The Irish Pubs Global Awards Are Back! Help us win again!

The Irish Pubs Global Awards are back and McGettigan’s is again part of the show. After last year’s win for our pub in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in the “International Irish Pub Food” category, we’re hoping for continued success in 2017.

For the first time, the awards are open for public voting, so you can help us win!

Voting is easy: Simply click here to go to the voting form, then select the “Rest of the World” category and cast your votes:

  • Irish Pub of the Year: McGettigan’s JLT
  • Best Food Experience: McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  • Best Entertainment Experience: McGettigan’s JLT
  • Best Irish Community Pub: McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi
  • Best Sports Experience: McGettigan’s Singapore
  • Best Chef: Derek Flynn at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah

If you’re based in Ireland, please vote for McGettigan’s Galway in the “Best Marketing Campaign” and “Best Cocktail Experience” categories.

Public voting is only open until 5th July, so hurry!

Thanks for your support!

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McGettigan’s wishes you a Happy Ramadan!

Ramadan Kareem from all of us here at McGettigan’s!

During this year’s Ramadan, our JLT and Souk Madinat pubs are open as usual, as is our pub at Dubai International Airport.

McGettigan’s DWTC at the Dubai World Trade Centre and McGettigan’s AUH at the Al Raha Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi will be open daily from 5.30 p.m. until 2 a.m. with alcohol being served from 7 p.m.

In Fujairah, McGettigan’s FJR will be open, too. For opening times, please see their Facebook page.

Wherever you are in the world, we hope to see you at McGettigan’s soon!

 

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Irish National Fish & Chips Day 2017: Grab some free fish & chips on 31st May!

Fancy some fish and chips or a free night out? Head to McGettigan’s on Wednesday May 31 to celebrate Irish National Fish and Chip Day and get complimentary bite-size portions of delicious beer battered fish and fat chips from 7pm to 8pm.

Try the fish and chips however you like it, with a little tartar sauce, a bit of mayonnaise, or good old fashioned ketchup and malt vinegar! And that’s not all, the freebies don’t stop there!

Head to McGettigan’s DWTC, where ladies can enjoy five free house drinks when arriving between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., to be redeemed all night long. Or pop into McGettigan’s in JLT and enjoy a mega Happy Hour starting from noon until 8 p.m. Drinks start from as little as Dhs 20 and there’s a huge selection of premium drinks including sparkling wine and premium draught (Guinness, Magners, Hoegaarden and Stella) pints for just AED35. If you find yourself near McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah, you can enjoy Happy Hour from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday with a great selection of house drinks from just AED 29 including bubbles, wine, spirits, cider and beers. In McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi, you’ll get Happy Hour drinks from Dhs 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Irish National Fish & Chips Day is an initiative of the ITICI – the Irish Traditional Italian Chippers Association. You can find out more about the history of fish & chips in Ireland on their website.

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New Ladies Night at McGettigan’s JLT!

Ladies are in for a treat as McGettigan’s JLT launches ‘One for the girls’ – a NEW ladies’ night starting Monday, May 1st!

Sometimes you just need a night with the girls and ladies’ night at McGettigan’s JLT is just the spot to let your hair down, relax and catch up with friends. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Monday, ladies can enjoy four complimentary drinks including selected cocktails, spirits, wine and bubbles.

Ladies can also order from an exclusive food menu just for them, with a selection of small plates on offer from AED30 and sharing platters for four people from AED110 (crab & prawn mac and cheese, chicken wings, barley & bean salad and sweet potato fries). Small platters include flatbreads, tortilla strips, edamame beans, sticky spicy chicken wings, chilli and lime calamari, and rosemary and thyme polenta fries.

If you’re looking for a bit of a dance, but not keen for a club, McGettigan’s ladies’ night is the answer. The DJ will pump out top tunes – with a mix of all the chart hits from the classics to current chart hits. For those who prefer a more laid back ambience, the beer garden is an ideal retreat offering a down-to-earth vibe perfect for ladies popping in after-work for a chilled-out catch up. With fantastic food and drinks and a lively and fun atmosphere, it’s a ladies’ night you’ll want to return to time and time again.

