Great spots to catch the English Premier League soccer on TV
Not a moment too soon, the Premier League kicks off on Saturday August 18. But can the most popular football league in the world live up to one of the most exciting seasons in history? Will Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City retain the title, or will city rivals Manchester United reclaim glory?
But more important than all that, where to watch the big kick-off? You could do worse than giving one of these venues a try ...
Barrels Private screens are mounted at some tables. Open daily noon-2am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Bidi Bondi Friendly Australian hangout on The Palm. Open Sun-Thu 10am-midnight; Fri-Sat 10am-1am. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Boston Bar The atmosphere is boisterous, but not bewildering. Open daily noon-3am. Jumeirah Rotana, Satwa (04 345 5888).
Centre Circle A clean, compact Barsha sports bar. Open daily noon-3am. Ramada Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha (04 501 9000).
The Huddle A lively international hangout in Bur Dubai. Also check out the smaller Barsha alternative. Open daily noon-3am. Citymax Bur Dubai (04 407 8000). Other location: Citymax Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Crown & Lion Homely grub and bar games. Open daily 11am-3am. Byblos Hotel, TECOM (04 448 8000).
Dhow and Anchor Home of ‘Spurs Al Arab’ – Dubai’s Tottenham supporters club. Open daily noon-1am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Goodfellas Lively crowds in Bur Dubai. Also try the calmer TECOM branch. Open noon-3am. Regal Plaza Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 355 6633). Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).
Harvesters Above-average food, and the home of the city’s Manchester United fans. Open daily noon-2am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Loca Self-service drinks and decent Mexican food. Open daily noon-3am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
Locker Room Offers a great range of bar games for half time. Open daily 1pm-1am. Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).
Nezesaussi For posh pub grub and civilised fans. Open Sun-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Qube Boasts an amazing cube-shaped centrepiece screen. Open Sun-Wed 3pm-1am; Thu 3pm-3am; Fri noon-3am; Sat noon-1am. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3231).
Spirals Arsenal fans tend to congregate here. Open daily noon-4pm, 6pm-3am. Grandeur Hotel, Barsha (04 341 8777).
Studio One Cheap drinks are the order of the day. Open daily 4pm-1am. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai Marina (04 318 2530).
The Stables Racing-themed gastropub that also shows football. Open daily noon-2am. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 342 5571).
The Underground Named Time Out Dubai’s Best Sports Bar. Open daily noon-3am. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 408 4221).
Time Café With more than 50 screens dotted around the bar, there’s one for every six punters. Open daily noon-3am. Ramee Royal Hotel, Karama (04 334 4088).
West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge Features a huge concave screen and a prime JBR location. Open daily noon-2am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach (04 449 8888).
Yots Offering a low-key feel and fantastic Marina views. Open daily 6pm-1am. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).