Top 5 pubs in Galway

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Ireland’s fifth largest city, and one of the liveliest spots in Western Ireland, naturally has no shortage of places where you can down a few drinks, listen to some music (live, preferably) and indulge in some greasy pub grub. Pubs in Galway number just enough to allow everyone, locals and tourists alike, to have a place where they can stay and have a chat or watch a game, and of course there’s a huge variety to choose from. So if you want to make sure that you experience the best of Galway’s pub life, here are the top 5 pubs in Galway.

Tig Coili, Mainguard Street

During summer, you will see an endless stream of people going in and out of Tig Coili, one of the most popular pubs in the city. Cozy and traditional, Tig Coili is one of the best places for live Irish music every night. This family-owned pub knows how to conjure up some craic every night. Local as well as traveling musicians play at the pub, and even some of the staff can be seen to be playing every now and then.

O’Connell’s, Eyre Square

O’Connell’s, on the east side of Eyre Square, is one of the most stylish pubs in the city, with a historic atmosphere polished to perfection. The old tiles, lighting, and stained glass windows are complimented by a score of historic photographs. This pub can also boast of one of the best beer gardens in Galway, partly covered and heated in summer.

The Front Door, High Street

Accessible from both High Street and Cross Street, the Front Door is another historic pub, but there is less focus on the historic aspect of the place than in other pubs, as it has been nicely upgraded over the past few years. The pubs sprawls over two floors and it has four bars, two outdoor smoking areas and it is open until the early hours of the morning.

Murphy’s, High Street

Murphy’s is a pub for those with more traditional, classic tastes. It is dubbed an ‘old men’s pub’ by some of the locals, but in fact it is a nice and quiet place where you’ll see mostly older residents hanging around. For a quiet pint of beer without the bustle that is characteristic of other pubs and a friendly chat with the locals, Murphy’s is just perfect.

Roisin Dubh, Dominic Street

Roisin Dubh is not only one of the top 5 pubs in Galway, but also the best venue for live music in the city. The pub’s atmosphere is very intimate, and you can listen to live music seven days a week. The bar features a wide selection of drinks, and there’s also a large covered smoking area on the roof.

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