Ah, there’s nothing more Irish than sitting outside with a pint of the black stuff, surrounded by palm trees in 50-degree weather. Wait…

The Irish Pubs Global Awards have named two of the UAE’s best-loved Irish hotspots in their Irish Pubs of the Year shortlist.

Where, you ask? The Irish Village in Al Garhoud and McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi.

The Irish Village went up against some stiff competition, including Jinty McGuinty’s in Glasgow, Kevin Barry’s in California and Jameson Distillery Pub in Cologne.

Let’s check out the winners:


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It tends to get pretty lively

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They’ve got regular live entertainment, too

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Still great for a quiet one after work

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We can count the chips in this picture on one hand, but we’re sure it’s still delicious

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The classic full English Irish

Next to Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street, Abu Dhabi. 12pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 6524333. mcgettigans.com/auh

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Ah, Irish Village. It’s a little far away for some of us, but well worth the trip if you decide to head down.

We can’t wait for the weather to cool down a bit so we can park ourselves outside with a cold beverage.


The famous entrance. Photo: Instagram/@ahlworld

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Regulars of Irish Village will be familiar with this sign. Photo: Instagram/@gogo2910

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As well as this bloke. Photo: Instagram/@shafei72

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Look at this telephone box, it’s so old school! Photo: Instagram/@shaunahurley


There’s enough space here for all the Irish. Photo: Instagram/@paul.espaidon

31 A Street, Al Garhoud. 11am to 1am. Tel: (04) 2824752. irishvillage.com. 

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