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!

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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:

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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.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 2016 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi – Shake your Shamrock!

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If the Irish (and those with Irish roots, however distant!) ever needed an excuse to party, look no further than McGettigan’s annual Paddy’s Day antics. There is no better place to enjoy the best, most authentic Irish ‘craic’ and hospitality in Dubai and Abu Dhabi than at McGettigan’s. There is a whole weekend of celebrations and free concerts planned across McGettigan’s JLT, DWTC and AUH.

McGettigan’s will fly over a host of Irish music acts to perform free gigs throughout the weekend in celebration of the biggest day of the year for the Irish. McGettigan’s JLT has a huge line up on the day itself (Thursday 17th March) which kicks off with the mega talented Mike Ross followed by Schizophonik who’re bound to get guests in the party mood. Visitors to McGettigan’s JLT can also watch traditional Irish dancers perform whilst enjoying some of McGettigan’s award winning food, drinks, fun give-aways and an electric party atmosphere.

No Paddy’s Day party is complete without headline acts and McGettigan’s JLT have some whoppers. Louis Walsh’s newest Irish boy band Hometown have taken time out of their UK & Ireland tour supporting UK band The Vamps to perform a one-off, exclusive gig in Dubai. The lads precede one of Ireland’s top bands, Hermitage Green who’ll headline the St Patrick’s antics. The band, from Limerick in Ireland, is renowned for their unique style of indie rock which is easily identified by their incredible four-part harmonies.

McGettigan’s DWTC has a host of musical talent in store from the uber talented Irishman Scott Maher to the fantastic trad-fusion band, The Gentlemen Barstewards who’re guaranteed to entertain followed by a live DJ to keep the party popping until late.

McGettigan’s AUH are delighted to have Irish band, Gate Crashers headlining on Paddy’s Day. There will also be performances from McGettigan’s resident band The Distillers and a live DJ to keep the party going until late. Guests can enjoy traditional Irish dancers perform as well as McGettigan’s award winning food, drinks and fun giveaways!

The festivities continue on 18th March at as all three pubs host their fantastic Friday brunches. Don’t miss the brilliant Irish Trad trio who’ll be putting their traditional Irish spin on chart hits and are guaranteed to get guests in the party mood at JLT. Followed by Crowd pleasers The Maplejacks and Irish band, Gate Crashers who will be performing live to the post brunch crowd on Friday evening. McGettigan’s AUH are delighted to have Hermitage Green perform live on stage, the lads will be rocking out for the post-brunch crowd from 6.30pm.

Guests can take advantage of the ‘Happy Friday’ drinks package: 3 hours of unlimited house beverages from 5-8pm for just AED199 (JLT), AED 149 (DWTC) and AED 149 (AUH).

Saturday 19th March will see an evening of rugby play out as show the final round of the RBS 6 Nations on our HD and Giant screens in all 3 venues.

Mark McCabe LIVE at McGettigan’s in Dubai and Abu Dhabi!

PrintMark McCabe comes to Dubai & Abu Dhabi for his first live DJ sets in the UAE, to perform his number 1 song Maniac 2000!

Maniac has become an Irish chart anthem at this stage, having won countless awards & staying at the Number 1 spot in Ireland for over 10 weeks! It is also the second biggest selling single EVER in Ireland.

Don’t miss Mark McCabe, Maniac 2000, live from 11pm on Thursday 10th in The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT and Friday 11th March at McGettigan’s AUH!

# ThrowbackThursday & #FlashbackFriday with McGettigan’s as we go back to the 90s! Enjoy 90s dance memories with DJ Mark McCabe & guest DJs for one weekend only.

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Valentine’s Schmalentine’s! Join the Anti-Valentine’s Movement!

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Does the idea of Valentine’s Day turn you cold inside? The thought of receiving a cheesy card and sad-looking flowers fill you with dread? If this is you, then you can breathe a sigh of relief! McGettigan’s JLT, DWTC, and AUH are offering the perfect Anti-Valentine’s Day alternative!

