Pub benches, drinks deals and sunshine…
For the times you want to forgo a fancy restaurant and instead spend the afternoon in a casual beer garden setting, Dubai has you covered. From alfresco terraces to sprawling lawns, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best beer gardens in Dubai.
Replacing Nassau at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Crafty Fox opened earlier this year. As well as a smart indoor sports bar in racing green, there’s an extensive garden where guests can enjoy drinks and pub classics on the lawn. On the menu, you’ll find a selection of classic bar bites like Scotch egg and white bait, plus sharing plates like fully loaded nachos, a cheese board and platters of cold cuts. An extensive list of mains includes cottage pie, lamb rack, larger battered fish and chips, a selection of steaks and a dedicated pork section.
Crafty Fox, Jumeirah Golf Estates Clubhouse, JGE, 6.30am to 11.30pm daily. Tel: (0)4 586 7767, dubaigolf.com
You’ll find cool hipster hangout Distillery Gastropub in the heart of Downtown Dubai with its swanky beer garden offering amazing views of the Burj Khalifa. It’s a perfect post-work social spot with soft jazz music drifting over the scene and there’s a brilliant daily happy hour running from 12pm to 8pm.
Distillery Gastropub, Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai, open 3pm to 3am daily. Tel: (0)54 998 2003. distillerydubai.com
Bringing a taste of Bavaria to World Trade Center is Ernst, the authentic German pub at 25Hours. Serving a variety of German beers on draught, house-baked pretzels, and all the live sport, a seat indoors guarantees the best views of the live sport from multiple screens. Outside however, a leafy beer garden with wooden benches scattered throughout is the best spot to enjoy the alfresco weather.
Ernst, 25hours Hotel One Central, Trade Center, 12pm to 12am weekdays, 12pm to 1am weekends. Tel: (4)2 102 511, ernstbiergarten.com
Garden On 8
Decked out with astroturf and picnic tables, this laidback beer garden is a favourite with the Media City afterwork crowd, thanks to its relaxed vibe, live sports coverage and and some two-for-one happy hour deals from 4pm to 8pm daily.
Garden On 8, Level 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 4pm to 1am Sunday to Thursday, 12pm to 1am Friday and Saturday. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
Horse & Hound
For those who like to socialise alfresco, there’s an amazing pub beer garden with faux grass at the Horse & Hound which leads straight out onto the polo field at Al Habtoor Polo Resort. High tables as well as pub benches and bean bags are dotted around with twinkling fairy lights strung up above. The a la carte menu is full of easy-eating and perfect-for-sharing dishes such as buffalo chicken wings, jalapeño cheese balls and salt and pepper squid. Happy hour runs from 4pm to 7pm.
Horse & Hound, Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, open 12pm to 1am daily, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 435 4444. habtoorpoloresort.com
Logs & Embers
This all-American smokehouse is found on the Club Vista Mare strip by the beach. While its beer garden is more sand than grass, it’s got that relaxed feel for a spot where you can enjoy smokehouse and bbq classics and an array of drinks while you tune into the live sports. Brunches and daily deals are in abundance here, so no matter what day you go you’re bound to enjoy a wallet-friendly offering.
Logs & Embers, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Sun to Weds 12pm to 12am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 5841994, logsnembers.com
Award-winning Irish pub, McCafferty’s JVC, has already got a legion of fans for its daily live music, happy hour and classic pub grub. No detail has been spared in transforming this bar into an ‘Olde Irish Tavern’. As well as an intimate and cosy bar area – serving a top choice of Irish and International ales – there are also two bigger social spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a spacious outdoor beer garden complete with its own bar and huge TV screen showing the sport.
McCafferty’s JVC, Circle Mall, Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai, open daily 11am to 2am. Tel: (0)55 784 9220. @mccaffertysjvc
From lively Friday brunches to live music acts, comedy shows and quiz sessions, the McGettigan’s beer garden in JLT has seen its fair share of fun. The casual beer garden is legendary, having hosted Dubai’s party crowd for some of the best events over the years. Happy hour runs from 12pm to 8pm Saturday to Wednesday and 12pm to 9pm on Thursdays, with selected drinks priced from Dhs30.
McGettigan’s, Cluster J, JLT, 12pm to 3am Monday to Friday, 10am to 3am Saturday and Sunday. Tel: (04) 356 0470. mcgettigans.com/jlt-dubai/
Phileas Fogg’s boasts a pub, beer garden, restaurant, dedicated events arena and kids’ play areas. It’s a great spot with epic views of the rolling greens of the golf course from any of the five areas you choose to socialise in. Happy hour kicks off every day from 3pm to 7pm with spritzers, ciders and more included.
Phileas Foggs, Address Montgomerie, Dubai, open 8am to 2am daily. Tel: (0)4 572 4477. @phileasfoggdubai
Reform Social & Grill
With a lush lawn overlooking the lake, umbrella-shaded tables and a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere, Reform Social & Grill continues to set a high benchmark for beer gardens in Dubai. On the menu you’ll find fantastic British breakfasts and pub classics such as pies, Ploughman’s and an excellent roast dinner.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, bar open daily 8am to midnight. Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae
Spike Sports Bar & Terrace
Located in the clubhouse of Emirates Golf Club, Spikes Sports Bar & Terrace is the perfect spot for a round of post-golf brews, or an alfresco drink as the sun goes down. Happy hour runs from 6pm to 8pm each day.
Spike Sports Bar & Terrace, Emirates Golf Club, open 12pm to 12am Monday to Friday, 10am to 12am Saturday and Sunday. Tel: (04) 417 9842. dubaigolf.com/emirates-golf-club/dine/spike-bar/
The Duck Hook
If you’re hot on the best spots for a roast dinner in Dubai, we doubt The Duck Hook will have escaped your notice. The great gastropub-style restaurant has an amazing indoor restaurant with hand-pulls at the bar and a casual outdoor terrace. If you’re going for a roast dinner, the beef is a winner, with Stockyard beef cooked three ways, inclusive of pulled short rib served in a Yorkshire pudding with lashings of rich gravy.
The Duck Hook, Dubai Hills Golf Club, open 11.30am to 12am daily. Tel: 800 666353. @theduckhookdubai
The Irish Village
The good times come thick and fast at this sprawling beer garden in Al Garhoud. Nab a picnic table to enjoy the rib-sticking Irish menu, live music, and a pint in the sun. Expect plenty of Irish craic at this longstanding Dubai hotspot.
The Irish Village, Al Garhoud, Sun to Wed 11am to 1am, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 282 4750. theirishvillage.com
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The only thing we like more than happy hour is happy hour, every hour. That’s exactly what you’ll get at cool Dubai bar UBK. Sit under the cute canopy in the air-conditioned terrace, where there’s English pub garden vibes. A selection of house drinks, including beers, wines and spirits, are available for Dhs33, all day, every day. Dogs are welcome on Sundays between 12pm and 5pm.
UBK, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, 12pm to 1am daily. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com
Don’t let the name put you off – the beer garden at Underground is decidedly above ground. Expect classic British pub grub (including a great sausage and mash), an extensive range of draft beers, and daily happy hour from 3pm to 6pm.
Underground, Habtoor Grand Resort, JBR, daily noon to 3am (last food order 12.30am). Tel: (04) 408 4221. habtoorgranddining.com