The Irish consume on average 131.1 litres of beer per year, making Ireland the second highest per-capita country
in consumption after the Czech Republic.
So, it is no surprise that many of the UAE’s
pubs are mostly inspired by the land of
saints and scholars, with Al Ain recently
jumping on board.
After its success in other cities across the
UAE, McGettigan's has launched at Danat Al
Ain Resort, replacing Horse & Jockey.
“Our offcial opening was on 4 December
2017 and the response we’ve been getting
so far has been really good – all of our
events have been fully booked,” said pub
manager Stacey McWilliams.
McWilliams added that McGettigan's doesn’t
normally accommodate children, but since
the Al Ain location is in a resort and in such
a homey, family-friendly city, they allow
them until 9:30pm. They have also included
a Family Section and an outdoors Garden
Section, both overlooking the resort’s lovely
SOME AUTHENTIC FLOURISHES
One thing that sets this brand apart from
others is the charming features which harp
back to the country’s rich history and culture
– from portraiture to music and literature.
Inside the Al Ain watering hole, the lighting is
subdued, and the ambience relaxed and cosy – with the decor unsurprisingly following a
green colour scheme, and furnished with
wooden tables and booth seating.
“The several images of trees and forests
represent the nature in Ireland; it’s one
of our key features at McGettigan’s,”
McWilliams added. There are even faux wood
logs, something which McWilliams said pays
homage to lyrics from an Irish folk song
which goes: “There’s always a fre in the
Not only is Ireland famed for its music scene,
but for its authors and playwrights too, as
manifested in the pub’s library area. There
are actual books, but alas, not for borrowing
or sale, stuck to the wall and into the ceiling.
GOODBYE JANUARY DIET
McGettigan’s has an Irish executive chef
who looks after the entire menu creations
at all the pubs whether they are franchised
We dug right into the appetisers frst with
a sample platter which featured gooey,
golden fried mozzarella sticks, panko
prawns, spicy buffalo chicken wings, beef
sliders, sweet potato fries and condiments
including Thai curry and a cocktail sauce. It
was so flling that it works as a full-course
meal on its own and is defnitely a winner
on the menu.
We also went for the Wagyu Beef Chilli
Nachos since it’s among the pub’s
bestsellers; however they were perhaps
just a little too much work. With an
overload of sauce, guacamole and minced
Wagyu, they made the bed of chips
underneath all mushy.
Next on the menu was the specialty
beef burger. The juicy Wagyu beef patty
was grilled to order and topped with
McGettigan’s Ballymaloe tomato and onion
relish, sweet pickles, crisp veal bacon,
aged cheddar cheese and fresh lettuce
and tomatoes, all stacked between two
buttery, toasted buns and served with
seasoned French fries. This is a heavy meal
and messy to the point I had to remove the
bread from the receding tower.
Irish pubs may not be a health nut’s top
destination, but there’s never any harm in
being mindful of what we eat at all times,
even if it was going to be followed by sugarloaded dessert. To save diners’ arteries, it
would have been nice to have the option of
soda bread for the buns or a lettuce wrap
(just a burger afcionado’s suggestion!).
From the Butcher’s Block category on the
menu we decided to try out their prime,
peppery and evenly marbled rib eye – you
can slice through it like butter – served with
peppercorn bearnaise, making it all the
spicier, and a side of crispy veal bacon with
savoy cabbage. Go for the creamy mash to
balance the ﬂavours out.
Before we slipped into our inevitable food
coma, we still had a bit of energy left to
carry on to desserts.
First up was the Strawberry Eton Mess,
taking sugar rush to a whole new level
with its avalanche of strawberries,
marshmallows, strawberry ice cream and
And fnally, the Sticky Toffee Pudding with
vanilla ice cream. It was mouth-watering
and is the one dish you can’t share as you’re likely to ‘accidentally’ stab a fork
in a friend’s hand to save as much of this
heavenly dessert for yourself as you can.
McGettigan’s Al Ain has bags of Irish
charm, and a menu that is all about
indulgence and comfort. Well worth a try.
IF YOU GO
From noon until 4am
on Thursdays and Fridays and from noon
until 2am during the rest of the week
Every day from 5pm
until 8pm with a buy-one-get-one-free
on selected drinks
keep up with their constant offers and
promotions available throughout the