La Liga Sports Restaurant This sport-centric spot isn’t just all about football, despite what the name may suggest. Watch all manner of matches and games at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers café, or challenge your teammates to game on the PlayStation. Open daily 6pm-2am during Ramadan. Lake Level, Cluster R, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 454 7752).
Real Madrid Café The first of its kind anywhere in the world, the swanky new football club-branded hangout at The Beach in JBR is showing the remainder of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on massive, wall-mounted plasma screens, and will show games from the world’s best football leagues once the domestic season starts up again after the summer break. As well as sporting action, guests can also try dishes from a menu of Spanish favourites including paella, omelettes and gazpacho. Open daily sunset-3am during Ramadan. The Beach, The Walk, JBR, www.ginzaretail.com (04 440 9302, ext 984).
Villa Barcelona Café A football-loving location in Al Safa, just off Sheikh Zayed Road, head here to watch live 2014 FIFA World Cup action and plenty more football once the season gets back underway after summer. As the name suggests, it’s a hugely popular place for fans of Barcelona (Tip: book a table before heading down), who turn out in force to cheer their team in La Liga. There are also a few Catalan gems on the menu. Open daily sunset until late during Ramadan. Al Safa, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.villabarcelonacafe.com (04 338 2522).