Renowned for its lively nightlife, Galway is home to a plethora of pubs, bars and clubs where you can hear traditional Irish music, enjoy a pint, or dance all night. To find out where to go on a night out in this city in the west of Ireland, we asked you about your favourite bars in Galway over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you told us...
The Dáil Bar
Thomas Carty says:
The Dáil Bar, near Shop Street in Galway. Why it got its name I dont know...
Both bar and restaurant, the Dáil is located in Galway City’s Latin Quarter. From the bar you’ll be able to get a wide variety of beers, cocktails, wines and more, plus live entertainment is offered throughout the week. On Monday to Wednesday and also on Sundays you’ll hear live music at the Dáil, while from Thursday to Saturday, the resident DJs here play tunes into the wee hours of the morning.
Location: 42-44 Middle Street.
Central Park is recommended by: Rebecca Serber.
Central Park is one of Galway’s most popular nightspots. This club has recently undergone refurbishment work and is popular with a younger crowd who come to dance the night away on the club’s two levels.
Location: 36 Upper Abbeygate Street.
Σταωροσ Ηριστονακιοσ says:
O'Murphy's, just across King's Head on High street. ;)
This small, comfy pub can get pretty packed on weekends as it’s a popular spot. A long-running operation, it offers up great pints of Guinness and plenty of friendly conversation.
Location: 9 High Street.
The Crane Bar
Megan Eaves-Egenes says:
The Crane Bar, across the river, has an amazing old pub atmosphere and some of the best music in Ireland.
Rysiu Markowski says:
ditto on the crane bar! the night we were there it looked dead from the outside, but upstairs it was positively bursting at the seams... a great night was had.
One of the top spots in Galway to hear live traditional Irish music, the Crane Bar is spread out over two levels and can seat about 70 people. Upstairs at the Crane Bar is known as ‘The Listeners Club’ and this is where you’ll be able to enjoy performances by well-known and up and coming musicians. Downstairs, you’ll hear live traditional Irish music ‘sessions’ each night.
Location: 2 Sea Road.
The Spanish Arch Bar
The Spanish Arch Bar is recommended by: Carlo Correale and Věra Trávníčková.
Located inside the Spanish Arch Hotel, this bar is open to everyone and not just those staying at the hotel. Live entertainment is offered here every night of the week and includes everything from traditional Irish music to cover bands. There’s also a ‘Pour your own pint’ table in the bar which you can book over the phone or reserve by dropping into the bar.
Location: Quay Street.
The King’s Head
The King’s Head is recommended by: Lyssa Marcil.
The site where this bar now stands was once home to a Col. Peter Stubbers who had been involved in the execution of King Charles I back in the 1600s, hence the name of the pub. Today, the King's Head hosts free live entertainment every night including live bands, DJs and more. It also shows all the big sporting events on its big screen and plasma TVs.
Location: 15 High Street.
O’Connell’s is recommended by: Jordi Bonet Garcia.
A long-running establishment, O’Connell’s is popular with a wide variety of people who come to enjoy the great pints and large beer garden. Many of the major sports events are also shown at this much-loved watering hole.
Location: Eyre Square.
The Quay’s is recommended by: Róisín McManus.
One of the city’s most historic drinking establishments, the Quays is spread out over a couple of levels and attracts a good mix of locals and visitors to Galway City. This popular spot hosts traditional Irish music sessions along with plenty of other events.
Location: Quay Street.
And if you feel like hitting up more than one pub...
Shannon Fellows says:
How to possibly narrow it down. Taaffes for a start, such great energy, The Quays when you want to be among the crowds, and any night ended upstairs at The Crane for a proper session!!
Erin Dyer says:
Róisín Dubh, Tig Cóilí, Neachtains, The Blue Note.
Roseline Geurde says:
The Quays where there is often good music, the King's Head to relax and chat with your friends, the Imperial where you can relax when there is a match on the big screen.