Get everything you need to know about Dubai's best sports bars, including drinks deals, happy hours, numbers of screens and extras, like pool tables
Whether you like the Premier League or the Premier League of darts, nothing can quite beat watching sport in a big group in a busy bar. Well, apart from being there, of course.
But while living in Dubai we have to watch top level sport from afar (most of the time!), there are plenty of places all over turn pandering to our inner sports star. From giant outdoor screens, to private booths with your own barman, you will find somewhere that suits your needs.
We might even suggest watching your team at a different venue every time they're on...
A casual beach bar with more than ten screens showing everything from football to darts. Screens: Ten big screens, two large screens and one outdoor giant screen. Showing: Cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league, Formula 1 and darts. Deals: Happy hour daily from 4pm-7pm. Club/country allegiance: Weekly meeting point for Dubai Saints, the local Southampton supporters’ club. Extras: Six pool tables on the pool deck, beach access and shisha. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, www.barastibeach.com (04 399 3333).
A cool Melbourne-style warehouse bar, packed with the coolest kids in town and every sport imaginable. Top notch food, too, from the boys behind Tom & Serg. Screens: Eight big screens, three large screens. Showing: Football, rugby, Aussie rules, rugby league, cricket, Formula 1 and darts. Deals: Regular themed nights throughout the week. Extras: The food is a big plus, as you might expect from a group who own three popular cafes across town.
With brand-new pool tables and a private room free to hire, this Palm Jumeirah spot at Rixos is perfect for watching your favourite sports with up to 15 friends. Screens: Four small TVs and a private room with a wide screen TV. Showing: Cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league, Formula 1 and darts. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: Two pool tables. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, www.thepalmdubai.rixos.com (04 457 5454).
A casual Australian venue with an indoor bar and outdoor terrace. It gets lively at weekends with a post-brunch crowd. Screens: 13 big TVs, two large screens, one video wall and one outdoor screen. Showing: AFL, rugby league, rugby union, football, golf, cricket, MotoGP, Formula 1 and tennis. Deals: The Palm Weekend deal includes four drinks and a meal or five drinks for Dhs130. The offer is valid on Friday and Saturday from noon-7pm. Club/country allegiance: Australia. Extras: Two pool tables. Buildings 3-4, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Everything about this restaurant and bar is authentically Spanish, from the paella and the music to the decor and drinks. Screens: 14 big TV screens and one large screen. Showing: Various sports including football and rugby. Deals: Ladies get free drinks every Tuesday from 8pm-10pm. Club/country allegiance: Real Madrid. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.casadetapas.ae (04 416 1800).
This American-themed sports bar has everything you’d want from a night out – live music, drinks deals and fried fast-food. Start the week off on Sunday nights with a live acoustic set by resident house band 117 while enjoying a range of house drinks for Dhs25 from 6pm-3am. Screens: 14 TV screens. Showing: Various sports coverage including football and rugby. Deals: Get 20 percent discounts on regular beverages daily from 6pm-8pm. Every Wednesday, buy a bucket of five hops for Dhs120 from 6pm-3am. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: Pool tables. JW Marriott Dubai, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira, www.jwmarriottdubai.com (04 607 7977).
Aside from showing all the latest sporting action from the NFL to the Premier League, this American bar is famed for its mechanical rodeo bull and is popular with large groups. Screens: 15 big TV screens. Showing: Football and basketball. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: The Barn is a private dining area that has iconic arcade games, dart boards, an X-Box, hops pong, Jenga and foosball. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, www.clawbbq.com (04 432 2300).
A favourite with both hotel guests and expats. Service at this British gastropub is friendly, the food is reliable (the menu consists of fish and chips and roast beef dinners) and the atmosphere is inviting. Don’t miss the weekly pub quiz every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm on the bar’s outdoor terrace. Screens: Three big TVs and one large screen. Showing: All sports including football and rugby. Deals: 50 percent discount on selected drinks daily between 3pm-7pm. Club/country allegiance: None. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 5866).
With regular happy hour deals, dart boards and hops pong tables on offer, this huge space receives a steady flow of customers daily. There is entertainment most evenings, including a quiz night every Monday and live music at weekends. Screens: Nine big TVs and two large screens. Showing: Football, cricket, basketball, golf and motorsport. Deals: Happy hour deals from Monday to Saturday 4pm-8pm and an all-day happy hour on Sundays. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: Hops pong tables and dart boards. JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR, www.jaresortshotels.com/properties/oceanviewhotel (04 814 5590).
