Dubai pubs guide

Sometimes it’s hard moving to a new city. Becoming just another face, another somebody nobody even notices. But what if there was a place you could go? A place where everybody knows your name…?

Okay, they’ll soon know your business, your foibles, and remind you if you stayed for a half hour too long the other Wednesday. But maybe that’s what you miss. People to chastise you for your minor wrongdoings. A barmaid you can bore with the details of your latest faux pas.

A landlord who will put aside his better judgment to reassure you that, yes, your boys will win the title this year, despite the fact that your main striker wouldn’t know the way to goal if you showed him a map, your speedy, Jonah Lomu-style winger is allergic to whitewash or your opening batsman is seemingly aiming for a collection of ducks larger than all the wood-chipped walls of 1970s Britain.

If a friendly face, a knowing nod or some simple cud-chewing session is what you crave then welcome to your new local…
Dubai pubs guide

Time Out Dubai has a complete Dubai bars and pubs guide. Find out about British pubs, Irish pubs and American pubs in Dubai Marina, Downtown and more

Sometimes it’s hard moving to a new city. Becoming just another face, another somebody nobody even notices. But what if there was a place you could go? A place where everybody knows your name…?

Okay, they’ll soon know your business, your foibles, and remind you if you stayed for a half hour too long the other Wednesday. But maybe that’s what you miss. People to chastise you for your minor wrongdoings. A barmaid you can bore with the details of your latest faux pas.

A landlord who will put aside his better judgment to reassure you that, yes, your boys will win the title this year, despite the fact that your main striker wouldn’t know the way to goal if you showed him a map, your speedy, Jonah Lomu-style winger is allergic to whitewash or your opening batsman is seemingly aiming for a collection of ducks larger than all the wood-chipped walls of 1970s Britain.

If a friendly face, a knowing nod or some simple cud-chewing session is what you crave then welcome to your new local…

There are two words we’d use to describe this magnificent Irish pub on Sheikh Zayed Road – nooks and crannies.

Fibbers is, rightly, an absolute institution in Dubai, thanks to being genuinely one of the most authentic bars you’ll find anywhere in town. It’s so typically Irish and pubby that it leaves pubs in Ireland looking over their shoulders and feeling a bit insecure about their Irish pubishness.

It’s home to some magnificent breakfasts (oh, go on then, you beautiful brekkie bap, you), live sport, mismatched furniture, loud carpets, exposed brick, stained glass windows, low ceilings, sports jerseys, fireplaces, the black stuff on tap – everything you could possibly want and expect. And it does so without the slightest hint of contrivance, making it all the more endearing to its many loyal patrons.

There’s also live music that takes place regularly, where you can pair your pub grub with a jam session from fiddlers, flautists and traditional Irish instruments.

It’s a brilliant place to hang out for the day, for lunch, for the night – especially when it hosts its live comedy nights that’ll leave you chuckling your way through the night, enjoying the bountiful craic.

It’s unique, it’s glorious, it’s a treasure.

04 438 3131 Business Bay

With winter Came the arrival of a brand-new terrace for Taj Dubai’s The Eloquent Elephant – and it’s a top addition to the cool Business Bay pub.

In October the swish new terrace was launched, and it’s been busy over the winter. By night it’s cosy and friendly, with twinkling lights and comfy green furnishings. By day it’s bright, airy and chilled. It’s fresh, it’s modern and it’s a great pub garden. It also means that what was once a non-smoking bar now has an outside smoking area.

Indoors it’s all dark woods and moody lighting with a cool, mellow vibe. It’s also a great place to watch the match, thanks to several large TV screens, and it’s quite frequently packed on weekends and game days.

The menu has also had a revamp recently, so expect dishes including the barbecue-glazed Angus short rib – as well as several new vegan options including the Elephant’s Barley Burger, a veggie patty made of barley, carrot and celery, encased in a soft chia seed bun.

We’ve long been fans of the food here, too – it’s a former winner of our Best Pub Food title – and so if you’re heading along it’s definitely worth trying some of the hearty, gastrogrub dishes.

However, the pub is just as good if you’re just after a quick drink after work.

Drinks are relatively reasonably priced, starting at around Dhs40 for house grape and Dhs62 for mixed beverages, while the pub also prides itself on its range of craft hops.

And there’s a heap of deals throughout the week, including a quiz night on a Monday and live music on Tuesdays to make it even more appealing. Ladies, visit on a Wednesday and you’ll get three free drinks plus 30 percent off food, while there’s a brunch on Friday from

Dhs199, too.

The weekends offer a top deal as well, where you can get four drinks and a dish (roasts are included, but we also recommend the pie) for Dhs179.

If you’re looking for an excellent pub in Business Bay, look no further.

WHAT IS IT...
Trendy gastropub in Business Bay

WHY GO...
The swish new terrace and daily deals

Being located near Dubai International Airport, Biggles Pub may not have the appeal of a traditional UK local, but it’s homely enough. Plus it has the added flair of having an al fresco setting with comfy sofas to lounge on, making the best of two worlds.

Housed in the Millennium Airport Hotel in Garhoud, this longstanding pub – which is remarkably more than two decades old – still draws in the crowds, and manages to muster up a certain charm that makes it worthwhile stopping by.

And if you do find yourself there, be prepared for the Air Force/military plane memorabilia scattered throughout venue – parachuting pilot dummy included (yes, it’s a teeny bit creepy). As it is, of course, based around fictional aircraft pilot Biggles.

It’s a niche setting, but get past that and you’ll find a decent enough pub. Sports fans, particularly football-lovers, will be thrilled by the large screens dotted throughout the place, and there’s a view of the television from any seat in its spacious venue. Even better, there are several booths that have personal screens, so you can watch what you want, in comfort.

A live band takes to the stage three nights a week, with a happy hour from 4pm until 8pm every Saturday to Tuesday where you’ll get 40 percent off drinks.

There’s also a ladies’ night on a Monday from 8pm until midnight with free-flowing drinks, as well as a Friday brunch that’s a wallet-friendly Dhs99 with two drinks and food.

It’s not on the cosy scale of pubs in Blighty, but for live football you’ll be happy.

WHAT IS IT...
A sport-centric British pub

WHY GO...
For the wallet-friendly deals and live sport

Once a stalwart of Dubai’s pub scene, Boston Bar may today crop up less regularly on most people’s itinerary for a night out, but the Satwa bar is still going strong.
An American-style pub modelled on that of US ’80s sitcom Cheers, it’s a compact space with an island bar taking centre stage. Expect to find football fans clustered around it whenever there’s a big match on, while a huge raft of nightly deals keep the rest of the punters pouring in.
From ladies’ nights to men’s nights and billiard competitions, you’re never far from an offer, whatever day or time you visit.
With its low ceilings, dark lighting and all-round snugness, however, that old-school bar smokiness can make it feel a little claustrophobic at times, while service can be a little short of friendly.
But if it’s bargain drinks and a no-frills, authentic pub vibe you seek, you’ll be hard-pressed to do better in Satwa.

And given it’s just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best kebabs and curries, you might still find reason to visit…

The bottom line
Long-standing Old Dubai pub with regular deals and sports.

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