Whatever team you support, be sure to do it at one of the city’s top sports bars…
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 15 bars and pubs with screens and deals aplenty where you can watch the Premier League in Dubai…
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 jungle-themed Beastly brunch every Saturday. It’s buffet style food and an open bar for Dhs175 for the ladies and Dhs250 for the guys.
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, Sun to Weds 10am to 1.30am, Thurs & Fri 10am to 3am, Sat 9am to 1.30am. Tel: (04) 399 3333. barastibeach.com
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, which can be paired with five bucket beers for Dhs199.
Barrel 12, 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 Dhs155 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.
Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 427 0515. Facebook.com/bidibondi.palmshoreline.
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 4pm to 8pm, where you can take advantage of buy one get one free on a selection of house drinks.
Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Sun to Weds 12pm to 12am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com.
Jekyll & Hyde
DIFC’s British pub Jekyll & Hyde shows all the big games across a dozen screens dotted through the venue. There’s buy one get one free drinks all day, a weekend roast, and a burger and a beer deal for Dhs69.
Level M, Podium Atrium, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel (04) 343 5518. jekyllandhydedubai.com
Catch all the action at Kickers Sports Bar every match day weekend. They’ve got large projector screens to add to the 11 TVs, and happy hour runs from 3pm to 7pm which offers a 33 per cent discount on selected food and drinks. 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.
Kickers, Sports Village, Dubai Sports City, Sun to Weds 3pm to 2am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 3am Tel: (04) 448 1001. kickerssportsbar.ae.
Lock, Stock & Barrel
This popular sports bar shows Premier League matches live every Saturday and Sunday across both its Barsha Heights and JBR locations. 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.
Lock, Stock and Barrel, Grand Millenium, Barsha Heights, and Rixos Premium JBR, timings vary. Tel: (04) 514 9195. lsbdubai.com.
There are all-day deals at McGettigans JLT to enjoy while you catch the games. From Saturday to Thursday there’s an eight-hour happy hour with up to 40 per cent off house drinks from 12pm to 8pm, a Friday and Saturday roast with all the trimmings for Dhs99, and the ‘SOS Saturday’ gets you a breakfast dish and three house drinks for Dhs129 every Saturday.
McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, daily 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 378 0800. mcgettigans.com/jlt
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 quiz night; Tuesday ladies’ night (choice of main 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. addresshotels.com
At Dubai’s English country inspired gastropub Reform, there’s a roast dinner served up alongside the weekend matches for Dhs100 for chicken or Dhs124 for beef every Saturday and Sunday. There’s a daily happy hour too, with selected beverages Dhs33 from 12pm to 8pm.
Reform The Lakes, Dubai, daily 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 4542 638. reformsocialgrill.ae
The 44 is perched on the 44th floor of Dubai’s Hilton Al Habtoor City. The vintage sports bar offers up extensive sports coverage from 11 screens across the venue, as well as some impressive views across Downtown Dubai. Bored of the match? There’s plenty of games inside the venue to keep you entertained including darts, pool and even a bowling alley. There’s a bargain brunch for Dhs205 on Fridays, a weekly Tuesday ladies’ night, and if you wear your teams shirt to watch the match, you’ll get a 20 per cent discount.
The 44, The Hilton, Al Habtoor City, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (05) 4581 1758. the44dubai.com
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 a daily happy hour from 4pm to 8pm, and on a Saturday and Sunday a ‘Roast & Toast’ deal gets you two roast dinners and a bottle of wine for Dhs250.
The Rose & Crown, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 437 0022. roseandcrowndubai.com.
The Trophy Room
The latest addition to the sports bar scene in Dubai is The Trophy Room. Located in the Fairmont on Sheikh Zayed Road, this place is serious about sport. There’s 11 screens showing a variety of sports through the week and weekend, and specials including a daily happy hour from 12pm to 7pm with beverages priced at Dhs32.
Trophy Room, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 12pm to 2pm. Tel: (04) 311 8316. Fairmontdubai.com
Stars N Bars La Mer
The Monte-Carlo inspired sports bar Stars N Bars at La Mer has one of the biggest screens in Dubai for watching the nail-biting spots action. As well as the 160-inch screen, there’s several TV’s dotted around the bar, and a daily happy runs from 3pm to 9pm every day to quench your thirst.
Stars N Bars, La Mer North, Jumeirah 1, daily 11am to 3am. Tel: (04) 349 9903. starsnbars.ae