By Devina Divecha
The Irish pub concept opened its first venue in Dubai four years ago
The owners behind McGettigans, the Irish pub brand which opened its first outlet in Dubai four years ago, is aiming to expand globally and be operating up to 70 venues within the next five years, its founder said.
In an interview with Caterer Middle East, Dennis McGettigan revealed plans for the Irish concept to be expanded on a global scale and already has plans to open soon in Singapore and New York.
“What we’re doing now is Singapore which should open on March 17, 2015, St Patrick’s Day. New York I’m hoping to open on February 28,” McGettigan said.
He also said the brand is actively pursuing other opportunities further afield: “I’m going to look at London and Doha. We should have these open by September 2015. I want to expand in Europe, and the United States in a large way. I would like to get into Africa and India.”
The first McGettigan’s bar opened four years ago in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Dubai. That is also undergoing a number of upgrades with a AED7 million ($1.9 million) expansion, which will see the creation of a “gig room by adding an extra 3000 square feet to the existing premises on the same level".
"I want to try and have a situation whereby whatever airport you’re in, or whatever city you’re in, you know there’s a McGettigan’s not too far away. We want to aim for 50-70 McGettigan’s over the next five years,” McGettigan added.
Hey Dennis, how is McGettigans an "Irish Concept"? I've been there quite a few time, the live music is good (nothing near Irish, but good pop rock stuff), the food is standard fare, prices are above market average, well if you want to take other pubs into consideration and the layout of the trade centre and jlt locations leave much to be desired with both having a cram your way through tube-like concept where trying to get from one end to the other is like trying to use the washroom on a plane when the crew are serving food. Fibbers is probably the only thing close to an Irish pub/bar in the city and even that's not overly Irish. The city definitely needs a proper Irish pub. One with join along ceilidhs in the back, proper Irish feel and music and food at reasonable prices. McGettigans at dwtc ends up turning the lights down to near black at dusk and blares the music (once again, not Irish) so you can't even have a conversation. It's certainly very "Dubai". I'll give you that.
Dear Mickey Alex,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on this article.
McGettigan's is, and always has been 'The Modern Irish Experience' hence why we do not try to replicate traditional or typical Irish pubs. We pride ourselves on reflecting the very best of modern, present day Ireland and this is something that we continually strive to achieve through the style of our dÃ©cor, music and food. The McGettigan family has a long, respected history in the Irish hospitality industry and this experience heavily influences the way we run our bars and our vision for the future of the company. We can assure you that our product is authentically Irish - something which we could not be more proud of as the only Irish and family owned bar and restaurant in the UAE.
That said, we sincerely appreciate your feedback and will certainly discuss your comments about the lighting and music with our management team. We hope to welcome you back to one of our locations again in the near future.
Comment left on behalf of Dennis McGettigan and the McGettigan's Group.
I'd agree whole heartedly that McGettigans is a 'Modern Irish Experience'. The feel of the place, the decor, the wood finish, the food items on the menu, the offering, the big Irish fella who gives a warm handshake as you walk through the door all say Irish to me. I think the traditional Irish bar that you describe Mickey isn't what McGettigans ever claimed to be, I'm a Scot but I don't want into Girders on JBR expecting bag pipes, kilts and a coal fire. There's enough though in the pub between the decor and the grub to make me feel at home. Good luck with the expansion McGettigans!