It can get pretty crowded in any sports bar when big games are on, so it helps to have your own hops tap at hand should you get thirsty. Now that’s what we call self-service. Screens: Eight big TVs and one large screen. Showing: Formula 1, football and rugby. Deals: Happy hour daily noon-6pm. Club/country allegiance: Chelsea supporters’ club and the Crystal Palace supporters’ club. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.locauae.com (04 346 1111).
A casual 7 day a week venue, Lock, Stock & Barrel is ultimately a party bar that focuses on live music and sports. With 2 bars, live music stage, 13 screens, daily happy hour, rocking Friday Brunch and a 3am license every night to boot – it's going to be emotional! Screens: 13 screens, including the largest indoor screen in Dubai. Showing: Football, Rugby league, Rugby Union Deals: Daily Happy Hour (Buy One Get One Free) from 5pm – 8pm. Club/country allegiance: England Extras: 3 pool tables
Located in the basement, and as its name suggests, it is the longest bar in the Middle East, with an authentic "Raffles" look. It is also a great place for casual dining with many exciting promotions every night of the week. Screens: 20 big TVs, 2 projector screens Showing: Rugby, Formula 1, Golf, Tennis, including major football tournaments like the Premier League, Champions League and La Liga. Deals: Daily happy hour 2-7pm at 30% discount on all beverages Club/country allegiance: None Extras: Dance floor with a DJ playing your favourite music after 9pm.
A go-to spot for sports fans in Bur Dubai, the Belgian-themed bar offers a range of international drinks and imported hops. Screens: Six big TVs and four large screens. Showing: Football, Formula 1, cricket, golf, basketball and tennis. Deals: Daily two-for-one happy hour deals on selected drinks from 5pm-8pm. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: Pool table, darts, foosball, arcade machines and chess. Ramada Dubai, Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, www.ramadadubai.com (04 351 9999).
Score BIG at Madison and enjoy the game with cheap drinks and tasty food. Screens: Three screens and one big projector. Showing: Premiere League football, Rugby World Cup and other sports. Deals: The happy hour at Madison is from 6pm-8pm – hops are at Dhs25 and the house spirit Dhs25. Club/country allegiance: None Opening hours: Daily noon-midnight. IBIS Dubai Al Barsha, Off Sharaf DG Metro Station, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 (04 399 6699).
This traditional Irish bar screens a variety of sports, and if something isn’t on the agenda, the manager will be happy to accommodate any requests when possible. Staying loyal to its Irish heritage, the venue offers drinks deals and competitions surrounding GAA games and events involving Ireland’s national teams. Screens: 22 big TVs and two giant screens. Showing: Football, rugby, wrestling, horse racing, GAA, golf, Formula 1, tennis, cricket and more. Club/country allegiance: Irish sports teams. Extras: Pool tables located at The Den in McGettigan’s DWTC. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.mcgettigans.com (04 378 0800).
Despite its name, this sports bar doesn’t make any mistakes when it comes to entertaining its customers. Situated in a funky boutique hotel, you’ll find friendly service and great drinks deals along with coverage of all the latest major sports. Screens: Seven big TVs. Showing: Various sports including football and rugby. Deals: Daily happy hour from 7pm-10pm, tapas from Dhs25. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: Pool tables, darts, foosball and chess. Hues Boutique Hotel, Deira Corniche, Al Baraha, www.huesboutiquehotel.com (04 603 4810).
While all sports are on the agenda here – from Formula 1 to NBA – this Downtown spot is very much a rugby bar. So much so that a large oval rugby-shaped bar sits in the centre of the venue. There are nearly a dozen giant TV screens lining the walls showing the sport. Screens: 15 big TVs and four large screens. Showing: Cricket, tennis, football, basketball, rugby and Formula 1. Deals: Daily happy hour on selected beverages from 5pm-7pm and 11pm-2am. Every Tuesday from 6pm-9pm, ladies who spend Dhs50 or more on drinks will get a main course dish for free. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: Jukebox. Manzil Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai, www.vida-hotels.com/en/manzil (04 428 5888).
Although not a sports bar, this JBR venue will be showing the Rugby World Cup games in September. With regular drinks deals and glasses of grape costing on average Dhs35, it’s no wonder this elegant spot is buzzing on a nightly basis. Screens: Four large TVs. Showing: Rugby. Deals: Happy hour Saturday to Thursday from 6pm-9pm, Fridays 4pm-9pm. Discounts on selected beverages Saturday to Wednesday from 1am-2.30am. Gents can get two pints and a pizza for Dhs120 every Sunday from 9pm-midnight. Club/country allegiance: None. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR, www.rotana.com/amwajrotana (04 428 2000).
