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“Great food, Great atmosphere, Great bar”
Review of McGettigan's JLT

McGettigan's JLT
Ranked #481 of 9,984 Restaurants in Dubai
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: European, Irish, Bar, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The very first McGettigan's Irish Pub was opened in Dublin in 1964 by Donegal man Jim McGettigan. In 2010, McGettigan's started its journey around the world and Dubai's Jumeirah Lakes Towers was the first international opening. Taking the city's nightlife scene by storm, the pub is located just outside the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers and in walking distance to the nearest Dubai metro station. Pop in and try our award-winning pub grub, watch live sports, or enjoy live music! Twitter: mcgettiganspub Instagram: mcgettiganspubs
Reviewed October 7, 2013

My wife and I recently visited McGettigans, on two nights, and both had great food, the service was excellent, the atmosphere was great, and so was the Guinness. The manager, Donal Brennan, made us feel very welcome, and could'nt do enough for us. He worked the floor making sure everyone was being looked after. Definitely coming back the next time we come to Dubai.

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Thank 443DavidO
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bonningtontower, Manager at McGettigan's JLT, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2013

Dear 443DavidO,

Thank you very much for your review! I was happy to hear that you & your wife enjoyed your visit to our pub.

We're looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

All the best,

Michael McBrearty
Pub Manager, McGettigan’s JLT

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Good pub to watch Celtic in, they played the commentary which given there was other champion's league English Games on was a plus. Expensive bar with no promotions, no sign of a ladies night offer or happy hour offer which was disappointing, if there was one it certainly wasn't well advertised. If you are a non smoker you will struggle in this pub it needs some ventilation...horrendous. On the plus always seems busy with a good atmosphere!

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Thank Francesca M M
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bonningtontower, Manager at McGettigan's JLT, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2013

Dear Frann A,

Thank you very much for your review. I was sorry to hear that on your visit you found the atmosphere too smokey. Very soon, our beer-garden will be back in action, which provides an al fresco alternative for watching the games.

While we do not currently offer Ladies Nights or Happy Hours, we frequently bring our guests & visitors special promotions like the recent Arthur's Day celebrations with free Guinness or our popular weekly Friday brunch.

We hope to see you again soon!

All the best,

Michael McBrearty
Pub Manager, McGettigan’s JLT

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Ok, Proud American Irish here that has had the great pleasure of visiting the Emerald Isle more than once. Part of my love for Ireland is the people, the food, the music. McGettigan's is as close as I have been able to get to such for the 6 month here in Dubai. It is not like say Dolan's in Limerick, but for being in the Middle East, or for that matter most anywhere short of Ireland or possible Boston, it is great. Food is very good and special enjoy the Kidney and Steak Pie, and highly recommend the Fried cabbage as a side.

Music is very good on the weekend and more relax during the week. DJ Hays (I think that is the young lad name) is very good and Friday band Boz Boz have been excellent. Wait staff is always friendly, but on weekend it can be very packed, so give them a break if things take time or they get something wrong. Seem to be one of the few Yanks that routinely go there, but always have a good time, especially for an old Hillbilly.

Now my suggestion. Would love to see the occasional full traditional Irish Music, music that one dances to, sing along with, you know penny whistle, hand drums, squeeze box, violins. Second is it is an Irish Pub and regardless if most people like to drink Arthur's legendary Stout or some Cider, or the cold Tex-Mex Corona, I love my Irish Whiskey, so occasionally running out of Jameson should be a sin for an Irish Pub, but thank you for having a few substitutes. That said it is always good if one would have a few more of the God Given Spirits, say some Tullamore, Red Breast, Paddy, or like over at the WTC (thank's Eugene) Middleton's Reserve!!!

Last other than a good traditional band every now then (one to get my bad vocals to Irish Eye's are calling per say), would be fantastic to bring in more often some of Ireland's best and maybe a legend or two (would make a friend for life if you could get the lovely Miss Sharon Shannon or Imelda May over) or even the old gray beard of like line of the old Clancy Brother or Dubliners, some I can do my worse but proud reel, jig or soft shoe stepping too. Or good ole fun like Jerry Fish!!

Love the place and short of going to over to County Clair or Galway, McGettingan's has come my Irish Home. Thank you and see you Friday most likely.

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Thank Timothy A
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bonningtontower, Manager at McGettigan's JLT, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Dear Timothy A,

Thank you very much for your review & suggestions! We're glad you like it here and that you rate our food & entertainment highly.

We'll certainly look into the points you raised!

See you again soon!

All the best,

Michael McBrearty
Pub Manager, McGettigan’s JLT

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

The restaurant is location behind the Bonnington tower in jumeirah lakes & has a main bar and excellent beer tent for watching sporting events. We sat in the main bar and found it to have a lovely atmosphere with modern decor & classy lighting.
The food menu is not huge but has the usual Irish pub classics. We started with the spicy chicken wings which were excellent and followed with fish & chips which were ok.
Whilst we were there they has the Gaelic footy on at the same time as the premier league so the place was buzzing.
Overall although this place is a bit far from the main dubai marina it's worth a taxi ride ( avoid rush hour in JLT though ), but it can get very busy during sporting events so you may need to stand up unless you get in early.

Thank Melbsteve
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bonningtontower, Manager at McGettigan's JLT, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2013

Dear Melbsteve,

Many thanks for your review! It was grand to see that you enjoyed your visit to our pub and liked the food & atmosphere.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon!

All the best,

Michael McBrearty
Pub Manager, McGettigan’s JLT

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Good service and friendly staff. Drinks are nice and cold and food ok for pub grub. Breakfast is possibly best meal on menu . Nice atmosphere and appeared very clean in all aspects. Would go again.

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Thank Redjoe
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bonningtontower, Manager at McGettigan's JLT, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2013

Dear Redjoe,

Thanks for your review! We were happy to see that you liked it here and enjoyed our breakfast. We hope to see you again one day!

All the best,

Michael McBrearty
Pub Manager, McGettigan’s JLT

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