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.

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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.

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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.

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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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#TODrestaurantawards : McGettigan’s JLT is on the shortlist!

We’re delighted that McGettigan’s JLT has been shortlisted in the “Best Pub Food” category at the 2016 Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards!

Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2016 - Shortlisted - Best Pub FoodEach year Time Out Dubai reveals the names of the very best restaurants in the emirate, and the time has come again. This is the 11th year in a row Time Out has awarded the city’s finest places to eat out and the winners will be unveiled at a glittering ceremony at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai on Monday February 29.

Food takes centre stage at McGettigan’s and, having won awards in the past for the food in our pubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, we’re happy to be in the running again this year. Wish us luck and follow the action on the 29th via #TODrestaurantawards .

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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.

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Crazy Dreams? No! There really is an evening with Paul Brady coming up!

Paul Brady - A4 flyerMcGettigan’s JLT and The Baggot are very proud to present… An Evening with Paul Brady.

We’re hugely excited to announce the return of Irish music legend, the fantastic Paul Brady, who’ll be performing a one off, intimate gig live on The Baggot stage, McGettigan’s JLT on Thursday, 11th February 2016.

See the acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter, who is no stranger to Dubai and McGettigan’s,  perform all his greatest hits from the last four decades, including The Island, Nobody Knows, The Long Goodbye, Crazy Dreams, and many more.

Thursday, 11th February 2016. Doors: 7.30 p.m. Show: 9 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now through Platinum List and you can purchase your tickets online by clicking here.

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That’s 2015 done. Must be time for some laughs in JLT!

PrintWe’re hugely excited to announce that the annual McGettigan’s Comedyfest is back for another year! Comedyfest has been a benchmark in the Dubai calendar every January for the past 5 years and 2016 will be no exception.

This year’s Comedyfest line-up is stronger than ever with favourites such as Eric Lalor from RTE’s Fair City TV show, Karl Spain, and Après Match star Barry Murphy. This year, we’re also excited to welcome the immensely popular comedy three-piece Foil, Arms & Hog to the shows! For those who haven’t heard of them: Sean Finegan (Foil), Conor McKenna (Arms), and Sean Flanagan (Hog) form Irish sketch group Foil, Arms & Hog. They met each other at university and since their formation have been touring and doing live shows in Ireland, the UK, the US, and Australia.  Over the last eight years and they’ve  received critical acclaim and we can’t wait to see them perform live on stage in The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT.

The festival takes place on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th January 2016 at McGettigan’s JLT at the Bonnington. The laughs kick off at 9 p.m., but door open at 7 p.m. already.

Tickets are available in the pub and are only AED 50 each – for that, you’ll get great comedy, and either a complimentary house beverage or a BBQ burger.

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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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This week’s #McGettigansJLT Friday Brunch will be 360 degrees and full of selfies…

demophotoTomorrow’s Friday Brunch at McGettigan’s JLT has just got even better. Obviously, it’s the warm-up brunch for the big Coronas concert at The Baggot in the evening (see also here), but we’ve also teamed up with the folks from MyTriphoto to bring you their latest gadget:  The 360selfie – a self-service selfie machine! Not only does the thing take selfies, but it takes 360 degree pictures, so there’s no need for selfie sticks anymore and no danger that your best friend accidentally gets cut out of the picture.

Just come down to McGettigan’s JLT for brunch on Friday 11th December and you’ll see the machine in the pub garden. Place yourself on the mat, assemble as many of your friends around you in no particular order, connect to the machine via Wifi, press the button on your phone’s screen, and then smile & share. Every picture you’ll take will immediately be available on your phone and is yours to keep and share.

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