New Experiences

Jump into everything the vibrant city of Galway has to offer, from unique eateries to quirky pubs and a thriving music scene.
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The Kings Head

A medieval pub with a modern attitude, there’s always something going on in the 800-year-old Kings Head, whether you’re into music, sport - or just super tasty food.

www.thekingshead.ie/
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Cava Bodega

Get stuck in to tasty tapas at this Spanish eatery. The food is phenomenal, the space is stylish and the plentiful dishes encourage sharing (only if you want to, of course!).

www.cavarestaurant.ie/
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McGinn's Hop House

‘Wood fired food & barrels of awesome hooch’ is what McGinn’s promises - and delivers. The eclectic interior is made up of reclaimed material, and its craft beers are best enjoyed with its delicious pizza range.

www.mcginnshophouse.com/
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Busker Brownes

Tracing back to 1615, Busker Brownes served as a convent, barracks and a bakery. Now it’s an impressive gastropub, and well known as a hubspot for jazz music.

buskerbrownes.com/
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The Dáil Bar

Right in the heart of the vibrant Latin Quarter, The Dáil Bar is renowned for delicious food, a variety of cocktails and entertainment seven nights a week.

www.thedailbar.com/
Visit

Monroe's Live

An award-winning venue sitting above Monroe’s Tavern on Dominick Street, this legendary music house draws international acts playing everything from rock to folk, bluegrass to rockabilly.

www.monroes.ie/
Shop

McCarthy's Jewellery

McCarthy’s handpick their stock of beautiful and unique contemporary jewellery by Irish and European designers, and they’re specialists in quirky designs.

www.mccarthysjewellery.com/
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Dough Bros

Dough Bros started as a street food truck in 2013, and became so popular they opened a restaurant after just a year. Serving up delicious authentic Italian food with local produce, the food it fresh, and the vibe is very chilled.

www.thedoughbros.ie/
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Roisin Dubh

An absolute powerhouse of the music scene in Galway, this renowned night spot plays host most nights to Irish and international musicians. After an Absolut Big Top gig, you’ll find the afterparty here.

www.roisindubh.net/
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Kai Cafe + Restaurant

The menu changes daily here depending on what’s fresh from the local suppliers. The ethos is simple, fresh, organic food and colourful dishes bursting with flavour.

kaicaferestaurant.com/
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The Blue Note

The Blue Note has been a bastion of disco since it opened in 1994, with DJs playing here several nights a week. The music is always pumping and the atmosphere crackles.

thisisgalway.ie/drink-galway/the-blue-note/
Shop

Cloon Keen Atelier

With an obsessive attention to detail, Cloon Keen Atelier has produced its perfume collection with the vision of creating covetable Irish perfumes that are a conduit to pure sensual pleasure. Its unconventional and understated fragrances will touch the heart and linger in the mind.

cloonkeenatelier.com/
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Hughes Bar

Hughes Bar is one of the oldest pubs in the city, and it’s rumoured to serve the best Guinness too. Our advice: grab a creamy pint, head for the beer garden and soak up the history.

www.facebook.com/Hughes-Bar-553049168067550/
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The Bunch of Grapes

This snug pub is a treasure trove of nicknacks and artefacts adorning the walls and shelves. Lounge outside on a sunny day or head upstairs to the separate cafe for a tasty lunch.

www.galwaycitypubguide.com/bunch-of-grapes.html
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Tig Cóilí

Renowned for its nightly traditional Irish music session, Tig Cóilí ticks all the boxes: atmosphere, music and ‘craic’. On sunny days, it’s the perfect spot for people watching.

www.tigcoiligalway.com/
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Sheridans Cheesemongers

With a huge selection of Irish and continental cheese downstairs, and a spot upstairs to enjoy the ultimate cheese and wine pairing, Sheridan’s is the perfect place for wine connoisseurs.

sheridanscheesemongers.com/
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Tigh Neachtain

Tigh Neachtain has been around since 1894, and it’s one of the city’s best-loved pubs. The open fires, cosy snugs and quirky oddities adorning the walls add to its throwback charm.

www.tighneachtain.com/
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McCambridges of Galway

A family owned deli and restaurant, McCambridges has specialised in gourmet food, wine and gift hampers since 1925. It’s an ideal spot for a leisurely lunch made with fresh ingredients.

mccambridges.com/
Shop

Claddagh Jewellers

Browse the timeless collection of Celtic & Claddagh Jewellery in the heart of Galway City. Drop into the visitor centre, ‘Legend of The Claddagh Ring’ on Shop Street to watch a short film recounting the adventurous voyage of Richard Joyce, discover how the Authentic Claddagh Ring is made, its meaning and how it is worn.

thecladdagh.com/
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Martine's Restaurant and Wine Bar

The intimate Martine’s Restaurant and Wine Bar on Quay Street is a family-run affair renowned for its focus on local produce, delicious desserts and a dedicated service.

martines.ie/
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Garavans Bar

Winner of Best Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year 2015, Garavan’s medieval beginnings (dating back to 1650) are complemented with a relaxed, cosy atmosphere. Sit yourself in a snug and sup on a wee dram.”

www.garavans.ie/
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Murphy's Bar

When a pub can boast customers spanning five generations, you know you’re onto a winner. Murphy’s Bar is known for great Guinness and friendly locals - the perfect spot to learn some Galway culture.”

www.murphysbargalway.com/