Dubai’s top football supporters’ bars

Must-try pubs and bars to watch the match

Dubai’s top football supporters’ bars

ARSENAL
The Q Sports Lounge and Bar

With comfy sofas, massive screens and a daily nine-hour happy hour with discounted select drinks it’s no wonder that this Barsha bar is home to Arsenal fans.
Open daily noon-2am. Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 323 4333).

ASTON VILLA
The Rose & Crown
The traditional pub boasts eight large screens, as well as a projector, for the big matches and is the go-to haunt for the Dubai Lions (the Aston Villa supporters’ club in Dubai). It also has cracking offers, including a happy hour from 5pm to 8pm.
Open daily 11am-2am. The Atrium at Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 437 0022).

BIRMINGHAM CITY
Crown & Lion

An old-school English pub that is laid-back and fun and it’s reliably busy whenever there’s a football match on, making it a top place to catch all the action. Brum fans are encouraged to show up and join the “Middle East Bluenoses” for a pint, a chip butty and (hopefully) a lot of cheering.
Open daily 11am-3am. Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 448 8000).

CELTIC
McGettigan’s DWTC
With pool tables and TVs, it’s ideal for those who like to play as they watch. It’s also home to the Celtic fan club, so expect it to get lively.
Open daily noon-2am. DWTC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 378 0800).

CHELSEA & EVERTON
McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Both the UAE Chelsea Supporters’ Club and Everton fans meet up for every match here. This Irish pub has a happy hour Saturday to Thursday from 2pm until 8pm and on Friday from 2pm until 5pm, with drinks for Dhs29.
Open Sun-Wed noon-2am, Thu noon-3am, Fri-Sat 9am-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219).

MACHESTER CITY
The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill

Cheap, cheerful and essential for sports fans in the area, especially Man City followers. This casual and cosy bar is a hit time and time again. It’s no frills, with a good happy hour and friendly staff. There are plenty of TVs, too.
Open daily noon-3am. Citymax Hotel Al Barsha at the Mall, Al Barsha (050 100 7065).

MANCHESTER UNITED
The Red Lion

The current Red Lion is the remodelling of one of Dubai’s oldest pubs. You may want to avoid this place if you’re a Liverpool sympathiser, since this is home to the other reds – Manchester United (don’t get those two mixed up, whatever you do).
Open daily noon-3am. Metropolitan Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 0000).

LIVERPOOL
Goodfellas

The fan pub for The Dubai Reds – the official home of Liverpool FC fans in Dubai – this Barsha Heights bar has plenty of screens lining its narrow walls, some free-to-play pool tables and loads of memorabilia from heroes of a bygone era. It goes nuts at kick-off.
Open daily noon-3am. Ramee Rose Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 450 0111).

RANGERS
Center Circle
Calling all Rangers supporters. If you’re looking to watch footy then there are lots of screens pointing down at you in this Ramada spot. This casual venue will fill a footy fix if you are looking for somewhere different to catch the Scottish Premier League action.
Open daily noon-3am. Ramada by Wyndham Chelsea Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 501 9000).

SOUTHAMPTON
Barasti

There’s a huge projector beaming out games in the main fully air-conditioned tent during the summer months, with dozens of smaller screens dotted around. The beach club is also the stomping ground for the Dubai Saints so if you’re a Southampton fan this is where you’ll find your fellow supporters on match day.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-1.30am; Thu-Fri 10am-3am, Sat 9am-1.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
The Locker Room
The Locker Room is official Tottenham home ground in Dubai and when the Spurs are playing, this little spot is packed to the rafters. Its relaxed attitude, reasonable prices, and come-as-you-are ethos keep the English pub popular with regulars, old and new.
Open daily 1pm-3am. Golden Tulip Al Barsha Hotel, Al Barsha (04 501 6123).

WEST HAM UNITED
Nelson’s

Here you’ll find the Dubai Hammers enjoying a pint of house hops for Dhs32. And if you happen to arrive earlier – there’s also an eight-hour happy hour from noon. Head down on match day and find fellow fans in their very own dedicated area –The Moore Room.
Open daily noon-3am. Media Rotana, Barsha Heights (04 435 0000).

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
garden on 8
The atmosphere at this eighth-floor terrace pub is electric throughout the season, and it’s home to Wolves fans in Dubai. With indoor and al fresco seating (though the terrace is tented during the summer months), loads of screens and a daily two-for-one happy hour from 4pm to 8pm, you needn’t look further.
Open Sun-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

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