Here’s where football fans can cheer for the team of their choice with other like-minded soccer lovers as the FIFA World Cup 2018 steams on Russia.
What a blast
With a grassed mezzanine and big screen entertainment, Lock, Stock & Barrel Barsha Heights is a sure-fire winner with office types and residents of the neighbourhood. Buy six bottles of selected hops and you’ll only pay for four, so bring your friends along.
4pm-8pm Sunday to Friday; 2pm-8pm Saturday. 8th Floor, Grand Millennium Hotel. 04 514 919.
Mall of the Emirates
On the terraces
Fresh from its comprehensive makeover, Brunswick (now Eatery, Bar & Terrace, née Sports Club) might now have the outwards styling of a refined bistro, but it still has a heart that beats with a love of sport. Throughout the World Cup, the Trolley on the Terrace deal sees certain beverages being given away, as part of a two for one deal.
Brunswick Eatery, Bar & Terrace, Level 2, Sheraton Mall of The Emirates. 056 404 0685
If you like watching football on a big screen, they don’t come much bigger than VOX Cinema screens. Judging by some of the play-acting theatrics that have been going on in this world cup – the transition from movies to matches might not be as big as we first imagined. It’s not just the MOE branch, Burjuman, Cineplex, Grand Hyatt, City Centre Deira, Al Hamra Mall, City Centre Mirdif and Mercato will also have games on their ‘now showing list.’
Tickets at VOX cost Dh78.75 for Standard seats and Dh89.25 for VIP seat. VOX cinemas across Dubai. Book tickets at uae.voxcinemas.com
Marquis de stade
JW Marriott Marquis’ Bridgewater Tavern has always been a place to loosen up the tie and soak up the post-work atmosphere. With live World Cup games shown on the venues multiple massive screens, we’ve hit the borderline on a decision to move in. You’ll also find assorted deals on hops buckets and all the usual happy hour fun. There’s also a large no-smoking section, so families can enjoy the action together.
Happy hours from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays and midnight to 3am on weekends. JW Marriott Marquis, Happiness Street. 04 414 3000.
On your radar?
Popular Garhoud watering hole Biggles has football fans well looked after. Choose from 17 screens, tuck into some proper British pub grub and catch 40 per cent off selected beverages from Saturday to Tuesday, 4pm to 8pm.
Biggles, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud. 12pm-2am. 04 702 8888.
Score a Dublin the final
The Dubliners at Meridien Village have only gone and knocked themselves up a bespoke footie viewing Fanzone. It’s free entry of course, serves up a strong selection of food and frosty beverage deals – including, AED 30 priced drinks for match durations.
The Dubliners at Meridien Village. Timings per match kick offs (usually 10pm). 0
The Road to Russia
Italian restaurant and bar Andiamo at the Grand Hyatt Dubai transforms into a fan zone for the World Cup. Choose from a football-themed food and bar menu, with satisfying soccer-inspired eats and mixed drinks. There’ll be prizes to be won too, and buy five get one free deals at the bar.
Open from 12.30pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Oud Metha. 04 317 2221.
Dubai Media City
Don’t miss a shot
A giant screen, an air-conditioned tent and ice-cold beverages – Garden on 8 at Media One Hotel comes into its own for the world’s biggest football tournament, showing all the matches live on multiple screens. Entry is free, but booking a table is essential if you don’t want to miss out.
Media One Hotel, Al Falak Street, Dubai Media City. 04 427 1000. 12pm-12am.
What better way to kick off the night than with an exciting football action? Unleash the fan in you while enjoying Italian and Lebanese fare, fresh juices and specially crafted milkshakes. Of course, bring along the gang to watch the games live on TV.
Minimum spend of AED 100 on à la carte. The Media Lounge, Concord Tower. 800 8653. 9am-1am.
At the dentist’s?!
Don’t miss that all important appointment! With ceiling-mounted flat screen TVs, Dr Roze’s patients can watch World Cup highlights while their teeth are restored to Ronaldo-worthy levels.
Until Sunday, 15th July. Jumeirah Beach Road. Sunday-Saturday, 8am-8pm. 04 248 2501.
It’s a go-al
With 10 TV screens around the venue, there’s no way you’re missing out on the action. Match the excitement with the Wing Your Way Around the World menu, inspired by some of the contending teams. Take a bite of chimichurri wings from Argentina, salt and vinegar wings from England, habanero wings from Mexico and wasabi wings from Japan.
Perry & Blackwelder’s (P&B), Souk Madinat Jumeirah. 04 432 3232.
World Cup Spa-ty
At the time of writing, Mexico have just gone one down to Brazil, but that isn’t going to dampen party spirits at Loca in the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa. Win, lose or draw, four or five plates of Mexican bites – guacamole, chicken nachos with pico de gallo, artichoke dip and more – for AED 75 or AED 95, and three-for-two on traditional Mexican mixes, grapes, hops and more will keep the fires of football fever stoked.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah, 04 346 1111. Monday to Sunday, 12pm-12am.
