Boston-themed sports bar in Deira

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Massive fan of the Red Sox? How about the Bruins? Celtics more your team? Completely lost? No worries, perhaps you went to Harvard. Or are a dedicated viewer of Cheers and Frasier. Either way, by now you’ll have spotted a definite theme. O’Learys, despite sounding like a tradtional Irish pub, is completely devoted to all things Bostonian.

And we love it. The care and attention that has gone into decorating the new sports bar in Deira is incredible. Football jerseys, licence plates, Harvard certificates, hockey sticks, movie posters – O’Learys has gone all out when it comes to Boston memorabilia.

As you’d imagine from all the teams represented around the bar, it also shows live sports and there are 15 TV screens, in 15-, 55- and 65-inch models.

Housed in Hilton Dubai Creek, O’Learys was launched in Sweden in 1988 (not Ireland or Boston, then) by Jonas Reinholdsson, who was inspired after working in Massachusetts in the 1980s (ah, we see).

There are several other branches, but this is the only licensed one in Dubai. And even better than the memorabilia are the deals. There’s a daily happy hour from 5pm until 7pm where you’ll get 40 percent off, meanwhile we haven’t found many better deals in this city than O’Learys’ Sippy Sundays, which serves up pints for just Dhs15.

The huge deal is available every Sunday from 6pm to 9pm, while on a Monday from 5.30pm until 9pm men get three drinks and bar bites for Dhs90.

Drinks are priced reasonably at the best of times, and there’s a decent range to choose from too.

Food-wise if you’re after belt-busting grub then you’re in luck. Swerve the generic onion rings and head straight for the cheese-packed quesadillas and apparently famous ribs and you’ll be a happy diner. Service needs sharpening, however, especially given it’s not exactly heaving yet.

It’s a shame it’s so quiet on our visit though, as with the top deals and cool setup this has potential to be a decent US-themed sports bar.

Boston-themed sports bar in Deira

Who doesn’t love a Dhs15 pint on a Sunday night?


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