The Irish Village
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Singles, Sporty types, Nightlife, No fuss
Expert review of The Irish Village
Something of a Dubai institution, the Irish Village has been keeping Western expats lubricated for several years. Ignore the rather tacky Emerald Isle-style faux shopfront imagery and focus on the expansive outdoor seating area (perfect for winter), the rather un-Dubai relaxed atmosphere and the half-decent pub grub.
Pub grub - chips, burgers, sandwiches, sausages and mash (with REAL pork, which is uncommon out here), stuff like that. The quality is about average and the price is ever-so-slightly too expensive, but after a couple of pints you won't really care.
I always seem to head for the sausages and mash, which is generously portioned with a decent pool of gravy and comes with proper pork sausages (most places out here insist on serving beef sausages, which is just plain wrong). However, it does seem to arrive merely seconds after you've placed your order, which is a little worrying.
Incredibly laid-back. This is the opposite from the showy, bejewelled bars up towards the Dubai Marina or Burj Khalifa. It gets rather busy, especially during winter on weekend evenings (Thursday and Friday), but if you want somewhere to enjoy a drink without ever feeling like you're under-dressed, this is the spot. Close to the airport, it's popular with both tourists and expats. During the winter months, there are regular (paid for) concerts held in the outdoor area, especially at weekends, mainly by bands you thought had long since retired to obscurity. Bob Geldof is also known to make an annual appearance, no doubt to play through the Boomtown Rats vast catalogue of hits.
As laid back as the ambience. When busy, it could take some time to put an order in or get your bill. Just be prepared for some frantic hand waving.
The Irish Village is sat in Garhoud, just a few minutes from the airport and just around the corner from the Garhoud Bridge, which will take you over the main side of Dubai (the one with all the towers). Just next door is an area called Century Village, packed with decent and well-priced restaurants, should the Irish Village menu not tempt you.
Most mains cost between 30 and 70 dirhams.
There's another Irish Village within the airport in Terminal 1.
More information on The Irish Village:
- Price guide:
- Pub, Restaurant
- British, Irish, Snacks
- Garhoud, Dubai
- 04 282 4750
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Open Sat-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Fri 11am-2am.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary