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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.
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.
Just off Eyre Square and close to Galway's bus and train station lies this family-run business, which attracts its regulars with its reliably good food. Cormac Rabbitt bought the premises in the 1870s after his success prospecting for gold in California's Gold Rush. The pub is friendly and comfortable. Locals and tourists come for the Guinness and oysters, and stay for the chat.The oysters are also served in the restaurant with other delectable dishes, such as fresh scallops, salmon and trout. The homemade soups and traditional Irish Stew will satisfy the most ravenous appetite.
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.