The Dubliners

Garhoud pub that fails to impress among the mix of Dubai’s Irish hot spots

The Dubliners
The Dubliner’s is softly lit and lush, surrounded by greenery and pathways, and on our visit – a Monday evening – there’s a live band.

Stepping in, it’s cramped and dimly lit, and can feel a bit gloomy. In the height of summer, we imagine it’s a wonderful refuge from the heat, but at this time of year it feels cave-like. The “outdoor area” is a huge two-storey-high room with a glass roof. It’s not unlike an oversized conservatory. It’s spacious and airy, but you’re still indoors and the light is a bit too bright and characterless. That might sound like splitting hairs, but the point we’re trying to make is that whatever area of the bar you’re sitting in, the atmosphere isn’t quite right. It feels especially flat compared to the liveliness that lies just outside, which is disappointing considering the boisterous reputation most Irish pubs in Dubai have.

It’s fairly standard in terms of pricing when it comes to getting a pint and house mixed drinks, but if you’re a fan of a glass of grape, you won’t find much value for money. It’s a fine place to go if you’re in the area or looking for somewhere screening sports, but otherwise it’s not worth making a beeline for.

The bottom line
If you’re lost in the maze of Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, this is an okay spot for a pint. Otherwise, head elsewhere. The Dubliners
5 1

By Time Out Dubai staff | 25 November 2015

Location: - Garhoud
Tel: 04 702 2455
Travel: Airport Road
Metro: GGICO Metro Station
Experiences: Outdoor seating, Ladies night, Happy hours
Times: Open daily noon-2am
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • Ruwan Gunasena May 28, 2013 12:19 pm
    Would you go back to this bar/club?
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    The One man band ( Emmanuelle) and the very reasonable priced Brunch makes Dubs a great place to be on a Friday afternoon. The food has always been good to great and the service has been excellent. The atmosphere is super ( providing you know 60s,70s, 80s music and are able to guess "who sang this song".
  • Sabina Mar 20, 2011 09:46 am
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    I love Dubliners, food, service, fantastic... and on top of that p its home of Dubai Hoops - Dubai Celtic Supporters Club, Hail Hail x
  • Kkiwi Bob Jan 14, 2011 04:46 pm
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    Unfortunately. Dubliners just turned their outside table area to the Thai restaurant, and have opened up a new area. This has fake brick walls, NO attempt to decorate, and LOUD canned music that has absolutely no connections to the Emerald Isle.

    The service was good, but told us she couldn't turn the canned music down to hear ourselves talk. The live musician was excellent, which helped. I would go inside to the traditional atmosphere, except for me I prefer less smoke in the air. So I'll go across the street to Biggles at the Millenium from now on, become their "loyal regular"
  • Flying Scots Woman Nov 16, 2010 05:49 am
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    Sunday Roast on a Monday - I could hardly believe it.....Too good to be true.....and it was
    First it came to the table luke warm...after sending it back, it returned with a slight change in temperature.
    Roast - more like 3 slices of stiploin - so tough my plate was sliding all over the place when I tried to cut the tasteless meat.
    Veg - warm tasteless
    Roast Potatoes - When are traditional roasties served with their skins on (sounds like the start of a joke). Where was the crips outside layer then the fluffiness. Again tastelss
    Last but not least a medioca Yorkshire pud......Oh the gravy was not worth mentioning
    Have the cooks in Dubliners heard of seasoning, flavour, tender, fluffy...I dont think so.
    Very disappointed as the staff & their service were oustanding.
    Its actually the worst food I have tasted in Dubai


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