Here’s the menu for the new Ladies Night in JLT:

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Full Paddy’s Day in Dubai 2017 Line-Up Revealed

Paddy’ Day the McGettigan’s Way! Here’s the full line up for the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Although the main event takes place in Dubai Media City’s amphitheater, there’s plenty on offer in the various McGettigan’s pubs across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

If you can’t make it to Dubai’s biggest Irish party ever in Media City, do pop into McGettigan’s JLT, McGettigan’s at the Dubai World Trade Centre, or McGettigan’s in Abu Dhabi at the Al Raha Beach Hotel. At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, we’ll take over the Madinat stage for the afternoon and evening – get your Irish on with views of the Burj al Arab!

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Lunch for under 50? Sure. Soft drink included!

Have you been to our JLT branch in Dubai lately? If so, you’ll have already seen our new “Under 50” lunch menu. Everything on the menu is AED 50 or less and if you join us for lunch, we’ll even give you a free soft drink with your lunch dish!

Think there’s not much to choose from? Think again! Have a look at just some of the dishes from our new lunch menu:

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Want to know more about our food? Click here to check out all our menus. Just after we launched the new menu, the folks from JLT Dining popped in to review it. Read what they thought about it here.

Ready for lunch?

… and we’re back!

… and we’re back! Sorry for the long absence folks! Back in October last year some craic or the other caused our blog to break and it’s taken us a little longer than expected to piece things back together, but here we are now…

We think we recovered most of the old blog posts, although some images seem to have drowned in a barrel or two of Guinness – but let’s not dwell on the past. Onwards and upwards – after all, it’s almost St. Patrick’s day again!

Welcome back then! Do pop in every now and again to see what’s new with McGettigan’s!

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Brunch Reviews in Abu Dhabi and Summer Offers in Dubai

McG's AUH Brunch ReviewThe fine folks from Time Out Abu Dhabi recently popped into McGettigan’s AUH for brunch and reviewed us. Check out the full review here.

We’re glad the Time Out reviewers liked our Abu Dhabi brunch as much as our guests.

Have you brunched in Abu Dhabi yet? Have a look at our current brunch menu here.

Are the summer heat & humidity getting you down? We’ve got the perfect recipe for summer happiness in Dubai!

McGettigan’s DWTC, right next to the Dubai World Trade Centre, has just launched two great summer offers:

It’s ALWAYS Happy Hour @ McGettigan’s DWTC – SUMMER SPECIAL!

Happy Hour just got a whole lot ‘happier’ at McGettigan’s DWTC, because for a limited time only you can enjoy the happiest days with 29AED* drinks ALL DAY, EVERY DAY from 12pm until close. Beat the summer heat with perfectly poured, ice cold drinks at McGettigan’s DWTC! (T&C apply)

Enjoy a Long lunch every Friday at McGettigan’s DWTC

Bored of brunches and dull buffets? Don’t fancy getting up at the crack of dawn on the weekend? Every Friday why not enjoy a relaxed and seriously delicious 3 course meal from an exclusive a la carte menu plus 5 drinks (including bubbles) at a time that suits you?

At McGettigan’s DWTC, guests can enjoy 5 drinks from a wide range of house beverages (including selected bubbles, wine, beer, spirits, Magners and Guinness), plus tuck into a delicious meal featuring dishes such as chicken liver pâté with apple chutney & toasted brioche, slow roast sirloin of beef with all the trimmings or Garlic Bay mussels cooked in white wine, cream & parsley with skinny fries to name but a few!

Available every Friday, 12-5pm (last orders by 4.45pm)
Price: AED179pp

Those who wish to join the party or stay on for more Friday fun can do so with the sun downer special: unlimited house drinks from 5-8pm for just AED175pp… it’s the perfect Friday night offer!

No reservations are required at McGettigan’s, tables are available on a first come first served basis. For enquiries: contact@mcgettigans.com or 04 3780800

Party all day and night every Friday at McGettigan’s DWTC with entertainment from some of the city’s best live music acts and DJ until close.

 

 

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Who will win Euro 2016? No idea, but McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi has already won…

Euro 2016 has kicked off! Where will you watch the games? Make the right choice… choose McGettigan’s – your home of UEFA Euro 2016! #ThinkSportThinkMcGettigans #Euro2016

All our pubs will show all games, so pop in for great football, chilled drinks, and the famous McGettigan’s craic.

