Bars and restaurants across the city will be transformed into shamrock city
Fibber Magee’s Now this is one heck of an Irish pub, and if you’re yet to visit Fibbers you’re missing out. It’s proper Irish, but it’s also in Dubai so doesn’t do things by half – hence the arrival of the St. Patrick’s “Weekend” trend (more to come on those). From Thursday March 15 until Saturday 17 you can get special promotions on Irish bevvies for the whole weekend, plus live music every night. Free. Mar 15-17, 11am-2.30am. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
Barasti Dubai’s iconic beach club has been going big on the Six Nations this year, and there happens to be a pretty massive match taking place on the day itself (that’s Saturday March 17, in case you needed reminding). England take on Ireland on the final day of this year’s international rugby tournament, which (at the time of writing) looks like it’ll decide the championship. Catch the big game on Barasti’s enormous screens, with special promotions and competitions on offer in partnership with Ireland’s famous black drink. Free. Sat Mar 17, 11am-1am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313).
Bridgewater Tavern and Café Artois These two funky bars in JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, are celebrating the greenest day of the year together. It just so happens that Ireland, having now (spoiler alert) won the Six Nations, will be taking on England at Twickenham in a game that’s effectively a victory parade. On St. Patrick’s Day. In London. It was kind of meant to be.
The game is live from 6.45pm, and you can head over any time from noon until 2am to get an all-day Irish brekkie and a pint of Irish hops for Dhs105. There’s also a happy hour from 4pm until 7pm and a #LoveYourTache promotion where you can buy one get one free on the black stuff from 7pm until 8pm. Free entry. Sat Mar 17, noon-2am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
McGettigan’s Ultimate Paddy’s Day The city’s biggest chain of Irish pubs is putting on its annual soiree at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, featuring top Irish band Kodaline, plus The MapleJacks, activities and more. Fri Mar 16. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.
Neighbourhood This laid-back spot at Courtyard by Marriott Dubai at Green Community is serving up a special week-long offer of a traditional pie and an Irish pint for Dhs75. The offer is valid every day until Sunday 18. Well worth a trip to one of the city’s more far-flung suburban hangouts. Dhs75. Until Mar 18, noon-midnight. Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community, Jebel Ali (04 885 2222).
QD’s Head over to Dubai Creek Golf &Yacht Club for a Paddy’s Day bash to remember lasting all day. Get in at 11am for a full Irish brekkie with a pint for as little as Dhs65 from 11am until 4pm. Throughout the day you’ll find a range of games (like hurling hurling) and a dedicated garden area kitted out for the occasion, plus a whole bunch of drinks promotions on practically anything from the Emerald Isle, including mixed drinks, the black stuff, green hops and more, with prices starting from Dhs25. As the day goes on there’ll be a live band playing proper Irish tracks, an Irish singer-songwriter crooning, and a playlist of Irish classics. The bash goes on until 2am, and there are free drinks on offer for Irish nationals, and if you come wearing green. Could you possibly want any more? Free entry. Sat Mar 17, 11am-2am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Reform Social & Grill If you’re on for the rugby above all else this St. Patrick’s Day (and why wouldn’t you be? It’s like the ultimate showdown), then one of the city’s top pubs has to be on your list. Reform is running a celebratory Saturday brunch with its outdoors area being transformed to celebrate everything about the Emerald Isle. Get discounts on Irish hops, plus an unlimited live barbecue, all the action from the Six Nations and a three-hour brunch. (England vs Ireland kicks off at 6.45pm, by the way.) Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages). Sat Mar 17, 6.30pm-9.30pm. The Lakes (04 454 2638).
Spike Bar This bar, recently relocated, rennovated and reopened at Emirates Golf Club, is a real swanky spot, and it’s teeing up a pretty special meal for St. Patrick’s Day. So whether you’ve just sunk your final ball of the day on the 18th, or if you get dizzy at the thought of picking up a nine iron, you should head here. Get some Irish potato soup, black pudding, and mashed potato, a steak and Irish-black-stuff pie and a sticky toffee pudding for Dhs75, with an Irish hops beverage also available for Dhs35. Marvellous value, we reckon. (And probably the “green”est St. Patrick’s Day celebration in town… Sorry.)Dhs75. Mar 17, noon-1.30am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 417 9999).
The Irish Village Paddy’s Weekend It’s our Pub of the Year 2017. It’s Irish. And it’s going to be big. Three days of celebrations kick off on Thursday March 15 as The Irish Village busts out live music, traditional dancers and entertainment. Expect live performances from Sin A Der Si, local band The MapleJacks (again) and DJ Marky Mark. Friday 16 will be a family affair, featuring a petting zoo, bouncy castle, and all that jazz, while Friday and Saturday will have traditional Irish music and dancers. If you’re looking for proper Irish, look no further, because this place has it in spades. And, to make it even better, it’s completely, 100 percent free. All weekend. Free. Mar 15-17, 11am-2am (Thu-Fri), 11am-1am (Sat). Next to Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).