Ireland may seem far away when you look on a world map, but step foot inside any of Abu Dhabi’s Irish bars ( and you’ll instantly find the same famous charm as you would in the heart of Dublin.
While the UAE capital and the Irish capital are worlds apart when it comes to everything from climate to culture, Abu Dhabi has a few signature hotspots that allow you to indulge in the best of Irish pub tradition without having to sit through a long-haul flight.
So whether you’re an Irish resident looking for a piece of home in the city or simply enjoy a good quality pub with pints of the black stuff in abundance, check out these Irish bars in Abu Dhabi…
This low-key Irish bar in Khalidiya ticks a few key boxes. At Fado, you’ll find regular live music, happy hours with drinks around the Dhs23 mark and a pub grub menu that does the classics well and has a few more refined dishes on it. It may not be as raved about as the other Irish pubs in the city but it certainly does the job if you’re after a good atmosphere, cheap drinks and a nice plate of chips.
Al Khalidiya, Zayed the First Street, Near Emirates Post Office, Abu Dhabi (02 692 2219).
With a jam-packed schedule of weekly entertainment, including quizzes, live music and a lively brunch and after-brunch party, there are few better pubs in Abu Dhabi than McGettigan’s. The Irish pub also provides free drinks for ladies on a Tuesday evening, shows live sport from around the world and offers a menu of pub grub classics.
Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
This Irish pub has been satisfying Abu Dhabi residents for more than 26 years and the popular venue shows no signs of slowing down yet. Having been crowned Time Out Abu Dhabi’s best pub in the city last year, it’s adored by both locals and holiday makers, and with good-value drinks and quality pub grub, we love going back here time and time again.
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 695 0515).
Working out at Punch, The Room or at one of the many other gyms at Zayed Sports City can work up quite a thirst (and appetite). So we’re always thankful that Irish-American pub The Sportsman’s Arms is only a few steps away. The terrace is a delight during the cooler months and the quiz night attracts teams from throughout the city. The barbecued dishes are also a sensation, so we recommend trying the outdoor brunch during the cooler weather.
International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 403 4235).