We had a splendid time at King's Head Pub! We went here two nights. The first night it was a bit early so it wasn't all that busy. We had a pleasant pint and headed out. But the second night we went there, it was completely packed. There was a really great band playing. I wish I could remember the name. But the atmosphere was great. Lots of merriment and music. I think they have live music most nights so if you like live music and a great crowd, head to King's Head.
Dress Code: whatever you want
We were here late at night. I was expecting a typical pub but I would definitely classify Roisin Dubh as a club. There was dancing everywhere and a ton of alcohol consumption. Not sure if there is dancing in the earlier hours. But either way, we had a blast. Some bartenders from Tigh Coili took us here and showed us a really great time. If you want to dance and it's late at night (like 3 AM), go to Roisin Dubh.
Dress Code: Whatever you want
Tigh Coili is my favorite pub in Galway! The people and atmosphere at Tigh Coili are delightfully refreshing. We made fast freinds with the bartenders who showed us around Galway the following night. (Say hi from Chicago Morgan to Dave the bartender if you go here!) Everyone is very friendly and inviting. There was traditional Irish music playing the first night we went there. A group of about 12 musicians. It was the best place I'd been yet to hear Irish music. It's right in the heart of Galway, too. Right along the pedestrian streets. You can't miss it.
Dress Code: Whatever you want. Casual or cute. It all works.
If you're in your 20s or 30s and looking for a fun area to go drinking, hit up Temple Bar. We actually stayed in this hood when we were there the first time. You meet a TON of people and everyone is there for the same reason ... to drink and have fun! The Temple Bar and The Auld Dubliner are great fun. The Temple Bar is A LOT bigger than it looks from the outside. Auld Dubliner had great live music. A lot of pubs don't let under 23s in ... which is great, because it weeds out the sometimes irritating younger crew. Less riff raff in the pubs is good.
Dress Code: Casual. You can dress up cute in a skirt or dress or wear jeans and a T. Anything works.
A very important part of the Irish life are the thousends of pubs that you can find anywhere in the country. For the Irish, a pub is more than just a place to drink beer at night. A pub is a place where everybody meets eachother. And everybody is everybody in the pub: from children to the grandparents.
A typically Irish pub looks a bit like a livingroom: quite often with a fireplace in the middle, with comfortable seats, set up in different, small groups, and with all kinds of things hung up on the walls and the ceiling: pictures, paintings, instruments, mirrors and whatever can be hung up.
Most of the pubs are open in the afternoon already, when you can get in to have a tea or a coffee, but don't be surprised if you find people drinking a pint of Guinness already at this hour. And in the evening everybody comes in to have even more pints and to enjoy the live music that is often played in the pubs.
The pub is the perfect place to get to know the real Irish life: hear the stories about the pub and its visitors. At least you know: "A drunken man always speaks the truth!".
In the center of Town you find enough bars and nightclubs .Have a look at
Howl at the Moon, Lower Mount Street ( end of Nassau street andMerrion Sq)Four luxurious bars spread out over 4 levels.
Zanzibar.at Lower Ormond Street just over the Liffey River.Unique for its decoration and a place to be.
Café En Seine, café/bar at 39, Dawson Street.A small entrance but a huge Art Nouveau place and reasonable prices
Go to Clonakily and stay at least two nighs if only to go to DeBarra's - famous for their live music!!!!! And have a pint beforehand at the Stone Kilty....Kevin the owner is a funny, helpful and sweet guy.
Dress Code: Whatever it's music!
If you like to drink like I do, make sure you bring enough money because it can get expensive. Also, They don't sell alcohol in the normal markets. You have to go to an off-licence and they close early, and are closed on holidays when you need a drink the most. At the pubs, you can buy alcohol to go. Some pubs close pretty early, but you can go to a "Wine Bar" that is like an after hours. It cost about $30.00 or more for a bottle of wine.
This definitely was my favourite pasttime in Ireland: going to a pub and listen to their live music! We saw various combinations ranging from one person (banjo and vocals) to two people (banjo and fiddle) to three people (banjo, fiddle and accordeon) to up to 6 people (with additional guitar and flute).
They usually sit on one of the tables, have a microphone hooked up, a pint of beer in front of them and off they go! It really is a great experience!
