Who’s ready for the weekend?
When the weekend hits, things can sometimes get a little expensive so an extended happy hour is music to our ears.
So, just to help, you spend a bit less, we’ve put together our top picks of all-day (or extended) happy hours for you to while away the weekend. You can thank us later.
From Saturday to Thursday, popular Irish spot McGettigans do an eight-hour happy hour deal from 12pm to 8pm where you can get up to 40 per cent off house drinks.
McGettigans JLT, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, happy hour, Saturday to Thursday 12pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 356 0470. mcgettigans.com/jlt-dubai
The Lion by Nick & Scott
If your weekend isn’t complete without roast then this awesome deal should do the trick. At popular British pub spot, if you order a roast on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll get an all-day happy hour. They’re always showing the latest sports matches, too.
The lion by Nick & Scott, H Hotel, Downtown Dubai, Sun to Thurs 8am to 3am, Fri & Sat 11am to 3am. Tel: (04) 359 2366. facebook.com/TheLionDubai
Bask in the glow of 2 for 1 house drinks, every Friday and Saturday at Qwerty from 1pm to 7pm. Now the weather really is too hot to sit outside, there’s a great atmosphere inside too.
Qwerty, Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, Friday & Saturday, 2 for 1 on selected house beverages from 1pm ’til 7pm.. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
This cosy little chalet-type spot at Mall of the Emirates will give you four drinks or three drinks and a meal for Dhs145 from 4pm to 12am on Thursdays to Saturdays. You could even double up for that cost.
Apres, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, Thursday to Saturday 4pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 341 2575. facebook.com/apresmoe
This relaxed beach bar vibe bar shows all kinds of sports, from football to cricket and rugby. If you manage a long weekend, they have a happy hour deal running from 10am on Sundays, with selected house drinks for Dhs32.
Bidi Bondi, Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, sundays from 10am until midnight. Tel: (04) 427 0515. facebook.com/bidibondi.palmshoreline
From 4pm till 8pm, you’ll get 3 drinks for Dhs99 or you can go extra with their Power Happy hour where you can choose from buckets at Dhs59 or ping pong towers from Dhs159. We’d wager a guess that you’ll end up staying after too as its packed with cheeky entertainment.
Mr Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, daily 4pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 420 7489. mrmiyagisdubai.com
Casa De Tapas
If you love nothing more than a jug of sangria and a graze on Spanish tapas then the ‘El Lazy Toro’ happy hour is your new best friend. It’s a little further out, granted, but head down on a Saturday to take advantage of unlimited sangria and selected tapas for Dhs160 from 12pm to 7pm.
Casa De Tapas, Dubai Creek Club St,Dubai, Saturday, 12pm to 7pm, Dhs160 unlimited sangria & selected tapas. Tel: (04) 416 1800. dubaigolf.com
Pizza Express Live
This fab live-music venue isn’t just about the pizza. They do a happy hour every day from 4pm to 8pm, then on a Thursday evening they do a drunch package from 8pm to 11pm where you’ll get five drinks for Dhs150 – that should be enough to get you up dancing.
Pizza Express Live, Dubai, 12pm to 1am daily. Tel: (04) 566 5722. pizzaexpress.uae
This urban British spot in JLT gives off a comfortable pub garden type of feel outside with soft wooden furniture and a relaxed atmosphere. Every hour is happy hour here with selected house beverages costing Dhs30. There’s loads of games like pool, darts and foosball to tackle inside too.
UBK, Movenpick Hotel, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sat to Wed 12pm to 2am, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com
Reform Social Bar and Grill
Reform is a popular place to head on a weekend with no preamble. They do great British gastro-pub dishes and a great breakfast. Oh, and a seven hour happy hour every day from 12pm to 7pm for Dhs33 on house beverages. ‘Happy’ now?
Reform Social Bar & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, daily happy hour 12pm to 7pm, Dhs33 on selected house beverages. Tel: (04) 4542638. reformsocialgrill.ae
Ras Beach at Club Vista Mare is the perfect combination of beach bar vibes, pretty setting and great tunes. Their all day happy hour even runs at weekends for a full eight hours, so you can go from day to night in shorts and flip flops watching the sun set over the views of the Palm.
Ras Beach, Unit 1, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, happy hour daily from 12pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 554 2665. facebook.com/RAS-Beach-Vibes
McGettigans Madinat Jumeirah
This branch of Dubai favourite McGettigans at Madinat Jumeirah offers the same hearty aul’ Irish flair as its other counterparts in Dubai, but with the bonus of beautiful blue waters of the Madinat Jumeirah setting. They have TV screens for sports, music nights aplenty and a happy hour running from 2pm to 5pm, followed by a Drunch from 5pm to 8pm on a Friday. They also have a happy hour 2pm til 8pm on a Saturday.
McGettigan’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 447 0219. mcgettigans.com
Cielo Sky Lounge
Okay this one isn’t technically in the day but, if you have managed to get Sunday off work (or not) this stunning outdoor bar does two-for-one on selected house beverages, cocktails bubbles and bites from 5pm to 2am every Saturday.
Cielo sky Lounge, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai, Saturday, 5pm to 2am, 2-for-1 on selected house beverages. Tel: (04) 416 1800. cielodubai.com
Nara Pan Asian
This new JLT offering is reminiscent of Harajuku, Tokyo, and serves half-price drinks for eight hours from 12pm to 8pm every day. On the weekends, you can pick up a ‘Weekend Vibes’ package that gets you three hours of house drinks for just Dhs169.
Next to Movenpick Hotel, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai. daily happy hour 12pm to 8pm; Weekend Vibes Thur 11pm to 3am, Fri 8pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 421 1356. . naradxb.com
This New-York loft-inspired restaurant combines stylish, chic and urban and makes for a cool weekend hangout. Better yet, it serves selected drinks for a savvy Dhs25 each and every Friday from 12pm to 8pm.
Ocean View Hotel, JBR, Dubai. Fri 12pm to 8pm. Tel: (050) 345 6067. tribeca.ae
No, you’re not seeing double, at Weslodge throughout the week, you can get two-for-one drinks for two hours, and – on Saturday – two-for-one drinks all night. That’s the kind of Saturday deal we’re down for.
JW Marriot Marquis Tower, Business Bay, Dubai. Sun to Thur 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Sat all night from 5.30pm. Tel: (04) 560 1700. weslodge.ae
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