Don’t be surprised to hear roaring cheers at nearly every bar and pub in the city starting this weekend, as the Six Nations Rugby 2020 is making a grand return.
And Dubai has some deals for fans to tackle (sorry).
For those not up on their rugby, the Six Nations is an international tournament contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.
The annual tournament is held across five weeks with the winner lifting the Championship Trophy. If a team wins every one of their matches it’s known as the Grand Slam honour.
Additionally if England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales win all three matches against the other nations from the UK and Ireland, they are named the winners of the Triple Crown trophy.
If you’re in need of more deals, check out these happy hour deals at bars across the city.
This beach bar’s giant screen always gives the rugger priority, thankfully.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-1.30am, Thu 10am-3am, Fri 9am-3am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).
Our Best Sports Bar of the Year 2019, sitting down to cheer on your team in a scrum with a Dhs21 pint in hand is reason enough to head to this bar. There are a dozen screens lining the walls beaming out the match, you can request your favourite team’s match to be shown, there’s free pool during happy hour and there’s even a PlayStation that comes complete with its own private (and enormous) screen.
Open daily noon-3am. Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 501 2533).
Café Belge will screen all the games of the popular rugby tournament along with a special hops pairing menu.
Open daily noon-2am. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 372 2323).
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This cracking sports bar at the Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City has loads of screens to make you feel fully immersed in the rugby – and that includes the giant screen out on the bar’s spacious terrace. There’s also an excellent happy hour that offers pretty affordable drinks. Great for kick off.
Open Sun-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
The Dubai Media City haunt will be playing all the games, with deals to boot. Expect a ‘Nibbles&Tipples’ Friday lunch from 1pm until 4pm for Dhs175 with free-flowing beverages and nibbles. The bar has also mixed up its happy hour game, now offering drinks from Dhs29 from open to close. Sounds like a good deal to us.
Open daily noon-2am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9186).
O’Learys Dubai Creek
Its rugby mania at the Bostonian sports restaurant O’Learys, boasting a collection of 15 television screens (55- and 65-inch), and plenty of great deals. Expect American classics including onions rings, jalapeno poppers, quesadilla, chicken wings, hamburgers and more to munch on. Even better, fans can get a signature burger and a bottle of hops for Dhs55 and unlimited servings of nachos and dips. For Dhs45 throughout the matches.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-3am. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7570).
Offside in JBR is definitely one to head to for those Saturday games. Not only are offers on drinks for Dhs26 to Dhs32 on a daily basis from 4pm until 9pm, there’s also super sports deals on buckets of hops, with five bottles from Dhs120. Also, it has an absolutely massive projector screen to watch all the action.
Open Mon-Thu 4pm-3am, Fri-Sun 12.30am-3am. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (04 814 5590).
All branches of the popular Irish institution will be screening each of the matches for the entire tournament. And you can guarantee each of them will be packed with Dubai’s Irish community for every match. Fans can take advantage of great drinks deals on match days with happy hour offerings from noon until 8pm in JLT, 2pm until 8pm in Souk Madinat and 2pm until 7pm in DWTC. There;s also a traditional roast dinner every Saturday and Sunday for Dhs99 or Dhs115 in Souk Madinat which includes one house bevvie.
Opening times vary. Various locations including Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR; Cluster J, JLT; DIFC; Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.mcgettigans.com.
The Irish Village
The Irish Village will be showing the Six Nations matches, though you don’t have to guess who they’ll be cheering on. Get down to this popular watering hole in Garhoud to watch the latest Six Nations game on one of the many screens, including the large outdoor one.
Open Mon-Wed & Sat, 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight, Thu-Fri 11am-2am. Garhoud (04 282 4750).
The Rose & Crown
Boasting of eight big screens including a projector, The Rose & Crown will be screening all the games live. What’s on offer? Fans can buy three pints of selected hops and get the fourth one for free, and take advantage of the happy hour from 5pm until 8pm – with drinks starting from Dhs29. Even better, predict the score ahead of each game, and if you get it right, food and drinks are on the house during the game.
Open daily 11am-2am. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.roseandcrowndubai.com (04 437 0022).
This appropriately fittingly named underground bar has tonnes of screens so you’ll be able to see every inch of the scrum. Plus visit in happy hour and you’ll get selected beverages from Dhs30.
Open daily noon-3am. Habtoor Grand Resort – Autograph Collection, JBR (04 408 4257).
JLTs casual spot Urban Bar and Kitchen is getting all geared up for rugby fans from far and wide, with 19 HD screens and an starting from Dhs32. Head there to watch the match on a Saturday to get in on the 50 percent price slash on the entire food menu. Tackle that.
Open Sun-Wed noon-2am, Thu & Fri, noon-3am, Sat noon-2am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 438 0000).
All the fixtures
Wales v Italy, Saturday Feb 1, 6.15pm
France v England, Sunday Feb 2, 7pm
Ireland v Scotland, Saturday Feb 1, 8.45pm
Ireland v Wales, Saturday Feb 8, 6.15pm
France v Italy, Sunday Feb 9, 7.00pm
Scotland v England, Saturday Feb 8, 8.45pm
Italy v Scotland, Saturday Feb 22, 6.15pm
England v Ireland, Sunday Feb 23, 7.00pm
Wales v France, Saturday Feb 22, 8.45pm
Ireland v Italy, Saturday Mar 7, 6.15pm
Scotland v France, Sunday Mar 8, 7.00pm
England v Wales, Saturday Mar 7, 8.45pm
Wales v Scotland, Saturday Mar 14, 6.15pm
Italy v England, Saturday Mar 14, 8.45pm
France v Ireland, Saturday Mar 14, Midnight