Enjoy the big match atmosphere at one of these Dubai nightspots
The Address ballroom: The 900 sq m constellation ballroom at The Address Dubai Marina will be transformed into a ‘football field’ especially for the FIFA World Cup, with state-of-the-art TV screens, beanbags and a lounge area with an extensive range of food and drinks. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7418). Free entry
If you need to treat the missus but you’re desperate not to miss the footie, take her for a luxury getaway to Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. While she’s off pampering herself you can take in the footie action at Al Forsan bar and restaurant. Pair the game with a special South African-themed three-course menu and 50 per cent off all South African beverages from start to finish of every single game. Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa (04 809 6194).
Aprés: Aprés is looking after the ladies with a complimentary World Cup-themed cocktail on arrival and only Dhs25 thereafter. For the men you can get a bucket of selected bottles for Dhs99, a four-pint pitcher for Dhs95 among other drink offers to suit both sexes. With mini-burgers and pizzas with toppings themed on the national cuisines of the teams playing, you won’t go hungry either. With flags and footie memorabilia plus giveaways, you won’t fail to feel the footie spirit, regardless of the view of the ski slope. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 2575).
The Arena: The five-star Jumeirah Beach Hotel is setting up a football arena in its conference centre. With a capacity for up to 600 guests and live football action on the 1,332 sq m screen, state-of-the-art lighting and audio, as well as five-star food and drinks, it will be a suitably upper-class alternative to your local boozer. If this isn’t enough, there is an elevated VIP lounge with a dedicated entrance, valet parking, separate buffet, a standard bar and private bathroom facilities. Up to eight guests can recline on lounge seating with dedicated screens set up in the private setting. The Arena is also a good option if you have little ones, as there is a supervised children’s zone, where sprogs will be entertained and supervised for free while you enjoy the footie. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8874; JBHboxoffice@jumeirah.com; jumeirah.com/football). Opens one hour before the first game. Free entry. Food and drink voucher booklet Dhs100 per person, Dhs50 for 10-17 year olds. For VIP Lounge info contact 04 406 8874 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Barasti Beach Stadium: Our favourite bar is building a 1,200 capacity air-conditioned ‘mega dome’ on its beach. The makeshift structure is 35m round and 17.5m tall, creating a perfect semi-sphere more than five storeys high. It’s only got the one screen, but being 12m wide – the equivalent of 100 television sets – you’re unlikely to miss any of the action. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 3181313). Open daily 2pm- 2.30am from June 10-July 11. Free entry, withe various group packages available
BarZar: The buzzing BarZar is bringing the football spirit alive with super-size screens on the upper and lower levels. With minimum-spend VIP tables for 70 guests, paired with a public fan zone with stadium-style seating, BarZar will also have a live DJ and a band performing between the matches. Games and prizes, a football and nation-themed menu and a vast range of beverage offers add to the fun, including a buy one get one free deal one hour prior to the first game of each day. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730). To book a VIP table call 050 550 7463.
Belgian Beer Café (Festival City): This well-stocked, lively bar is screening every match and, during the Round of 16 stage will be running the ‘They Score, You Score’ promotion. Here, every time someone scores a goal, the price of selected alcoholic beverages drops 10 per cent. Unlikely we know, but we can’t help but wonder what they’ll do if more than 10 goals are scored – pay us to drink, perhaps? Let’s keep our finger crossed. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City (04 701 1111).
Belgian Beer Café (Grand Millenium): Book a table for four at the BBC for Dhs200 and you will get special beverages and a snack platter while enjoying the match. Or you can get a table for 20 for Dhs2,400, which includes special beverages and BBC’s famous mussels with fries. There will also be daily lucky draws with great prizes to win, including a Grand Raffle with the chance to win four nights at the Millenium Hotel in London’s Mayfair. Grand Millenium Dubai (04 4234111).
Bidi Bondi: With various drinks promotions going on, you could drink until the cows come home at Bidi Bondi – particularly if you win the Dhs1,000 bar tab for being the best dressed in your team’s colours. When Spain or Italy play, be sure to head to the Barca Club where you will get two for one on main courses and a jug of homemade sangria for just Dhs90. Ole! Palm Jumeirah (Bid Bondi 04 427 0515; Barca Club 04 439 3548).
Biggles: Join Biggles’ Football Club (by filling out a simple application form) and throughout the World Cup tournament you will be entitled to free chicken wings, nachos or cheese and bacon fries during your team’s match when you buy a drink, a free drink if your team wins, plus, if you recommend a friend to join the club, you can get a free meal for two at Gozo Garden. Go to the Customer Relations desk for more information. Millenium Airport Hotel Dubai, Al Garhoud (04 702 8888).
