Wondering where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the UAE? We did the research for you. Here’s what’s happening:
For the biggest St. Patrick's Day party in the country, get over to the closest McGettigan's on March 17. McGettigan's JLT, McGettigan's in Dubai World Trade Centre and McGettigan's in Abu Dhabi are going all out for the Irish celebration.
In JLT, they’re flying in two headline acts from Ireland: Louis Walsh’s newest Irish boy band Hometown and Hermitage Green. Mike Ross, Schizophonik and traditional Irish dancers will also be on hand to entertain.
In McGettigan’s DWTC, Irishman Scott Maher, The Gentlemen Barstewards and a live DJ will provide the entertainment.
In McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi, it’s the Irish band, Gate Crashers, along with the resident band The Distillers and a live DJ.
There will also be Irish brunches at all three venues on Friday along with Rugby parties across the venues on Saturday. For more information on the McGettigan’s events, call 04 378 0800.
PJ O'Reiley's at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi will celebrate St. Patrick's Day over two days. On March 17, from 7pm until late, you'll get traditional Irish food, fun giveaways and live entertainment with free entry all night.
On March 18, don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day brunch with live barbecue stations and a buffet of signature Irish dishes such as Irish stew; Dublin steak and kidney pie; bangers and champ and more.
The kids’ area includes a bouncy castle, face-painting station, games and more. There will also be Irish music and dancers along with live entertainment from Paddyman and his Irish band. March 18 from 1pm to 4pm. Dh200, inclusive of select drinks. Free for kids under age 5. 02 674 2020
Fibber Magee's in Dubai is celebrating St. Patrick's Day all weekend long. Festivities kick off on Wednesday with a live band playing Irish music from 9:30 onward. On Thursday, you'll get Irish drink specials from 4pm to midnight; live entertainment and Irish dancing. Head over on Friday morning for a traditional Irish breakfast, with live entertainment from 10pm onward. And the live entertainment continues on Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm with Six Nations rugby from 5:30pm. 04 332 2400
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate has a St. Patrick's Day brunch in Al Bahou on Friday. Along with the usual Al Bahou brunch fare, chefs will serve up a range of Irish dishes including potato boxty (traditional Irish pancakes) with sour cream and chives; mustard champ (a traditional Irish potato dish) with sausages and gravy; bread and butter pudding and Irish coffee cupcakes.
There will be a green-themed best-dressed competition as well as a raffle draw for a change to win an array of prizes. There’s also live entertainment and a kids’ zone with a play area, bouncy castle and face painting. Friday, March 18, 12:30pm to 4pm, Dh295; Dh145 for kids ages seven to 12; free under age six. 04 444 5613
Cooper's bar and restaurant at the Park Rotana Abu Dhabi will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with specially priced beverages all day. Guests, of course, are encouraged to dress in green. March 17, from 6pm onward. 02 657 3333.
Claw BBQ in Souk Al Bahar, Dubai, will host a green-themed St. Patrick's Day party on March 17. Expect green drinks, green food and Irish-themed décor along with Gaelic music mixed in with the restaurant's regular playlist. Food highlights include Irish rarebit and soda bread; braised lamb shank with colcannon; and leprechaun's hat S'mores. There will also be buy one, get one free Irish coffees. Come dressed in green — best dressed will be rewarded. From 6pm onward. 04 432 2300
The Sportsman's Arms in Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi will celebrate its Irish roots on St. Patrick's Day. Expect Irish-inspired dishes as well as specially priced drinks. Thursday, March 17 from 4pm to 2am. The Sportsman's Arms is on the first floor of the International Tennis Centre. 02 403 4235
If St. Patrick's Day is more about the food and less about the party, head to Reform Social and Grill in The Lakes, Dubai. They're adding a special Irish steak pie to their menu for one day only to celebrate the Irish fest. Stop in on St. Patrick's Day and try it for Dh110. From noon onward. 04 454 2638
Original Wings and Rings in DIFC isn't an Irish restaurant but that won't stop them from celebrating. The venue will be decorated in green Irish décor and there will be plenty of green drinks on offer throughout the day. Take and post selfies using the St. Patrick's Day props on hand and tag @BuffaloEmirates for a chance to win dinner for two. March 17, From noon to midnight. 04 359 6900
The Dubliner's at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre will host an all-day St. Patrick's Day celebration Irish stew, Irish pies, bangers and mash, batter fried cod, burgers, fresh oysters and more. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes two drinks for Dh130. March 17, from noon onward with live entertainment from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. 04 702 2455
Speakeasy in the Ramada Plaza JBR, Dubai, will be decked out in green and Irish décor for St. Patrick's Day. The venue will also have a St. Patrick's Day menu throughout the day. There will be specially priced Irish drinks and a live band to keep the mood festive. March 17 from 12:30pm to 3am with the St. Patrick's Day menu available from 6:30pm to 12:30am. The live band will play from 11:15pm to 1am. 04 439 8888