Every year, on March 17, the Irish get ready for a good old shindig. Across the world, you’ll find partygoers sporting shamrocks and a whole lot of green, taking advantage of all the Irish drinks deals they possibly can. If you find yourself travelling through DXB airport on the day – or any time around it, for that matter – then there’s no need to miss out on the craic. DXB has plenty of great grub, bargain deals and brilliant Irish brands to keep the spirit of St. Paddy alive…
Sean Gavin and Paul O’Connor performance As part of DXB’s ongoing programme of concerts, the musicDXB initiative, two talented Irish musicians will be performing for passengers in Terminal 3 to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. Sean Gavin is a Dubai-based talent who’s inspired by folk, rock, country and pop tunes, and uses a range of instruments throughout his set, including violin and guitar, as well as his unique, soulful voice. Meanwhile, adaptable performer and six-year UAE resident, Paul O’Connor, is known for pop, jazz and rock. Don’t miss this special event. March 17, 11pm. Concourse B, Terminal 3.
Butlers Chocolate Café This is one for the sweet-toothed among you. Butlers, the Irish family-owned firm that creates some seriously luxurious chocolates, has its own café in Terminal 1. It all began on Lad Lane, Dublin back in 1932, when Marion Butler started making her own delicious confections by hand. Nowadays, Butlers Chocolates are available in more than 40 countries around the world. And for good reason, too. They have exceptional collections of milk, dark and white specialty chocolate assortments, and produce creamy toffee, soft fudge, truffles and much more. Stop by at any time of day or night to sip one of their comforting, delectable hot chocolates, or pick up a box of Irish chocs to take with you on your journey, and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in a low-key way. Prices vary. Concourse D, Terminal 1, www.butlerschocolates.com.
Butlers Gunpowder Chocolate Range If you don’t have time to pass by Butlers Chocolate Café, then at least pop into Dubai Duty Free and pick up some cocoa treats from Butlers Gunpowder Chocolate Range. It uses Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish juniper drink, which is slow-distilled by hand in medieval copper pot stills with Oriental botanical and gunpowder tea to create a chocolate like you’ve never tasted before. This unique collection by premier Irish brand Butlers includes the juniper-flavoured milk chocolate truffles, a 200-gram chocolate-filled truffle bar and one 100gram solid milk chocolate bar. Dhs27-32. Dubai Duty Free, various locations throughout DXB.
The Draft House and Jack’s Bar & Grill Both of these great, casual venues are offering a quirky St. Patrick’s Day inspired burger that’s got a bright green bun in the shape of a shamrock. It packs in some bolar blade beef, crispy lettuce, local tomato, cheddar cheese and golden onions. And it’s yours to sink your teeth into, alongside a bottle of hops, soft or house drink for just Dhs125. Dhs125. March 1-17. The Draft House: Concourse D (04 294 0822); Jack’s Bar & Grill: Concourse A Terminal 3 (04 298 9481).
McGettigan’s Dubai’s favourite Irish pub has a home at DXB, and it’s got a great campaign going for the black stuff. If you buy a pint of the black stuff between 7pm and 8pm each day, you’ll get a bonus pint token that turns into a nifty, wearable accessory (a fake tache). You can sport your faux moustache, or whip up your own black stuff tache (AKA, leave the foam on your upper lip well alone), and then show it off to the staff to redeem a free pint!
Go one step further and also share that tache online, and you’ll get the chance to win the Ultimate Paddy’s Day package on Saturday March 17. At the DXB branch, this includes Dhs500 worth of food and drinks, as well as your own special reserved table in the restaurant. All you need to do is upload a photo of your black stuff tache to Facebook or Instagram and check-in at your venue. If you aren’t in the business of looking the fool, or you’re just hungry, then grab your pint and get a traditional Irish stew for a discounted price of Dhs45. The flavours will transport you right to the heart of Dublin, and you won’t have even left DXB yet. Dhs46 (black stuff), Dhs45 (Irish stew). March 1-31. Concourse C, Terminal 3 (04 216 4172).
O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Café It wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s Day without you at least seeing one three-leaf clover – so why not head over to O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Café where your cappuccino comes adorned with sprinkles in the shape of a shamrock? The café also has all sorts of healthy, wholesome salads, sandwiches, soups and so on for you to grab before you take off. Everything is free from MSG and fresh as fresh can be. Prices vary. Open 24/7. Concourse B, Terminal 3, Arrivals, Terminal 1 (04 220 3304).