The Irish Village Dubai Studio City

Third branch of Dubai’s award-winning pub

The Irish Village Dubai Studio City
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It was with no small amount of expectation that legendary Dubai pub The Irish Village opened the doors to a new branch in Studio City in 2019. And it’s safe to say the latest in the stable has firmly exceeded all anticipation.

From the first Thursday afternoon that the doors opened, this first-floor pub has rarely been without a hoard of new-found regulars, drawn by the relaxed atmosphere, breezy outdoor terrace and much-loved menu of Irish Village staples.

An enormous outdoor screen, coupled with commentary, has seen the pub become a go-to for football fans, and it was standing room only for most of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. And in the face of such immediate popularity, after a few early niggles the staff have well and truly risen to the challenge, delivering the same speedy, personable service for which the sprawling Garhoud original has earned such a reliable rep.

Equally consistent with the multi-award-winning Garhoud branch (it’s still the reigning holder of Time Out Dubai’s Best Pub award), are the price points and value for money. There’s even a ladies’ night on Mondays, with two free drinks tokens handed out from 8pm.

And it wouldn’t be The IV without that all-important menu. Bowls of chopped sausages, golden cod and chips, Irish stew, chicken curry, bacon sarnies – all done exactly as they are in the decades-old original.

There’s live music every evening from Monday to Saturday, plus a pub quiz every Sunday from 8pm, hosted by Dubai’s Ciaran Fox, better known for his work crooning Rat Pack classics around town.

Regardless of the day’s entertainment schedule, while the weather’s cooler you’ll need to head down early to nab a table on the hugely popular terrace, which has become a go-to in the neighbourhood for everything from lazy weekend lunches with the brood to post-work drinks on weeknights.

Improving on a legend is no small feat, particularly when the original could hardly get better. Simply living up to its reputation would be achievement enough – The Irish Village Dubai Studio City does exactly that.

Third branch of Dubai’s award-winning pub

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