St. Patrick’s Day has been observed for centuries as a religious holiday by the people of Ireland and celebrated annually by all cultures on March 17
Here’s our suggestions for St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the UAE:
Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis
The award-winning North American restaurant is bringing in the festivities with a duo of green St Patrick’s Day burgers. Tuck into a crispy fried chicken or pulled beef burgers, served with triple cooked chips. If you’re staying home, you don’t have to miss out as you can order in through Deliveroo.
Celebrate like the Irish do with a good craic at McGettigan’s. Featuring a host of events, gather your mates and visit the Irish pub for an ‘Everybody’s Irish with McGettigan’s’ week. Take your pick from The Big Irish Quiz, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, St. Patrick’s Day cure and St. Patrick’s Day Get-Together.
The Big Irish Quiz on March 16 from 8pm-late. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 17 from 12pm-late. AED150 per person (entry after 4pm, redeemable with vouchers) and AED40 for Irish hops. St. Patrick’s Day cure on March 18 from 12-4pm. AED129 per person (breakfast with three beverages). St. Patrick’s Day Get-together on March 19 from 12pm-late. AED399 per person. Visit Instagram.
The Irish Village, Al Garhoud
Scoot on over to this open-air, garden pub for St. Paddy’ Day revelries as the place lights up in green. Indulge in traditional fare of classic boiled ham and cabbage with a creamy parsley sauce; Irish cheese and soda bread platter or traditional Irish stew.
March 17. Dine à la carte. Visit Instagram.
Great British Restaurant, Dukes the Palm
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style at the Great British Restaurant with the absolute best in British cuisine. Diners can enjoy hearty dishes paired with a selection of beverages. Better yet, kids aged seven-twelve receive 50 per cent off and kids below six years old dine for free!
March 17 to 18 from 7-11pm. AED170 per person (inclusive of soft beverages), AED230 per person (inclusive of hops), AED270 per person (inclusive of house beverages). Book online.
Foxglove Steakhouse & Gastropub
The specials for St. Paddy’s day include an Irish hot pot of slow-cooked lamb, root vegetables, garlic, herbs, grape and new potatoes; and Wagyu beef short ribs slow-braised in Irish hops, served alongside colcannon mash and sourdough bread.
Bring your luck with you as there are prizes for the best-dressed.
March 17 to 20. AED35 per pint of hops. Visit the website.
The barbeque hangout is honouring the Irish with a special week-long celebration. Enjoy an Irish special of corned beef cabbage and hops or opt for a three-course meal and sip on beverages of your choice.
March 16-18. AED99 per person (inclusive of one pint of hops). March 18 from 9pm-12am. AED210 per person (inclusive of three-courses and four beverages) or AED280 per person (inclusive of three-courses and beverages for three hours).
The Dubliners, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Setting the stage for an Irish home away from home, the Dubliners will serve a St. Paddy’s Day three-course menu with the likes of Irish stew, hops-braised short ribs and apple crumble. Those who wear green on St. Patrick’s Day will receive a complimentary beverage. Additionally, anyone who show up with an Irish passport will receive one free pint of Irish-hops each week, for the whole year.
March 17 and 19 from 12pm-late. On March 19, AED120 per person (inclusive of food only). Call +9714 702 2455.
Eggspectation, The Beach JBR and City Walk
Start the day right with a vibrant, green stack of pancakes topped with lemon-ricotta cheese and fresh kiwi.
March 17 from 7am onwards. AED25 per dish (dine-in only).
The burger joint with a downtown New York vibe gets a touch of the Irish with a limited-edition burger and shake to mark the day. The classic sandwich, The Reuben, gets a Black Tap twist with signature toppings of sauerkraut, corned beef, swiss cheese and a special sauce atop a potato bun. Pair it with a coffee flavoured ice-cream shake topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
March 16 to 20. AED60 onwards (The Reuben) and AED40 (Coffee Shake). Visit the website.
The Rose & Crown, The Atrium at Al Habtoor City
Dress in green and make your way to this pub in Al Habtoor City for Irish hops, leprechauns, flaky pies, hearty Irish stews and coffee-infused brews.
March 17 to 19 from 11am-late. Call +9714 437 0022.
The Blacksmith Bar & Eatery
Paddy like a rock star with Irish hops and crispy fish and chips alongside a generous helping of mushy peas and beef pies.
March 16 to 20 all day. AED75 per dish and AED100 per dish (inclusive of a pint of hops). Call +9714 407 8873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hook & Cook, Palm Jumeirah
Catch a sight of the spectacular green fountains at the Palm Jumeirah and then treat yourself to a scrumptious plate of fish and chips, paired with a cold brew at this fresh seafood restaurant.
March 17. AED115 per person (inclusive of a beverage). Call +9714 244 3214.
The Palm Fountain, The Palm Jumeirah
Celebrate at The Palm Jumeirah with a stunning view of the world’s largest fountains as it turns green for St. Patrick’s Day. The Palm Fountain will sway to the tunes of the festivities’ signature track – Riverdance by Bill Whelan.
The Palm Fountain will join hundreds of iconic landmarks and sites across 55 countries around the world to light up in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day 2021.
March 17 from 7pm onwards, at every hour.
Stars N Bars, Yas Marina
Mark St. Patrick’s Day with a specially curated menu of Irish favourites at this lively sports bar. Indulge in a succulent, juicy lamb shank and much more. Additionally, if the ladies show up with an Irish passport, they receive unlimited bevvies all night.
March 17 form 8pm-late. Call +9712 565 1175 or email email@example.com.
McGettigan’s Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Celebrate with The Irish Drunch and special St. Paddy’s Day menu of Irish bites, an unlimited three-course meal and house beverages.
March 17 to 19. AED280 per person (three-courses and beverages) or AED100 onwards per person (The Irish Drunch). Call +9712 698 8137.
PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
This Abu Dhabi institution is going all out for the day with a three-hour brunch featuring Irish delicacies and sweet treats.
March 19 from 1-4pm. AED275 per person. Call 800 101 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.