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Sensational Sports Bars in Abu Dhabi – 2024 Best Brews, Bites & Views

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

Whether you want to catch the premier league, highlights of the IPL or simply gather with your mates, these are the sports bars in Abu Dhabi famed for their great atmosphere.

Renowned as popular haunts for catching the latest sporting action and having great bar food and a good selection of international beverages, these are the best sports bars you shouldn’t leave out of your Abu Dhabi sports bar lineup!

13 Best Sports Bars in Abu Dhabi to Try in 2024

McCafferty’s Irish Pub

Bursting onto the scene last year, this Irish pub has quickly catapulted itself to one of our favourite nightlife venues in Abu Dhabi.

By day, brilliant hearty meals and family-friendly drinks and dining; by night, the sports bar comes alive and a dancing haven for those who want to let their hair down to live music.

Big outdoor screens plus multiple HD indoor screens mean you’ll never miss a minute of live sporting action.

Open Daily 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Where to find it: Lower level of Hilton Abu Dhabi, Yas Bay Waterfront, Yas Island (You can have security let you in poolside or via the hotel lobby) Tel: 058 598 3623

Learn more and find their latest sports fixture at mccaffertysyas.com

The Irish Vickers (WTC & Al Raha Beach)

With two branches, one at the World Trade Centre on Abu Dhabi Corniche and the other at the Al Raha Beach Hotel, the Irish Vickers has sports fans in Abu Dhabi covered.

The newly opened Al Raha Beach branch contains all that you could ask for in a sports bar: authentic decor, live music, plenty of screens, as well as dart boards and pool tables. It also serves up some excellent pub grub, just like its brother at the WTC.

Open 4.00 pm until 4.00 am Monday to Thursday and 12.00 pm until 4.00 am Friday to Sunday.

Where to find it: Branches at The Hub in the WTC Mall, set back from Abu Dhabi Corniche and at the Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha Beach Area.

Learn more on their facebook page here

Victors

An impressive island bar and big screen form the focal point for this huge sports bar. There are, however, plenty of cosy nooks and other screens around the venue, meaning that you can join in with some group conviviality or find your own quiet spot.

Pool tables are an added bonus as is a small outdoor courtyard.

Open 12.00 pm until 3.00 am daily.

Where to find it: Millenium Al Rawdah Hotel, Al Rawdah, Abu Dhabi, Tel: + 971 50 393 5529

Learn more here

Sportsmans Arms

A family-friendly Gastropub where you can catch all of the sporting action. Located in Zayed Sports City, this American/Irish sports bar offers a variety of craft beers, exclusive Irish whiskeys and a large selection of fine wines.

Weekly Pizza nights and Sunday roasts make this a popular family hangout. There’s a soft play area for the kids on the family terrace as well as on the Al Fesco Jack’s BBQ terrace.

Happy Hours daily from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Open 8.00 am until 12.00 am Sunday to Thursday and 8.00 am until 1.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Where to find it: Zayed Sports City, Al Rawdah, Abu Dhabi, Tel: + 971 50 393 5529

Learn more at www.sportsmanszsc.com

Southern Sun – Blue Sky

A stylish lounge bar and grill designed to give you an all-round fantastic sporting experience. Featuring state-of-the-art sound systems and HD screens, the bar also includes its own Trackman Golf Simulator, making it possible to take to courses around the world without leaving Abu Dhabi!

There’s an impressive menu, including sports bar staples like loaded nachos as well as more sophisticated options like Argentinian tenderloin with chimichurri. There are also daily special offers on drinks, what more could you want?

Open Monday to Friday 3.00 pm until 3.00 am and Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 pm until 3.00 am.

Where to find it: Southern Sun Hotel, Al Mina, Al Zahiya, Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 2 818 4888

Learn more at www.southernsun.com

Al Ain Palace Hotel – Easy Tiger

This laid-back sports bar is a great place to meet friends whilst catching up with your favourite sports teams.

With a menu featuring pub classics like steak, egg and chips and chicken cordon blue, as well as a selection of tempting burgers and nibbles to accompany your drinks, Easy Tiger has something for everyone.

Easy Tiger also does a mean all-day breakfast, which features the rarest of things in Abu Dhabi – Black Pudding!

Open 12 noon until 4.00 am Monday to Friday and 10.00 am until 4.00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Where to find it: Al Ain Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 2 818 4888

Learn more at www.alainpalacehotel.com

Stars n Bars

Located in the stunning Yas Marina, you’ll find sports memorabilia, big-screen TVs, a huge selection of draft beer and some great food at Stars and Bars. There’s also the chance to put yourself in the action and play pinball and foosball with your chums.

