PJ O’Reilly’s

A legend on the Abu Dhabi pub scene

When a pub makes it to 25 years old it can legitimately call itself an institution. Irish pub PJ O’Reilly’s reached that milestone earlier in April 2018 but the popular venue shows no signs of slowing down yet, with a revamped outdoor area and a new menu just two of the changes that have been introduced in PJ’s 26th year.

New live bands, a fun quiz night and a twist on the Friday brunch are other innovations making their mark as 2018 draws to a close.

It seems no matter when you rock up to the friendly bar you’ll be met with a cluster of regulars and holiday-makers, all enjoying the good-value drinks and homely food. On our latest visit we’re inside, late at night, marvelling at the happy hour drinks being served after midnight. On Mondays, you see, happy hour runs from noon until 1.30am.

The atmosphere is lively, the staff are friendly and the tunes are rocking. It’s a great place to end the night.

Our previous visit (only a few days earlier) was just as successful. Late afternoon and early evening are also top times to drop by.

When the sun sets, the outdoor terrace area by Le Royal Méridien’s pool is a serene setting for a sundowner or two, even if it’s not the kind of place you might immediately think of for the occasion.

Every Wednesday is ladies’ night, when you’ll get three drinks on the house and 50 percent off food. If music is your thing, there’s also a band playing from 8.45pm until late. More live music can be found on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

For fans of traditional pubs, it doesn’t get much better in Abu Dhabi. PJ’s has the look and feel of a real Irish pub and serves food and drink from the Emerald Isle we don’t think can be beaten in the capital. There are plenty of other draft options available, as well as grape and short drinks.

While it’s not the place you’ll order bubbly with sparklers, it’s not really trying to be, and that is absolutely fine with us. Here’s to another 25 years of the same.

WHAT IS IT...
A legend on the Abu Dhabi pub scene

WHY GO...
For the incredibly good happy hour deals

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