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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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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Paddy’s Day in Dubai 2017 – A Quick Roundup

Shake your Shamrock at McGettigan’s Irish bars this St Patrick’s weekend!  If the Irish (and those with Irish roots, however distant they might be) ever needed an excuse to party, look no further than McGettigan’s Paddy’s Day antics on Friday 17th March.

Kick the day off at McGettigan’s JLT, DWTC or Souk Madinat Jumeirah with a delicious breakfast roll plus a pint for just AED 50 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and get a free bus to the Dubai St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dubai Media City Amphitheater.

Can’t make it to the festival? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other options!

The BIG Paddy’s Day Brunch at JLT

Hosted at the #CavendishDXB in the Bonnington Hotel , guests can
enjoy four hours of free flowing food and drinks and genuine Irish craic. The day of entertainment kicks off with the talented Mike Ross in the afternoon followed by The Maple Jacks to get you in the party mood. We also have some fabulously talented traditional Irish dancers performing in the bar plus loads of fun giveaways, music and a DJ until the VERY early hours. You can find out more on the McGettigan’s JLT Facebook page.

Coming from out of town and want to stay overnight? The Bonnington has a great Paddy’s Day hotel offer, which includes tickets to the biggest Irish festival Dubai has ever seen. Find out more here.

 The BIG Paddy’s Day Brunch at McGettigan’s DWTC

Four hours of free flowing food and drinks this St. Patrick’s Day with the talented Scott Maher taking to the stage in the afternoon followed by the Mike Ross Trio. Loads of fun giveaways, music and a DJ until the early hours. For all the details, head over to the McGettigan’s DWTC Facebook page.

The BIG Paddy’s Day Brunch at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Enjoy 4 hours of free flowing food and drinks while listening to the sounds of Sean Gavin in the afternoon followed by the Scitzophonic duo. Loads of fun giveaways and a DJ until the early hours. Check the details on the McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah Facebook page.

 Celebrate at Paddy’s Day at McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi

The MASSIVE day of entertainment kicks off with the mega talented Fergus in the afternoon followed by some traditional Irish music which is bound to get you in the party mood! We also have some fabulously talented traditional Irish dancers performing in the bar plus loads of fun giveaways and a DJ until the early hours! The full details are on the McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi Facebook page.

Wherever you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, have fun and don’t forget to share your pictures with us! #ShakeYourShamrock

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New Season, New Sound – An Interview with Little Green Cars

Irish indie rock band, Little Green Cars will perform live on Thursday August 25 at 10pm in McGettigan’s AUH and on Friday August 26 as part of the ‘New Season, New Sound’ campaign at McGettigan’s JLT from 9.30pm.

Littel Green CarsFormed in Dublin in 2008, the five-piece band consists of members Stevie Appleby on guitar and vocals, Faye O’Rourke on vocals, Adam O’Regan on guitar, Donagh Seaver O’Leary on bass and Dylan Lynch on drums.

We caught up with Little Green Cars guitarist, Adam O’Regan to talk new music and life on the road ahead of their McGettigan’s performances.

McGettigan’s: Your latest album, Ephemera is the name of a WB Yeats poem. Are you guys a big fan of poetry?
Adam: Yeah, literature in general is a big influence on the band and when we were trying to come up with the artwork for the album, Stevie found this poem and he thought it reflected the sentiment of the music.

McGettigan’s: You’ve been friends since you were kids at school. What was the band like back then?
Adam: Myself and Stevie were kind of the misfits that didn’t really fit in and once we found our music, we kind of neglected everything else and school went on the back-burner.

McGettigan’s: What’s it like playing home gigs in Ireland versus overseas?
Adam: You know, playing to your home crowd there’s a different kind of nerve – it’s your family and your people but it’s a brilliant feeling.

McGettigan’s: What can we expect from your gigs with McGettigan’s in Dubai and Abu Dhabi?
Adam: We’ve no idea what to expect actually as we’ve never been to the UAE so we are kind of just going to see what it’s like when we get there.

McGettigan’s: You’ve played festivals like Coachella and appeared on Jimmy Fallon in the USA and have been touring all across the world. How important is it that you are known outside of Ireland?
Adam: No matter where we play we put all our energy into our music. Just having the opportunity to have people hear our music is the goal. It doesn’t matter so much where we play, just that we have the chance to.