Open 12.00 pm until 2.00 am Sunday to Thursday and 12.00 pm until 3.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Where to find it: Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 2 565 0101

Learn more at www.starsnbars.ae

Offside Gastropub

A cosy and welcoming sports bar inside one of Abu Dhabi’s premier beach resorts, Offside Gastropub features a scrumptious menu of smokers (think ribs and brisket, burgers and pub classics (fish and chips) as well as meter-long hot dogs! There’s a dedicated kids menu as well as theme nights. Thursdays are ‘British Curry’ night, whereas Tuesdays see mussels on the menu.

Open 5.00 pm until 1.00 am Monday to Friday and 1.00 pm until 2.00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Where to find it: Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 2 811 4342

Learn more at www.jumeirah.com

Bridges

A homely British-style pub with friendly staff and a chilled-out atmosphere. The menu is varied, and the quality of the food is top-notch.

Check the website for special offers and promotions, including the daily buy one get one free deal on drinks (daily 4.00 pm until 8.00 pm).

Open daily 4.00 pm until 2.00 am.

Where to find it: Fairmont Hotel, Bab al Bahr, Al Maqta Area, Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 56 502 4999

Learn more at www.fairmont.com

Murphy’s Sports Bar

A cosy but lively place to catch the most important matches, Murphy’s also offers you the chance to compete against your friends with its array of sports activities and games.

There’s an interesting menu offering everything from spicy fries and wings to nasi goreng and pizza, as well as lots of special offers and live music.

Open 10.00 am until 2.00 am Sunday to Thursday and from 10.00 am until 3.00 am on Friday and Saturday.

Where to find it: Al Ghazal Golf Club, Airport Freezone Area, Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 2 505 5023

Learn more at www.alghazalgolfclub.ae

The Boundary

A fantastic place to catch the big game live on the biggest outdoor screen in Abu Dhabi! On warmer days, you can rest assured that games will be shown on the big screens inside. There’s a great menu as well as special offers, including a Sunday Roast and Friday Sundowners.

Update Feb 2024: A nasty rumour has it that The Boundary no longer has an alcohol licence; whether this is temporary or permanent, we’re not sure, so please check before booking in case this changes your sporting plans!

Open daily from 8.00 am until 12.00 am

Where to find it: Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Hub, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 50 625 3953

Learn more here

Coopers

A real-feel British Pub with indoor and outdoor spaces and multiple screens offering a wide variety of day-to-day sports. You can check online here for more details about what will be shown and when.

There’s a great selection of food and drink with promotions available daily (12.00 pm until 8.00 pm Sunday to Friday and 4.00 pm until 8.00 pm on Saturdays). Bottled beers start at 23 AED, with selected cocktails at 27 AED.

Open Monday to Thursday from 12.00 pm until 2.00 am and Friday to Sunday from 12.00 pm until 3.00 am.

Where to find it: The Park Rotana Hotel, Al Muntazah Street (by Khalifa Park). Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 2 657 3325

Learn more at www.rotana.com

New! Crafty Fox

Sneaking in late to our list is a new opening on the terrace at Yas Links, the Crafty Fox Gastropub.

With plenty of screens spotted around the pub for all the sporting action as well as pool tables and an al fresco terrace bringing stunning golf course views, this is set to become a new sensation on Yas in winter 2023/24.

Open daily 11:00 am to 2:00 am.

Where to find it: Yas Links, YasWest – Yas Island Abu Dhabi, Tel: +971 2 404 3081

Learn more at instagram.com/craftyfox.yaslinks

Drinking in Abu Dhabi

Whilst we want you to have a good time in Abu Dhabi, it is important to note the following.

  • The legal age to purchase and drink alcohol in Abu Dhabi is 21.
  • You no longer need to present an alcoholic drinks license in Abu Dhabi, but you may need to show ID, so you should always carry some form of photographic ID with you when you go out.
  • The United Arab Emirates has strict rules relating to inappropriate behaviour and a zero-tolerance approach to drink driving.

For more information on Abu Dhabi’s alcohol laws, click here.


We hope you manage to find the perfect place to catch the sporting action on your trip to Abu Dhabi. You may also like to check out next our top picks for fabulous nightlife in Abu Dhabi, a full review of Abu Dhabi’s first microbrewery opening; or ladies looking for a deal, check out these sensational ladies night offerings in the capital.


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