We’ve done some digging to find out the best places across the city where you’ll be able to catch one of horse racing’s historic events live on the telly. Choose from any one of these seven racing-mad hotspots
Brunswick Sports Club, Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel
There are bottles of craft hops available, a long list of mixed drinks and a good selection of mocktails and juices. Sports are played on about a dozen screens and the music policy gets a thumbs up from us.
Open daily noon-2am, Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel – Al Barsha (056 404 0685).
Crown & Lion, Byblos Hotel
This large, booming pub is seemingly always busy with thirsty TECOM types. For British expats, it’s like you never left old Blightly – table service, indoor smoking and sprited covers band aside, that is. This Byblos bar fits snugly into the UK pub genre, offering a solid approximation of hearty pub grub, a decent range of draft hops, live sports and a pool table.
Open daily 11am-3am, Byblos Hotel – TECOM (04 448 8000).
The key to Qube is in the name – there’s a huge, four-sided screen at the centre. An upmarket sports bar with a clear focus on shaking off all those smelly man-bar clichés, itchy or conversationally stunted fans can relieve the half-time lull on the darts boards, pool tables and a bizarre game called ‘shuffle’. Qube’s classy but clinical atmosphere is unlikely to be the most spirited spot to watch the game, but it’s the perfect place to smuggle a non-sports fan by stealth.
Open Sun-Wed noon-2am, Thu-Sat noon-3am, The Meydan Hotel - Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3780).
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Music and Nightlife Awards’ Bar of the Year, could anyone have predicted how popular Lock, Stock & Barrel would become? The cavernous, industrial bar arrived on the Barsha Heights scene and seemingly overnight transformed the relatively low-key neighbourhood into a go-to part of town for a night out.
Open Mon-thu 4pm-3am, Fri-Sun 2pm-3am, Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).
Along with Rodeo Drive and Fibber Magee’s, The Stables somehow stands alone, outside of a hotel, behind the Sheikh Zayed Road. Once you get to it, it’s up some stairs and into the pub, which is decked out in horse racing paraphernalia. It’s spacious, with plenty of tables, booths and stools at the bar. Music can be a little eclectic and there are plenty of screens showing sports, including football from around the world and racing, of course. There is a decent selection of hops and grape and some mixed beverages, with very good happy hour deals.
Open daily noon-3am, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 342 5571).
This chain of Irish pubs can turn its hand to just about anything. Live music, good food, comedy nights, quiet drinks or big nights out – all seem to find their way into the location. Sometimes all on the same day. The Dubai World Trade Centre branch can be quieter than its JLT sister, but it livens up when the big game is on, or if there’s a concert taking place at the nearby arena.
Open daily noon-2am, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 378 0800).
Nezesaussi Grill, Manzil Downtown Dubai
We’ve long been fans of Downtown sports bar Nezesaussi, named for its New Zealand, South African and Australian leanings and loved for the huge range of events and matches it screens on any given day. That being said, its younger sister, now open at The Address Dubai Marina, could soon outrank it in our affections. The new venue is home to two pool tables, a foosball table, one giant screen – devoted to the big game of the day – dominating the back wall, and numerous others mounted over almost every table (it has 23 in total). You barely need to swivel 45 degrees to fill your face with sport.
Open daily 4pm-2am, The Address, Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).