galway seemed to be a college town. this may be why it was so appealing to me. people my age, all in the pubs, drinking, listening to music, having a good time.
the kings head was two stories, you could try to get to the stage, or you could say whatever, and stand above the stage... i'm more of a distance kinda girl. i like to observe. i like to sit back. the kings head was good for people watching, and seeing the stupid things people do. i loved it for the live music, but this definitely was "the place to be" if you were a college student. it was little overwhelming for me, but i still was not much into the bar scene (as i was only 20). i'm not a pushy person either, so if you want to get in the good spots, you or someone else needs to be a little more assertive than me :)
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.
You can not leave Galway without have a drink and listen live music on kings head.
If you don't want to hear any more Irish music and would like to sit in an empty comfortable bar instead of standing in a smoky crowded pub go here. There's live music here as well but it ROCKS!
Upstairs there's food available. When I recently wanted to go in just for a drink I had to go out again immediately because I can't stand the smell of vinegar. And this smelled like a whole bottle under my nose unfortunately ;)
Three of us went for drinks one night - it was packed! The inside is a magnificent medieval experience - cobble floors, stone walls. They do have a menu, but I beleive they stop selling food after 2 pm. I'm a big history buff, so I went for the experience!
The two singers I heard here both played a few trad ballads, but most of the music was acoustic rock. The crowd was friend, mostly local and a nice mix of ages and the bar itself had a nice, atmosphere. People seem to come here for the pizza, and it looked and smelled really good. I had come for the music, and was not disappointed either.
Dress Code: None
Very modern looking bar for Galway - there is none of the "Oirish" look here.
It's the live music that really makes it, and my favourite is definely the Black Magic band. It's not always the same guys who play but up to 25 of them might by playing at one time.
They are so good I booked them as the entertainment at my wedding a couple of years ago and they went down a storm.
If they are on - go.
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Located on the pedestriane street called "High Street". There is music every night, 7 days a week, and Sunday mornings they do a jazz session. Deli lunch is available and big sporting events are show on big screen TV's. The building itself has lots of character and is probably THE place to go if you only go to one pub in Galway.
Live music venue upstairs from the main Quays bar.
Very big pub styled on an old church, they even have a large pipe organ (decorative) onthe back wall of the stage - pretty impressive.
They also have lots of decent bands playing here - some of them aren't so good though, depands what music you like.
Dress Code: Anything, but wear shoes, no sports shoes.