Dubai Rugby Sevens parties

Whether you’re looking for a place to watch the tournament or somewhere to celebrate afterwards, these Dubai venues are pulling out all the stops

Chi: As with last year’s Rugby Sevens, Friday will see Dubai’s most popular club hosting a rugger-themed night almost as huge as its name. ‘The Biggest Rugby 7s After-Party in the World... Ever!’ will see DJ Tim Cheddar taking to the decks to play floor-filling pop tunes (he’s renowned for his cheesy rugby chants – see this year’s edition, below right). Chi Garden will no doubt be full of rugby-shirted fellas and high-heeled ladies, helped by the bus service that will be running from the games to the club.

December 4, The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, (04 337 9470), Dhs100 but free for those coming from the Sevens.

Double Decker: This Brit-themed boozer is usually a good bet for any kind of sporting action, thanks to its ludicrously big screens. And to make sure that the crowd sticks around after the game, resident jockey DJ Neil will be stepping in to play pop, rock and R&B tunes. There will also be a second bar open to ensure the room remains properly lubricated. Buses will be ferrying fans from the Sevens to Double Decker on the night.

December 3-5, Al Murooj Rotana, Defence Roundabout, (04 321 1111), free.

The Irish Village: It’s not a proper sporting event if The Irish Village isn’t making a big deal out of it, so – as you might expect – it’s grabbing the ball with both hands this time around. Buses will take punters from the games over to The IV, where DJs and a live band will be on hand to provide entertainment throughout the night.

December 3-5, The Aviation Club, next to Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750), free.

Time Café: Watching other people playing rugby – whether in person or on one of Time Café’s approximately one hundred billion squillion screens – is hungry work. To solve the problem, Karama’s Time Café is offering a starter, main course, dessert and a pint for Dhs120. And for after-Sevens entertainment, there will be music from its DJ and covers from the Triple X live band.

December 3-5, Royal Ramee Hotel, Karama (04 334 4088), free.

Waxy’s: Good ol’ Waxy’s will be continuing its drinks deals and brunch promotions as per usual, but with the handy addition of plasma screens showing the games in action. And from 6pm onwards, the resident DJ will pop up to play party-friendly pop tunes.

December 3-5, Ascot Hotel, Bank Street, Bur Dubai (04 352 0900), free.

The rest

Not everyone’s doing a big party for the Sevens – or, at least, not all could confirm their details before we went to press – but the following will be hosting Sevens coverage.
Aussie Legends (Rydges Plaza Hotel, Al Diyafah St, 04 398 2222). Barasti (Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, 04 399 3333). Fibber Magee’s (off Sheikh Zayed Road between Crowne Plaza and The Fairmont, 04 332 2400). Goodfellas (Regal Plaza Hotel, Bur Dubai, 04 355 6633). Long’s Bar (Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 312 2202). Player’s Lounge (Country Club Hotel, Bur Dubai, 04 398 8840). Rock Bottom Café (Regent Palace Hotel, Karama 04 396 3888).

TIM cheddar’s rugby chant!
(to the tune of ‘Amarillo’ by Tony Christie) ‘Is this the way to the Rugby Sevens? Hope it doesn’t rain from the heavens Dreaming dreams of cheerleaders And victory to my favourite team. Show me the way to Rugby Sevens Grab a cab about eleven Join the scrum at Rugby Sevens Then catch a coach to dance at Chi!’

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