A guide to the best pubs worth checking out when you’re in Galway City
Galway is a vibrant city with an eclectic mix of locals, students and tourists year round. The city is famous for its welcoming atmosphere, live music and ‘craic’.
If you’re planning a trip to come to Galway city, here are some of the pubs we’d recommend you check out.

The King’s Head:

  • This pub dates back to the 1600s and has a rich history as both a pub and a mayors house.
  • One of the mayors who lived at the house is claimed to have executed King Charles I.
  • Live music, traditional sessions, and a lively atmosphere make it a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

Tig Coili:

  • Tig Coili is in the heart of Galway City, off Shop Street. It is famous for its traditional Irish music sessions, and is a very popular spot for tourists and locals alike.

The Crane Bar:

  • The Crane Bar is one of Galway’s best known traditional music pubs. It has long been a haunt of those who love to play and those who love to listen to them.
  • It takes it’s name from it’s location – situated in the ‘Small Crane’ Square.

O’Connell’s Bar:

  • O’Connell’s is a traditional-style pub with tons of energy. The bar feels like sitting inside a piece of history with stained glass windows, antique lighting, and a wall to wall whiskey display.
  • It is a popular after work spot that features one of the best pints of Guinness in Galway as well as a large, covered beer garden.

An Púcán:

  • Open since 1985, An Púcán is a staple in Galway city for after work pints or a full blown night out.
  • An Púcán offers a modern take on the traditional Irish pub, featuring a large selection of Irish whiskeys and craft beers.
  • The pub often hosts live music events and sports screenings, making it a versatile spot for entertainment.

The Quays Bar:

  • The Quays Bar is situated on Quay Street and offers a mix of traditional Irish music and contemporary tunes.
  • The pub has an extensive menu with a variety of Irish dishes, making it a great place to enjoy a meal along with your drinks.
  • Its central location in Galway’s Latin Quarter makes it a prime spot for visitors exploring the city.

Tigh Neachtain (Neachtain’s Pub):

  • Tigh Neachtain is known for its cozy, literary-inspired ambiance, with bookshelves and a fireplace adding to its charm.
  • It’s located in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter and is a favorite among those looking for a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

Monroes Tavern

  • Monroes Tavern is home to one of the best pints of Guinness in the city as well as a varied food menu.
  • It is the premiere live music venue with music playing 7 nights per week covering all styles and genres.
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