The pub has a tremendous significance in Irish culture, and nowhere more so than in the West of Ireland. The pub is not just considered to be a social outlet but it is seen as a worthwhile pastime especially in a place like Galway, which makes no apologies for its pub culture and, in fact, thrives on it. And there'll be a lot more than drink flowing in the average Irish pub where good conversation, the best of music and the 'craic' are the order of the day. It is here that you will find the truest representation of contemporary Irish life as it is embodied in its people, which are, after all, the country's greatest asset.
Pubs in Galway generally open from 10.30 am to 11.30 pm, but some open for longer hours during the weekend. The price of drink varies, but a pint of stout is about EUR 3.50 (Jan 2006). Smoking is banned in Irish pubs (and all work places).
This is one of Galway's only genuine hard rock pubs which attracts a younger clientele. The interior is dark and has a Gothic feel, while loud rock music keeps the punters hopping. Live music gigs at the weekends are in keeping with the overall pub theme.
15 High Street, Galway
Fax: +353 91-563592
One of Galway's oldest pubs, well known for its lunchtime theatre and nightly live music gigs. The flagstone flooring and large open fireplaces contribute to the warm relaxed atmosphere.
"GO WILDE DOWN THE WEST" Galway's Best Gay Bar. Situated down the west end of Galway. Five minutes walk from Jury's Inn, Quay Street and the Spanish Arch. Just over Wolfetone bridge on the corner between the Roisin Dubh / Bier House and the Blue Note bars.
Open 7 nights a week from 8pm to late. VIP lounges and stylish bar areas. Erotic dancing club hosted by beautiful models from around the world.
Westside Shopping Centre, Galway
This spacious lounge bar features an enclosed supervised car park and is capable of catering for large groups. Children are welcome with adult supervision, and family entertainment is the main emphasis with regular bands and talent nights.
Galway's premier traditional Irish traditional music venue and the launching pad for many well known Irish bands and singers.
The pretty exterior reflects the 'trad' focus and an upstairs and downstairs bar provide adequate room for all of those who wish to visit the home of traditional Irish music in Galway.
Eight Bar & Restaurant on the docks offers you the opportunity to sample really unique food at affordable prices.The bar boasts fine wines, teas and coffees, world beers, and sumptuous cocktails along with free Wi-Fi and great music.
Variety is the spice of life and we are all looking for something different. So for a great night out with a difference why not try a night at the dogs and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
The atmosphere, the food, the flutter, the craic and of course the top class racing – they all combine to make you want to come back again and again and again. A night at the dogs in Galway is a great way to spend an unforgettable time with friends or family. You will appreciate the thrill of a night at the dogs for its big entertainment value.
Mary Street, Galway
Sports/Students Bar Indoor Smoking Area Upto Date Juke Box 2 Dart Boards Relaxed Lighting Minute walk from Halo, Gpo, CPs, Sally Longs
Eyre Square, Galway
This rather unusual tiny pub has retained all the trimmings of times past when it flourished as a city centre pub cum shop. Testament to this are the unique, ornate ceiling, tiled floors and solid wooden fittings. A true old style pub, it is now a favourite with young professionals in the city.
232 - 224 Salthill Upper, Galway
Fax: +353 91 522684
A contemporary bar and restaurant with a traditional twist. Serving great food, wine and drink seven days a week.
Lohans deliver the very best in unique and tasty food.
Lohans Offers Free WIFI to all its customers.
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Eyre Square, Galway
Fax: +353 91 561679
The 'Skeff' has a spacious multifloored interior with a medieval church feel with dark wood and carvings everywhere. Comfortable couches add to the busy yet convivial atmosphere. It is very popular during the day and early evening as a meeting place before the crowds arrive. Close to all the city centre bus stops and the train station. A perfect place for that first pint in the city to see why Galway is such a popular place to visit.
Augustine Street, Galway
Fax: +353 91 561581
Prospect Hill, Galway
3 Eyre Square, Galway
With Garvey's impressive stand overlooking Galway's focal point- Eyre Square; this Hotel and Bar has become a landmark in Galway City. One of the most impressive and comfortable Hotels in the city center.