Who’ll win the tournament? Your guess is as good as ours, but what we can tell you is that McGettigan’s has already won…

The recent Time Out Abu Dhabi Nightlife Awards, that is!

McGettigan's Abu Dhabi Awards 2016

We are absolutely delighted that McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi has been awarded the ‘Pub of The Year’ for the second year in a row! The team also walked away with high commended in the following categories:

Best Sports Bar
Best Live Music Venue
Best Resident Band

Here’s a picture of our team from the awards ceremony:

McGettigan's Abu Dhabi Awards Ceremony

The Parlotones are coming! Here’s an exclusive interview with Paul Hodgson…

South African rock sensation The Parlotones will be performing live on The Baggot stage on Thursday June 2nd at 9.30pm at McGettigan’s Jumeirah Lake Towers in the Bonnington Hotel.

Paul Hodgson from the South African band, talked to us about the group’s love of the Irish, reality shows and super pranks ahead of their McGettigan’s gig.

Parlotones at McGettigan's JLT

The group originally formed back in 1998 as a band called, Crayon. Playing a mix of indie, rock and pop music, the group were influenced by British bands like The Cure, The Smiths, Muse, Coldplay and Radiohead. After a few years experimenting with various sounds, the four-piece changed their name to The Parlotones and are known for their melodic rock sound.

The Parlotones have recorded six studio albums and toured across South Africa, Europe, Canada, South America and the USA and have performed with bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol. The band will be performing all of the classics from their 6 studio albums ‘Episoda’ (2003), radiocontrolledrobot (2005), A World Next Door to Yours (2007), Stardust Galaxies (2009), Journey Through the Shadows (2012) and Stand Like Giants (2013).

The band will be followed by a live DJ set from ‘Step On’ who will take over the decks until late.


McGettigan’s: Lead singer Khan is a judge on The Voice. What do you think of his judging skills?

Paul Hodgson: The finals are coming up now on Sunday. We actually went to watch one of the live recordings of the show. I think he’s one of the better judges, he’s very well-spoken and of course it’s quite an intense thing, because you are critiquing someone.

McG’s: The contestants are obviously trying to catch a break. Does this take the band back to the early days of trying to get noticed?

PH: Yeah I mean when we started, we would just take what we could get. We’d play for free. You slowly build up fans and you have time to get used to the experience. However, on these reality shows, some of it is quite fake because you have a band playing for you, you have a stylist and an audience and it’s all awesome. However, once the show is over, then you are in the real world were you have to go hustle again and get a start. I like the old school way of getting together and playing for years. Look at any successful band and they didn’t just win a TV show.

McG’s: You are performing at McGettigan’s JLT. What do you love about the Irish?

PH: I love that they like drinking.

McG’s: You are South African, are there any similarities to Irish?

PH: We are really friendly and we love food and being outside and so it’s quite similar to the Irish people. Our first ever international tour was to Ireland.

McG’s: What can we expect from the gig?

PH: We are going to play some old songs as well as new ones.

McG’s: Do you have a favourite song to play?

PH: I’d say Push Me to the Floor is probably our most popular song. We play it every show for the past decade and it’s a great sing-along song.

McG’s: You’ve won quite a few awards. Is success winning trophies or having a great fan base?

PH: In the beginning you are quite attentive to radio charts etc but eventually it doesn’t matter where you are on the charts as long as you have people coming to your shows.

McG’s: What did you want to be as a kid?

PH: I wanted to be a stuntman when I was a kid or a fireman. Boys always want to be in the army or something like that.

McG’s: So being a rock star isn’t too bad. Do you lead a rock n’ roll lifestyle?

PH: Well we are all married and have kids so we are better behaved than we used to be.

McG’s: Have you ever pulled a prank on each other?

PH: Actually the last time we were in Dubai, you know how in the airport they raffle off those sports cars, like a Ferrari. Well, our drummer entered one of those and so when he got back to South Africa, we got a radio station there to do a prank, and call him and tell him that he won the car. He was so excited that he won.


Parlotones A4 flyer