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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Rocking and Rolling at the Souk…

Work is progressing at high speed at Souk Madinat Jumeirah and our latest pub is quickly taking shape. Soon you’ll be able to pop into one of Dubai’s biggest tourist attractions and enjoy great food, perfectly poured pints, live sports, and outstanding entertainment.

Check out the latest progress pictures on our dedicated Pinterest board:

McGettigan’s Madinat Jumeirah is already open on Facebook. Check it out here.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience, located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah The Arabian Resort, Dubai. Visitors enter a world reminiscent of ancient Arabia through sight, smell and sound as sunlight peeks in through the wood carved archways showcasing intricate Arabic architectural design.

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.

Souk Madinat! We’re coming for you!

McGettigan's expands in Dubai

McGettigan’s has done it again! Another stunning new Dubai location has just been confirmed: McGettigan’s is set to open in Dubai’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah this summer.

The bar will open in partnership with Utopia, Viva Entertainment at the site currently occupied by Frioul restaurant (formerly Jambase).

Nestled beneath Pacha Nightclub, the site itself is an impressive size and boasts an amazing waterfront terrace offering breathtaking views of the iconic Burj Al Arab and the surrounding landscape. McGettigan’s will offer all of the key elements the bar brand is known for; live music, unparalleled sports coverage and top class pub grub.

When asked about the opening, Dennis McGettigan, CEO of McGettigan’s Group said;

“I could not be more delighted to be making this announcement, Madinat Jumeirah is one of the most prestigious and visited locations in Dubai and opening a McGettigan’s at this site is an extremely proud moment for us as a group. We feel we can bring a different style of dining and nightlife experience to the Madinat which will perfectly compliment the existing offering of top quality bars and restaurants already available and further enhance the experience of Madinat visitors. This is a very exciting development for McGettigan’s and we are very much looking forward to getting started on this new project.”

Umesh Amarnani, CEO of Utopia – Viva Entertainment Hospitality Division is equally as excited about the joint venture between the companies;

“We are extremely pleased to announce this partnership with the McGettigan’s family, and are excited to bring this world class Irish pub concept to Madinat Jumeirah. There is a growing demand for casual F&B options in Dubai and Madinat has an ideal mix of both local and tourist markets making it an ideal setting for a signature McGettigan’s here in Dubai.”

Frioul restaurant will close its doors to the public on May 13th and the space will reopen as McGettigan’s during the summer months.

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.

Happy 5th Birthday, #McGettigansJLT ! Oh, and you can now buy Corona tickets online!

A very happy birthday to McGettigan’s JLT! Can you believe it? It’s been five years since we opened our first pub in the UAE at the Bonnington Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

We’ve put together a great lineup of offers and events for our birthday guests. Check out all the details here or in the video above.

McGettigan's JLT is turning 5!

We’re also please to let you know that tickets for our upcoming Coronas gig are now available online. Find out more about the concert here, or click here to buy your ticket.

The Coronas in Dubai December 2015

Book your Christmas & New Year’s Eve parties now. Click here for our offers!

 

Winter is coming. Must be time for a Spring Break then!

Spring Break FB flyer

Ireland’s legendary 80’s super group ‘Spring Break’ are set to transport The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT back to the 1980s (arguably one of the greatest decades of all time) for a night of bangin’ floor-fillers!

Join us on Thursday 19th November for a FREE live concert from Spring Break – who return after a ‘totally tubulor’ gig back in February. This is set to be a fantastic night and 80s fancy dress is seriously encouraged! Doors open from 8 p.m., show at 10 p.m.

Want to find out more about ‘Spring Break’? Check out their Facebook page here. Spring Break is the best friend a good time ever had. Battling for the future of yesterday’s tomorrow!

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