The colourful, high-octane sporting spectacle is back on March 29. There’ll be almost two months of cricketing action to take in. Here are some of our favourite sports bars in Abu Dhabi to check out during the tournament.
This swish venue has lots of screens and some great deals throughout the week, which makes it a great place to watch sports, we reckon. It’s at the Forsan International Sports Resort, too, so you could always do something active afterwards.
Open daily noon-3am. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City A (02 201 4131).
Blu Sky Bar and Grill
The Manchester City-inspired bar isn’t just about football. There are 14 screens and a daily happy hour running from opening to 11pm and a late night buy one get one free offer from 11pm-3am.
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
Settle in to watch all the games and take advantage of load of deals throughout the day. There’s a cosy atmosphere, top food and good service here, too.
Noon-2.30am. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3325).
This relatively new spot has bargain drinks deals on every day and one of the biggest screens in the capital. What more do you want?
Open daily noon-4pm. Al Ain Palace Hotel, Corniche Road West (02 678 0522).
An old-school classic, this subterranean pub has incredible drinks deals, top live music and plenty of big screens for watching the cricket.
Open daily noon-4am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 616 6132).
Don’t be put off by the sleek lines and grape bar vibes, this place is also an excellent place to catch sports.
Open Sun-Fri 5pm-3am; Sat 4pm-3am. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences, Emirates Pearl (02 510 1234).
What a place to watch sport. There are plenty of vantage points, there’s always a decent crowd and deals on.
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. Loads of TVs, pool tables and bargain drinks are on offer.
Daily 1pm-2.30am. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).
Offside Sports Lounge
This is a rather attractive addition to the city’s sports bar scene, which is probably why it calls itself a lounge. There are smaller screens dotted around the place but the massive one above the pool table is very impressive.
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat noon-1am. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort (02 811 4342).
Porters English Pub
If you’re downtown and want to see the matches live then head to Porters English Pub to catch the action on the multiple screens. There’s always a good atmosphere in here.
Daily noon-3am. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 495 3926).
Stars ’N’ Bars
There’s always sport on the many screens at this Yas Marina hangout and we reckon a good portion of them will be given over to the cricket. This is always a good place for drinks deals, and there’s some fantastic deep-friend food on offer.
Daily 11.30am-3am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).
It’s at a cricket stadium, so it has to be included in this list. This casual spot has all the ingredients for a good place to settle in and watch the action unfold – drinks, deals and screens.
Open Sat-Wed 7am-9pm; Fri-Sat 7am-10pm. Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, near Khalifa City A (050 603 7838).
A brilliant place to watch sports, with around 40 screens and regular deals on drinks and food, and regular live music and quizzes.
Open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am; Thu-Fri noon-3am; Sat noon-2am. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (20 304 7777).