So far this year we’ve been inundated with breathtaking sport to watch on screens in Abu Dhabi, and the good news is there’s plenty more on the way.
It's time to put away the cricket bat and stick your football boots on the shelf, because the Rugby World Cup 2019 is about to take centre stage.
There are 20 teams from all over the world are heading to Japan to try and knock reigning champions New Zealand off the top spot. This is the ninth Rugby World Cup and anticipation has been building ahead of the kick-off between Japan and Russia on Friday September 20.
Plus with huge games in the first week, including New Zealand v South Africa, Ireland v Scotland and France v Argentina, things will get very interesting, very quickly.
Here’s where you can see all the action and get a great deal in the process.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
See all the action live on screens at The Championship Lounge and cheer on your favourite countries. You can also enjoy a burger and a pint of hops for Dhs85 or a bucket of five hops for Dhs120.
12.30pm-11pm. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl (056 536 2230).
Take a trip to Khalifa City to catch all the action live from Japan on screens at Appaloosa. The inviting bar will be showing all the matches and offering great deals including Irish hops for Dhs35 and a steak sandwich and two Irish hops for Dhs100. Plus, when the weather cools you can enjoy the action from the outdoor terrace and play a selection of games including billiards.
Daily noon-3am. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City A (02 201 4000).
Blu Sky Bar and Grill
The Manchester City-inspired bar will be swapping the football for a rugby ball during the upcoming tournament. With 14 HD screens dotted around the room you’ll be sure not to miss a single tackle, pass or try. Plus with a daily happy hour running from opening to 11pm with drinks starting from Dhs22 and a late night buy one get one free offer on drinks from 11pm-3am you’ll get a good deal too.
Sun-Thus 3pm-3am, Fri and Sat noon-3am. Blu Sky Lounge and Grill, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).
Cooper’s Bar and Restaurant
The popular spot will be showing the action live on screens across the bar. You can settle in to watch all the games and take advantage of deals including discounts on drinks from noon then after 8pm ‘Crazy Hour’ kicks in with bubbly, premium beverages and hops for Dhs19 and eight selected mixed drinks for Dhs119. You can also get two sliders and a glass of Irish hops for Dhs75 and get a free house beverage if you wear a rugby jersey.
Noon-2.30am. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3325).
All the action will be showing live on screens throughout the Rugby World Cup as the team vie to be the best of the best again this year in Japan. If you want to find a good place to settle down to watch a game of two and are on Saadiyat Island then this could be the place to be. With big screens showing the matches live and great deals on food and drinks including five bottles of hops for Dhs120 and a burger and hops combo for Dhs85, you can keep your energy levels up too.
Price and times vary. Hawksbill Restaurant, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (056 660 8780).
You won’t miss a moment at this popular venue and you could end up winning ticket to the Rugby World Cup Final. Guests who purchase three drinks over three matches will be entered into a draw to win a trip to Japan to see the final. The venue’s happy hour will also be extended during matches so you can grab hops, premium beverages and grape for the discounted price of Dhs22.
Sun-Thu 3pm-3am; Fri-Sat noon-3am. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
NRG Sports Cafe
The Best Sports Bar winner from the Time Out Abu Dhabi Music and Nightlife Awards 2019, in our humble opinion, is a great place to see live sport. You can see all the action live from Japan being displayed on huge screens across the room, enjoy great deals on beverages and some super food too.
Daily 1pm-2.30am. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).
Porters English Pub
If you’re downtown and want to see the matches live then head to Porters English Pub to catch every minute of the action. Whatever team you support all fans are welcome and with daily promotions on drinks you can settle in and cheer on your side in comfort.
Daily noon-3am. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 495 3926).
Stars ’N’ Bars
There’s always sport on the screens at this Yas Marina hangout and you can see all the Rugby live from Japan. Showing across a selection of the staggering 76 screens and one massive screen you’ll be able to see every minute in HD. Plus with a host of deals on offer for sports fans including a burger and hops for Dhs99, wings and hops for Dhs59, a roast dinner and hops for Dhs109 and more promotions, you can settle in comfortably for all the action.
Daily 11.30am-3am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).
It’s all about showing the best sport at this Downtown venue and you’ll be able to see all the matches during the Rugby World Cup. You can enjoy great deals including buy four drinks and get one free, and get the opportunity to win prizes including Dubai Rugby Sevens package and more. Plus with tasty food, such as burgers and super-spicy chicken wings, and a good atmosphere, there are plenty of reasons to settle in for a match or two.
Sun-Wed 4pm-2am; Thu-Fri noon-3am; Sat noon-2am. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).