If you’re still reeling from partying like the Irish last St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to man up, dust off your leprechaun hat and start planning how you’ll celebrate this year. First up is Dubai Irish Society’s annual ball, which this year takes place the week before Paddy’s Day on March 11 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel (for ticket enquiries, contact email@example.com). If you fancy something a little less formal, there’s plenty going on around March 17. From a week-long run of Irish entertainment at McGettigan’s in Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ The Bonnington to a themed rock night courtesy of Metal Asylum at Club Se7en in Bur Dubai’s Kris Kin hotel, we’ve rounded up our top picks for St Patrick’s Day fun.
For party (and pun) lovers, there’s much to look forward to with a week-long ‘Who’s Your Paddy?’ celebration at this Irish bar, with free entry every night. Kicking off on Sunday 13, the first night will feature traditional Irish music played live throughout the night, followed by a ‘Lovely Girls Night’ on Monday 14 where ladies will get selected Irish drinks free. On March 16, locally based Irish musician Declan O’Sullivan performs live at the pub, while on Thursday 17 a traditional band from Galway, plus dancers and a DJ, will take over the main bar, while Mike Ross and his band liven things up in the new hop garden. Feeling a bit shaky after all that? Fortunately on Friday 18 it’s an Irish brunch serving full traditional breakfast all day, but roll on Saturday when you’ll be able to watch the Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and England.
Bonnington Hotel, JLT (04 356 0600)
For something a little livelier and a lot louder over the St Patrick’s Day weekend, Metal Asylum’s ‘ShamRock’ session on Thursday 17 will be just the ticket. As part of a drive to get more female-fronted bands on stage at Club Se7en, locally based Colombian rocker Fatiniza will be headlining, along with Love Storm. There are special drinks deals for everyone who turns up wearing green – regardless of whether you’ve opted for a leprechaun hat or lime fishnets. The party kicks off at 9pm; entry is Dhs50 per person.
Club Se7en, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 377 1111)
Beloved by many for its stellar pub grub and lively quiz, Fibbers turns its attention to drinks deals this week, with baby black shorts for Dhs10, pints of selected Irish brew for Dhs25 and the black stuff and oysters for Dhs25. It’s happy hour each day from 4pm until 7pm, and entry is free. From Wednesday 16 there’ll be live music from The Stompers, followed by Declan & Ferocious Dog on St Patrick’s Day, playing everything from folk to Celtic rock. Saturday 19 will see all eyes on the TV for the Six Nations rugby.
Sheikh Zayed Road, between Crowne Plaza and The Fairmont (04 332 2400)
The Irish Village
If you can escape work early on Thursday 17, park yourself in the IV garden from 4pm, when the music kicks off with a performance from The Maplejacks. There’ll be more live sounds throughout the night, with a U2 tribute, DJ Marky Mark on the decks and a performance from traditional Irish dancers. It’s much of the same on Friday, with the doors opening at 11am for family-friendly entertainment,with face painting and a bouncy castle. Feeling peckish? Try the buffet of Irish favourites for both lunch and dinner for Dhs85, excluding drinks.
Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4750)
Never one to pass up an opportunity for a party, the musically-minded folk at Barasti are flying in Fran Cosgrave for the St Patrick’s Day Shamrockin gig. ‘Who?’ we hear you ask. He’s Westlife’s former bodyguard and an Irish nightclub owner, who will be travelling all the way from the Emerald Isle to play a set. Entry is free for all before 11pm, Dhs100 after.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333)