When in Ireland you will just have to go to a pub or two or three - that's what it is all about! I especially enjoyed the traditional pubs with the old wooden bar, copper pots and utensils all over the place and people chatting and having a beer (or two or three...). Some pubs have life music, others have TV screens (especially for sports watching) and oftentimes you will be surprised of the size of a place, because there will be more rooms in the back or on various levels or so!
Just go inside and explore!
Temple Bar collects people from all over the world. In that crazy atmospher everybody feels unity with all strangers who becomes friends for one evening. Life consist of moments and people who fills even one of them makes your life more colourfull.
Dress Code: casual
The GATE THEATRE has a fantastic programm ---- some of it's annual festivals are of course in hommage to Samuel Beckett....
In 1991, the Gate Theatre held the first Beckett Festival, producing all 19 of Samuel Beckett?s stage plays. It then toured to the Lincoln Center, New York in 1996 where New York Post saw it as ?a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a comprehensive overview of one of the major dramatists in the last half of the 20th century?. It was subsequently invited to the Barbican Centre, London in 1999.
This April, the Gate will play a major role in Ireland?s celebrations to mark the centenary of Samuel Beckett?s birth, producing a selection of Beckett?s stage plays, presented simultaneously at the Gate and the Barbican Centre.
The programme includes new productions of Endgame, Rockaby, Ohio Impromptu, Play, Catastrophe, Footfalls and Come and Go; reprisals of the world-renowned productions of Waiting for Godot directed by Walter Asmus and Krapp?s Last Tape starring John Hurt; as well as a new stage-adaptation of Beckett?s TV play Eh Joe, conceived and directed by Atom Egoyan, starring Michael Gambon.
On the weekend of Beckett?s birthday (13th April) the Gate will present a focus weekend which will include readings of the author?s poetry and prose in English and French.
For more information please check www.gate-theatre.ie
Date: from 01/04/2006 to 31/05/2006
Venue: Gate Theatre
Price: ?16.00 - 27.00
Type of Event: Theatre
Dress Code: no sneakers
I have seen jeans ...
heh..let's just say every block you walk you pass about 40 pubs. And I don't remember the rest of them..hehehe. You do have to be atleast 18 to enter and drink. Cork is rather dangerous at night like any big city but it seemed safe walking close to the River Lee at the time....even pissing in it because we couldn't find a bathroom fast enough...SSHHH don't say anything !
This pub offered karaoke at the beginning of the night. It was mostly a younger crowd but not rowdy. After karaoke it was constant dancing all night long. The Black Bush whiskey was amazing !!!
Dress Code: Did you just get through jogging around? Come in! I noticed it was a hot spot but not necessarily a dress to impress kind of jig though .No one was a stranger there! Go during St. Patty's WEEK and you'll find all kinds of drunken surprises waiting inside for you. >wink
Dingle Twon on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry is a "hot" bed for the revival of Traditional Irish Music. If you are planning a trip to Ireland you must focus on the Sourthwest and West of Ireland and be sure to fly into Shannon which is so much closer.
Dingle has many great Pubs that play Traditional Irish music all year long. You can start at Dick Mack's, Green St. and go on to Droichead Beag (Little Bridge) lower Main St., Flaherty's Pub gets full fast, and then settle for awhile at John Moriarty's Pub by the waterfront on Strand St., take last call at MacCarthy's Pub on Goat St. or Upper Main St.
One of the best ullean pipe's player in Ireland is located in Dingle, Eoin Duigan, a real treat to catch him and the other locals making the rounds at the Pubs along with you. I heard him play in 1996 and again in 2005. Still doesn't miss a note of his magical pipes and whistles.
Dress Code: Casual.
The Magic Carpet is an old bar, located within walking distance from my father in laws house. We went to a few bars, but we did a lot of our drinking at home. I just remember the Magic Carpet because it was really old, kind of 70's style, a little run down and ratty, but I liked it! It was casual, a good place to have a few drinks, hang out with the locals and it was unpretentious, plus we did not have to drive!!
Dress Code: Casual, anything goes....jeans and tshirt type of place, or you can dress a little nicer if you wanted to I guess.
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