Restaurant: Located in the heart of Galway city centre just opposite the bus & train station, this restaurant has a busy lunch and evening trade which has earned a fine reputation for fresh and locally produced cuisine. Our experienced and decorated chef is able and willing to accommodate the varying taste of today's discerning customer and our extensive wine list will please any palate.
Bar: Garvey's bar has positioned itself as one of Galway's most impressive bars and yet has maintained a personal touch which is unique to the Garvey family and never fails to make an impression on each and every customer. Our digital big screen with surround sound accommodates every sporting taste.
With five bars spread over two floors and stretching over two streets there is something for everyone!
The Front Door provides a warm inviting pub feel with a relaxed ambiance. Their versatile and varied menu can be adapted for vegetarians and coeliacs.
Watch The Front Door transform into Galway's hottest night spot from Wednesday to Sunday with top DJ's and late bar till 2 am!
For sporting events two large plasma screens are provided for your viewing pleasure.
This bar and hotel is conveniently located close to the Galway Clinic, Galway Races and business in the Parkmore industrial estate (eg Medtronic, Boston Scientific, SAP).
Clybaun Road, Galway
47 Eyre Square, Galway
One of Ireland's most famous pubs, favoured for its warm and cosy open fired atmosphere. With Traditional Irish Music playing nightly in the Bar.
Coming Soon: Live music venue hosting Traditional, Country, Americana, Blue Grass and Roots music.
Kellys have transformed the premises from a super pub, to a well designed bar, lounge and restaurant with an authentic quirkiness downstairs that will cater for all scenarios on any night out.
33 Prospect Hill, Galway
Fax: +353 91 565458
Traditional drink, Traditional music, and a Traditional Irish Welcome!
Located in the heart of Galway City, just off Eyre Square, The Western Bar is a warm and welcoming place, traditional and friendly, and is the site of the largest open traditional Irish music session in Galway every Thursday!
Our bar is unique in that it is very much a local bar, popular with Galwegians, so mingling with the local people is very easy.
There are Traditional Irish music sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9.30pm, Ceili Irish Set dancing on Wednesdays from 9pm, a local band playing all your favourite Irish Songs on Friday from 9.30, Live Band on Saturdays from 9.30pm and our House DJ playing all your old favourites on Sunday from 9.30pm.
We also serve a full carvery, snack and a la carte menu by our award winning chef, so feel free to stop by for a bite to eat as well!
17 Cross Street, Galway
Fax: +353 91 563940
This is a century old family run business right at the heart of the medieval quarter of Galway. The pub is housed in the building which used to be the townhouse of famous politician and animal rights activist Richard Martin, known as Humanity Dick, who lived there in the last century. The bar itself holds a long and varied history, particularly as one of the main homes of traditional Irish music in the West.
15 Eyre Square, Galway
Fax: +353 91 566704
For Pub, Grub and Get Togethers.
Beo! consists of two floors and the first floor has a terrace bar, perfect for long summer evenings or chilly January nights now that the smoking ban is in effect.
There are plasma screens and projectors on both floors for viewing sporting events, and an ambitious enterainments program, encompassing live music, guest DJs and other surprises. Late Bar Friday & Saturday Nights till 2am.
Quay Street, Galway
Fax: +353 91 569191
Located on the pedestrianised Quay Street in the heart of Galway City, Hotel Spanish Arch comprises of 20 elegantly and individually designed en-suite bedrooms. Facilities include Direct Dial Telephone, TV, Hairdryer, Tea & Coffee making, 24 hour Reception etc. Superior Service guaranteed. The Hotel is ideally located for shopping, theatres, art galleries, museums, pubs, restaurants and clubs. It’s within walking distance of Salthill promenade. Bar food is served daily in the Spanish Arch Bar and an A'La Carte Menu is available in the evening. Live entertainment weekly including Traditional Irish Music and Jazz sessions in the bar.
Morgans is renowned for its parties and we can reserve private areas for any occasion and even provide a complimentary Limousine service to parties, subject to availability.
Select Bar & Restaurant. Serving food daily from 12pm.
Late Bar Wednesday - Sunday nights.
Salthill Lower, Galway
An institution for many years, P.J's has changed hands recently but this has only served to make it more popular. This pub offers a great mix of older regulars and younger students all who have come here for a fabled pint of Guinness. There is also an off licence here. With a TV area there is plenty of room to watch major sporting events in comfort without sacrificing any of the atmosphere. So for a quiet pint with a hint of something more go to PJ O'Flahertys!
