Your guide to watching the beautiful game in the capital

Gather up the gang and catch all the EPL football action at these pub venues in the city

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It’s that time of the year when fans take their love of football to a whole new level.

Yes, we’re talking about the latest English Premier League season, where 20 teams will be vying once more to outscore and outlast the competition to be top of the table.

Now that the EPL has kicked off there are plenty of places in town that will broadcast the games. Here are some great places to support your side.

The Tavern

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This cosy bar offers an intimate spot to catch a match. Enjoy pub grub such as nachos, stuffed jacket potato, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie as well as a super happy hour from Saturday to Wednesday, 8pm to 1am, with drinks from AED 20. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Corniche East. Sun-Wed and Fri noon-2am, Thu noon-2.30am. Contact: 02 677 3333, tavernpubabudhabi.com

NRG

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With large screens both indoors and outdoors, this sports bar is catering to fans with plenty of chances to catch the action, plus 20 percent discount on drinks. The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. Sun-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri-Sat 1pm-3am. Contact: 02 644 6666, thevillageatlemeridienabudhabi.com

St. Regis Bar

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One for the more refined fans who can resist the urge to yell at the ref, this hotel’s signature gentleman’s bar is a great place to catch your team’s match. At happy hour, enjoy 50 percent off selected beverages, which you can pair with tapas bites, daily from 5pm to 8pm. Dress code: semi-formal. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche West. Daily 1pm-1am. Contact: 02 694 4444, stregisabudhabi.com/stregis-bar

McGettigan’s

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With over 20 screens, there’s no escaping the action here. Enjoy special weekend promotions such as the Saturday breakfast special for AED 99, inclusive of three house drinks and breakfast dishes from noon until 6pm. An all-day traditional roast dinner every Saturday and Sunday allows guests to sink their teeth into succulent meats complete with all the trimmings and free drinks for AED 99. The daily happy hour serves selected house beverages for AED 20. Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street. Sun-Wed 3pm-3am, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Contact: 04 378 0800, mcgettigans.com/auh

Blu Sky Lounge and Grill

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With 12 HD screens, this lounge is a relaxing spot to cheer on your team. There’s a string of promotions too: Indulge in a sharing platter with two drinks for AED 121 every Saturday and Sunday. Monday Madness offers one starter, a main course and a glass of hops for AED 111, while Tuesday is massive with a steak, three side dishes and hops combo for AED 131. Taco fiesta is on Wednesdays and tempura on Thursdays. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi,     Al Mina Street. Mon-Fri 3pm-3am, Sat-Sun noon-3am. Contact: 02 818 4888, facebook.com/bluskybarad

Porters English Pub

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If it’s atmosphere you’re looking for, this two-storey gastro pub has it in spades with live music and a DJ. Catch the game on one of seven LCD screens or the projector and take advantage of the special carvery menu paired with a pint of hops for AED 75. Between 4pm and midnight, beverages are half price. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, next to Al Wahda Mall. Sun-Wed 4pm-2am, Thu-Sat 3pm-3am. Contact: 02 495 3936

Sports Café

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Watch the action unfold on multiple flat screens while enjoying gourmet pub grub like chicken pie and chile con carne nachos. For a large group, we recommend going for the three-litre brew tower paired with three dozen chicken wings. If you’ve got a real appetite, then join the speed-eating contest every Thursday to win a box of bottled hops. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, between the bridges. Sun-Tue noon-1am, Wed-Sat noon-2am. Contact: 02 654 3238, dining.bab@fairmont.com

Cooper’s

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One of the city’s favourite pub venues offers a bustling atmosphere to catch the match. Take advantage of the daily happy hour from noon to midnight with up to 50 percent off selected drinks. The food is also worth checking out: we can vouch for the pulled beef tacos, cottage pie, grilled Angus ribeye and the sausage with sides. Park Rotana, off Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street, near Khalifa Park. Sun-Wed noon-2.30am, Thu-Fri noon-3.30am. Contact: 02 657 3325

Stills

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With what’s dubbed as the longest bar in Abu Dhabi, this popular place is a great spot to perch yourself for a couple hours. Food and beverage deals start from AED 99. Crowne Plaza, Yas Island. Sun-Wed 3pm-1am, Thu 3pm-3am, Fri noon-3am, Sat noon-1am. Contact: 02 656 3066, facebook.com/stillsbar

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