8 properly old Dubai pubs
Dubai is marvelled at the world over for the breath-taking pace at which it evolved from from a small fishing village into the sprawling metropolis it is today. However, the nostalgia-lovers among us will always seek out somewhere less modern, especially when it comes to pubs. Technically, The Golden Lion on the QE2 is the city’s oldest watering hole, but as it only moored in Dubai relatively recently, here are five of our favourites from back in the day...
This ‘Sports Arena’ was around when football on TV was still in black and white. That’s not entirely true but head here during happy hour (daily noon-8pm) and you can grab a pint for an inflation-busting AED21, plus free pool.
Where: Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Al Mankhool
Contact: +9714 501 2533
We’re glad we never hopped in a plane with this pub’s namesake after a few jars with him here as the prices are so good, we doubt he’d be able to fly straight. More than 20 years old and still charming.
Where: Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud
Contact: +9714 702 8888
Opened back in 1978, the Chelsea harks back to an era when Dubai life was a lot simpler. Irrespective of whether you think blue is the colour, you’re always welcome at this veteran of the scene.
Where: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers, Deira
Contact: +9714 228 1111
George & Dragon
Forget Throwback Thursdays, this retro hangout should be filled any day of the week, especially when you can grab bottles of hops here for AED20. Its the ideal venue for a warm-up before hitting one of the nearby curry houses.
Where: Ambassador Hotel, Bur Dubai
Contact: +9714 393 9444
The ultimate Ronseal watering hole, what this place lacks in an original moniker it more than makes up for with its cheery staff and fabulously fusty feel. Watch The Match at The Pub with The Pints and The Steak and Chips.
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Contact: +9714 222 7171
A trio of venues that have been born again
Liner them up
The Golden Lion
With the same décor that it had when the QE2 was launched in 1969, you can almost smell the pipe smoke as you walk into this charming cruisers’ bolt hole.
Where: The QE2, Port Rashid
Contact: +9714 526 8888
Risen from the ashes
The Red Lion
Tears were shed when the original Red Lion was torn down but the remake is trying its best to dry those eyes with its classic stylings and money-saving deals.
Where: Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +9714 343 0000
The Ship’s Wheel
Newcomers to town wouldn’t even know this old favourite had been rebuilt, that’s how faithfully they’ve recreated it. The daily deals remain, too.
Where: Jebel Ali Recreation Club
Contact: +9714 459 5198