3 Eyre Street, Woodquay, Galway
Dominates the whole Woodquay area with a very impressive old-style frontage. Superb Victorian style interior decor with wooden floors and tables. Lots of Victorian bric a brac. Full restaurant and pub grub available within the bar area. Definitely worth visiting.
The restaurant is located over the pub. The menu is varied. The restaurant is divided into a number of different areas so although it may be very busy you get a sense of it being smaller than it is. It's in the moderate to expensive price range and attracts a mixed crowd. The staff are helpful even when rushed off their feet and the atmosphere is upbeat and buzzing.
This seafront bar is perfectly situated to take advantage of a substantial amount of passing trade, especially in the Summer. Patrons can enjoy the relaxed holiday atmosphere either inside or in the pub area outside the building, especially during the fine weather.
2 Forster Street, Galway
2 Newcastle Road, Galway
A roomy 'local' with a genuine thatched roof located in one of the oldest residential areas in Galway. An excellent pint of 'the black' is served by the friendly staff and this is an ideal spot for a group outing or a game of cards.
Forster Street, Galway
Fax: +353 91 569641
Dublin Road, Galway
Fax: +353 91 753187
This hotel has recently undergone extensive renovation and has reopened under the "Days" brand (April 2005). It is one of the biggest hotels in the West of Ireland and is conveniently located only a few minutes drive from Galway City centre. The attached leisure club features a pool and a gym.
164 College Road, Galway
Fax: +353 91 561985
This is a fully licensed bar and restaurant offering a variety of food in comfortable surroundings. It seats 75 and is in the moderately priced category. There's a relaxed atmosphere among the mahogony wood which predominates in the dining area. Service is friendly and you can retire after a pleasant meal to the bar if you so desire. What could be nicer?.
Fax: +353 91 565958
Park House Hotel, Forster Street, Galway
Part of Park House hotel.
Dominick Street, Galway
Fax: +353 91 589202
Now dubbed Galway's premier music venue, this pub features the creme de la creme of music acts in Galway, and further afield. The live acts have broad appeal ranging from country and western to cajun to Russian Gypsy music. This is definitely one of the hip and most happening places in Galway at the moment.
23 Forster Street, Galway
A long established concern, this bar has built up a regular and loyal clientele over the years, especially amongst local business people. The attractive facade is imposing and inviting and once inside one will find a spacious and comfortable bar area with ample seating.
New Docks, Galway
Situated right on the docks this bar boasts many seafarers amongst its clientele. The exterior is simple and understated, in keeping with most of the other buildings in this part of town. An excellent pint is served by the friendly and chatty barstaff and this is the perfect place for an evening of card playing.
Situated on the main Salthill throughfare, this bar evokes a 'cottage' ambiance, with large open heart fires and a large amount of comfortable seating and space.
9 High Street, Galway
One of Galway's oldest pubs and one of the last bastions of old Galway culture. Stepping through the portals of Murphy's is like taking a trip back in time to an era when the art of conversation was nursed as carefully as a pint of the black stuff. The friendly and welcoming staff add enormously to the charm of this bar. A must see for the genuine culture seeker!
Merlin Park, Galway
Located at the entrance to Merlin Park hospital. A quiet local's pub.
39 Dominick Street Lower, Galway
This bar is situated on one of the oldest streets in Galway and the local canal provides a picturesque backdrop for it. This is a popular 'locals' bar where a cross section of Galway life is on display.
Mainguard Street, Galway
Widely known as Miles Lee's, this is a tiny vintage character pub with a colourful frontage and old style, simple interior. The barmen here have an excellent reputation as being among the most helpful and friendly in the city.
This pub is a perfect pit stop when travelling to or from the scenic area of Connemara. Its location just outside the city gives it a 'village pub' feel, and the largely local clientele are sure to provide you with enough gossip and chat to keep you entertained.
Eyre Street, Galway
In the heart of Galway,this famed thatch student & horse racing enthusiast's watering hole is A1 for craic.
31 Woodquay, Galway
One of Galway's major sporting pubs and the place to catch the match. Fortunately the roomy groundspace is more than equipped to deal with the large crowds on the big day and the punter can be sure of a good pint to go along with the game.
