10 pubs and bars where you can watch your favourite sport in comfort
While there’s no place quite like home to watch the game, it can be nice to get out and rally around with fellow fans to cheer on your team – particularly if you haven’t bought a sports package for your own telly. Throw in some tasty pub grub, drinks and mega-size screens, and you might just be onto a winner – even if your team isn’t.
Barasti With its giant outdoor LED screen and lively crowd, as well as loads of smaller screens dotted around, Barasti broadcasts all the action from the Premier League, Rugby Championship and a few other sports in between. For added atmosphere, the venue often offers special drinks promotions and themed nights. Open Sun-Wed noon-1.30am, Thu-Sat noon-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Umm Suqeim (04 318 1313).
Bidi Bondi This Australian bar offers indoor and outdoor seating. Grab your favourite jersey and watch live coverage of football, rugby and Formula 1. The laid-back atmosphere makes it perfect for a bite to eat and a drink with friends. Matches are also shown outside on the purpose-built screens. Open Sat-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Fri 10am-1am. Clubhouse Al Manhal (Between Buildings 3 & 4), Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Crown & Lion With eight large LED screens, you’ll have a great view of the live sports coverage at this cosy British pub. The bar features a pool table and two dart boards for those who want to play while they watch. If sport isn’t for you, then the resident British band and DJ will entertain you six days of the week. Open 11am-3am. Byblos Hotel, TECOM (04 448 8000).
Loca From the decent Mexican food to the relaxed atmosphere, this casual bar is ideal for watching the sport on the plasma screens. The bar mainly shows football, and English Premier League games in particular. Open daily noon-2am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
McGettigan’s DWTC Watch live football from the biggest leagues in the world at this popular Irish bar. Catch everything from the Premier League, Champions League and La Liga to the Bundesliga on the bar’s 17 TVs and two large screens. This Sheikh Zayed Road venue is every bit as popular as its JLT namesake, including when the sport is on. Staff will try to cater to customer requests to view a specific sport where possible. It has all the major sports channels and shows rugby, the Irish GAA games, golf, horse racing and cricket. Watch out for special drinks promotions including Super Saturdays where pints of selected hops are Dhs30 all day. Open Sat-Thu noon-2am, Fri 2pm-2am. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).
Nelson’s For old-school British pub charm, grab a seat in one of the many comfortable booths or sit at the bar to take in live sports coverage from across the globe, including golf, football and rugby. Open daily noon-3am. Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0000).
1 Up This traditional sports bar caters to all sports fans playing live games and matches including football, golf, Formula 1 and international rugby. The bar offers special promotions on hops during games and happy hour from 4pm-8pm daily. There is plenty of seating available throughout the bar including booths, tables and bar seats. Open daily noon-3am. Boutique 7 Hotels & Suites, TECOM (04 434 5555).
The Locker Room This cosy venue is usually bustling with sports fans, which adds to the atmosphere for games. You’ll even spot a few hecklers, which gives the venue a certain comedic charm. Open Daily 1pm-2am. Golden Tulip, Al Barsha (04 341 7750).
The Underground Pub This little spot is a popular place for diehard sports fans. Showing football, American football, ice-hockey, basketball and rugby, the venue attracts a crowd most evenings and weekends. With 16 screens and two large screens, there is something suited for everyone. Open daily noon-3am. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 408 4221).
YOTS Sports Lounge Catch the latest sports on multiple plasma screens. The dress code is laid-back and relaxed, so feel free to stroll in after work or off the beach in shorts and flip-flops. Open Sun-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-midnight. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina (04 362 7900).
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Dave Dec 23, 2014 07:16 am
Thanks for this article its very informative, there is a hotel bar on SZR that claims to be a sports bar but it is just a match day meeting place for a select gang of pseudo fans of a well known club.
By the looks of this list there are plenty of real sports bars to try out in the new year.