W get the feeling there might be a battle of the Irish (pubs) being waged in Dubai, with Old Dubai institution The Irish Village and New Dubai hotspot McGettigan’s going head to head, both expanding towards one another and making a powergrab for midtown drinkers. Battle was declared last week when McGettigan’s opened its second outlet, at Dubai World Trade Centre, in the same week that The Irish Village operations manager David Cattanach let slip that the new IV venue will open ‘in Jumeirah within the next 12 months’. With plans for a third McGettigan’s at Dubai Airport, right under the nose of The IV’s airport venue, we hope it stays pretty.
One of our favourite clubs, Republique at The Address Dubai Mall, has recently launched a new concept. The weekly ‘Upstairs at…’ theme will see live comedy, music and karaoke events hosted at the club’s upper deck, alongside the regular club night every Friday. Launching last week, we’re itching to get a look.
We’re also looking forward to seeing Domeland – the new name given to Chi’s garden following a lengthy refurb – go overboard with its Viva Africa event on Friday October 26, starring Fally Ipupa, Naeto C and Liquideep. It’s the first of three celebrations of Afro-Caribbean culture on the way, with the Caribbean Carnival (headlined by Jason Derulo, Sean Kingston and Bow Wow) at Burj Park on Thursday November 1, and the third annual Do You Remember? Jamaican beach party at Jebel Ali Golf Course on Friday November 9.
Finally, we’re glad to hear about a new series of jazz acts playing at The Ivy. Taking over from the weekly nights launched before summer, which hosted a trio from the Abu Dhabi Big Band, every Thursday the Brit restaurant will now host jazzy-ish happenings three times a week. Expect to hear saxophonist Lucio Carlo jamming over a backing track every Tuesday, and a piano-vocal duo every Thursday, led by established talents Melissa Le Rue, Rachel Calladine and Clarita de Quiroz. Meanwhile, there’s live swing for Friday brunch and some ‘nu-jazz’ sax-meets-decks tomfoolery on Friday nights. Now get out and party!