The latest chapter in a fine tradition of hospitality, which began in 1964 with the first McGettigan's Pub on Queen Street in Dublin, has taken Dubai by storm in 2011. McGettigan's offers a beautifully designed and finished Irish pub and delivers the best of traditional Irish food and beverage in a modern, yet warm homely environment.
McGettigan's Irish Pub has been one of the great success stories for the Irish in Dubai this year. It opened its door for the first time in November 2010 and without any major advertising campaign was busy nearly every night of the week. McGettigan's is different to most Irish pubs as it reflects modern Ireland and modern Irish culture, food, music and sport!
Apart from the stunning food and award winning pints of Guinness, McGettigan's prides itself on providing the best Irish entertainment in Dubai.
Head of entertainment and events at the pub, Declan Pierce, left his job in the radio industry in Dublin on 98FM to join the team of Irish people at McGettigan's. His job instructions were clear − "Bring over the best Irish acts you can!"
January 2011 saw McGettigan's host the first Irish Comedyfest in Dubai − top Irish comedians Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher, Eric Lalor, Dermot Whelan and Paddy Courtney packed out the venue for 4 nights in a row with standup comedy shows. "It was an idea that came about over a chat on twitter with comedian, Eric Lalor", Declan told us. "I asked him if he thought he could convince the comedians to travel to Dubai... the rest is history! This is the first of many Comedyfest events that will happen in McGettigan's. All the lads want to come back next year... especially Jason Byrne who loved the pub and Dubai!"
The Comedyfest was the first of a long line of events at McGettigan's. The Irish cricket team and Dublin GAA football team have all stopped off at the pub during training visits to Dubai. Other concerts in the pub include: Paddy Casey, The Wolfe Tones, Mundy and Paul Brady.
"I want to make this pub the most exciting venue in Dubai for live entertainment."
The Saint Patrick's Day events at McGettigan's didn't just happen on 17th March − the pub put together a full week of celebrations − there were Irish dancers, 2 live bands from Ireland and Scotland and their resident DJ John Hayes from Limerick to rock the pub for the full week. The Paddy's week celebrations wrapped up with Ireland beating England on the giant TV screen in the new McGettigan's Garden!
One thing is for certain − McGettigan's is very quickly becoming one of the most popular places for the Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh to get together and have a good time in Dubai!