23 places to catch the Champions League final in Dubai
It’s the first all-English Champions League final since 2008…
The UEFA Champions League Final is coming up and it’s one of the most hotly-anticipated games this year.
Whether you’re a die hard Liverpool or Tottenham fan (or not even a huge football fan at all), the atmosphere for such a big game is going to be undeniably electric.
The match starts at 11pm in Dubai so it’ll be a late one, but at least you’ll only have one day at work until the start of the Eid Al Fitr holidays…
Here’s where to catch the big game…
This little bar in JLT is a great hangout for watching the football as it has a buzzing atmosphere and loads of screens. Their summer tent is now up as well so you won’t have to miss out on the outdoor garden vibes and they’re promising 19 screens so you can watch the game in pure comfort.
UBK, Movenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai. Sun to Wed 2pm to 2am, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 3am, Sat 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com
Wavebreaker beach club at JBR is one our our favourite outdoor spots during the day time, but for the final it’s promising to come alive at night. They’ll be showing the big game on a giant screen whilst you chill on the grass on chairs and in big comfy beanbags.
Wavebreaker, The Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 399 1111.
Head to Palm Jumeirah where there’s a whole host of fun to be had at Barrel 12 over the football season. You can expect to catch most of the live matches on its multiple screens, plus there’s a cracking weekend roast for only Dhs99.
Barrel 12, Palm Views East, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 552 4000. barrel12.ae
One of Dubai’s most famous beach clubs, Zero Gravity is going football mad on Saturday June 1, with massive screens poolside, in the garden and the Sports Lounge. You can warm up for the match with ball juggling in the fan zone or try some free kicks. Entry will be free from 8pm.
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai, daily 12pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
Joe’s Backyard is the cool new BBQ joint Downtown, with an alfresco rooftop terrace and lofthouse-style vibes indoors. Watch the game on the huge HD projector screen and if you wear your team’s shirt – you’ll get a cool 25 percent off your bill.
Joe’s Backyard, Gateway Avenue, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 5pm to 12am, Fri & Sat 12pm to 2am. Tel: (055) 709 4509. facebook.com/joesbackyarddubai
Barasti is one of the longest-running and most established bars in the city with its lower-level beach and pool and upper level tiki bar, complete with huge screens showing all types of sports. They’ve also got their summer tent up now so you won’t be sweating while you watch the game (as long as your team isn’t losing).
Barasti, La Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Sat to Wed 10am to 1.30am, Thurs & Fri, 9am to 3am. Tel: (04) 318 1313. barastibeach.com
Wavehouse is the city’s go-to spot for all things fun and games with its own bowling alley, arcade room, pool table, table tennis and much more. Head to their cool adults-only bar for a great atmosphere with your mates.
Wavehouse, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
This awesome little spot in Habtoor Grand will have you feeling like you’re watching the game, rather unusually, in the London Underground. It’s got loads of screens and a pool table so you can play a game whilst watching the game.
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh Road, near JBR, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4084257. Metro: Dubai Marina. grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com
This casual Aussie-themed bar on the Palm is a favourite for catching all kinds of sport. They show an array of matches across their screens from F1 and rugby to cricket and football. There’s always some good deals to take advantage of whilst you cheer on your favourite team.
Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 427 0515. Facebook.com/bidibondi.palmshoreline.
You won’t have to worry about struggling to see the screen at Spike Bar as they have 16 screens dotted around. If that isn’t enough, they’ll also have an extra-large 3-metre screen to catch every bit of the live action. When you work up a hunger cheering for your favourite team, chose from delicious bar bites, classic pub dishes, asian delicacies and hot-off-the-pan-pizzas.
Spike Bar, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, daily 10am to 12.30am. Tel: (04) 417 9842. dubaigolf.com
Dhow & Anchor
British gastropub Dhow & Anchor, found inside the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, boasts 9 screens including two outdoors, to show a range of sports and matches at any one time. Make an evening of it and enjoy their traditional roast with generous portions of all the trimmings for Dhs125.
Dhow and Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, daily 12pm to late. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
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. From the start of the game (11pm) onwards, you can get a whopping 2.5kg bucket of wings for Dhs199.
Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Sun to Weds 12pm to 12am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.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 it’s 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. Settle in for the game and enjoy it alongside their roast of the day for Dhs99.
Lock, Stock and Barrel, Grand Millenium, Barsha Heights, and Rixos Premium JBR, timings vary. Tel: (04) 514 9195. lsbdubai.com
McGettigans JLT is somewhat of a stalwart pub in the city, and is well known for its extensive coverage of an array of sports across its screens. There’s a brilliant lively atmosphere, and when you tire of the games, head to the new sports hub where you’ll find pool and darts.
McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, daily 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 378 0800. mcgettigans.com/jlt
The Crown & Lion
The Crown & Lion is unashamedly British, bringing all the traditions of a local pub with it – think brass, brick and wood interiors with dart boards, pool tables and live matches. They’ve got screens aplenty for watching the game.
Ground Floor, Byblos Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Tecom, Dubai, daily 11am to 3am. Tel: (04) 488 8000. bybloshoteldubai.com
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? With a huge screen (and lots of little ones), you won’t miss even an inch of the action.
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. Best of all – they’re offering a tasty two for one on all roasts at the minute.
Reform The Lakes, Dubai, daily 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 4542 638. reformsocialgrill.ae
The Scene by Simon Rimmer
Known as one of Dubai Marina’s best places for catching the match, perch up by the screens in the bar area and catch all the action alongside a hearty British roast for Dhs125.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, 4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, daily 8am to 2am. Tel: (04) 222 2328. thescenedubai.com
The 44 is found 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.
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. On a Saturday and Sunday a ‘Roast & Toast’ deal gets you two roast dinners and a bottle for Dhs250.
The Rose & Crown, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 437 0022. roseandcrowndubai.com.
The Trophy Room
Located in the Fairmont on Sheikh Zayed Road, The Trophy Room is serious about sport. There’s 11 screens showing a variety of sports throughout the week and weekend, and specials on different days of the week on their menu of English and European bar food.
Trophy Room, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 12pm to 2pm. Tel: (04) 311 8316. Fairmontdubai.com
Stars N Bars
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.
Stars N Bars, La Mer North, Jumeirah 1, daily 11am to 3am. Tel: (04) 349 9903. starsnbars.ae