From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009
Like all ‘pubs’ in Dubai, The Irish Village is not so much a public house as a hotel bar in drag – nevertheless, its cobbled interior and surly staff adequately convey the gloom of an Irish winter, even in the Dubai sun.

There’s a wide selection of pub grub at standard prices and, although the quality is as flatly average is it’s possible to get, your meal is likely to come out at lightning speed, even if the place is packed.

And it is generally busy – as much as The Irish Village doesn’t impress as an eatery, it is incredibly popular as a bar. This is particularly notable in winter, when the massive outdoor area is packed out every day with cheerful revellers.

And while the staff may leave something to be desired – you’ll generally find one chipper waiter for every three glowering ogres – the atmosphere generated by the other patrons is more than enough to make up for it.

It’s worth checking its website for news, because The Irish Village often plays host to quality bands. There’s also a gift shop, should you feel that your time in Dubai would not be complete without a giant Guinness hat or fuzzy shamrock.