We pick out some of the most affordable hops in the city
1 Bar Baar This new kid on the block is already a favourite in our books. Having debuted in March, this spot replaced former Time Out Dubai award-winning hangout The Music Room, and there was a collective holding of breath as we eagerly awaited to find out if Bar Baar could fill its predecessor’s sizeable shoes.And it does it with aplomb. This Indian-themed gastropub pays homage to its live music heritage with regular performances. Regular prices for a bottle of hops come in at around Dhs38, but there’s a brilliant Dhs10 drinks deal every Tuesday from 7pm until 3am. Tremendous. Open daily noon-3am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2631).
2 Centre Circle For a night spent shooting some pool, catching a couple of matches with a good two-for-one happy hour and well-priced drinks, you can’t go wrong with Centre Circle in Al Barsha. Bottles of hops are available for just Dhs34, and if you’re there on a Friday night, ladies’ get three free drinks coupons, too, to keep you into the early hours Open daily noon-3am. Ramada Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha(04 501 9000).
3 Champions Sports Bar Up at the JW Marriott Dubai in Deira, you’ll come across this dark, hidey-hole of a sports bar that has more screens than you can shake a cricket bat at. It might not necessarily be the cheapest bar in the area, but at Dhs35 for a bottle of hops we’re not complaining and the prices. With sports showing on various screens around the bar, pool, live music and loads of neon lights, you’re in good hands for a good night at this hotspot. And it’s practically perfect for light-dodging late-night sports fans. Open daily 6pm-3am. JW Marriott Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).
4 Goodfellas On match day, you may want to head to this Barsha Heights bar – if you’re a Liverpool fan, because this is one of the city’s loyal fan bars. The rest of the week, allegiances are put aside, so head on over for a well-priced bevvie. You’ll be able to get a bottle of hops for as little as Dhs35, which is alright by us. Open daily noon-3am. Ramee Rose Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 450 0111).
5 Joker Sports Lounge Found at the Signature Hotel in Al Barsha, this sports bar is easy-going, colourful and bright – and simple yet effective. Catch the game and get some outstandingly affordable drinks while you’re at it, with pints of hops available for Dhs35, and Dhs30 for bottles. Open daily noon-3am. Signature Hotel, Al Barsha (04 399 9944).
6 Kickers This place is super laid-back. Found in sports city, surrounded by football pitches, the cricket stadium and more, Kickers is unsurprisingly full of sports fans and players pretty much round-the-clock. There are tonnes of bar sports (think foosball and pool tables and plenty of typical pub-based games) to keep you occupied, TVs on the walls and bottles of hops available for just Dhs33. Bargainous. Open Sun-Wed 3pm-2am; Thu-Sat noon-2am. Football Zone, Sports Village, Dubai Sports City (04 448 1001).
7 The Irish Village It’s our Pub of the Year, and this long-standing Irish haunt on the banks of Dubai Creek serves up a cracking price for a pint of hops or the black stuff – it’s just Dhs36. Match it with a huge, sprawling and lush garden, and you might just have found yourself the perfect day in the Dubai sun. There’s a cracking line-up of bands and acts that stroll into town and onto the stage with impressive regularity, so when the sun goes down you’ll be able to feast your eyes and ears on some great live music too. Open Sun-Thu 11am-1am; Fri-Sat 11am-2am. Garhoud (04 239 5000).
8 The Stables As the name might suggest, this bar is decked out with horse racing paraphernalia and shows the big events, too. This spacious, almost cavernous bar joins Rodeo Drive and popular pub Fibber Magee’s on Sheikh Zayed Road – and serves up bottles of hops for Dhs35 outside of happy hour. Halve that during happy hour, which runs daily from 4pm until 8pm, and you’ll be in for a bargain. Open daily noon-3am. Sheikh Zayed Road, near Radisson Royal Hotel (04 342 5571).
9 UBK While it might technically classify as more of a happy hour, the happy hour at UBK prides itself on being “Dubai’s first happy hour every hour”. A select number of drinks (hops included) are available for just Dhs28 all day long, and there’s an even happier happy hour for the post-brunch crowd every Friday where you can get drinks from just Dhs22 between 4pm and 7pm, and again from 11pm until 1am. There’s pool, live music, sport, pub quizzes and more going on at this cool spot in JLT. Open daily noon-3am. Mövenpick Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 438 0000).
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