Where to watch Euro 2016 in Dubai

After the World Cup, the European Championship is arguably the globe's greatest football tournament. Apologies to our South American readers but even the Copa America can’t compete with the Euros when it comes to long-standing rivalries, top-notch talent and a proliferation of upsets.

From the first whistle as hosts France take on Romania in Paris on June 10, football fans across Dubai will be glued to their screens for an entire month, cheering on their boys to glory or ignominy.

Time Out is a huge fan of the beautiful (and sometimes rather ugly) game and so you might find us around town with our retro replica shirt on, cheering, screaming and inevitably sobbing at our team’s latest dismal display.


**PLEASE NOTE: Until July 6, most bars will only be open from 8pm and restaurants from 7pm. We recommend calling ahead to check before visiting.
Where to watch Euro 2016 in Dubai

Time Out helps you decide where to watch Euro 2016 in Dubai, with this list of the best sports bar and best drink deals from Dubai Marina to Downtown

After the World Cup, the European Championship is arguably the globe's greatest football tournament. Apologies to our South American readers but even the Copa America can’t compete with the Euros when it comes to long-standing rivalries, top-notch talent and a proliferation of upsets.

From the first whistle as hosts France take on Romania in Paris on June 10, football fans across Dubai will be glued to their screens for an entire month, cheering on their boys to glory or ignominy.

Time Out is a huge fan of the beautiful (and sometimes rather ugly) game and so you might find us around town with our retro replica shirt on, cheering, screaming and inevitably sobbing at our team’s latest dismal display.

**PLEASE NOTE: Until July 6, most bars will only be open from 8pm and restaurants from 7pm. We recommend calling ahead to check before visiting.

04 239 5000 Garhoud

If you’re looking for a laid-back pub with a friendly vibe and a spacious garden, look no further than Time Out Dubai’s 2018 Pub of the Year, The Irish Village.

The traditional pub at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium has been a longstanding Dubai institution for many a year – it turns 22 in 2018, in fact.

And its appeal is as enduring as it ever was. Despite a slew of young upstarts putting up fierce competition, this established Garhoud watering hole has firmly stood its ground.

With its rustic, dark wood interiors and sprawling patioed (and pet-friendly) garden, punters continue to pour in week after week for great-value pints of the black stuff and classic pub grub, from Irish stews, fish and chips and fry-ups, to hot and tasty toasties in a variety of forms.

Service is spot-on, and many of the staff have been familiar faces to regular drinkers and diners at the pub for several years. You’ll always get a warm welcome and you’re sure to stay longer than you expected, too.

With a front designed to look like an authentic village and a lush green lawn, it’s hard to beat this spot for a lazy afternoon in the sunshine. Don’t miss a trip to The Irish Village.

If you know it, you’ll love it.

The bottom line
A perfect place for a pint.

04 3993333 Al Sufouh

At more than 20 years old Barasti, is one beach bar that’s never going out of fashion. So while it might be ageing in years, it’s never getting old in terms of popularity with its army of fans here in Dubai.

The reason for its popularity is multi-faceted. The massive, sprawling beach bar and club provides whatever you’re looking for – be it lazing in the sun, watching the game, tucking into some decent bar food or partying to top name DJs. It covers all bases, and it covers them well.

Not only did it take home the gong for Best Beach Bar at the 2018 Music & Nightlife Awards, it also claimed Highly Commended in both Sports Bar and Beach Club categories, too.

On the top deck, you’ll find the club’s famous gigantic telly, always showing the day’s choice match or event – and the bar has a particular penchant for footie and a spot of rugger during the major tournaments.

Its huge, central tiki hut-esque bar is also surrounded by smaller screens and inside, you’ll find yet more screens, making this a dream of a sports bar on Saturday and Sunday.

On the lower deck, another bar and recently opened swimming pool make this a chilled-out spot for beachgoers throughout the week, and the mass of sand adds to the relaxed vibe.

But Barasti is also capable of throwing a pumping party, and does so with brilliant regularity. International DJs head into town regularly and thousands of beach-going party people can dance the night away barefoot on the sand.

It’s one of the city’s most famous spots for a reason.

The bottom line
Longstanding nightspot that’s as good as ever.

04 514 9195 Al Barsha

We can’t think of many venues in Dubai better for getting a massive sweat on to piercingly loud (and awesome) rock music than Lock, Stock & Barrel.

We’re massive fans of this place (we’re referring to the Barsha Heights original, here, although we do love the JBR branch, too), owing to it’s cracking vibe, decent drinks deals, pool tables, telly screens and ability to put together a barnstorming gig.

On a weekly basis you’ll find top rockers 13 Daze and Gorgeous George getting up on stage to get you banging your head in approval/over-excitement/rockerness etcetera. With free entry to the bar all night, you’re guaranteed to find some top music to have with your pint.

Oh, and while you’re there, we’d thoroughly recommend getting in before 8pm to make the most of the two-for-one happy hour, available on a whole host of house beverages and hops. You should also make sure you grab a giant bowl of the fully loaded nachos.

A top night out awaits.

Step into the 1920s at this elegantly themed Belgian bar. From the Jazz Age posters framed on the walls to grandiose Art Deco-inspired interiors, this restaurant and bar gets so much right.

With the bar itself being huge and with lots of seats encircling it, plus plenty of standing room behind them and high tables dotted around, there’s room for everyone. And let’s not forget the inviting outdoor terrace, making Café Belge a good choice for a night out in it’s own right.

Of a Thursday night the bar gets busy – it’s a stalwart on the nightlife scene and it hasn’t lost a hint of its sparkle.

It’s pricey, but for the area, it follows suit. A glass of grape will set you back from Dhs75, while draughts go for Dhs50 a pint.

And you can pair your beverage with some classic Belgian fare – moules frites with Belgian mayonnaise is available from the main menu to order at the bar – or something a little fancier such as fresh oysters. And if you head over daily from 5pm to 8pm, house beverages will cost you Dhs35, which you can partner with oysters for Dhs10 each.

Mix up your nights out and go for Belgian hops and bites. Café Belge won’t let you down.

The bottom line
A solid choice if you’re in DIFC.

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