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?

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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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.


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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.