McGettigan’s Irish Pub wins What’s On Dubai 2011 “Best Pub Grub” Award!

This year’s What’s On Awards were extra special, because it was the tenth time they took place, and last night’s glitzy awards ceremony marked a decade of progress for the UAE’s hospitality and entertainment industry.

How fitting then, that McGettigan’s Irish Pub at the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, one of Dubai’s youngest entertainment and nightlife destinations, won the What’s On Award for “Best Pub Grub”!

Industry wide respect for the coveted What’s On Awards is clearly reflected in both the phenomenal response to this annual event and the respect given from those in the business. A major contributing factor is the unique transparency and fairness with which the Awards are allocated.

Voting is conducted by the public, with all votes independently counted and audited by Jacobsons Direct Marketing Services and then counter-verified by a special panel of impartial industry experts. What sets the Awards apart is down to the people who vote – the What’s On Awards are, and will, remain the people’s choice awards.

Here’s a big Thank You to everybody who voted for McGettigan’s Irish Pub!

We’re looking forward to the coming year and guarantee to continue to set new standards for entertainment and food in Dubai.

Haven’t been to McGettigan’s yet? Pop in next weekend and enjoy our big Dubai Rugby 7s promotion!

James is back from his trip of a lifetime courtesy of McGettigan’s Irish Pub

You may remember that Dubai’s biggest Guinness selling pub, McGettigan’s Irish Pub in JLT, gave away an amazing trip to the Rugby World Cup Finals in New Zealand in October.

The lucky winner, James Dufty, has returned from New Zealand a little while ago and, today, sent us this report:

Dear McGettigan’s Folks,

My wife and I cannot thank you enough for the trip. It honestly was a trip of a lifetime in seeing both the family and also being involved in the World Cup in our home country.

From touching down in the country we were overwhelmed by the atmosphere of the RWC and could not believe how much the country had got behind the tournament.

Our families were ecstatic when we turned up on their doorstop. Somehow we managed to keep it a secret that we were turning up. I had to restrain myself from calling my brothers to let them know.

The rugby… Where do I start…

The game at Eden Park with Australia vs Ireland will easily go down in history at Eden park as one of the best and easily one of the best games I have ever seen live.  My brother, step father, step brother and I made our way into one of the local Irish pubs early in the afternoon with our Irish playing jumpers on our backs. We settled in for a few quiets and watched the banter between the Irish and Australian fans. Of course we never missed the opportunity to stick it to the Aussies when we had a chance.

Making our way to the game and seeing the support that the Irish had we had a feeling the game could go either way. The seats we had were awesome, nice and high right on halfway. Looking out at the swarm of green in the crowd and listening to the national anthem of the Irish was pretty special. I can’t compare it to a home game in Ireland but that noise was pretty defining. Definitely much more vocal than the NZ supporters during an AB’s game.

The game was awesome and everyone was on edge the whole game. Some huge defense on both sides but the turnovers for Ireland seemed to always come at the right time. With about 10 minutes to go it became clear to the crowd that whatever Aussie threw at the Irish defense it wasn’t going to work. Final whistle and the majority of the crowd were on their feet and didn’t leave till after the speeches. The atmosphere that night was second to none and the town was going off. It was a very, very late night. Wandering home at breakfast time to talk to the family about the game was priceless.

I managed to score tickets to the AB’s vs France game which was also at Eden Park. This was also pretty special. Amazing to feel the nerves of the home supporters before kick off. We made our way down into party central (the cloud) and watched the games before hand. Awesome atmosphere never been involved in a major sporting event like this so was cool to experience it. We had seats right behind the goal posts and the try that Corey Jane scored under the posts was almost made for our seats. Awesome. France supporters gave it a nudge and we all partied early on into the night. I have never seen down-town Auckland like that before.

I can honestly say that it was a trip of a lifetime and the memories made will never be forgotten for us and also our families back home.

Once again, thank you so much for the trip and the memories!

Best regards,

James and Apryl Dufty

The lucky winners - ready to roar for Ireland!

We’re back! Just in time for the Rugby World Cup!

… and we're back! Apologies for the recent downtime – we moved hosts and needed a couple of days to reconfigure everything again afterwards.

We're back now, just in time for the Rugby World Cup! The first few match days at Dubai's (un)official Rugby headquarters in JLT, McGettigan's Irish Pub, were manic – if you haven't seen the Rugby Marquee yet, do pop down soon for a McGettigan's Rugby breakfast or a pint at lunch-time.

Here's the screening schedule of all matches:



It's not all Rugby at McGettigan's, however – come down today and tomorrow for some football action:



While you're there, make sure to take advantage of our latest special offer – a Hurl of Green for only AED 100!


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It all kicks off 12.30 p.m. on Friday, 9th September!

McGettigan's Rugby World Cub 2011 in Dubai

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We now have a roof over our heads…

Dubai’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Headquarters in JLT now has a roof…

Watch the Rugby World Cup live in Dubai at McGettigan's next to the Bonnington in JLT!Rugby World Cup live venue Dubai in JLT close to Marina

We will soon be announcing the official opening date of Dubai’s Rugby 2011 Headquarters. It’ll open before the 9th of September, so you can come down and have a look around before the action starts.

McGettigan’s is on Yadig, the region’s premier entertainment review site:

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Under Construction: Dubai’s Rugby World Cup Headquarters in JLT

The 2011 Rugby World Cup is just around the corner and we’ve started building Dubai’s Rugby World Cup Headquarters in the heart of JLT, right next to the Almas Tower.

What currently looks like a lot of metal poles and white material will soon turn into a very comfortable, fully-air-conditioned, Rugby marquee ready to welcome Dubai’s Rugby fans.

The match schedule has been out for a while and you can check it here. We’ll be showing most matches live, plus we’ll record them and show them again later in the day for those of you who didn’t get a chance to see them earlier on.

In the mornings, you can enjoy the famous McGettigan’s Rugby World Cup breakfasts, and on Fridays we’re offering a special Rugby World Cup brunch.

More details coming soon! Stay tuned! Rugby World Cup 2011 in Dubai – There’s only 1 place to catch all the Rugby action!

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