Irish Restaurants

McGettigan’s Irish Pub


Bonnington Hotel, JLT Dubai UAE Jumeirah Lake Towers - JLT, Dubai

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McGettigan’s Irish Pub, Dubai’s newest live music venue, is conveniently located in easy walking distance form Jumeirah Lakes Towers metro station, in the heart of Jumeirah Lakes Towers, just opposite Dubai Marina.
The latest chapter in a fine tradition of hospitality, which began in 1964 with the first McGettigan’s Pub on Queen Street in Dublin, has taken Dubai by storm in 2011. McGettigan’s offers a beautifully designed and finished Irish pub and delivers the best of traditional Irish food and beverage in a modern, yet warm homely environment.
McGettigan’s Irish Pub has been one of the great success stories for the Irish in Dubai this year. It opened its door for the first time in November 2010 and without any major advertising campaign was busy nearly every night of the week. McGettigan’s is different to most Irish pubs as it reflects modern Ireland and modern Irish culture, food, music and sport!
Apart from the stunning food and award winning pints of Guinness, McGettigan’s prides itself on providing the best Irish entertainment in Dublin.
Head of entertainment and events at the pub, Declan Pierce, left his job in the radio industry in Dublin on 98FM to join the team of Irish people at McGettigan’s. His job instructions were clear –“Bring over the best Irish acts you can!”
January 2011 saw McGettigan’s host the first Irish Comedyfest in Dubai – top Irish comedians Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher, Eric Lalor, Dermot Whelan and Paddy Courtney packed out the venue for 4 nights in a row with standup comedy shows. “It was an idea that came about over a chat on twitter with comedian, Eric Lalor”, Declan told us. “I asked him if he thought he could convince the comedians to travel to Dubai… the rest is history! This is the first of many Comedyfest events that will happen in McGettigan’s. All the lads want to come back next year… especially Jason Byrne who loved the pub and Dubai!”
The Comedyfest was the first of a long line of events at McGettigan’s. The Irish cricket team and Dublin GAA football team have all stopped off at the pub during training visits to Dubai. Other concerts in the pub include: Paddy Casey, The Wolfe Tones, Mundy and Paul Brady.
“I want to make this pub the most exciting venue in Dubai for live entertainment.”
The Saint Patrick’s Day events at McGettigan’s didn’t just happen on 17th March – the pub put together a full week of celebrations – there were Irish dancers, 2 live bands from Ireland and Scotland and their resident DJ John Hayes from Limerick to rock the pub for the full week. The Paddy’s week celebrations wrapped up with Ireland beating England on the giant TV screen in the new McGettigan’s Garden!
One thing is for certain – McGettigan’s is very quickly becoming one of the most popular places for the Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh to get together and have a good time in Dubai!

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McGettigan’s Irish Pub, Dubai’s newest live music venue, is conveniently located in easy walking distance form Jumeirah Lakes Towers metro station, in the heart of Jumeirah Lakes Towers, just opposite Dubai Marina.
McGettigan’s is officially Dubai’s no. 1 Guinness selling bar and the home of St. Patrick’s Day in Dubai…

The Irish Village


Garhoud, Dubai , The Aviation Club , Dubai

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In 1994 Dubai Tennis Championships were taking place at The Aviation Club for the second consecutive year in a temporarily-built stadium. At that time, spectators would not exceed the few hundreds. At the end of the final match after handing out the prize to the winner, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced that the following year Dubai Tennis Championships would be played in a real stadium with a capacity of 5000 people.
So in 1995 the current tennis stadium was ready to host the 3rd Dubai Tennis Championships.
Acknowledging the great spaces created beneath the stadium terraces, Mr. Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of DDF, with the support of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, came up with the idea of building a permanent outlet that would cater to visitors on the different events held at the stadium.
The idea of The Irish Village was born.
The Village was designed using Irish craftsmanship and materials which were shipped to Dubai and reassembled on site, creating an authentic experience in the heart of the city. Even the paving stones came all the way from Liscannor in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. All props and décor items around The Village, from the telephone box down to the shop windows bric-a-brac, are genuine Irish pieces.

In the fall of 1996, The Irish Village opened its doors with a full complement of Irish staff; a tradition that has been kept to the current days!

With the ongoing success and the increasing demand, The Village terrace has been expanded over the years to satisfy Dubai patrons and can now accommodate up to 3500 people during special events and concerts.
Famous performers have played at The Village: Sir Bob Geldof, Finbar Fury, The Human League, The Pretenders and The Commitments, to name just a few.

Over the years, The Irish Village has celebrated its birthday with big parties and concerts featuring popular Irish bands. To commemorate the 10th anniversary in 2007, a life-size bronze sculpture of three traditional Irish musicians, depicting the rural charm of the Emerald Isle has been installed in the center of The Village terrace. The sculpture, entitled “The Session” was commissioned In Ireland and created by Irish artist Austin McQuinn. It was then shipped to Dubai and unveiled in the presence of An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Ireland prime minister, to grace The Irish Village terrace.

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Historically Irish pubs are renowned throughout the world for their vibrant and friendly atmosphere, full of character and characters and above all, a place where you immediately feel at home.
The Irish Village in Dubai is no exception. The traditional wooden pub is steeped in its own character and has its own story to tell. Whether you decide to sit inside the traditional wooden pub or out on the terrace overlooking gardens and lake, let the traditional Irish music entertain you while sampling authentic meals served with a warm and friendly Irish smile – what better way of experiencing Ireland in Dubai!

Fibers Magees


Sheik Zayed Road Dubai UAE , Dubai

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The menu reflects this with its traditional pub-grub round up. It’s not gourmet food but satisfyingly large and stodgy. One area where it really does stand out is its fry ups. Possibly the best (or closest to a ‘proper’ fry up) these grease laden affairs come with pork bacon, black pudding and a pint for a ridiculously small sum of dirhams. It might not do your arteries or waistline any good, but we can guarantee it’s a banging start to a Friday. Fibber’s also attracts a friendly crowd – mainly of the older expat variety who can fill you in on Dubai’s older days -whilst you’re taking part in its notoriously difficult pub quiz on a Tuesday evening.

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This Irish treasure is the only pub in Dubai that is allowed to sell alcohol independently. Fact. And that’s part of its hidden away charm. Tucked behind the White Crown building on Sheikh Zayed Road, step into its smoky dark interior and you could be in any local Irish pub in the world – part of the appealis it’s not glitzy, stark, new or particularly polished, this is a proper boozer that can shut out the Dubai sunshine as much as it would the Irish rain.