Whether you’re spending the weekend at the Rugby Sevens from December 2-4 and don’t want the fun to end there, or you’re passing up the sports but fancy joining in later, there are plenty of post-match venues to choose from. Last year saw bus after bus ferrying party people to various nightspots around the city, costumes and all (our favourites were the whoopee cushions, top right) – and this year is no different. Take a look at this lot…
This popular beachside spot and pillar of the after-dark scene always draws a big crowd post-Sevens, largely thanks to the lively atmosphere, relaxed dress code and the free shuttle buses ferrying the merry crowd from the stadium to the beach. Kicking off on Thursday with a Fierce Angel beach party, featuring performances from DJ Mark Doyle, Assaff on percussion, Angie Brown, DJ Richie Kidd and DJ Martin Metcalf on the main stage, Barasti will move into the weekend with Carwash on Friday evening – another retro party on the beach. DJs Rohann Nunez, Martin Metcalf and Richie Kidd will man the decks, while none other than Hot Chocolate, the British pop band behind hit ‘You Sexy Thing’, are expected to be the weekend’s big headline act. For fans of acoustic entertainment, Scratch Band and Emmanuel will be performing on the deck level.
Dhs100, free for ladies and Dhs50 for men before 9pm. Open daily 5pm-3am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333)
Though there’ll be coaches running from the stadium to Chi on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the club’s big after-party will be taking place on the Friday evening, for which there will be eight coaches departing from 5pm on the day, each with 50 seats. Anyone looking to warm up the dancefloor will have plenty of options at the club, with hits from the ’80s and ’90s in Chi Garden, indie sounds in Chi Black and R&B and hip hop in Chi Club. Partygoers will also be able to buy drinks vouchers priced at Dhs100 for four throughout the night.
Dhs100, free for those wearing Sevens wristbands; free for ladies and Face card holders before midnight. Open Friday from 8pm. Oud Metha (04 337 9470)
The Irish Village
Last year the Garhoud favourite saw swarms of rugby revellers touch down to dance into the early hours to some seriously cheesy tunes. In between Captain America and a group of chickens, we were there to party with the best (and worst) dressed. This year, there’ll be extra bars in the garden, including the new outdoor apple-based brew bar, plus music from Marky Mark and The MapleJacks playing party tunes old and new.
Free. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750)
From 4pm, this London transport-themed pub will be laying the drinks deals on thick and fast: buy five short drinks and get one free for Dhs160; buy 10 and get two free for Dhs320; or buy 15 and get two free for Dhs480. Meanwhile, selected bottles of yeast beverages will be Dhs150 for six, with bottles of spirits from Dhs550.
Free. Open Friday and Saturday from 4pm. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111)
With another bus ferrying people to this Jumeirah spot, the often-empty corridors of the Madinat are likely to be pleasantly crowded this weekend. Though the bar is yet to reveal details of its post-Sevens plan, we’re guessing it will include plenty of drinks deals and a generous helping of lively tunes.
Free. Open Friday from 3pm, Saturday from 5pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6348)
From 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there will be a free shuttle-bus service from The Sevens, with drop-off points at Festival City, Media City (family drop-off), Chi, Bar Zar, Barasti, Double Decker and The Irish Village. www.dubairugby7s.com