Here’s where you’ll find the best craic in the city…
Make sure you have a fresh green t-shirt in your wardrobe – St Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us.
We’ve rounded up some of Dubai’s best party spots that will have you Irishing you were there (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves)…
1. McGettigan’s Ultimate Paddy’s Party
Never one to pass up a party, McGettigan’s pulls out all the stops for St Paddy’s with a mini festival. The second annual bash features Irish rockers Kodaline, The Coronas, and Little Hours. There’s plenty of family entertainment too, with stalls spread across the amphitheatre, as well as a dedicated BBQ Brunch Deck with unlimited food and drinks on offer from 1pm to 4pm.
The Ultimate Paddy’s Party, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Friday March 16, 1pm to midnight, Dhs195, Dhs75 children. Get tickets here
2. The Irish Village
The Irish Village is hosting a three-day festival with live music from Sin A Der Si, the MapleJacks and DJ Marky Mark, traditional Irish music and dancers, face painting, a petting zoo, and a bouncy castle.
The Irish Village, Al Garhoud, March 15 to 17, 11am to 2am, free entry. More info on website
3. Fibber Magee’s
This traditional Irish pub promises a weekend-long celebration with live music and drinks deals. Expect a slew of Irish songs from Paddyman, DJs Roni & Roadie, and Chad. A pint of the black stuff will set you back Dhs30 all weekend.
Fibber Magee’s, Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road, March 15 to 17, 8am to 3am. More info on website
4. St Patrick’s Day MEGA Brunch
Designed for the hardcore party people, the Candypants MEGA brunch is back for a St Patrick’s Day special. With space for more than 500 brunchers, expect a nine-hour party with international guest DJs Sammy Porter, Mick Willow and Tango.
XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Hotel, Dubai Marina, Friday March 16, 1pm to 4pm, afterparty til 9pm. Standard package Dhs350, Sparkling package Dhs395. More info on website
5. Reform Social & Grill
Whether you’re a rugby fan, Irish or both, you’ll probably find happiness at Reform this St Paddy’s Day, with the gastropub hosting a special Six Nations Irish Brunch on March 17. The three-hour Saturday brunch promises to be a double celebration with tackles screened live on the enormous outdoor TV and a traditional British BBQ fired up in the garden.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Saturday March 17, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Dhs250 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with house drinks. More info on website
6. Long’s Bar
The St Paddy’s Day party will be in full swing at Long’s Bar, with 30 per cent discounts on house drinks on March 17 and live entertainment all night long.
Long’s Bar, Towers Rotana, Saturday March 17, noon to 8pm. More info on website
7. Dhow & Anchor
Put on your best greens and visit D&A for an all-Irish weekend. Enjoy Boxty, Irish Stew and Irish coffee specials all weekend, rounded off by the Ireland vs England Six Nations game.
Dhow & Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, March 15 to 17, midday to 2am. More info on website
8. Bridgewater Tavern
Catch the Six Nations Rugby Ireland vs England match live at 6.45pm while you enjoy Bridgewater Tavern’s beverages and delicious food (be sure to ask for the Irish fry up). There’s an Irish special happy hour from 4pm to 7pm.
Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis, Saturday March 17, midday to 2am. More info on website
9. Seafire Steakhouse
Prepare for an Irish meat dinner at Atlantis, The Palm’s Seafire restaurant this St Patrick’s Day. While the Irish band takes care of the entertainment, diners enjoy a six-course menu, crafted by Chef Raymond Wong, including dishes such as beef stew, plus savoury donuts and Magners apple sorbet.
Seafire Steakhouse, Atlantis, The Palm, Saturday March 17, 6.30pm to 11pm, Dhs390. More info on website
10. The Dubliner’s
No need to plan a trip to Ireland – visit The Dubliner’s instead. They’re hosting a three-day “Hail Hail” St Paddy’s Day festival, with a live band and all-you-can-eat packages available. Selected house beverages are also available for Dhs32 throughout the weekend.
The Dubliner’s, Le Meridien Dubai, March 15 to 17, midday to 2am, packages from Dhs109. More info on website
11. Dara O’Brien comedy show
Skip the bar hopping and sit down for a night of comedy featuring Irish comedian Dara O’Brien, who returns to Dubai for St Patrick’s weekend.
Dubai World Trade Centre, Thursday March 15, from 9pm, Dhs295. Get tickets here
Head to Apres in Mall of the Emirates for this Instagram-worthy shamrock burger and fries, available for Dhs95 or with one house beverage for Dhs110.
Apres, Mall of the Emirates, March 1 to 17, 10am to midnight. More info on Facebook
13. Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina
On March 17, the Sin Bin Brunch turns green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Tuck into bangers and mash, burger sliders, pavlova, all-you-can-eat charcuterie and cheese, as well as other fan-favourites from the Tri-Nations countries as Nezseaussi Grill Dubai Marina launches the Sin Bin Brunch every Friday.
Address Dubai Marina, Saturday March 17, noon to 4pm. More info on Facebook
Barasti is hosting a special St Patrick’s Day moustache promotion called ‘Guinnesstache’. To bag yourself a free Guinness, order a pint, take a sip, then show off your foam ‘stache to the Barasti bar staff.
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, until Friday March 16. Tel: (04) 318 1313. More info on website