Eid Mubarak! It’ll all kick off at 5 p.m. again tonight. Oh, and there’s more…

Eid Mubarak from all of us here at McGettigan’s!

Our pubs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah have been closed for the dry day preceding Eid Al Adha, but normal service will resume from 5 p.m. on Wednesday 23rd September.

If you’re around Dubai’s JLT neighbourhood this coming Friday (25th Sep.), don’t miss the Oktoberfest brunch at #McGettigansJLT !


Join us as we transform our ever popular Friday brunch for one day only with Bavarian specialities including Gulaschsuppe (Beef, Onion, Potato & Caraway Seeds), Bierschinken, Jagdwurst & Lyoner (thinly sliced German cured pork), Oktoberfest Beer Roasted Chicken (A), German Lentil, Sausage & Kassler Stew (P), Apfelstrudel (German Apple Strudel & Vanilla Sauce) and Rote Grütze (Layered Coconut Pudding, Red Fruits & Coconut Cream Pot.

Get there early, we’ll have more Schweinebraten than you can shake a stick at!

For fans of good music, we’ve got another great event coming up in Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

We’re very excited to announce the return of “Hermitage Green” , who will be playing #McGettigansJLT and #McGettigansAUH for one night only at the end of October. The band’s UAE debut back in April was met with huge success and so the group is back by popular demand.

PrintYou can catch them at The Baggot @ McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Hotel on Thursday 29th October at 10 p.m. and at McGettigan’s AUH at the Al Raha Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Friday 30th October for a brunch performance at 4 p.m.


Seeing Hermitage Green live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies. The five-piece started out as a spontaneous jam session between friends and soon developed in to a strong acoustic outfit with an original sound. Hitting the live circuit, they quickly won over legions of fans and selling out international shows.

In 2014 Hermitage Green continued touring around the globe including sell out tours in New York, London, Vancouver, Czech Republic and a nationwide tour of Ireland. The band have just released their latest single “Quicksand”. They will be kicking off the first gig in The Baggot; McGettigan’s JLT music venue! This is set to be a fantastic Thursday night!

The second gig will be hosted at McGettigan’s AUH with the band on stage for a Brunch performance on Friday 30th October from 4pm. Make a day of your day with our fantastic Friday Brunch package available from 12.30pm -4pm including house beverages for AED199. Alternatively, head down in the afternoon to catch Hermitage Green along with our Happy Friday’s post brunch package with selected house beverages for only AED149.

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Tayto V King – The Ultimate Crisp Sandwich Showdown!


The age-old, Irish debate of which makes a better crisp sandwich, Tayto or King has been causing quite a bit of a stir across our social media pages. We’ve seen families divided, blood spilled and tears shed all in the pursuit of finding out what Ireland’s favorite cheese and onion crisp is!

Here at McGettigan’s we’ve decided enough is enough and that we’d settle the debate ourselves. But we need your help – We want you to vote – Tayto or King, taking taste, texture, flavor and whatever other variables you consider into account.

The winner will receive a months supply of the winning crisp , 2 tickets to visit Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co Meath and a two night stay with bed and breakfast at the Kingswood Hotel, Citywest, Dublin. T&C apply.

Click here to cast your vote!

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JLT. You rock!

Cast your mind back five years and, tugged away on page 25 (currently) of the TripAdvisor listing for our McGettigan’s JLT pub, you’ll find the first ever review for what was then the first family owned & operated Irish pub in Dubai:

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 10.13.53 pmIt all started in Jumeirah Lakes Towers in the shadow of the Bonnington Hotel and even though McGettigan’s pubs can now be found in Abu Dhabi, Limerick, Letterkenny, Fujairah, Singapore, and – soon – New York and Galway, our JLT pub hold a special place in our hearts.

Therefore, we’re very happy to announce that our JLT team received not only a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, but because it’s been the 5th year in a row that the pub has received this accolade, McGettigan’s JLT has also been admitted to the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for bars and restaurants that offer consistently outstanding service.

All credit goes to our guests and reviewers and, of course, our team in Jumeirah Lakes Towers!



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New York & Galway: We’re on the way!

Galway 1Behold! This is the first shot of the future #McGettigansGWY in Galway, Ireland. The build for the latest addition to the McGettigan’s Pub chain has just started. You can already connect with Galway on Facebook, Twitter, or check out its Pinterest board.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, the build for #McGettigansNYC in the Big Apple has entered its final phase and soon the doors will be open on 36th Street, right in the heart of New York:

If you want to get social with New York, you’ll find the pub’s Facebook page here and they’re also on Twitter, plus there’s a dedicated Pinterest board.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you New York and Galway soon!

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WANTED – Pool Pro, reward offered!

We’re sending you back for the craic with a chance to WIN a weekend in the Wild West of Ireland!

Compete in this brand new pool competition at The Den for your chance to win a trip to the launch of McGettigan’s Galway in the west of Ireland this summer. Participants are invited to register in advance for the competition by emailing your  name and mobile number to contact@mcgettigans.ie or sign up in-house on your next visit to McGettigan’s DWTC or The Den.

This competition is FREE to enter, registration is required by 24th May.

Pool Pro - Final Flyer On all competition nights: Pints of Carlsberg for just AED25 all night!

This is the ideal chance to show off your pool skills and enjoy a few cold ones on the perfect lads night out. You may even walk away with a wild weekend in the west of Ireland!