The Guys and Dolls brunch is an afternoon designed for groups of guys and girls to cut loose, forget all that lovely-dovey nonsense and have an afternoon of great craic with your favorite crowd! Get stuck into 4 hours of unlimited house beverages along with an impressive buffet and a la carte dishes to boot available at #McGettiganJLT.

#McGettiganDWTC offers a more relaxed approach at their BBQ Brunch held in the Anti-Valentine's Brunch 2016 JLT DWTC AUH‘Secret Garden’ with all dishes cooked to order by the fantastic grill chefs and a great selection of fresh salads, sides and unlimited house beverages, it’s the perfect chilled out Friday!

#McGettigansAUH joins the brunch action, too!

Round up your best boys or girls and say no to love at McGettigan’s!

There’s a 20% discount off both McGettigan’s DWTC and JLT’s brunch package for groups of boys and girls who book in advance. The Friday fun doesn’t stop there! For one week only on Friday 12th February ladies can avail of an extra special deal; from 5-8pm enjoy unlimited McGettigan’s ‘Love Potion’ a choice of 2 yummy cocktails created especially for the day for just AED129.

At least there are some perks to Valentine’s Day!

On Valentine’s Day itself, #McGettigansJLT and #McGettigansDWTC are hosting one-off Ladies Nights and all ladies can enjoy 3 free cocktails between 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. At McGettigan’s JLT, it’s also movie night on Feb. 14th and – fittingly – we’ll screen “Pretty Woman”. Entry’s only AED 35 incl. a choice of drink and unlimited popcorn.

Food! Food! Food!

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Food is a big thing at McGettigan’s and our kitchen teams at pride themselves at serving top class, award winning food. Our menu includes classic dishes such as; Irish Stew, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, the ‘Full Irish’ Breakfast and signature McGettigan’s favourites such as the ‘Buffalo Hot Wings’, ‘Atlantic Salmon’ and ‘Beef and Guinness Puff Pastry Pie’.

Did you know that we recently won yet another award for our food?

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At the recent What’s On Awards, McGettigan’s DWTC won the “Favourite Pub Grub” award. Here’s our Dubai World Trade Centre team at the ceremony:

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The man behind the food is Sligo-born executive head chef, Derek Flynn (middle, holding the trophy). Chef Derek has years of experience under his belt having worked in kitchens in various cities across the globe. He has been with the McGettigan’s group since its inception in Dubai in 2010. Derek is an integral part of the McGettigan’s team and travels to each and every new venue to set up the kitchen and handpick and train his new team. This meticulous training ensures the same taste and quality of food is experienced by our customers at every venue.

McGettigan’s is committed to using only the finest quality ingredients in our dishes. We always try to source the majority of our fruit & vegetables locally & we also believe in sourcing all our meat & fish from local suppliers.

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We’re firing up the trees! Don’t miss it in Dubai & Abu Dhabi!

Yes, folks, it’s that time of the year again… We’re firing up the trees and passing around mince pies and mulled wine.

Join us in JLT, DWTC, and Abu Dhabi for our annual Christmas Lights parties. JLT kicks off the season with it’s 6th annual Christmas Wonderland party on Monday, 30th November at 6.30 p.m.

McGettigan's JLT Christmas

Come and enjoy the snow capped peaks of JLT for one night only as we bring out our very own snow machine. Bring along the family or head down with colleagues and mingle over Christmas drink or two. As always, the spectacular Christmas tree will take pride of place in the gorgeous garden and the lights will be ceremoniously switched on by the one and only Santa! We’ll really be getting in the spirit with our enchanting carol singers along with complimentary homemade goodies such as mince pies and mulled wine. For the kids (and adults too) we’ll be screening the fantastic classic Christmas comedy ‘Elf’ as part of our McGettigan’s Monday Movie Night. For all the details, click here.

On Tuesday, 1st December 2015, at 630 p.m. it’s McGettigan’s AUH’s turn to start the festive season in Abu Dhabi. Her, too, dance around the tree, enjoy a mince pie or two, and take a sip of mulled wine. For details, click here.

On Wednesday, 3rd December at 6.30 p.m., the lights will be switched on at McGettigan’s DWTC. The usual festive shenanigans will ensue and there’ll be carol singers, too. Find out more here.

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