Facing the William O'Brien Bridge, this pub/B&B is spacious and clean. Rooms have kettles, TVs. Rooms on the first and second floors also have balconies, and those at the front have views over the surging River Corrib.
19 High Street, Galway
This bright and airy pub provides a convivial atmosphere for those who enjoy the art of conversation. Despite the modern comfortable surroundings this pub has retained at least some of the vestiges of times past, a feeling which is reinforced in the adjoining fishing tackle shop.
71 Bohermore, Galway
Small, unpretentious bar located just minutes away from the city centre. A friendly chat over a good pint is practically de rigeur in this family run pub.
76 Salthill Lower, Galway
A popular student haunt, this pub is housed in one of Galways oldest buildings and features an impressive old stone hearth, which provides an enormous fire in Wintertime. A jukebox, TV room and pool room supply all the additional entertainment for its young clientèle.
Unpretentious bar right in the heart of Woodquay. As with all the Woodquay pubs it has a very small town, simple feel to it. A great place to come to escape from it all!
Kirwan's Lane, Cross Street, Galway
Fax: +353 91 569403
Arguably the most popular pub in Galway at the moment, this enormous pub features a Slate House bar as well as the main bar combining three floors and an expanse of ground space to make it also one of the largest pubs in Galway. Clients are spoilt for choice with a cafe/seafood kitchen, lively bar and upstairs music venue in a pub that has retained its original medieval character.
Eircom WiFi hotspot on site.
2 High Street, Galway
With a pretty cut-stone exterior and located on the fringes of Galway's Latin Quarter 'The Bunch' attracts a more upmarket clientele than its counterparts. A wholesome pub lunch is served daily. The wooden flooring and dimmed lights give it a more refined, quieter feel than the rest of the pubs in this area. Perfect for that nice quiet pint.
37 Newcastle Road, Galway
Pub and B&B. Located opposite University College Hospital. Frequented during term time by university students. Serves excellent pub grub up to about 7pm. Prop: Ronan Lawless.
10 William Street West, Galway
Newcastle Road Upper, Galway.
Fax: +353 91 521400
This four star hotel, located on the main Galway to Clifden road, is situated amidst rural greenery, yet only minutes away from Galway city.
WiFi available (BitBuzz).
2 Henry Street, Galway
Galways finest beer selection with over 60 different beers from around the world. Also featuring Galways finest underground Djs at the weekend.
46 William Street, Galway
Located in the very heart of Galway, this is one of the city's oldest and most enduring pubs. Attracting an older local clientele, many visit just to meet the head barman who is quite a character, and has attracted renown, both for himself and for the pub.
163 Upper Salthill, Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland
Sea Road, Galway
This rather unusual pub attracts a large number of students during the year who enjoy the dance bar atmosphere. The large bar space area opens out onto a beer garden which proves tremendously popular in the Summer months. Brunch served every day with The Hangover Brunch on Sunday a major hit.
1 Eyre Square, Galway
Yet another base for traditional Irish music in the city. The prime location on Eyre Square allows for easy access to this corner pub. Occupying two floors, sessions are usually upstairs while a quieter drink can be enjoyed at ground level. Live music nightly. Traditional bar food served 12:00 - 20:00.
Tuam Road, Galway
Quay Street, Galway
Fax: +353 91 567405
Renovated in 1994, this pub has kept the charm which gained it an international reputation for its traditional Irish music sessions. The interior has a 'church' theme which is immaculately executed in wood and glass, right down to the pews. It's worth visiting just to see the decor, not to mention the ceol, music and craic to be had in this, one of the most popular of the Galway pubs.
Eircom WiFi hotspot available on site.
45 Dominick Street Lower, Galway
Want to brush up on your Irish over a pint of Guinness? This is the perfect place. Non members welcome, but an effort to speak Irish is expected. Excellent trad music most nights too. Also a venue for Irish dancing.
With an amazing bunch of locals who'll welcome you, randomers breaking out in song and traditional music sessions.
19 Shop Street, Galway
One is almost always sure to catch a traditional Irish music session in progress here at any time of the day or night. The bar's location in the middle of the main shopping throughfare ensures a busy daytime pub where the ceol and the craic take precedence.
Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway
Fax: 353 91 566704
Ravens Terrace, Galway