Footie stars ‘N’ reasonably-priced bars
All American sports bar, Stars ‘N’ Bars really seems to be taken by the sport they probably erroneously refer to as soccer. For the duration of the tournament, take a break from the beach with burger and beverage combos for AED 99, there are also prizes and credit back on some multi-purchases. So you can watch soccerball like a champ. #murcia
Stars ‘N’ Bars , La Mer North. Open daily until 3am. 04 349 9903
Burger & Lobster gets into the World Cup spirit with a combo package of signature favourites. What’s on the table? Crispy panko popcorn, two mini burgers, mini shrimp roll, truffle fries and two house beverages to cap it off. Devour all these while eyeing the action on a 3×3 metre wide-screen.
AED 120. Burj Daman Building, 312 Al Sa’ada Street, DIFC. 04 514 8838. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, 12pm-12am; Thursday and Friday, 12pm-2am.
Keeping it real
Where better to watch a massive soccer showdown than in an actual football restaurant? Real Madrid Café at The Beach is offering fans 20 per cent off its new menu of football-themed Continental eats, like grilled octopus (AED 95) and burrata on toast (AED 75). There are also dining vouchers to be won and jerseys signed by the legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid Café, The Beach, 9am-1am. 042 775 625.
For the win
With a 103-inch TV screen and six 42-inch televisions around Girders Garden, there’s no reason not to enjoy the games this year. What’s more, there’s a football-themed menu and brunch vouchers for the best-dressed fans.
JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR. 04 814 5590. Sunday-Thursday, from 4pm to 3am, Friday from noon to 3am; Saturday from 11am to 3am.
New York style hang pad, Tribeca has a special World Cup beverage offer. And it’s a net buster. They’ll be giving away a free drink to national supporters of the winning team. Yep, for each FIFA World Cup match, if you can prove with a valid form of ID that you’re from the winning nation, you get a beverage on the house. No time for losers. We are the champions.
Free entry. Tribeca, JA Oceanview, The Walk, JBR. 050 345 6067.
What’s the score?
Make your way to Aloft Centre in Deira and enjoy the games as they happen. Sit (or jump) comfortably as the action unfolds on the TV. Get your hands on munchies and beverages served in unlimited quantities, while daily competitions will be on the table daily to keep the fun rolling.
From AED 175. Baniyas Road. 04 210 3333. AED 175 with soft drinks and snacks; AED 275 with beverages and snacks.
Pull up for snacks
Complimentary parking awaits visitors to Reem Al Bawadi. The RAB Fanzone can seat up to 320 people and if you aren’t driving, there’s an open bar offer for AED 250. Shisha and a la carte food can also be ordered.
Reem Al Bawadi, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. 12pm-2am. Entry AED 100 with three house or soft drinks. 800 69 7336.
The world (of food) in motion
Al Bandar Rotana’s gastropub, Morgan’s has a special World Cup menu, featuring international delicacies from nations with competing teams. Which is all fine and yum, but if you’re on the hunt for soccer-watching savings, there’s more. A special sharing platter (including craft hops) for AED 225, selected bottles of hops for AED 25, buckets from AED 125 and crazy (up to 25 per cent) cashback offers. GOOOAAAL!
Morgan’s Gastropub, Al Bandar Rotana. 04 704 2331. 12pm-2am (3am weekends).
Free entry at all times means beachside hang-out Zero Gravity is bound to be a hit with sports watchers. Match day eats include the kind of food you can eat while cheering – burgers, hotdogs, you get the idea – and brunch-style packages will be available. Live indoors at Zero Gravity, all matches will be streamed on a huge 4.8 metre screen.
10am-3am. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road. 04 399 0009.
Giant screens, DJs, special effects and live football games – catch all these at the electrifying Barasti SuperDome. Built to accommodate 8,000 fans per match, the venue is the perfect place to cheer your favourite team on and, of course, let loose for a great party.
Free. Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina. 04 318 1313
Dubai Sports City
Save your spot
Gather round the gang for some private football viewing at The Big Easy’s lounge. Footie fans can reserve their spot for a desired match schedule to see the games with accompanying food and beverages. Think your team will march to the finals? Then watch out for special promotions to end the tournament on a high note.
AED 125 per person. Daily 5pm-11.30pm. The Els Club, Victory Heights. 04 425 1000.
Loud and proud
Wear your team colours on your sleeve at The Els Club’s 261 Bar and Lounge. Catch thrilling FIFA World Cup action live via large screens while enjoying the roster of food straight from the cooking stations. Did we say they have daily beverage and food promotions?
From AED 99. Daily 5pm-11.30pm. The Els Club, Victory Heights. 04 425 1000.
Enter the dome
Fun for all the family at The Last Stand’s Football Fan Park at at The Dome, Sports City. There’s free massive screens, food pop-ups and a fully-licensed bar to keep adult entertained, while kids can play up to 10pm in the family friendly zone, with giant Jenga and human foosball. DJs and bands ensure a party atmosphere all the way up to the final whistle.
