Drunken night, running around, random pub. I will tell you, I have never met nicer men then in Ireland. Totally non-threatening and a lot of fun to joke around with. They even let me smoke their pipe.
This is all around Galway, up and down the main street.
Dress Code: Casual
One of Galway's oldest pubs, well known for its lunchtime theatre and nightly live music gigs. A Sunday morning jazz session (12:30) goes down well with both visitors and locals alike. The flagstone flooring and large open fireplaces contribute to the warm relaxed atmosphere. The pub was renovated in 1996, greatly expanding its size, but still retains its former character.
Dress Code: The dress code is casual but anything goes. You should look decent but you don't have to dress up.
This newly renovated 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 a 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.
While I can't promise everyone will experience what I did, I had a wonderful time. During my visit I ended up chatting with a mix-aged group of men. Come to find out it was numerous generations of one local Galway family all out for beers. What did I do but pose for a picture of course (and of course Grandpa wanted me on his lap... Who am I to say no?)
Dress Code: Casual
Centrally located pub with plush upstairs bar and downstairs music venue. The professional and friendly staff reflect the pub mood and the carvery pub lunch is one of the best in town. Live music in the downstairs bar seven nights a week featuring the best of popular Galway bands.
Getting to An Púcán Bar was easy for me because it is right across from the Park House Hotel where I was staying. It is located on Forster Street, and it is only a short walk from Eyre Square. I had a pint of Guinness at the bar -- and listened to some live traditional Irish music.
The pub takes its name from a class of Galway hooker boat which had one main sail and one foresail. In addition to food and drink, the pub features live traditional Irish music seven nights a week. Also, it is one of the main pubs in Galway City for local residents who primarily speak the Irish language.
This place is pretty big. The downstairs sprawls out. There's a dance floor and an elevated section to the rear. There's a room with a bar on the opposite side of the bar you see when you walk in, and where you walk in has booths and outcoves with its bar. The second floor has a small bar with seating around, and stairs lead up to a small 3rd level where there are some seats and the foosball table.
It was pretty packed when I went here and had to nudge my way into a stool at the bar. Played some okay tunes, but then again I was missing the US music scene at the time.
Dress Code: Casual to trendy.
for trad music stick to shop st and quay st and some of the lanes of them, it's everywhere!!! for a more fancy, up market type pub try "the living room" at the bottom of shop st or "the cellar" on eglington st and finally "bar 903" on eyre sq.
Dress Code: no dress codes apart from in up market pubs, shoes etc are a help there but if you're stopped by door men it's usually cos you're off your face drunk.
This was quite lively place (aren´t they all in Galway?).
This hotel night club/pub is much bigger than the other central pubs I visited.
Here you can find a dance floor too if you are looking for one.
Dress Code: comfortable
OK picture if you will a music hall, say Paradise in Boston, Magic Stick in Detroit, 9:30 Club in DC...anyplace that's a stage/bar atmosphere. Picture several different rooms, each with its own vibe, and it's own bar. Throw in second and thrid floors with pool tables and more bars. Oh yeah, also picture all that in a building that dates back to the 16th century with medieval fireplaces and tapestries. THAT's King's Head.
It was surreal watching a top 40 cover band playing here, there's an aura that this place is a lot older than you, and will be around long after you're gone. Priceless works of art should be stored here with the nations heirlooms, instead you have three floors of drunken university students and young tourists dancing and spilling beers.
There was a pretty good selection of beer here from what I heard. I drank only Guinness while I was over there, about 16 gallons worth when it was all said an done, but that's neither here nor there. Most people were drinking anything wet in a cup that was called beer, people just wanted to get drunk and hook up, not that that's a bad thing mind you, but certainly no beer advocates.
It was a fun time and definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Galway.
Dress Code: Very casual.
I remember my one weekend in Galway very well... especially its festive atmosphere - thru the day and especially once the sun had set!
The whole city seemed to come alive, singing and dancing all round, and the pubs were doing brisk business. There was a good mix of contemporary popular music and traditional Irish music- often live- that you could hear as you went in and out of the several pubs and restaurants.
It seemed like it were new years eve or something, but it was actually `just another weekend'!
Best night of this latest trip! Met a local legend named Paddy Mullins who dresses up and comes out to sip his whisky & pink lemonade while listening to the great trad and watching the dancing. Great man. The music and dancing was great. The giant Hoegardens put me down for the count.
Excellent live music venue with a great atmosphere, my only complaint, if the owners read this put in air conditioning! Great spot to graba pint in, gets packed at the weekends so head early if you want a seat.
Dress Code: None
Nice little traditonal pub with lots of charachter. I especially like the friendly atmosphere where I got talking to the bar staff and a cool guy called Brian from Jamacia! This is how all pubs should be ! Door staff were down to earth too!
Dress Code: None
Huge Nightclub with loads of bars and lots of staff. Its not the type of spot I would go to on a regular basis. It has a huge smoking area (and this is the place to pick up women!). Again it gets packed so get there early! The music is good too!
Dress Code: Smart casual
I ended up walking by here, seeing the prices on the chalkboard and seeing some good looking women just inside the courtyard and thnking, "I need to stop back here." I never did, simply because I just forgot. It's advertised as a student bar and the prices seemed to reflect it (with a student ID).
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