McGettigan’s: What do you love about being Irish and playing to an Irish crowd?
Adam: The sense of humour, it keeps you grounded.

McGettigan’s: What are you currently working on?
Adam: We are writing new music right now – we want to get the third album out as soon as possible. It’s too early to tell the direction of the album but we have some great songs.

McGettigan’s: What’s the highlight of touring with your mates?
Adam: Touring is the best university of life and getting to travel around the world together – none of us would trade that in.


Little Green Cars live at McGettigan’s JLT, Friday August 26

Doors open at 8pm, with the band on stage from 9.30pm and entry is FREE. Enjoy a pre-gig drinks package which includes unlimited house drinks from 5pm-8pm for just AED199.

Little Green Cars will also perform at McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi on Thursday August 25 at 10pm. Pre-gig offers – AED20+++ happy hour until 10pm and AED20 selected cocktails from 8pm to midnight.

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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

Happy Birthday Abu Dhabi!

McGettigan's AUH 2nd BirthdayCan you believe it? McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi is turning two! We’re excited to celebrate 2 years of great food, perfectly poured pints, and cracking nights out.

It’s been 2 years since the bar opened its doors to the Abu Dhabi public and we couldn’t be happier! So much so that there is a whole weekend planned to mark the occasion from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st May.

The birthday antics kick off on Thursday 19th May with McGettigan’s 2 for 2 offer – guests can purchase 2 house drinks and receive another 2 house drinks for free. This fantastic offer will be available all day across a wide selection of hops, grape and spirits. If that isn’t enough excitement, we’re feeling generous with an incredible AED 10,000 worth of giveaways throughout the day! If you’re lucky, you’ll receive a ‘party bag’ full of goodies which range in value with 2 lucky guests winning the golden ticket – a complimentary night out for 4 people worth an amazing AED 2000! There’ll be a kicking party atmosphere with tons of live entertainment including a fantastic guest performance from brilliant Irish musician Jerry Fish who is being flown over especially for the occasion. All this together with a live DJ until late will make this a birthday bash to remember.

The party continues on Friday 20th May with a Bumper Birthday Brunch – we’re adding an extra 2 hours (an hour for every year) to our Friday brunch! Enjoy 6 hours of unlimited food and house beverages for just AED199 per person including a fantastic selection of a la carte dishes and an impressive buffet including favorites such as slow roast rib of beef with all the trimmings. If this wasn’t enough, we’ll be treating some lucky people to a free brunch on arrival! The brunches will be given away at random – so you never know, it might just be your lucky day.

Fancy keeping the party going? No problem! Enjoy a wide selection of AED 20++ house beverages with McGettigan’s happy hour which is available until 10pm.

Easter Brunches! Oh, and Jason Byrne hops along, too!

Wahey! We’ve partied through another great St. Patrick’s Day and we hope you did, too! It’s time now to focus on Easter! If you’re in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, hop along to one of our Easter Brunches:

PrintGet the gang together and celebrate the start of the Easter Holidays with 4 hours of unlimited food and drinks from 12-4 p.m. On Friday, 25th March, tuck into our impressive buffet including perfectly roasted seasonal meats with all the trimmings plus your choice of fantastic a la carte dishes and a wide range of house beverages including Guinness and Magners!

Make the most of your weekend and keep the party going with our Friday-Funday Drinks Package. Enjoy free flow house drinks between 5-8 p.m. for just AED 149!

For more info, click: Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Jason Byrne in Dubai

Looking a little further ahead, McGettigan’s JLT & The Baggott are proud to present Jason Byrne Live on 21st & 22nd April 2016.

We’re delighted to have critically acclaimed Irish comedian Jason Byrne return to Dubai for 2 fantastic shows in The Baggot on Thursday 21 and Friday 22nd  April 2016 as part of his ’20 Years A Clown’ tour. Jason first travelled to Dubai to take part in the inaugural McGettigan’s Comedyfest and headlined the 4 day comedy marathon. Demand for the comic was so high that he returned to Dubai to perform sellout shows at The Baggot last year. He returns with his brand new tour celebrating 20 years at the fringe which has received rave reviews.

The brilliant comic puts on a unique and interactive performance that is guaranteed to have the audience in stitches. Don’t miss this opportunity to see ‘The outright king of live comedy’ The Times.

Tickets are just AED 120 and available from Platinum List by clicking here. Doors open 7 p.m. Show 8.30 p.m.