Since the opening of its first outlet in Jumeirah Lakes Towers back in 2010, McGettigan’s has become synonymous with a classic pub vibes, hearty food and regular live music. And following the opening of the latest outlet at Madinat Jumeirah, the Irish chain can add delightful views and a waterside to its list of attributes.
Located in the fairly well-hidden spot once occupied by the charming (but apparently ill-fated) Frioul bistro, this new pub is the fourth McGettigan’s in the city. Down a few steps to the side of what used to be the entrance to (also ill-fated) Pacha, expect an experience that is quite different from the bar’s sister outlets around town.
Compared to its siblings, it’s still relatively quiet, but there’s no doubting that once word gets it out, it’ll draw a crowd to rival the others. Even so, in the heart of one of Dubai’s most established tourist hotspots, that crowd isn’t expected to be quite the same (though if you’ve been to the original on any given Friday evening, you might feel that’s no bad thing).
With views of the Burj Al Arab from the terrace, this is a seriously chilled-out setting. More in keeping with the typical McGettigan’s experience are the interiors – this is exactly like the others, but with a few more hidden corners and secluded nooks. There are wooden floors, leather chairs and emerald lights everywhere, while the TV screens around the bar are tuned to sports channels, showing everything from cricket to hurling. These screens are clustered together depending on what they’re showing, putting fans of the same sports in similar viewing spots.
While the drinks menu hasn’t changed much, the food menu is slightly different, with some signature dishes as well as some more refined recipes that were created specifically for this new venue – some of the meals on offer include salmon sashimi and steak tartare.
Another big plus is that this venue isn’t full of smoke, either – an affliction some pubs in Dubai can really suffer from – as smokers have to stick close to the bar.
This is a very welcome addition to the Madinat’s nightlife scene. And while it may be targetting a different clientele, none of that lovable McGettigan’s spirit has been sacrificed in the process.
The Bottom Line A more relaxed, tourist-friendly riff on a much-loved local.
McGettigan's Madinat Jumeirah