Six Nations 2019: Where to watch in Dubai

All the bars and pubs showing the annual six-week tournament

Six Nations 2019: Where to watch in Dubai

The Six Nations is back for another year, and that means bars and pubs across the city are getting ready for six weeks of rugby fans filling their establishments every Saturday and Sunday (and one Friday).

You can see all of the fixtures, dates and times in our dedicated article here, but for now, here are all of the places that you need to head to catch the tournament’s big kick off. Defending champions Ireland begin their defence against the team they took the title from in 2018: England. It’s going to be a huge start to the tournament on Friday January 1 to Friday February 1 (at midnight, so technically Saturday 2 over here).

Here’s where to watch.

This beach bar’s giant screen always gives the rugger priority, thankfully.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am, Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).

Bidi Bondi
This Aussie bar on the Palm is showing all the action from the Six Nations throughout the tournament, with a cracking drinks deal to boot. Get five drinks for Dhs155, or four drinks and a meal for the same amount.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am; Thu-Fri 10am-1am. Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).

The Six Nations kicks off this weekend (Friday February 1) and the manager of the bar formerly known as the Dhow & Anchor at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is so sure that Ireland will win their opening match of the tournament against England (on Saturday February 2) that if they don’t, he’ll buy the entire pub a pint. Not only that, but the Irishman will wear an English rugby jersey for a week if the roses prove triumphant. Get down there for the prospect of a free pint, and some friendly rivalry. There’s a big screen set up on the terrace showing the action, too.
Open Sun-Thu noon-1.30am, Fri-Sat 9am-1.30am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8999).

Copper Dog
This charming Scottish pub will no doubt be home to the boys in blue during this year’s tournament. For the six weeks of the tournament, Copper Dog has confirmed it will be offering its weekend roast dinner during the matches, and there’ll also be deals on pints of the black stuff. There are loads of screens throughout the bar, so you’ll never struggle for a view.
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat 10am-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai - Jumeirah Beach (052 917 5512).

garden on 8
This cracking sports bar at the Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City has loads of screens to make you feel fully immersed in the rugger – and that includes the giant screen out on the bar’s spacious terrace. There’s also an excellent happy hour that offers up two-for-one on already reasonably priced drinks from 4pm until 8pm. Great for kick-off.
Open Sun-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

McGettigan’s JBR
This Irish pub on The Walk is running with the “if you can’t be there, be here” slogan for this year’s tournament, and will be dedicating itself to the Six Nations for the entire six weeks. And you can guantee this place being a home for Dubai’s Irish community for every match, so you’d be a brave punter for heading along in the jersey of any other nation.
Open Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3am, Fri-Sat 10am-3am. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2580).

PizzaExpress Live
You’d be forgiven for scratching your head at this one, but don’t forget that this Business Bay restaurant, bar and live music venue has a gigantic TV screen displayed proudly aloft above the stage. So that means throughout the duration of the tournament (with all but one match being hosted on Saturday or Sunday), you can head along to grab a pizza and the match. Buckets of hops and bottles of grape are available for Dhs100 each.
Open daily noon-1am. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay (04 566 5722).

Spike Bar
There’s nothing quite like coming off the course after a masterful back nine and heading straight into the bar for a knees up, pint and a spot of rugger. There are 16 screens, a three-metre giant screen, and a Dhs89 burger and a pint deal whenever any of the games are showing.
Open daily 10.30am-12.30am. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9842).

The Huddle Al Barsha
One of the bars that just overawes you with screens and a wall of sound upon arrival, you’ll never miss a single kick of the Six Nations at this Al Barsha spot. It’s dark, it’s a bit dingy, it’s smoky, but there are about 30 screens around the bar, and that includes three massive tellies on one side and a projector on the other. It’s also home to some decent bar grub, affordably priced pints and some combo deals that will no doubt come into effect during the tournament. There’s also a deal for Dhs29 pints during matches at the bar’s sister outlet in Bur Dubai, so you’ve got an extra reason to get down to catch all the matches every weekend.
Al Barsha: Open daily noon-3am. Citymax Hotel Al Barsha at the Mall (050 100 7046). Bur Dubai: Open daily noon-3am. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai (050 100 7046).

The Irish Village
Our 2018 Best Pub, The Irish Village, will be showing the Six Nations matches, though you don’t have to guess who they’ll be cheering on. Get down to this popular watering hole in Garhoud to watch the latest Six Nations game on one of the many screens, including the large outdoor one. Love fried cheese? Tuck into the veggie fish and chips (AKA battered halloumi) while you watch the action.
Open Mon-Wed & Sat, 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight, Thu-Fri 11am-2am. Garhoud (04 282 4750).

The Underground
The current holder of Best Sports Bar at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards, this appropriately underground bar has tonnes of screens so you’ll be able to see every inch of the scrum. Plus visit in happy hour and you’ll get selected beverages from Dhs30.
Open daily noon-3am. Habtoor Grand Resort – Autograph Collection, JBR (04 408 4257).

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