After no small period of anticipation, Dubai’s award-winning The Irish Village is to officially open at 12pm on Thursday July 25 in Dubai Studio City, and Time Out got the first look inside.
Set on the first floor of the new Studio One hotel, the new pub is a brighter, shinier version of the original, and will be marking its opening with ten days of all-day happy hour prices – meaning selected pints start from just Dhs35.
“We’ve kept true to what The Irish Village is, we’ve just tweaked it a little bit and made it a bit more modern,” said Dave Cattanach, General Manager of The Irish Village, speaking exclusively to Time Out Dubai.
“We’ve kept true to the food, the look, the range of hops, the terrace, the clock tower… And we’ve kept true to the water – we’ve got a waterfall on the terrace, which is a nod to the pond.”
The pub’s Garhoud branch is the current holder of Time Out Dubai’s Pub of Year accolade – and not for the first time.
Its new neighbours in Studio City include branches of The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, Mr Miyagi’s and Mexican eatery El Chapo, among several others, all of which Cattanach believes will contribute to the hotel becoming a destination, with The Irish Village the most family-focused pick.
“We’re not doing smoking inside, but I think very soon all bars will be non-smoking anyway. And it’s only 30 seconds out onto the terrace,” Cattanach said.
That terrace is set to be an ideal spot to watch the sport come winter, given the 220-capacity area is home to an enormous screen for big matches.
There are also four screens on the walls in the pub’s 150-capacity interior, on which they’ll be showing “all the sports available in Dubai”.
The pub will also be putting on live music seven nights a week, with a line-up of local artists including Mark Laffan, Paul O’Connor, Chad Sycamore, Leanna Chelsea Kerry and Jaymie De Ville.
Cattanach concluded: “It’s an exciting new chapter for The Irish Village”.