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Murphy's pub is divided into two halves, one of which is generally devoted to watching the television in the corner, which is usually tuned to sporting events. It can get crowded in here, but it's never boisterous, and the seats are comfortable. Staff are obliging, fast and efficient, adding to the character of the place.
This 300-year-old pub is chock full of character and history. It is believed that Nora Barnacle's (James Joyce's wife) first love lived here. His name was Michael Bodkin, and his tragic early death, as well as Nora's love for him, provides the basis for the Joyce story "The Dead". There is always another story and good craic in this established pub which keeps old traditions alive.
This is an airy pub with stone floors and ornate wooden furnishings, located 5 minutes' walk from Eyre Square. It can get crowded here in the evenings, especially on Fridays. "Fibber's" is mainly popular with the city's professionals in search of a relaxing drink and is also much patronized by the under 25s and students. Drinks promotions are held here regularly.
This building used be a schoolhouse. The limestone finish on the exterior walls still remains and conforms well with the other, older buildings in the area. Once inside, ornate wood walls surround comfortable seating, making for an enjoyable visit. The Bunch of Grapes attracts a mixed crowd, including members of the Kenny family from Kenny's Bookshop across the street. This is a good pub for either a chat or simply unwinding.
O'Connell's has been around for so long that it has come to an indispensable and iconic part of Galway's nightlife scene. Inside, an ornate tin roof, solid wood seating and stained-glass windows lend credence to the idea that the bar is frozen in a time. Good cheer and bonhomie can be found aplenty at this classic Irish pub where whiskey and beer are served with a smile. The bar is also home to fabulous beer garden and an outdoor BBQ area where friends can gather over a pint or two. As for entertainment, look forward to a varied line-up with televised sports, live music and more. Stop by O'Connell's for an authentic taste of Irish hospitality and an all-round good time.
The King's Head Pub is steeped in history. Cromwell granted this site to James Gunning, the executioner of King Charles on the 30th of January 1649. Visitors should note the exceptional chimneypiece dating from 1612. Executioners are long gone and today the King's Head consists of three floors with several bars, a live music stage and various nooks and crannies. The jazz sessions on Sunday afternoons provide a mellow way to wind down your weekend.