Newish sports bar in Dubai Marina

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When a hotel already has a popular sports bar, it seems odd to set up another one. But that’s what Habtoor Grand in Dubai Marina has done. But we’re not complaining, we can never get enough of live football.

As well as being home to The Underground – a former Time Out Dubai Best Sports Bar winner – it now houses a second, Andreea’s sports bar, which is part of the popular beach club.

The disadvantage that Andreea’s has is that, unless you know where it is, it’s hard to find.

However, for the adventurous out there it’s worth taking the time to find this new spot.

The bar is attached to the beach club, which has also recently been revamped to house a pool three times the size as before. There’s also an Italian restaurant. So while you’re playing a spot of pool, white-clothed tables are visible next door, and if you fancy a truffle risotto or a fillet steak in between shots, you know where to go.

But as a sports bar it has potential. There’s no one in there when we visit, which is a massive shame as the set-up is excellent.

Service is friendly, there’s a daily happy hour from 4pm until 8pm (which we’d recommend as prices are on the high side at other times) and loads of screens for watching the sport.

More into playing? There’s a pinball machine, pool and foosball to keep you entertained while you’re there too.

The interiors are slick (though we’re confused by the mini football shirts displayed on the wall, is it for a team of prodigal kids taking over?) but overall the place is as well kitted-out as even the fanciest of footballers.

With the return of the Premier League, the ongoing Rugby World Cup and a whole winter of sports, if you’re looking for a modern bar, give this one a try.

At least you won’t have to fight for a seat (at the moment).

Newish sports bar in Dubai Marina

If you don’t want to queue for the pool table


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