The Irish Village
All the staples of an Irish pub are on offer at the Village. Guinness and Kilkenny flow in equal measures; drawn with patience by well-trained and friendly Irish bar staff 20 Reviews
New Years Eve
Party into the 2014 at The Irish Village where there will be spectacular array of food stations laden with festive specialities. Dance the night away with live music from the MapleJacks and party with DJ Marky Mark and watch the midnight fireworks to welcome the New Year! Tickets Dhs150 until 30th December and Dhs200 at the door, tickets include food only 31 December 2013
With a traditional festive buffet laden with Christmas specialities including a turkey carvery, and all the trimmings, live music and lots more! As the children have been so good this year Santa will be dropping by on his rounds to give out his gifts, plus a bouncy castle! With Dhs165 per person and children below 12 years Dhs90. A very merry Christmas Day lunch not to be missed Timings: noon-4pm 25 December 2013
All the windows of the advent calendars are open and the chocolates are eaten, it’s the night before Christmas to enjoy an evening out of festive ambience. With free entry and music from DJ Marky Mark have yourselves a very merry Christmas at The Irish Village 24 December 2013
The Irish Village’s barbecue
Choose from a range of meats – from chicken to steak – and get a free hop or short beverage with each order. Dhs50 (includes one drink) Timings: Noon-4pm (Friday, Saturday)
All the staples of an Irish pub are on offer at the Village. Guinness and Kilkenny flow in equal measures; drawn with patience by well-trained and friendly Irish bar staff. Rustic wooden furniture is strewn around a vast bar that manages to create a degree of intimacy through the cunning creation of different seating areas. At this time of year, IV, as it is colloquially know, is all about al fresco eating and drinking.
Without counting, it felt like we were supping in the company of around 500 others in the enormous outdoor seating area. A fake Irish village high street façade is a bit unnecessary, particularly when a pleasant view over the mini golf course and pond of the adjacent Aviation Club is a far better direction to rest your eyes.
The compact menu incorporates the obvious Irish stew and a few other local treats. The portions are ample, with the emphasis being on size rather than on quality.
Fresh soda bread and Irish butter were a good start to the meal. Seafood cocktail, served in a sizeable stemmed glass was bland and swimming in pink mayonnaise, but the feta cheese salad was fine. The bangers and mash was substantial and tasty. At the recommendation of our waiter I had the salmon with spinach and leeks, which was excellent; a perfectly cooked piece of fish; a pity about the flabby baked potato (is there anywhere in Dubai where you can get one that is crispy outside and fluffy inside? We are still looking.)
We thought the pub was full when we arrived, but the people kept coming and few were leaving. The Irish Village has the most cosmopolitan crowd of any pub in Dubai. There is a refreshingly relaxed attitude towards who can come and enjoy themselves. This means you will find Kiwis, Ozzies, Americans, South Africans, Asians, Arabs and Europeans. Not so much an Irish Village; more of a global village.By 0
- Previous reviews
- 15 April,2013- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 21 March,2012- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 11 August,2011- reviewed by Time Out Dubai Staff
- 17 March,2009- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 26 March,2008- reviewed by Jeremy Lawrence
- 12 March,2007- reviewed by Time Out Dubai Staff
- 30 April,2006- reviewed by Time Out Dubai
- 01 December,2004- reviewed by Matthew Lee
- 01 May,2002- reviewed by Carolyn Robb
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