Opened in 2010, Cupan Tae is one of the best tearooms in town. With more than 30 varieties of herbal loose leaf teas, you will be spoilt for choice. This lovely spot is a fabulous place to indulge in afternoon tea where you can gorge decadent desserts and delicious savories. Their menu is seasonal and changes weekly, but you can be sure of delightful goodness every time you visit Cupan Tae.
Formerly an old smokehouse, this restored stone building is one of the coziest places to relax during the Galway winter. Nimmo's features creatively prepared fish and shellfish. The space also serves as a wine bar. In the summer, the view from the windows allows you to watch sunsets over the river. Beyond the stone-clad exterior and up the stairs is a lovely dining area with local artwork on display. At night the stars shine through the skylight, adding to the romantic atmosphere.
Casually elegant, Brasserie on the Corner makes a lovely spot for a romantic date or a lively meal with your family and friends. Their farm to fork menu comprises of the region's bounty where only the freshest ingredients are used. This ranges from the seafood to meat, wine, beer and whiskeys. Offering something for everyone, their fare changes regularly but you can be sure of delicious food.
The Bierhaus Pub is one of the newest pubs of the city, just born in 2005. A typical Irish pub, replete with hardwood furniture, wood paneled floors, dim-lighting and packed with a lively crowd, this place is ideal for a round or two of drinks with your friends after a busy working day. It is mostly renowned for its wide selection of different beers from all over the World that is the largest of Galway. Here you will be able to taste local specialties, drink a different beer each time and listen to good live music or party with the best DJs.
Located in the medieval quarter of Galway, this quintessentially Irish pub has a fun and fantastic atmosphere. Tigh Neachtain's is a century old family run business with a fairly regular clientele. Regulars range from the musicians who play sessions here to theater and media types to a healthy representation of Galway's gay community. Popular with visitors and locals alike, Tigh Neactain's is a great place to have a pint and a chat the night away.
McDonagh's Seafood House is simply one of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland. Located in the old medieval section of the city, it's divided between an upmarket fish and chip shop and a seated restaurant. The seafood has been recognized with a range of awards and favourable reviews in the New York Times, Le Guide Du Routard and the Irish Press. The catch from the local fishermen is bought by McDonagh's, only hours after leaving the boat and the fresh smoked salmon is famous worldwide.
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.
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.
This high-ceilinged cafe has a pleasingly old-fashioned air about it, which is somewhat reflected by the menu. Lunchtime choices include sizeable sandwiches with standard fillings and a variety of salads. The pastries are fresh and delicious and there is a comprehensive coffee menu.
One of the most popular vegan and vegetarian spots in the heart of the city, The Lighthouse Tearoom will not only charm you with its cute interiors but also their sumptuous fare. During mornings, drop in for fine tea, coffee, decadent cakes and home baked scones. Opened in 2012, their lunch and dinner menu might be small and varying, but they offer a delicious array of vegan and veggie dishes that will make want to come back for more.
This bar is deceptively spacious with wooden walls and a comfortable, if somewhat worn interior. Garavan's is a good place for conversation. Up to a few years ago it used to have a grocery store attached in the country tradition, but has been renovated since then. Good pub food is available during the day.