This spot screams ‘boys night out’. With top-notch pool tables and plasma screen TVs showing the latest sports action, The Den at McGettigan’s DWTC is very much a man cave. With a distinctly laidback vibe, it reminds us of an American sports bar filled with sporting memorabilia (old ice-skating boots and vintage tennis racquets are just some of the odder aspects of its decor) and a safe, no frills menu. Admittedly the only ‘dens’ we’ve ever been familiar with were makeshift forts at the back of a local council estate and a go-to place for kids playing ‘Hide and Seek’. Fortunately the games at this den go beyond childhood play – the spacious bar houses seven pool tables and shows everything from Irish Gaelic football games to soccer and rugby.
Open booths and wooden bar stools around the pool tables make it easy to congregate and mingle with friends. On our visit, each of the pool tables was dominated by groups of men while groups of ladies and couples stuck to the cosier booths and bar counter, where service is more frequent. The place attracts a diverse crowd, no doubt influenced by the casual dress code and relaxed atmosphere. As with many of Dubai’s nightlife venues, it can often be difficult for large groups to gain entry but it seems that the open-door policy embraced at McGettigan’s is also continued here.
While McGettigan’s bar is very much Irish themed, The Den, which is located one floor up, has a mix of Irish and American traits. The sporting memorabilia throughout the venue is distinctly Irish, Gaelic football jerseys are framed on the walls and old trophies sit on shelves above the bar counter. The food menu is slightly more Americanised, consisting of burgers, hot dogs and buffalo wings. The no-frills theme continues to the drinks menu, which is the same as McGettigan’s bar – you’ll find standard hops, grapes and shorts. The Den does however offer a unique selection of imported Belgian hops, which include a passionfruit choice – it’s pretty appealing but any more than one and the sweetness becomes too much. At Dhs65 a pop, that’s probably a good thing. What is appealing about The Den is its simplicity – a cool crowd, fairly priced drinks (minus the imports) and pool tables for Dhs6 per game – what more could any man (or woman) want?