Pub Quizzes in Dubai

Time Out reviews 10 of the best pub quizzes in Dubai, including ones with cash prizes at some of the best bars and pubs from Downtown to Dubai Marina

With breakfasts, brunches and bottles up for grabs, getting on Dubai’s pub quiz circuit can be a lucrative game. Time Out put ten trivia nights to the test to bring you the lowdown.

04 417 9999 Emirates Hills

For golfers, the post-round ritual is a tradition that must be adhered to. Upon sinking that final putt of the day, the glove comes off, hands get shaken, bags dropped off, showers taken and a bee-line is made for the clubhouse bar.

Spike Bar at Emirates Golf Club was recently nudged upstairs thanks to the arrival of jones the grocer. In truth, it’s the best thing that could have happened to it. The new interior is slick and modern with the classic touches and furnishings you’d expect from a dedicated golf bar.

Think 16 screens showing the latest tourney from the world of golf, various pieces of sporting paraphernalia, and a sprawling terrace that’s simply marvellous for some post-round refreshment.

We arrive, fittingly, following a round on the Faldo, welcomed off our weary feet by low-slung seating and a view out over the practice green. Because nothing consoles a disappointing scorecard better than judging other golfers miss a three-footer.

The service is swift, attentive, and what you would expect with the price tag that comes with playing a round at one of the emirate’s championship golf courses.

Beverages aren’t extortionately priced, which comes as something of a relief, and there’s a daily happy hour with reasonable discounts on selected beverages.

What stands out, for us, is that compared to many golf club bars in the city, this place feels like the boat has been well and truly pushed out. There are nooks, crannies and comfy hidey holes, but Spike is a top bar regardless of your sporting inclination or ability. We’ll be back, and we’d advise you pay a visit, too.

The bottom line
Golfer or nay, this is a lovely little spot.

04 814 5590 Dubai Marina

When you think of bars in JBR, you’d be forgiven for not knowing where to begin nowadays. Among the swathes of new and exciting openings in recent months stands this relatively old kid on the block.

Sitting opposite the perennially popular Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar at the JA Ocean View Hotel, warning people away yet inciting intrigue with its industrial (and entirely self-titled) exterior, sits Girders.

Upon arrival at this JBR sports bar (which, the more we think about it, is something of a rarity), our first impression is underwhelming – on the face of things there’s not much more to it than a square room, a corner bar and a bunch of TV screens. However, after discovering the range of beverages available during a fairly decent happy hour, our waiter ushers us away from a desolate and eerily quiet interior to a more densely populated, upstairs terrace.

And it’s really cool. There’s an open barbecue pit, a huge screen, an outside bar, long benches and a talented singer/guitarist providing a chilled-out ambience.

There are definitely worse places to spend an evening, and we imagine it’s great for kick-off.

The bottom line
A relaxed spot for live music and sport.

04 332 2400 World Trade Center Area

In a city filled with the new, the shiny and the absolutely sprawling, there is, quite simply, nowhere else like Fibber Magee’s.

Established back in the ’90s, Fibbers is a relative oldie on Dubai’s pub scene, but has a snug, weathered authenticity that could belong to a bar at least a hundred years older.

Its tiny size certainly helps, and it doesn’t take many for this place to get packed out – which it frequently does, particularly on Friday nights, but not much less so during the week, when nearby office workers pile in for a pint and a plate of cheese on toast (it’s that Irish).

Yes, there’s a local pub feel, an army of regulars and some brilliant deals from morning until midnight throughout the week, but one of Fibber’s greatest attractions is the Irish folk music jam, held roughly every first Saturday of the month.

On these days, between 2.30pm and 6.30pm, pair your pub lunch with brilliant live entertainment from fiddlers, flautists and more, for a truly transporting afternoon. There really is nothing else quite like it in town.

The bottom line
A must-try.

04 702 2455 Dubai International Airport Area

You’d be forgiven for placing a foot in the wrong direction when visiting Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre. The outdoor terrace and its plethora of restaurants and bars can feel a bit like a labyrinth. That said, once you find your way around, you’ll come across The Dubliner’s – one of the more delightfully rustic Irish pubs Dubai has to offer.

We could easily imagine ourselves in a dimly lit Dublin bar on a rainy November night here, which is inevitably part of its charm. The Dubliner’s has all the nooks and crannies of a quintessential Irish pub, and its football allegience to Celtic is fierce (given the number of vintage jerseys adorning the walls, anyway).

That makes The Dubliner’s great at kick-off, and we happen to visit during a Champions League tie featuring the team.

With a huge projector and tonnes of other screens, it’s easy to lose track of time if you’re a sports fan, while a conservatory houses pool tables for those who aren’t.

It’s lively, there’s great craic and there are plenty of Irish beverages behind the bar. Head here for the footie, just don’t say you’re a Rangers fan.

The bottom line
A proper, no frills Irish bar. It’s great.

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