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The west side of the city is generally characterised by more traditional pubs, but the Blue Note is the exception to this rule. The unobtrusive lighting and contemporary decor attract a trendy, mid-twenties crowd. DJs play seven nights a week here, featuring everything from house to funk to soul. Notable DJs such as Fatboy Slim and Stevie G have performed here. The bar staff are kept busy but stay friendly.
Carbon offers one of the best clubbing experience in Galway with Ireland’s best DJ’s, alcohol, and a dance floor full of classy crowd. Deals happening every day makes this place phenomenal. Theme nights, live music, DJ beats and more keep this place always buzzing.
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.
Monroe's hosts the best rock bands and offers a wonderful gastronomic experience. One of the popular music venues in the city, this is where some of the Galway's best upcoming bands keep the crown alive with their music. Apart from good music, Monroe's is also known for its many local specialties, tasty beers and an atmosphere that's filled with excitement. A real must for rock and good food lovers.
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.