A! List Sports Bars

The watering holes you really will get a kick out of
Tuesday , 03 May 2011
Aussie Legends
Aussie Legends
Bidi Bondi
Bidi Bondi
Bridges
Bridges
Crown and Lion
Crown and Lion
Dhow & Anchor
Dhow & Anchor
Locker Room
Locker Room
Nelson’s
Nelson’s
Nezesaussi
Nezesaussi
Player’s Lounge
Player’s Lounge

Aussie Legends
Address:
Rydges Plaza Dubai, Satwa, Dubai
Tel: 04 398 2222
Dress code: Casual
Times: 6pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $
Quintessentially Aussie from its name to its ales and the countless memorabilia from ‘down under’, Aussie Legends is a Dubai institution with a faithful clientele who never seem anything less than satisfied. Perfect for catching a big match on screen or meeting up with friends for a pint and some pool, you can almost be guaranteed a fuss-free night out where you can give you feet a break from sky-high stilettos and fellas can leave that eight o’clock shadow just as it is.
FYI: Ladies can enjoy four free selected drinks from 8pm to 11pm every Thursday.

Bidi Bondi
Address:
Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 427 0515
Dress code: Casual
Times: 10am to 12am, Sunday to Thursday; 10am to 1am Friday and Saturday
Price Range: $
If you’re Australian and missing the taste of home, then head to Bidi Bondi on the Palm Jumeirah for the ultimate Bondi-style hangout. From the relaxed and chilled out vibe to the surfboards hanging up inside    and the traditional pub grub on offer (the fish and chips and homemade burgers are addictive), Bidi Bondi really can become your home away from home. And if you’re a sports fan, then make sure you head to the beachfront bar at the weekends and grab one of the booths to watch the live sports. Or if you don’t know (or care about) the difference between rugby and football, then grab a stool at the central bar and catch up over drinks there.
FYI: Enjoy Happy Hour on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm with 20 per cent off house beverages, and ladies get Dhs20 select drinks all night.

Bridges
Address:
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 311 8316
Dress code: Casual
Times: 7am to 2am, daily
Price Range: $$
There are a lot of sports bars in Dubai. Most of which that think they need simply stick a framed Brazil shirt up on the wall to be granted entrance into the genre. Whilst memorabilia is undoubtedly part of the experience, surely – as with any great game – atmosphere should be far higher up on the agenda, and whilst Bridges perhaps lets itself down on the authenticity front – they actually appear to have fake football shirts adorning the walls – they certainly come up trumps when it comes to the big game feeling you get upon entrance. It’s not too big, which helps, and it’s certainly aided by picking up the post-brunch crowd from Spectrum on One, but once you’re in there watching the game on one of the bar’s many screens, taking advantage of the decent grub and signature cocktails, you’re unlikely to stray too far for the rest of the evening.
FYI: Book a Draughtmaster table where you can pour your own pints right at your seat.

Crown and Lion
Address:
Byblos Hotel, TECOM, Dubai
Tel: 04 448 8000
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $
A little slice of England has landed in the heart of TECOM in the form of the Crown and Lion. From the British staff to the traditional pub grub we all know and love, this is the place to head to if you’re  wistfully dreaming of the green hills of home or want to experience a taste of true British hospitality. Everyday there’s a different itinerary at the Crown and Lion: Flex your brain cells on Mondays at its quiz night; show the boys how to do it on Tuesdays at its pool competition; if you’re crew then Thursdays is your night as you’ll get two free drinks and of course, Friday’s brunch day, with a full British carvery.
FYI: Enjoy the Friday Brunch with a complete carvery and five regular drinks for Dhs120.

Dhow & Anchor
Address:
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 406 8999
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12pm to 1am, daily
Price Range: $$
Part English pub, part resort-style terrace bar, Dhow and Anchor is a fun and casual spot for dinner and drinks. Regularly packed with tourists and residents, the popular venue offers up a relaxed vibe that is sure to put you in holiday mode, whether you’re visiting or not. Sports fans can enjoy nightly games aired on the many screens around the bar while those just looking for a chilled out evening can enjoy classic pub grub and great drinks menu. Opt for indoor seating during the summer months but make sure to hit the beautiful terrace when the temperature starts to drop. Surrounded by tall palm trees and the stunning lighting of the magnificent Jumeirah Beach Hotel, it’s a pub experience like no other.
FYI: Enjoy 50 per cent of selected drinks from 6pm to 7pm daily.

Locker Room
Address:
Golden Tulip Al Barsha, Barsha, Dubai
Tel: 04 341 7750
Dress code: Casual
Times: 1pm to 1am, daily
Price Range: $
It may be a newcomer to the bar scene, but the Locker Room is already one of the city’s most popular spots for watching the latest matches. As traditional as sports bars get, the venue has everything from a fully stacked bar with beer by the tap and bottle to pool tables for when the game just isn’t that interesting. A great place to enjoy a pint and snack with friends, the Locker Room ditches the pretentious bar vibe for a more relaxed atmosphere that’s sure to put you in a great mood. Enjoy a night out during the week or make it your weekend destination, however you if decide to spend your time here, you’re sure to have fun.
FYI: Enjoy Night of the Spirits every Tuesday featuring regular spirits for Dhs10 and premium spirits for Dhs15 between 8pm and 12am.

Nelson’s
Address:
Media Rotana, TECOM, Dubai
Tel: 04 435 0000
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12pm to 3am, daily
Price Range: $
The charm of the Victorian English pub – think oak panelling, tall bar stools, brass pendant lighting, and convivial atmosphere – is brought bang up to date at Nelson’s. Giant video screens show live premiership games; a state-of-the-art sound system belts out classic tunes and it boasts a comprehensive menu of designer beers and quality gastro snacks and meals. There are loads of drinks promos going on all week with an extended happy hour every day from noon-8pm and every Wednesday at Angel’s Night, ladies enjoy free drinks from 10pm-midnight. Popular with the after-work crowd, and for good reason, Nelson’s is a great fun choice in the heart of media land.
FYI: Enjoy ladies night every Thursday with free selected drinks from 10pm to 12am.

Nezesaussi
Address:
Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Tel: 04 428 5888
Dress code: Casual
Times: 6pm to 2am, Sunday to Thursday; 12pm to 2am, Friday to Saturday
Price Range: $$
It may not roll off the tongue, but Nezesaussi – the abbreviation of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia – is a different type of sports bar altogether. Yes it has the ubiquitous screens showing live matches, yes it has the necessary memorabilia adorning its walls, and yes, it even has two dozen bottled beers from the three host countries, but it also has a fantastically theatrical open show kitchen producing some of the best grills in the city. The menu is themed around the signature meats from each of the three countries, so expect tasty boerewors sausages and the tenderest steaks and lamb to be tasted above down under.
FYI: Catch live music every Thursday from 7.30pm to 11pm

Player’s Lounge
Address:
Country Club Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai
Tel: 04 398 8840
Dress code: Casual
Times: 7.30pm to 1.30am, daily
Price Range: $
If you know the off-side rule and are familiar with the term ‘scrum’, then you’ll feel right at home at Player’s Lounge where the language of sports roars louder than the commentary from the games on TV. Airing everything from Premiere League football to the Ashes, you can be guaranteed that there’s no major match being missed out here. Enjoy the games with a pint and traditional pub grub and relax with friends as the nightly action on and off screen keeps you entertained for hours.
FYI: Enjoy the Saturday carvery from 4pm to 8pm for Dhs45 per person.

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