Hysterical, charming, intelligent, witty and daring. Could there be a better person to lead St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dubai? Maybe, if Bono told more jokes, but we’re still sure the comedian, famed for his appearances on numerous panels and incredible live stand-up shows, would be more fun. The last time he came to Dubai, Ó Briain won the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Award for funniest show of the year, and this gig, particularly on St. Patrick’s Day, is one not to be missed for anybody with a funny bone they want to have tickled. “I’m delighted to be returning to Dubai after the amazing show I had there in 2011, and even more happy to be playing a room with a roof this time. And the show is on St. Patrick’s Day, too, so Dubai has to endure yet another jolly Irish person,” he says. The show is sponsored by one of Dubai’s favourite watering holes, Fibber Magee’s, so the party is likely to continue over the road after it finishes.
If St. Patrick’s Day to you means a good singalong and a bounce about to some live music then Irish dance your way to McGettigan’s JLT. Up-and-coming folky rockers Hermitage Green are signed to Sony Music and are touring to bring tracks from new album Save Your Soul to a new legion of fans. The free gig is just the first of a weekend of activities at McGettigan’s in the UAE and will no doubt be full of the popular Irish chain’s legendary atmosphere and good cheer. Free. Thu March 17, band on stage at 10pm.
St. Patrick’s Day is big business in America. According to a report compiled by financial services website WalletHub last year, more than half of all Americans planned to celebrate the occasion. So despite lacking an obviously Irish heritage, the party-loving US chicken joint is leaping head-first into an American interpretation of Paddy’s Day. That means a redecorated interior, themed drinks and novelty green mixed drinks, as well as a selfie competition with lots of St. Patrick’s Day props. Irish-themed drinks from Dhs25. Thu March 17, noon-midnight.
For an authentically Irish St. Patrick’s Day, head to this Le Méridien Dubai watering hole, which is offering up plenty of character and bags of charm. Folk band After Hours will provide the soundtrack, and you can eat and drink all you can, making this an entertaining and very filling night out. Irish pies, Irish stew and oysters are among the foods on offer. Dhs130. Thu March 17, 7.30pm-10.30pm.
Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Pub award last year, this nightspot’s Paddy’s Day celebrations are legendary. A weekend of activities kicks off with a free, fun-filled, all-day shindig. Music will be provided by local band The MapleJacks and County Tyrone’s The Logues. Citing influences as a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Father Ted, it’s good old-fashioned party music and sure to get the crowd bouncing. Free. Thu March 17.
When Claw first opened, the current trend for cool, casual bars hadn’t quite yet caught on – at least not to the extent that it has in the past year or two.
Back in 2013, the place felt excitingly different with its frat-style interiors, gargantuan buckets of crab and garish American flags. And that all still works. To an extent.
We don’t expect Claw to revolutionise its image and become a cookie-cutter version of all the “edgier” establishments dotted around the city. The décor is kitsch and fun, but perhaps piled on a little too thickly. The humorous signs on the walls, exposed brick and all-American sports flags are starting to seem a bit trite.
All that said, there’s still a place for what Claw does in Dubai’s, and certainly in Downtown’s, nightlife scene, and we’d make a beeline for it out of everywhere in Souk Al Bahar.
It’s both laid-back and unpretentious and we’re fans of the mammoth portions of seafood. It also has a cheerful atmosphere that makes it feel more like heading to your local than anywhere else in the area.
Claw doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s certainly something we don’t want to see change. But a bit of an update would do the place some good.
The bottom line It keeps us coming back, but a revamp would go a long way.