McGettigan's

Popular bar in the Jumeirah Lake Towers has regular entertainment 17 Reviews

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There are few things worse than walking into a bar to be confronted with an almost empty room and a wall of silence, which is why we’re grateful for the ever-present masses at McGettigan’s. But we can’t help wondering if this pub is getting too popular for its own good. We’re yet to have a bad night here, but things would certainly improve if they managed the numbers better.

That said, it’s a relief in spookily quiet summer to find somewhere that’s as fun and cheery as ever. Though they evidently don’t need a happy hour to boost numbers during the week, we’d still be grateful for a few drinks deals now and again, and an alternative to the Dhs99 ‘brunch’ offer. On the subject of food, however, we are pleased to note that the standard of grub is far from slipping, and the variety of drinks – including our favourite pear-flavoured brew – continues to impress.

Our only enduring quibble is the smoky atmosphere. During the busiest of evenings, the air is so thick with smoke that the atmosphere is borderline intolerable, and when it’s too hot to reside outside, there’s no way of avoiding it. Whether through better ventilation or designated non-smoking areas, it’s something we’d be pleased to see rectified.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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Posted by: Alex on 08 Aug ' 13 at 18:28
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

The burger & bacon was pregrilled and not cooked on the spot. Poor food quality.

Posted by: Danish Pasha on 30 Apr ' 13 at 05:31
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

walking distance from my place and I m going here since the time its open but now its too crowded and there service level has drop down sharply. Suggest them to improve it cuz if any other pub opens in this area they will suffer a lot. Too smoky inside do something for this as well.

Posted by: Randy on 19 Dec ' 12 at 16:45
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Best place to get drunk

Posted by: Prateesh on 15 Jul ' 12 at 17:46
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Welcome to all. very friendly staff.. no entry charges and no discrimination whatsoever...

Posted by: Mohamed Abbas on 06 Jan ' 12 at 16:56
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Seemed like a nice place, it has a nice crowed great music bit old but refreshing. i would recommend it for anytime u feel like u need a drink it'll be awesome

Posted by: Angel on 14 Nov ' 11 at 08:59
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Food - typical bar food
Drinks - good but no deals
Atmosphere (indoor) - smokey but lively
Atmosphere (outdoor) - great weather and chilled vibe
Service - slow and careless
Brunch - 149 not 99 (for one menu item and 3 drinks)

Posted by: Daniel on 11 Nov ' 11 at 12:05
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Worst experience in Dubai ever. I've been here since 1997 and have put up with everything from A to Z, but the service and, even more so, the management were ignorant, arrogant and unprofessional. The 'brunch' is not a Dubai brunch but one dish from the menu with 3 drinks for 149 dhs. - approximately 10% savings from the a la cart menu. Still, we opted for the brunch as the outdoors venu and vision to spend an afternoon with the family were ideal - 3 adults and 3 kids (aged 9,8,7). There are no kids brunch options and no kids menu - either order the brunch or a la cart. The food was average. Upon concluding our brunch, which was ok to that point, we had read the writing on the brunch coupons and informed the waiter that we would save them for another day - as they were not dated and said 'from 1:00-6:00 pm every Friday'. We were then informed that this is not possible. I approached the management to ask about the coupons but I was aggressively told to take it or leave it. I further informed the manager that I accepted the terms and conditions but wanted to share how we felt about the conveyed information - only to be 'bullied'. Lastly, i told him that, on my last visit, my spouse and I arrived at 10:30, ordered food and drinks but were told the kitchen closed at 10:00pm. We gladly opted to order from the bar menu. Yet, during the brunch I read the kitchen timings on the wall outside the WC that said the kitchen was open to 11:00. When I informed the manager, he said that this should not have happened, asked my name and said it is up to me to decide whether or not return. Maybe I'd go back for a drink (and the wings are superb), but I will be very careful with the service and, unless famished, never opt for their 'brunch'.

Posted by: Anel-Carline on 09 Nov ' 11 at 18:32
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Went to McGettigans for a bite after work this Wednesday evening together with another female colleague. Although casually dressed (as per their dress code advertised on TimeOut), I had a normal black abaya thrown over since I came from work, but without any head covering. Being South African, I'm accustomed to- and usually enjoy Irish restaurants, but sadly I was turned away at the door as I was wearing an abaya (in Dubai,which is supposedly a Muslim country). It seems in comparison with the other scantily dressed females I was covering up too much. What a shame, but then again, with some hardcore South African and Irish family and friends visiting us in Dubai over the next three months, I will DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMEND McGettigans in Jumeirah Lake Towers - now or in the future.

Posted by: Bernard on 11 Sep ' 11 at 08:20
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  • Best for: Live music
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

I used to enjoy the Beer Garden atmosphere before it was restyled to ugly, with empty white walls space for drinking without any highlight, zing or something u can like walking in. Now it is just a white box with several tables, and several TVs. Looks like barn. Is the Bonnington that poor to spend some money for decorations?
I totally understand if they had to cover the outside area because the bar placed in residential area, and can be seen (as heard) from any window around, that unacceptable for Dubai. But make some effort to make the bar at least a little bit interesting.

Posted by: Mary on 06 Aug ' 11 at 17:23
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Love the place. Great location ... but very smokey.

Posted by: BP on 13 Jun ' 11 at 08:40
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Was really excited about McGettigans opening in JLT unitl I visited and saw how smokey it was inside :-(
Even my friends that smoke dont like going there because of this!
Ok, during the winter months, when you can sit outside, but I will not go there during summer.
Please Mcgettigans, throw the smokers outside!

Posted by: Neil on 05 Jun ' 11 at 06:32
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

I would go back but for goodness sake get some ventilation, the smoke was so bad my mates, some who were smokers had to give up. Our eyes were stinging. It doesn't cost that much to put the airblowers on surely.
Great venue but needs to cater for all not just the smokers.

Posted by: sal on 28 Apr ' 11 at 16:52
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

My husband and i came to this place for a drink and we were impressed, nice place!! Easy going and relaxed...
Then we decided to go for a meal there, fab steak, lovley fries, the only thing i didnt get was the tomato salad, i thought at least it would come with extra greenary, but to my amazement it was just toms chopped up , around 4 whole toms on there own.!!!
just a bit more thought into your salads and you have a winner..

Posted by: lynne on 05 Mar ' 11 at 07:04
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

This is my new local and been there four or five times, usually on a Thursday, for a few drinks and to enjoy the excellent music. Tried the food menu a few weeks ago and although what turned up was lovely things were missing and we received a extra main course after service staff were confused. She bought four main courses for the three of us and forgot the side dish and then they had the nerve to argue with us about whether we had ordered it. This happened at our table whilst our other meals were getting gold. After this they still tried to charge us and it put a dampner on an otherwise good night party wise

Posted by: Brendan Hale on 09 Jan ' 11 at 07:16

McGettigan's Pub

Very interested to visit this new pub however extremely disappointed..... Service very poor (certain memebers of staff did not have a clue), food even poorer (sent back twice), eneded up refusing to pay and leaving hungry, did not touch the luke warm food. They even had the audacity to charge me for my 3 year old son's toasted sandwich...44 dhs. !!

Posted by: Sridip on 27 Dec ' 10 at 15:43
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

It's a great bar in JLT. It would do even better with a live band on weekends at least.

Posted by: Anatoli on 26 Dec ' 10 at 19:17
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Great place to grab a pub meal, or have few drinks with friends. Finally something interesting opened up in JLT. A place worth a visit.

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