The 11 best sports bar bargains for watching the Euros in Abu Dhabi
Absolute spectating goals…
Is it coming home this year? Is Mbappé in the same G.O.A.T. tier as Ronaldo and that little Argentinian fella? Will Belgium finally come good on their exceptional potential (and current No.1 FIFA ranking)? Who will choke? Which under dog will rise up and stun the world with an impassioned display? Which players will double their transfer fees? Who will fall from grace?
We don’t know. Stop asking. What we do know however is the best bars and bargains in Abu Dhabi for watching all the glorius UEFA Euro 2020 cup drama unfold.
49ers steakhouse is a legit Abu Dhabi institution with a proven pedigree for ‘big game atmosphere’, which makes it an ideal choice for catching the footie. Enjoy the beautiful game here with their hops bucket and nibbles combo packages (from Dhs99) and pints of authentic German frothy stuff from Dhs25.
Le Meridien, Tourist Club Area, midday to 3am. Tel: (02) 645 8000, 49ers.ae
Blu Sky Lounge & Grill
A sporty little number in Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Blu Sky has a series of screens positioned specifically for uninterrupted viewing, so you wont miss a single catch or ball snatch in the match. There’s a daily happy hour (midday till 3am close) with special prices on draught hops.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya, Tourist Club Area. Tel: (02) 818 4888, tsogosun.com
Bridges Bar at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr maybe relatively boutique in size, but its screens are still pretty massive and that’s important when it comes to choosing your spectating spot for a match. They also have a daily 4pm to 8pm happy hour (two-for-one on select drinks) and a pretty big Saturday and Sunday deal that will net you two pints of hops for just Dh1 when purchased with any main course. With the fact that also includes their giant burgers — we’ll mark that up as a cheeky hattrick of big reasons to visit.
Bridges Bar, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs99. Tel: (02) 654 3238, facebook.com/BridgesBarAbuDhabi
Sprinting into the box with big screen TVs and some banging deals for the Euros C.mondo is looking like a pundit’s top pick this tournament. There’s a daily 5pm to 9pm happy hour with select drinks at just Dhs20, combo deals, snack platter offers, as well as bargains on buckets and pitchers of hops. Especially for the Euros spectators can win big prizes by guessing the scorer; there are discounts across the menu; free-flow packages (Dhs120), and unlimited chicken wing deals. On paper this has to be a favourite for the golden pint glass.
Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, near ADNEC, noon to 1am daily. Tel: (02) 409 6514
This British pub flexes its thrifty tekkers every night of the week with a daily happy hour that’s more than just 90 minutes. Enjoy midday to 8pm dramatic saves, with selected drinks just Dhs25 each.
Captain’s Arms, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi,Tourist Club Area, Al Zahiyah open daily midday to 2.30am. Tel: (02) 697 4482, @lemeridienabudhabi
Cooper’s is a firm favourite (that’s unchanging favourite, not ‘The Old Firm’s favourite) for sports fans in the capital and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a handsome hang spot with large screens — making the referee a big enough target to hurl whatever life advice you might deem appropriate at. There’s also a Sun to Thu happy hour (4pm to 8pm) and a special Sport’s Hub for the summer, with the opportunity to win prizes and make savings on a menu of pub grub fan favourites.
Park Rotana, Park Rotana Complex Road, near Khalifa Park, open midday to 2am. Tel: (02) 657 3317, @parkrotana
London-style sports bar Hamilton’s is found in Saadiyat Rotana, and because it’s also a gastropub, at half-time you can look forward to something a little more substantial than oranges cut into quarters. Pull up a seat in this art deco dude’s (and dudette) den, and score daily (except for Friday) discounts with a 5pm to 7pm happy hour on select drinks. There are nine massive screens making for the perfect stadium atmosphere, match that against the hops combo deals (from Dhs149) and in-match free-flow packages (Dhs179) and Hamilton’s looks headed for the final.
Saadiyat Rotana, Saadiyat Island, Fri to Sat 11am to 2am, Sun to Thu 4pm to 2am. Tel: (02) 697 0000, rotanatimes.com
Offside Sports Lounge
Found at the stunning Jumeirah at Saadiyat resort, this homage to sports reportage is kicking off your Saturday session with a brunch. Between 1pm and 5pm there’s a range of grilled delights, and free-flow hops and grape for just Dhs295. Want to take the competitive spirit off-screen and in-house — there’s a dart board and pool tables to flex your skills (or lack of) over. Weekday happy hour is from 5pm to 7pm and from midday to 7pm at weekends.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, soft package Dhs195, 1pm to 5pm. (02) 811 4342, jumeirah.com
Saadiyat Beach Club
Three words for you: In-pool-spectating. A dream that’s now a reality thanks to the new cinematic screen installed at Saadiyat Beach Club. Imagine being ‘the twelfth man (or woman)’, cheering on your team from the shallows of an infinity pool, on an immaculate stretch of desert island beach. Extra-time? OK then, if we must. And we reckon this might be the only known way to actually enjoy watching a penalty shoot-out. Dining is taken care of with special match packages in addition to the healthy collection of a la carte options.
Saadiyat Island, daily 5pm to 10pm (later for late matches), ladies Dhs120 (with Dhs100 credit back), gents Dhs199 (Dhs100 credit back). @saadiyatbeachclub, Tel: (02) 656 3500
Waves Bar & Outdoor Lounge
With alfresco and non-fresco (shh we’re claiming it) seating, decent pub snacks (baos, the baos) and a vibrant atmosphere — Waves would feature in our first 11 every time. Their daily two-for-one happy hour will be running throughout the tournament between the hours of 5pm and 8pm. There will also be a very special bucket deal. The details of which will follow shortly.
Waves Bar & Outdoor Lounge, Novotel Al Bustan – Airport Road, open daily until 1am. Tel: (02) 501 6088, novotel-abudhabi-albustan.com