Boston Bar: To coincide with the FIFA World Cup, Boston Bar is offering a variety of food and drink deals, including extending its happy hour to 8pm every day, with Saturday as a full happy day, with discounts from start to finish. Plus, if you buy five pints you will earn yourself a free bar snack. Easy peasy. Jumeirah Rotana, Satwa (04 345 5888).
Champions Sports Bar: As well as broadcasting all the matches live on its huge plasma screen Champions is also offering a selection of dishes themed according to which countries are playing, as well as a chance to win a T-shirt. JW Marriot (04 607 7977).
Charlie’s: Charlie’s large screen will be complemented by the happy hour from 8pm-10pm along with a Football Finger Lick’n platter, where you can choose from a meaty feast for Dhs80, or fishy delights for Dhs90. Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).
Dhow & Anchor: With super-size screens on the terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf and live broadcasts inside the classic English pub, you can enjoy happy hours with 50 per cent off drinks between 7pm-8pm and food and beverage specials while you take in the action. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Double Decker: Starting the celebrations early, from May 27, Double Decker will be transforming itself into a World Cup pavillion with live music, guest DJs and big giveaways. Catch the live football action on giant LCD screens while making the most of the special offers on food and beverages. Don’t miss the live music concert to celebrate the first whistle. Al Murooj Rotana (04 321 1111).
Elements: Take in the match while enjoying café fare (including country-themed pizzas) at Elements and if you correctly guess the result of any match, your table eats and drinks for free. Wafi Mall (04 324 4252).
Emirates Golf Club: The folks at Emirates Golf Club aren’t all about clubs, tees and Pringle jumpers, y’know. They also enjoy a kickabout and are setting up a luxury air-conditioned marquee for the FIFA World Cup, screening the matches in high definition. If you and nine friends can stump up Dhs675, you can split two deluxe snack platters and guzzle select beverages. And what’s a football match without drinks and nibbles? If you want more than munchies (or have more mates and money), you and 40 friends can book a private suite overlooking the 18th green of the Majlis golf course. With private screens, you can even have the suite decked out in your team’s colours. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 2222; email@example.com). Entry is free, with various packages on offer
Evory Lounge: At Evory Lounge you can enjoy deals and discounts to complement the match you’re watching. Hit the screens after work to catch all the action of the evening games, with a special drinks package of Dhs190 per person for six selected alcoholic drinks and unlimited soft drinks. There are also chances to save by bringing along a big bunch of mates, or paying a small entry fee to knock a percentage off your final bill. You can also keep nervous hands busy through all those nail-biting penalty finishes with a tempting snack buffet, available for Dhs80 per person. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0000).
Fox & Hounds: Good for Brits looking for a taste of home, the English-themed Fox & Hounds will be screening all the World Cup matches and running drink deals throughout the tournament. Marco Polo Hotel (04 272 0000)
The folks at Emirates Golf Club aren’t all about clubs, tees and Pringle jumpers, y’know. They also enjoy a kickabout and are setting up a luxury air-conditioned marquee for the FIFA World Cup, screening the matches in high definition. If you and nine friends can stump up Dhs675, you can split two deluxe snack platters and guzzle select beverages. And what’s a football match without drinks and nibbles? If you want more than munchies (or have more mates and money), you and 40 friends can book a private suite overlooking the 18th green of the Majlis golf course. With private screens, you can even have the suite decked out in your team’s colours. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 2222; firstname.lastname@example.org). Entry is free, with various packages on offerGrand Cinemas: If you don't fancy watching the game in the pub, try the flicks instead. Grand Cinemas are showing all of the games for the price of a normal cinema ticket - Dhs35. Matches start at 3.30pm, 6.00pm or 10.30pm and cinema doors will be open 30 minutes prior to each match. Tickets start at Dhs35 per game for the early rounds, rising to Dhs100 for the final. Tickets are available now and can be bought at cinema ticketing offices, through www.grancinemas.com or on 04 2328523.
The Grand Hyatt Dubai is getting in erecting its very own fully air-conditioned stadium-style venue, complete with large high-res screen, grandstand seating for 450 people and a live DJ to spin when there’s no footie. If you can muster 29 friends, you can have three drinks and a snack for Dhs135 per person, five drinks and two snacks for Dhs200 per person or three hours of free-flowing bevvies and two snacks for Dhs250 per person. Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 1234). General entry is Dhs45 including one drink of your choice
For every Dhs100 spent at Harry’s Place while taking in the World Cup games, you will be in with a chance of winning two tickets to Johannesburg with South African Airways. Plus you can enjoy the munchies on offer, a 6pm-8pm happy hour and live entertainment from Sugar Free. Renaissance Dubai (04 262 5555).
