Five of the best pubs Galway has to offer


Let’s face it, once people have seen the sights of Galway, purchased any clothes from some of the city’s best shops, devoured some ice cream, and listened to some traditional Irish music in a popular venue, then it’s time to frequent a pub and switch off. Thankfully, for locals and visitors to the city, Galway has a strong pub offering. 

After all, people adore pubs. They’re a hub of local activity that are filled with local people, they’re warm and welcoming venues to frequent, and you can enjoy some local drink and some fine food while you’re there. Pubs are popular around the world, with people even visiting pubs in foreign locations with an Irish theme, there are games like Pub Kings that people regularly play, and even documentaries on huge chains, such as Wetherspoons: How Do They Do It?!. Pubs in Galway are on another level, though, with Galway’s traditional pubs capable of satisfying the most discerning on pub lovers. Let’s take a look at five of them below. 

Tigh Neachtain

Kicking things off with a pub that offers plenty of character and a rich history that dates back to 1894, Tigh Neachtain is a drinking hole that is adored by locals. For lucky tourists who manage to get a seat outside, it’s the perfect spot to watch Galway’s people carry out their daily lives and to soak up the city’s lovely atmosphere. If you can’t get a seat outside, then you’re still in for a treat, with this historic venue being filled with the character that many pubs of today simply lack. 

Tigh Neachtain’s recognisable yellow and blue sign can be seen from a good distance, too. 

The Front Door

A venue that is perfect for watching the big match or engaging with the locals, The Front Door is a welcoming establishment that offers a more lively feel compared to many of the other pubs in Galway. If you prefer a vibrant pub with a bit more life in the evenings, then this popular option is one of the best in the city. Serving up a plethora of Irish favourites and local delights, The Front Door is a great pub to visit. 

Crane Bar

If you’re keen to devour a pint while listening to some excellent traditional Irish music, then Crane Bar is easily Galway’s most reliable spot in that respect. Putting on live music nearly every night of the week, it’s a wonderful venue to experience for a few hours, even if you don’t get a seat. You’ll see talented musicians and have the opportunity to try local favourites. 

Taaffes Bar

Steeped in history that dates back over 150 years, Taaffes Bar is another gem of a pub that is well worth visiting. While it can become a tad overcrowded at certain times of the year, finding a quiet corner for a local tipple is still a possibility. Regardless, whether you’re in Taaffes Bar during the day or you’re visiting it when it tends to be busier in the evenings, you’ll have an enjoyable time. 

O’Connell’s Bar

Yet another top pub in the city, O’Connell’s Bar is one of the most popular pubs in the harbour city on Ireland’s west coast. Not only does it look inviting from the outside, but the warm interior provides a relaxing vibe that many pubs struggle to achieve. Also boasting a massive beer garden that is perfect for the summer, this fantastic venue is well worth sampling. Depending on the time of the year, you might even get to try some of the delicious German beer that is occasionally served up, too.