The Ir­ish Vil­lage

→ Open Sat-wed 11am-1am, Thu-fri 11am-2am. Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Time Out Dubai - - MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE -

ON YOUR FIRST visit to The Ir­ish Vil­lage, you might won­der where to nd the ac­tual pub, among the long row of vin­tage shopfronts.

But it turns out that ev­ery sin­gle façade is a part of the sprawl­ing and unique venue, right down to the au­then­ti­clook­ing bric-a-brac shop.

The Ir­ish Vil­lage is one of those rare bars that’s uni­ver­sally loved by ev­ery sin­gle per­son who vis­its.

The young, the old, Dubai new­bies and long-time city veter­ans all come back to this place time and time again – perch­ing by the tra­di­tional wooden bar or (far more likely) tak­ing in the sun­shine at one of the many wooden ta­bles out the front of the pub.

Squeezed un­der the Dubai Duty Free Ten­nis Sta­dium, the pub boasts a huge gar­den area and is largely en­closed, giv­ing it a true vil­lage vibe. And it feels like it’s full of regulars. So pop­u­lar is the pub that it even has its own (real) gift shop on site.

New pubs across the city fre­quently try to muster up this kind of at­mos­phere, but it’s some­thing that’s im­pos­si­ble to cre­ate arti cially. This is the real deal.

With fre­quent big con­certs and live per­for­mances to keep the crowds en­ter­tained over the years, as well as show­ing live sport (the World Cup ter­races were par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive) this venue goes all out to en­sure ev­ery­one is hav­ing a good time.

Drinks aren’t go­ing to break the bank, while there’s a big menu of Ir­ish fare, from stews to soda bread and more, to keep hunger pangs at bay.

What­ever the for­mula, The Ir­ish Vil­lage has cracked it – or should that be craiced it – and that’s why it’s won our Pub of the Year award many a time.

So what are you wait­ing for? Or­der a pint of the black stuff and a sausage sarnie and you’ll be a happy pub­goer.

“This is the real deal”

WHAT IS IT... Long­stand­ing pub that’s a Dubai in­sti­tu­tion

WHY GO... For a pint of the black stuff and a friendly vibe

Time Out re­views anony­mously and pays for its drinks Re­views of clas­sic venues that have re­opened

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