Join the party downstairs in McGettigan’s afterwards with ladies night and live music/DJ ’til late!

First round qualifiers: Wednesday 27th May from 7:30pm

Second round qualifiers: Wednesday 3rd June from 7:30pm

Finals: Wednesday 10th June from 7:30pm

See you at The Den!


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It’s the ultimate 90’s ladies night in Dubai!

PrintRelive your youth and celebrate the best of all things 90’s for one night only at McGettigan’s DWTC. The entire night will be themed around this great decade; food, drinks, cinema, fashion and of course, the music! Will you find a better way to spend your Wednesday night?? ‘As if!’

Come dressed to impress for the chance to win prizes for the best 90’s outfits. The highlight of the evening will be what’s sure to be a very nostalgic nineties performance by Ireland’s top covers band, aptly named ‘Smash Hits’. The Smash Hits! live show is a nonstop, dance-floor filling night that embraces the cream of 90s chart classics from the most influential popular artists of the era. ‘Get jiggy with it’ to hits such as; Rhythm is a Dancer, Freed from Desire, Maniac, Insomnia, Mr. Vain & more!

Ladies night at McGettigan’s DWTC entitles each lady to 5 FREE DRINKS each and every Wednesday and this special event is no exception, making this the perfect pocket friendly girls night out!

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Grab a burger, then grab the bus to meet Robbie!

FlyerRobbie Williams is live in concert at The DU Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 25th April. Get there with McGettigan’s!

McGettigan’s AUH at the Al Raha Beach Hotel has put on a special pre-concert package. For just AED 89++ per person, you’ll get a McGettigan’s Beef Burger, a house drink of your choice, and a free bus transfer to the DU Arena.

Buses depart from McGettigan’s AUH on the 25th April at 7pm, 8pm, & 9pm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance, please see in house for details or call: 02 652 433. Seats subject to availability. Concert ticket is not included in the package. Vouchers must be redeemed on 25th April 2015 at McGettigan’s AUH only. Terms & conditions apply. Price is exclusive of 10% service charge & 6% tourism fee.

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Golly! Has it been a year already? Abu Dhabi, get ready to party!

PrintHas it really been only a year since we opened our doors in Abu Dhabi at the Al Raha Beach Hotel? It sometimes feels like we’ve been there much longer already :-) A year, though, it has been indeed and it did really fly by – time to stop, party, and thank all our loyal #McGettigansAUH guests for their support!

McGettigan’s AUH has had an incredible first year on the Abu Dhabi bar and nightlife scene and they want you to help them celebrate! The Irish bar has a jam-packed weekend of food and drinks deals, live music and a bit of 90’s cheese thrown in for good measure!

Irish 90’s covers band ‘Smash Hits’ are being flown in especially for the occasion and will perform live in a FREE concert on Thursday 7th May! 90’s dress up is not mandatory but is encouraged with spot prizes and free drinks for those who make the effort! Get in there early and make the most of the AED20 happy hour drinks until 7pm.

The party continues into Friday 8th May with brunch kicking off at 12:30pm, enjoy unlimited drinks and food from the a la carte menu, roast carvery and buffet until 4pm AED199 per person. Live music will feature throughout the day with performances from a host of excellent local music acts. It doesn’t stop there, the post brunch drinks deal is unreal value at just AED149 for 3 hours of unlimited house drinks (including premium cider and pints of the infamous Irish ‘black stuff’) from 4-7pm! While recommended, guests don’t have to attend the McGettigan’s brunch to avail of this deal, the offer is open to all Abu Dhabi brunch goers and those looking to join the party that little bit later!

Saturday 9th May is all about the recovery! Pop in for what is quite possibly the best breakfast in town…a real full Irish fry up and the most effective cure you could ask for! As a thank you to McGettigan’s customers for their support over the past year, drinks are priced at just AED20 all day long with more of the city’s best live music and top sporting events on screens throughout the day.

See you in Abu Dhabi in May!

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Calling Singapore. We have lift off! What an opening!

McGettigan’s CQ rocked Clarke Quay in Singapore on 16th April, when the latest addition to the McGettigan’s Irish Pubs family opened its doors. And what an opening it was!

The Classic Beatles provided the entertainment for the opening weekend and even managed to take some time out to pose with our CEO, Dennis McGettigan:

11142817_352615791613005_1253656643_nOf course, there was also the official ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of a commemorative plaque:

11084873_644056282362238_156705982_n928770_1630666450503722_1701731412_nMcGettigan’s CQ is right on Clarke Quay in Singapore, so if you’re passing through, pop in and find out what the first McGettigan’s Pub in Asia is like!

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We’ll leave you with some more Beatles action courtesy of The Classic Beatles:

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Jason is coming back to Dubai!

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Critically acclaimed comedian Jason Byrne returns to Dubai on April 23rd, 2015. 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 is so high that he returns to Dubai to perform at The Baggot, Dubai’s newest live entertainment venue! This new room is an extension to the famous Irish bar at the Bonnington Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers and has been styled to house the best live music concerts, comedy shows and sporting occasions.

Save the date! 23rd April 2015
. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are available from McGettigan’s JLt and via www.timeouttickets.com.

For more info, call us free on 800McGS (6247), email us, or check out our website or the McGettigan’s JLT Facebook page.

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