The Dome, Sports City. 3pm-2am on weekdays and 12pm-2am on weekends. Tickets come with AED 100 credit for food and drinks, or go VIP for AED 120 and jump the queue. Buy them here.
Trade Centre Area
The Lion by Nick & Scott will be screening all the World Cup matches to keep fans tied up. What’s the catch? The pub will be offering a host of food and beverages promos including a treat for groups of four – four snack baskets and four beverage buckets. Also, every time a team scores a goal, there will be drinks on offer for AED 10. Make sure to don too your favourite team’s jersey to get a free drink – fun, fun, fun!
From AED 99. Sunday-Thursday, 8am-3pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-3am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 359 2366.
Going for gold
Golden chicken nuggets and home-made beef jerky as a stir stick float your boat? New sports bar The Trophy Room at Fairmont Dubai seeks to please every appetite. With 75-seater, and 11 screens and the opportunity to listen to the sports match commentary through headphones in various languages, it’s certainly a medal winner for us.
Fairmont Dubai SZR, 04 311 8316. 12pm-2am, daily.
The air-conditioned tent dubbed Your Local Fanzone will host pumped up fans to watch live football games. Aside from the action, football enthusiasts can play games for a chance to take home fun prizes. Hungry? Don’t forget to check out the special World Cup menu, which includes burger and chips, fish and chips and British balti curry – all inclusive of cold beverage.
From AED 99. Daily 12pm-7pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes. 04 454 2638.
Chips with that
As we write, Belgium are still in the World Cup. Celebrate that fact with Belgian fries smothered in beef stew at the new Le Petit Belge at Park Inn by Radisson. Selected hops are AED 30 too and fans of Belgian brews are obviously well catered for while they watch the footy.
Le Petit Belge at Park Inn by Radisson. 4pm-2am weekdays, 12pm-3am weekends. 04 874 7996.
Check out The Tap House Rewards Passport, where guests can enjoy special offers on food and drinks throughout the football season. Add to that, the venue will host a variety of activities like face painting, quizzes, and more. Meanwhile, food offers include special platters for large groups.
AED 125 per person. Saturday-Wednesday, 12pm-1am; Thursday-Friday, 12pm-2am. The Palm. 800 8277.
A big screen will take centre forward at Fairmont The Palm’s dedicated World Cup Tent, while the bar staff don referee kits. We’d never give the red card to nachos, popcorn shrimp and beef sliders and you can tackle those here in air-conditioned bliss.
Palm Courtyard, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. Minimum spend AED 95 per person. 04 457 3457.
In the zone
Split into two zones, the Atlantis World Cup Fan Zone caters for die-hard fans in The Stadium, while The Bench offers a more chilled-out vibe, with comfy seats and a Playstation. Live entertainment and giveaways make this the place to be during the summer football season. There’s free entry for all and every day from 6pm-9pm (12pm-9pm Fridays), Female supporters get four free drinks,
In between the action, get your face painted in your country’s flags or try out a virtually reality football experience.
Minimum spend on seated tables starts from AED 1,000. Atlantis, The Palm. 044 26 26 26. Open during matches.
One of the Palm Jumeirah’s finest steakhouses, Porterhouse, is getting involved in the World Cup huddle. Entry on match days is charged at AED 75, but the full amount is offered back as food and beverage credit, so you can chomp whilst you stomp at the inevitably perceived poor performance of the referee. Get stuck in to classic football refreshments like Grande Nachos (AED 80), Mini Burgers (AED 79) and hops buckets (AED 99 for three bottles).
Porterhouse, Sofitel The Palm. 04 455 5656. Minimum spend AED 75.
With city skyline views and a Polynesian vibe, the Lani Rooftop Lounge at Lapita gives football viewing an added element of fun. The action won’t be complete without mouthwatering burgers and refreshing beverages.
From AED 75. Daily 3pm-1am. Dubai Parks & Resorts. 04 810 9999.
The green team
Fancy an away game? Or at least watching a game in a place that feels 1,000 miles away. The Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community has some incredible happy hour prices for World Cup matches, with a relaxed lakeside setting. Gastro pub Neighbourhood is offering five selected pints of hops for AED 160, or a bucket of five bottles for AED 125.
Free to get in. Neighbourhood, The Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community. 04 885 2222.
Forsan the win
Al Forsan Lounge at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa makes sure soccer supporters don’t miss a kick during their staycation, with comfortable seating, plenty of memorabilia to get in the vibe and finger-licking bar bites to see them through. You can even squeeze in a game of pool between matches, or try your luck with scratch and win’ vouchers.
Al Forsan Lounge at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. Lounge opens 4pm. Happy hours 6pm-7pm and 9pm-10pm. Food from AED 25, hops AED 35, combos AED 70. 04 809 6194.