8 places to catch the final day of the Premier League
Where to watch the matches in Dubai on Sunday May 21
Bidi Bondi Bidi Bondi might be the very antithesis of the Palm. On an island of golden beaches, luxury villas and five-star resorts, it’s the last place you’d expect to find an Aussie bar. But this place has an inimitable charm; it’s relaxed, casual, and boy is this a great place to watch the game. Open daily 10am-midnight. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Brunswick Sports Club There are bottles of craft hops available, a long list of mixed drinks and a good selection of mocktails and juices. Sport is played on about a dozen screens and the music policy gets a thumbs up from us. Open daily noon-2am. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).
Crown & Lion This large, booming pub is seemingly always busy with thirsty Barsha Heights types. For British expats, it’s like you never left old Blightly – table service and spirited covers band aside, that is. This Byblos bar fits snugly into the UK pub genre, offering a solid approximation of hearty pub grub, a decent range of draft hops, live sports and a pool table. Open daily 11am-3am. Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 448 8000).
The Huddle Citymax Hotel Al Barsha’s sporting institution has what you need to get through the weekend’s football marathon. More than a dozen screens, a sprawling menu of food and drinks at very reasonable prices (especially during happy hour), a pool table and darts board will sort you out. That’s not to mention the bar’s great service by helpful and attentive staff. It’s easy to spend an entire day at this place before you’ve even realised it. Open daily noon-3am. Citymax Al Barsha, behind Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8018).
McGettigan’s DWTC This chain of Irish pubs can turn its hand to just about anything. Live music, good food, comedy nights, quiet drinks or big nights out – all seem to find their way into the location. Sometimes all on the same day. The Dubai World Trade Centre branch can be quieter than its JLT sister, but it livens up when the big game is on, or if there’s a concert taking place at the nearby arena. Open daily noon-2am. Dubai World Trade Centre (04 378 0800).
Nezesaussi Grill Downtown This one, we love. The antipodean Downtown bar is Time Out Dubai’s Sports Bar of the Year, and while its NZ, Australian and South African roots inspire the menu and sports selection, you’re always sure to find a bit of English footie on the tube. The atmosphere is usually friendly, but can get rowdier when it’s game time. You’ll also find good pub grub here – the kitchen specialises in grilled meat. Of course it does, this is a sports bar. Open Sun-Wed, 4pm-2am; Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Manzil Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina We’ve long been fans of Downtown sports bar Nezesaussi, named for its New Zealand, South African and Australian leanings and loved for the huge range of events and matches it screens on any given day. That being said, its younger sister, now open at The Address Dubai Marina, could soon outrank it in our affections. The new venue is home to two pool tables, a foosball table, one giant screen – devoted to the big game of the day – dominating the back wall, and numerous others mounted over almost every table (it has 23 in total). You barely need to swivel 45 degrees to fill your face with sport. Open daily 4pm-2am. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Original Wings and Rings Hidden away in DIFC’s Liberty House, Original Wings & Rings’ inconspicuousness may explain the need for its slogan “eat, drink and talk loudly!”. And if that token of American spirit doesn’t win you over, there’s also the NFL team flags and the hearty grub to get on board with. The staff are also fittingly upbeat, likely to ask you on arrival what it is you want to watch. After all, this vast venue has 20-plus TVs. Even if your football team isn’t a top one, you’ll probably get your own private flat screen to scream at. Open daily noon-2am. Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).