Harvesters: The Crowne Plaza Dubai is bringing the FIFA World Cup to you with staff dressed as refs, with whistles and red and yellow cards for guests to use, as well as, of course, screening the big games. Crowne Plaza Dubai (04 331 1111).
Hofbräuhaus: All those who hail from Deutschland should head here to cheer on your team. With fantastically authentic German fare, you can enjoy a World Cup platter while watching the game. Pay Dhs120 for food and get one house beverage free. There will be competitions and chance to win great prizes, too. JW Marriot (04 607 7977).
The Hub: Found at the brand-spanking new Sofitel on JBR, The Hub will be offering complimentary finger bites from 4pm to 7pm during the World Cup, overlapping with its usual 6pm-8pm happy hour. There will be specials on selected drinks as well as competitions and daily giveaways. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4848).
The Hush Football Lounge: For a relaxed but fun vibe, head to the Hush Football Lounge, a stadium-themed purpose-built venue on the stretch of Madinat Jumeirah sand with views of the Burj al Arab. With a/c, comfortable seating, huge HD screens, shisha and comfort food, you won’t want to budge after the 90 minutes is up. Thankfully you won’t have to, as there’s entertainment between matches with a DJ and games. There is a VIP Lounge with HD TVs and games consoles for up to 50 guests. The public zone is free and holds up to 350 football fans. To get you in the spirit there will be a facepainter to decorate your faces with your chosen team’s flag. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730; email@example.com; jumeirah.com/football). Open one hour before the first game. Free entry. Over 18s only. For VIP Lounge prices and booking contact 04 366 6162 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Icon Bar & Lounge: Icon at the Radisson Blu Media City will be screening the matches as well as offering drink and finger-food specials. If you want to rent out a space for you and your friends or colleagues, the hotel has a private venue available for groups of up to 120 people. Radisson Blu Media City (04 366 9111).
Irish Village: The ever-popular Irish Village is resurrecting its tent for the FIFA World Cup tournament. There will be terraces, seating for 1,000 people, big plasma screens, a football-themed menu and loads of drinks deals. Moreover, by visiting on six separate days you get the chance to enter a draw to win a four-day trip for two to Istanbul (including ticket, accommodation and transfers). Irish Village (04 282 4122 ext. 308).
Le Méridien Village: Terrace Keep up with the game by watching the big screen at Le Méridien’s majlis area, at the Terrace next to Warehouse, and you can enjoy snacks and drinks, with the chance to get a 50 per cent off your bill voucher if you guess the score. Le Méridien Dubai (04 702 2560).
Long’s Bar:To get involved in the action head to Long’s bar where they are setting up a ‘grass’ pitch and goal posts where you can try out your goal kicking skills. There are lots of chances to win prizes, as well as various drinks promotions. Call to book a table in advance. Towers Rotana (04 312 2202).
Madison: This laid-back bar and restaurant located at Ibis Al Barsha will be covering every World Cup game on its LCD screens. There will be a special World Cup menu, as well as the classic five bottles in a bucket for Dhs100. There will also be a nightly quiz to get that grey matter in gear with plenty of prizes to be won. Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Moods Lounge: Moods at Sheraton Jumeirah will be televising the action from its five screens. The Al Hadiqa Restaurant and Shisha Lounge is giving it a run for its money, though, with six. At both venues, though, along with daily giveaways, guests will receive a raffle ticket for every Dhs200 spent and they will be in with the chance of winning tickets to Vienna with Austrian Airlines. Sheraton Jumeirah (04 399 5533).
Nelson’s: With live coverage, food and drink specials, games, competitions, live music, guest DJs and prizes, Nelson’s is covering all bases this World Cup. If you enter the raffle draw you could even win a flight for two to the host nation, South Africa. Media Rotana Dubai (04 435 0260).
The Palladium: This concert arena is where the World Cup party is at. Making use of its huge cinema screen (the largest indoor HD screen in Dubai, no less) and 3,000 tiered seats, it’s screening all the FIFA World Cup matches. The standing area will be filled with beanbags and low tables for a ‘chic lounge’ vibe plus, being a concert hall, it will do what it does best by hosting DJs before and after the matches, with live bands on weekends, representing the national music of the teams playing. The carnival atmosphere will be accentuated by the presence of face painters, dancers, an MC, and penalty shoot-outs with prizes to win. If you really want to turn up the style, you and 11 friends can rent out the Sky Box with private lift access, valet parking, waiting staff, free-flowing drinks and snacks for Dhs5,000. The Palladium (www.thepalladiumdubai.com). Entry is Dhs50 with one drink, plus a minimum charge at each table
Player’s Lounge: The Country Club’s popular sports bar is screening all the World Cup matches with a ‘Predict and Win’ promo throughout the tournament. The Country Club Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 398 8840).