Aside from watching all the latest major sports games, this American-themed bar is worth a visit for its various food and beverage deals. Every Tuesday, diners can try a variety of buffalo wings from noon-8pm for just Dhs3.99 per wing. Screens: 17 big TVs and three large projector screens. Showing: American football, hockey, basketball, cricket, tennis and golf. Deals: Happy hour daily from 3pm-7pm. Club/country allegiance: None. Liberty House, DIFC, www.buffalo-arabia.com (04 359 6900).
Everything from the interior down to the menu at this Madinat Jumeirah spot is inspired by the Deep South of America. Guests can expect barbecue dishes and smoked favourites, while drinks are served in retro mason jars. Screens: Ten big TVs. Showing: American football, basketball, cricket, tennis and golf. Deals: Happy hour daily offering 50 percent discount on drinks from 5pm-8pm. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: Hops pong will start in September. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 5866).
With a traditional English menu of seafood dishes and roast dinners, and two large TV screens showing the latest games, it’s no wonder this British spot is buzzing every night. Screens: Two large screens. Showing: Various sports coverage including football and rugby. Deals: Enjoy a curry dish for Dhs99 every Wednesday from 8pm. Purchase any steak from the classic dinner menu and get half a bottle of grape free every Monday and Thursday from 5pm. Club/country allegiance: None. The Lakes, Emirates Hills, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).
This British watering hole is far from fancy but it does offer decent pub grub – burgers, pizza and wraps – and reasonably priced drinks. Showing: Formula 1, tennis, basketball, boxing and golf. Deals: Happy hour daily from 5pm-7pm, buy one, get one free on all standard drinks. Customers who wear their team’s shirt will receive a free drink when they are playing. Club/country allegiance: None. Extras: Darts. Ramada Jumeirah Hotel, Al Mina Road, Satwa, www.ramadajumeirah.ae (04 702 7000).
For an authentic sports bar experience, this lively pub in Dubai Marina is a great option. It shows almost every sport imaginable, and the punters are extremely passionate, so expect lots of heckling and cheering when major games are on. Screens: 14 small TVs, one big TV and one large screen. Showing: Football, rugby, baseball, ice hockey, American football, athletics, Formula 1, superbikes, darts and cricket. Deals: Happy hour daily from 4pm-8pm with drinks starting from Dhs25. Club/country allegiance: The pub was the former Liverpool supporters’ club venue, but it now plays host to Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur fans. Extras: Two dart boards and two pool tables. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com/TheUndergroundPub (04 3995 000).
This casual pub is ideal for anyone looking to watch a game in comfortable surroundings. Choose to sit at the bar, or grab a table with friends. There’s plenty to keep you occupied during half time, including pool tables, darts and hops pong. Screens: Six big TVs, three large screens and one private area for groups. Showing: Cricket, tennis, golf and football. Club/country allegiance: Manchester United. Bar staff wear the colours of the team they support. Extras: Pool table, dart board and hops pong. Four Points by Sheraton Downtown, Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, www.yesterdaypub.com (04 316 9726).
This laid-back café serves Arabic cuisine, juices, coffees and shisha. Screens: Nine big TVs and one large screen. Showing: Various sports coverage including football and rugby. Deals: Shisha starting from Dhs25. Club/country allegiance: Barcelona and Real Madrid. Next to Harley-Davidson, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 330 7003).
Spread over two levels, the Real Madrid Café is the ultimate supporters’ club in Dubai. Paying homage to the Spanish team, the café features an extensive range of Read Madrid merchandise, including more than 40 signed pieces of memorabilia. Screens: Two large screens. Showing: Football. Deals: None. Club/country allegiance: Real Madrid. The Beach, JBR, www.ginzaretail.com/restaurants/real-madrid-cafe (04 277 5625).
This billiards café offers international cuisine, a fresh juice bar and barista. Screens: LCD TVs on every table, three large screens. Showing: Various sports including football. Deals: None. Extras: Nine pool tables, one snooker table, PS3. Torch Tower, Dubai Marina, www.shootersdubai.com (04 368 5645).
Cosy café serving tea and Italian cuisine. Screens: Three big TVs and one large screen. Showing: Various sports including cricket and football. Deals: Shisha starting from Dhs20, 8am-4pm, and Dhs30 thereafter. Extras: Board games including chess, Jenga and Scrabble. 12B Street, Behind Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, Oud Metha, www.teajunction.ae (04 357 6677).
Serving Mediterranean dishes and Spanish cuisine, fresh juices and shisha, this relaxing spot is ideal for watching your favourite teams. Screens: Six big TVs, one projector. Showing: Football. Deals: On Mondays, ladies who spend Dhs45 or more get free shisha. Club/country allegiance: Barcelona. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.villabarcelonacafe.com (04 388 1856).