9pm, offering three-courses and three hours of unlimited house beverages for Dhs295.
Palm Views East, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 552 4000. barrel12.ae
This casual Aussie-themed bar on the Palm is a favourite for catching sport. Their Palm Weekender deal offers five drinks for Dhs145 every Friday or Saturday, or for the same price enjoy four drinks and a meal from a choice that includes Thai green curry, cheeseburgers and calamari. On Sundays house drinks are at Dhs30 all day.
Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 427 0515. More info on Facebook.
Brunswick Sports Club
Brunswick Sports Club have upped the game ahead of the league this season, with a wheel of deals that’s spun every time a goal is scored. What’s more, the stakes double every time there’s a penalty. Deals include spirits for Dhs30, shot of the day for Dhs10, and buy one get one free on Espresso Martinis and house wine.
Sheraton Hotel, Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, daily 12pm until 2am. Tel: (056) 404 0685. More info on website
Dhow & Anchor
A popular option for Jumeirah residents, Dhow & Anchor has a daily happy hour on selected house grape beverages, spirits and lagers, meaning up to 50% discount on selected beverages from 3pm until 7pm. There are half a dozen screens and a Burj Al Arab view.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Beach Road, Dubai, daily 9am to 2am. Tel: (04) 406 8999. More info on website
garden on 8
With both indoor and al fresco seating in front of the screens, garden on 8 is a great option for enjoying the game. There’s a daily happy hour from 6pm to 8pm, plus if the game falls on a Saturday you’re in luck – it’s Dhs25 for house drinks all day.
Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Sat to Mon 12pm to 12am, Tues to Fri 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 427 1000. More info on website.
Jekyll & Hyde
DIFC’s British pub Jekyll & Hyde will be showing multiple games across all of the football weekends. There’s a daily happy hour from 5pm to 8pm, plus drinks deals that will get you five selected beverages for Dhs150 from 8pm onwards. There’s a pub atmosphere, and also the option to enjoy a roast dinner every Friday, Saturday and Saturday for Dhs99. To celebrate the major league’s return, they will be kicking things off this Saturday with an all-day happy hour too.
Level M, Podium Atrium, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, daily 8am to 2am. Tel (04) 343 5518. More info on website
Catch all the action at Kickers Sports Bar every match day weekend. They’ve put up five large projector screens to add to the existing 11 TVs, and happy hour runs from 3pm to 7pm too. It’s a lively atmosphere, and a good option for Sports City residents who want to get in on the action without travelling too far.
Sports Village, Dubai Sports City, Sun to Weds 3pm to 2am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 3am Tel: (04) 448 1001. More info on website.
Lock, Stock & Barrel
This popular Barsha Heights bar is showing Premier League matches live every Saturday and Sunday across all 13 screens, including the largest indoor screen in Dubai. Roast of The Day will be served up on Saturday and Sunday till 10pm, plus there’s a daily happy hour from 4pm to 8pm that gets you selected drinks two-for-one. Football shirts and flip flops are permitted on game days only.
Grand Millenium, Barsha Heights, Mon to Thurs 4pm to 3am, Fri to Sun, 2pm to 3am Tel: (04) 514 9195. More info on website.
There are all-day deals at McGettigans JLT to enjoy while you catch the games. On Saturdays, ‘The Hangover Cure’ gets you three house drinks and a hearty breakfast dish for Dhs99 until 3pm, and an eight-hour happy hour dominates play on a Sunday with selected drinks at Dhs29.
McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, daily 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 378 0800. More info on website
Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina
Big screen TVs, private booths, billiards/pool tables, old-school arcade games and good food. What more could you want from a sports pub? How about some cracking daily deals on food? At Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina, there are a variety of grub offers including Sunday mens’ night (pie and pint for Dhs99); Monday Charcuterie night (charcuterie platter and happy hour prices on drinks for Dhs99); Tuesday ladies’ night (choice of starter and two glasses of wine for Dhs79) and Wednesday ribs and hops for Dhs149.
Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina, Address Dubai Marina, daily 4pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 8883444. More info on website
Perry & Blackwelder
It might not be the most obvious choice for the British premier league, but deep-South sports bar Perry & Blackwelder are running an all-day happy hour with select beverages at Dhs29 every Saturday throughout the season. (And the chicken wings are second to none.)
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 432 3232. More info on website
Take advantage of Reform’s summer offers alongside all the football matches this August. There’s a two-for-one offer on house beers and jugs of Pimms every day, a Saturday and Sunday roast and a newly launched Roast Brunch every Friday and Saturday with two sittings; 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm for Dhs295.
The Lakes, Dubai, daily 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 4542 638. More info on website
The Rose & Crown
There’s full sports coverage and a host of deals to be had at this British pub in Al Habtoor city. There’s an all day happy hour every Saturday and Sunday, a ‘Roast & Toast’ deal that gets you two roast dinners and a bottle of wine for Dhs199 on the same days, plus discounts and deals on a selection of beers.
The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 437 0022. More info on website.