The Pub: With daily prizes to be won and a specially created World Cup menu, The Pub is a great place to head for the classic footie experience. The Pub will offer all guests a chance to get a 31 per cent discount on their table’s total bill by guessing the score, plus you will then be entered into a raffle to win a weekend night’s stay for two at the Radisson Blu Yas Island, including breakfast and dinner. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333 / 7444).
The Q: With Brazilian nights (with drinks and music – no wax in sight) and chances to win, The Q and Mojito bars at Holiday Inn Al Barsha are getting into the spirit of the FIFA World Cup. Plus there’s 50 per cent off drinks from noon-5pm and then 30 per cent off until 8pm every day. Holiday Inn Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Red Lion: Watching football in a beer garden during Dubai’s summer? ‘Madness!’ we hear you cry. Well, Red Lion promises their beer garden, where they will be screening the match on eight giant screens, will be temperature controlled. There will also be competitions and giveaways throughout the tournament. Metropolitan Hotel Dubai (04 343 000).
Scarlett’s: Transforming itself into Scarlett’s Football Clubhouse, the lively Jumeirah Emirates Towers bar will be screening the matches along with offering drinks specials, a live DJ, games and prizes. There’s also a private minimum-spend room for up to 10 guests, equipped with a super-size screen if you do want to splash out. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8088).
Sherlock Holmes: If you’re dragging along your disinterested missus, go to Sherlock Holmes as you can keep her quiet with the cocktail happy hours, which coincide with the games. The chef will also be cooking up some special-themed dishes if you get the munchies. Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa (04 351 9111).
Somerset’s: Somerset’s is erecting a special big screen for the World Cup matches, as well as creating a participating countries-themed food and drink menu. With World Cup quizzes during half time and a big raffle, you will have lots of chances to win prizes. The drink offers include a buy four get one free deal on shots – plus, if you head there for the semi-finals and final, everyone gets a free shot for every goal scored (excluding penalty shoot outs – they don’t want you to get too disorderly!). Mövenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 336 6000).
The Terrace at Media Rotana: Media Rotana has set up ‘The Mondial Tent’ on The Terrace, set for you to enjoy the matches come June 11 in air-conditioned comfort. Watch the action on the giant LCD screens while enjoying the food, drink and shisha, plus a live DJ, games and competitions with daily chances to win some great prizes. Media Rotana Dubai (04 435 0270).
The Terrace at Park Hyatt: Have a sophisticated evening of football watching at the Park Hyatt’s waterfront bar, The Terrace, or in the air-conditioned enclosed balcony at Thai Kitchen. All the classics are on the menu such as burgers, hot dogs and pizzas, but with Park Hyatt flair, naturally. The Thai Kitchen balcony can accommodate groups of up to 50 people, and so its perfect for corporate entertaining or for large numbers of friends, and food and beverages can be catered for upon request. For prices and reservations call 04 602 1804 or e-mail email@example.com. Park Hyatt Dubai (04 317 2222).
The Underground: Already a popular spot for footie fans, World Cup watchers will enjoy special offers on buckets and pitchers as well as food at The Underground. With three big screens, 19 plasmas, an air-conned terrace and free admission for all group matches, it’s a good place to catch the action. Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa (04 399 5000).
Vista: Vista is putting two large screen TVs out on the shisha terrace (which has great views) to cover the football, plus there are two screens inside. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs, including football shirts and food and drink vouchers. Holiday Inn Express, Knowledge Village (04 427 5500).
Wafi:Carter’s and Seville’s are the places to head at Wafi for your football fix. With an air-conditioned marquee on the terrace of Carter’s or indoor viewing with tapas nibbles at Seville’s, at both venues there are chances to win prizes if you guess the correct score, along with other fun competitions to add to the thrill of the game. Wafi will also be hiring out exclusive areas to larger groups of friends or companies. Wafi (04 324 4100).
The Wharf: The classic English menu at The Wharf will feature a collection of football-themed favourites, plus large screens, drink offers, games and prizes will keep the footie fun going by the side of the sparkling waters of Mina A’ Salam. Put your sports knowledge to the test every Tuesday night, 8.30pm-10.30pm, with a sports quiz and great prizes up for grabs. Between 4pm-8pm everyday you can get any drink, with the same again for Dhs10. Saturdays you can enjoy a pie and a pint with the game for Dhs90. Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Yesterday Pub: Yesterday Pub will be adding three more screens to its collection especially for the World Cup. It also has two private rooms if you and your friends want to watch the matches in private (y’know, in case you get a bit emotional). Couple this with a happy hour from 8pm-10pm along with a Football Finger Lick’n platter, where you can choose from a meaty feast for Dhs80, or fishy delights for Dhs90, and you’re all set. Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai (04 354 3333).