FA Cup Final: Where to watch Chelsea v Manchester United in Dubai
Bars and pubs showing the game across the city
It’s the FA Cup Final this weekend, and Saturday’s showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United will chuck up one of the most commonly contested fixtures in the competition.
The two teams have faced each other in the final twice before, and the honours are even following a 4-0 United win in 1994, and a 1-0 Chelsea win in 2007 – which happened to be the first cup final at the new Wembley.
With their third FA Cup final meeting taking place this Saturday (May 19), Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho will be hoping to avoid a trophyless season having finished second in the league behind neighbours Manchester City.
Meanwhile, it looks increasingly likely that this will be Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s final game in charge of the West Londoners, with rumours emerging that the Italian is set to leave Stamford Bridge after two seasons in the hot seat.
Scroll down for the top places to catch this season’s curtain closer, which kicks off at 8.15pm.
Barasti Beach If you’re looking for a massive area and a screen to match it, you can’t go wrong with watching footie at Barasti. In fact, they’ll be setting up a whole dome by the time the World Cup comes around, just to give you a taste of how invested in football they are. Number of screens: One huge outdoor screen, over ten smaller screens. Happy Hour: Daily 5pm-8pm. 30 percent off house beverages. Sat-Wed 10pm-midnight 30 percent off premium beverages. Open Sat-Wed 11am-1.30am, Thu-Fri 11am-3am. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina (04 399 3333).
Fibber Magee’s Cosy up in one of the city’s best-loved Emerald Isle haunts for some top Irish craic, pub grub, alongside a whole load of very enthusiastic footie fans. Number of screens: Ten. Happy hour: Daily 4pm-7pm. House beverages from Dhs26. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
Kickers This huge bar in Dubai Sports City gets packed out with patrons, especially on match days, so expect a lively atmosphere and a busy bar, plus some weird and wonderful bites to accompany the game. Number of screens: Ten small, three large. Happy hour: 30 percent off food and beverages, daily 3pm-7pm. Dubai Sports City, near Fit Republik (04 448 1001).
Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR Time Out Dubai’s Bar of the Year 2018 is one of those all-round spots that offers plenty of entertainment, excellent food and great music once the games have finished. That’s three reasons for you to head here to watch the match. Before we’ve even mentioned the brilliant happy hour. Number of screens: 14. Happy hour: Sat-Sun 2pm-8pm, Mon-Fri 4pm-8pm. Selected beverages two-for-one. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0049).
Long’s Bar The title isn’t just for show, and Long’s bar has the actual longest bar in the region. However, one of its main draws of this casual spot is the great (and lengthy) happy hour deals that run every night of the week. Number of screens: 18 Happy hour: Tue-Sun noon-8pm; Mon noon-1am. 30 percent off selected beverages. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).
Nell Gwynne A down-to-earth British pub that can get a bit rowdy when a match is gets intense. If you’re in for loud cheers and victory screams, this is the place for you. It will no doubt be busy for the FA Cup Final, so expect masses of singing, chanting, cheering and booing. Number of screens: Eight. Happy hour: Daily 4-8pm. Selected house beverages from Dhs27. Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 448 8222).
Nezesaussi Grill With friendly staff, a massive screen placed at the end of the bar and plenty of other screens placed throughout, Nezesaussi Grill is for fans of all things sport. It even has a juke box just in case you want to play a victory song when your team scores. Number of screens: 19. Happy hour: Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm, Fri 4pm-6pm. House beverages and grape Dhs31. Address Dubai Marina, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 888 3444).
Perry & Blackwelder’s An all-American bar may not seem like the obvious choice to watch the FA Cup Final, but when it comes to game time, it tends to be a surprisingly fun spot once kick-off rolls around. Number of screens: Two. Happy hour: Daily 5pm-8pm. Selected beverages Dhs30. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6197).
The Huddle If you’re living around Barsha Heights and don’t want to travel too far to watch a few matches, The Huddle’s sporty atmosphere and numerous TV screens make for an ideal place to watch matches with beverage in hand. Number of screens: 15. Happy hour: Daily 4pm-8pm. Bottled hops from Dhs25, draught hops from Dhs30, house beverages from Dhs20. Citymax Hotel, Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Qube Sports Bar It may seem like a bit of a trek to get to for some, but this sports bar serves a growing number of residents from surrounding housing developments, which means hefty crowds and a buzzing atmosphere. Number of TV screens: Four-sided centre screens, over 20 smaller screens. Happy hour: Sat-Wed 1pm-8pm. House beverages, house grape 50 percent off. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3780).
Brunswick Sports Club This Al Barsha bar from the reliable folk at Bull & Roo has made a big name for itself since opening. It’s one of the trendiest places in the city – sports bar or not – and the bites are far superior to your usual snacks. Number of screens: Seven. Happy hour: Selected grape Dhs20, selected house pours Dhs25, selected hops Dhs35, daily 4pm-7pm. Sheraton Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).