Offside Sports Lounge

A swish sports bar at one of the capital’s very best hotels

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Call us childish, easily pleased, or find your own insult, but any venue that is reached by a golf buggy is alright by us.

Now, you don’t really need to catch a ride to get from the lobby of the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort to get to the hotel’s swish new sports bar, but if you can, why not?

The venue can be found around the side of the main building, with a separate entrance and its own car park. It has an outdoor terrace and an indoor area split into two, the brightly lit bar area and a more atmospheric lounge complete with US-style pool table and one of the biggest big screens we’ve ever seen.

Already in high spirits after the impromptu journey in the golf cart, we’re even more happy when we take a look at the menu and find out that pints start at Dhs30 during regular hours and drop to Dhs20 during the daily happy hour.

We’re definitely surprised that such a swanky place, in such an impressive location is still managing to offer value-for-money drinks.

There’s football on TVs above the bar, and we settle in to watch the highlights from the latest round of Major League Soccer fixtures. There’s also a bunch of other sports showing across the many screens inside.

We take a stool near the bar, which is a little bright for us, but we’re impressed with the bar games we can see dotted around as well as the quirky fixtures and fittings around the place.

Service is very good, too. There aren’t too many other people around, so we hardly have to fight for the staff’s attention, but there is a steady stream of people coming in the doors, most of them hotel guests, we’d imagine.

Offers are explained and recommendations made. Being a sucker for a deal we go for a standard pint of hops from the happy hour menu, though there are fancier craft options available on draught and in bottles, grape and short drinks.

The pool table is occupied and drinks are flowing to those enjoying a game in the shadow of that humoungous screen. We’ll be back again to join them, this time ready to go a whole 90 minutes with a few pals during a game. This place is excellent.

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