5 places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Abu Dhabi
Get your green on and head over to this bar for an evening of specially priced drinks (green hops will make an appearance). There’ll also be a photo booth and live music from the DJ.
Park Rotana, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi, 6pm onwards. Tel: (02) 6573333. rotana.com
While the party starts on Thursday evening, it kicks into high gear on Friday with a special Irish BBQ brunch featuring Dublin steak and kidney pie, bangers and champ and Irish brew. Live entertainment will be supplied from Paddyman, DJ Lola Nova and resident band Sweet Chilli Jam. And for the kids, there’ll be a bouncy castle, face painting and games on offer too.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs200 inclusive of house beverages. Tel: (02) 6742020. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien.leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
The Sportsman’s Arms
This American-Irish pub will be serving up special dishes (think lamb burgers cooked with Jameson glaze and stout and oyster pie) with traditional pints and Irish whiskies.
Zayed Sports City, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to midnight. Tel: (02) 4034235. Taxi: Tennis Centre at ZSC. sportsmanszsc.com
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Head to CuiScene restaurant for a paddy-themed brunch this Friday. In addition to a range of international cuisine, you can also load up on Irish stew and Colcannon mashed potatoes. There will also be party favours and accessories (shamrock headbands anyone?) for guests.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, noon to 4pm, Dhs269 for soft drinks, Dhs319 for grapes and hops, Dhs489 for bubbles. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com/babalbahr
McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi
While the party will go on all weekend, head down on Friday evening to listen to Irish rock band Hermitage Green perform live in the capital. The indie rockers from Limerick will be playing for the post-brunch crowd from 6.30pm onwards.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Friday brunch noon to 4pm, Dhs170. Tel: (02) 6524333. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. mcgettigans.com