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Best Bars in Galway

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The Cellar Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant by day and lively bar by night, the Cellar has been a local favorite since the 1970s. During the day, enjoy a hearty and delicious meal from the varied a la carte menu, or indulge in the Cellar's legendary all-day breakfast instead. The bar offers an excellent variety of libations as well, with everything from beer and wine, to prosecco and cocktails. While the Cellar's food and drink selection is reason enough for its fame, the bar also features nightly entertainment, including cover bands, original singer-songwriters, DJs, stand-up comedy and more. Trad music is showcased every Sunday. Stop by the Cellar with family during the day for a delicious meal and with friends at night for a rollicking good time.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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The Skeff Bar

Colloquially known as the "Skeff", this is pub reflects the Irish tradition. The wooden interior and traditional decor contribute to the comfortable atmosphere. With six bar areas on different levels, The Skeff Bar is a great place to meet friends and enjoy a drink. It usually gets fairly crowded at weekends, so if you would rather sit than stand arrive early! On weekend nights there is a late bar with a DJ providing the tunes.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Freeney's

This pub and fishing tackle shop has been a favorite amongst locals for decades. Behind an unassuming facade lies a warm and cozy setting that is just right for a pint of Guinness or some quality whiskey on a weekday, away from the crowds that throng other pubs. Over the weekend, Freeney's is transformed into a lively and bustling hangout with punters spilling out onto High Street. Freeney's forms a part of the Galway Whiskey Trail and offers quite an impressive selection alongside the usual pub fare. Visit Freeney's for a little taste of local flavor.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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An Pucan

One of the best bars in the city, An Pucan will wow you with its vibrancy. Popular for its Irish folk music, it is also a well-known hub for sports lovers with huge televisions and two massive projector screens for live sports. The bar also takes great pride in its impressive list of Irish whiskeys. Nosh on tasty bites, cure your hangover with their all-day breakfasts or just relish their delicious pub fare.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Busker Browne's

On the site of the old slate nunnery stands this impressive pub and restaurant. A place where the old meets new, Busker Browne's is one of the most popular places in Galway. Three bars are warmed by log fires on cold winter days. Busker's also serves good fresh food, including seafood chowder, oysters and fresh Irish salmon. The Sunday morning jazz sessions are a particular treat.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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The Quays

The Quays Bar first got a licence to serve alcoholic beverages back in the 1600s. When you enter, it initially appears that nothing has changed since then. The welcoming atmosphere and impressive embossed wooden decor have withstood the test of time. The Quays features live music most nights, ranging from good traditional bands to more mainstream covers of contemporary music. Winner of the Traditional Irish Music Pub of the Year, this pub/venue is always buzzing, and attracts tourists and locals alike.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Róisin Dubh

The Roisin Dubh is internationally renowned as a live music venue. The Frames, and The Handsome Family have all played acoustic sets here, as have various emerging singer/songwriters. Also known as Galway's top comedy venue, the Roisin Dubh has featured top acts like Stewart Lee and Rich Hall. The Galway Comedy Festival draws both local and tourist crowds to the city, and is hosted here. The venue is intimate and atmospheric with good acoustics, and people crowd cozily into the wooden tables and booths. The outer bar is cozy and warm, ideal on a wet winter night. A fire usually blazes just inside the door, and the bar staff are quirky but usually friendly.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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