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A tiny family-run place on the left as you head out to the pier, Ólólainn (o-loch -lain) is the place for a timeless moment or two in old-fashioned snugs...
This long-running summer musical is a festival of Irish dancing and singing. It's led by Máirín Fahy, a local diva of the fiddle...
Enormous tavern with endless timber-panelled rooms and passageways, and great vantage points from which to watch live music (ranging from traditional to pop) most nights. Good sidewalk tables.
This renowned, long-established and award-winning theatre is famed for staging experimental works by young Irish playwrights, as well as new adaptations of classics. Its Galway home is in an old tea warehouse.
Often photographed for its classic, world-weary facade, Monroe's delivers traditional music and ballads, plus it remains the only pub in the city with regular Irish dancing.
Painted a bright cornflower blue, this 19th-century pub, known simply as Neáchtain's (nock -tans) or Naughtons, has a wraparound string of tables outside, many shaded by a large tree...
From the rooftop terrace you can see sweeping views of Galway; inside emerging acts play here before they hit the big time. It's the place to hear bands.
Heated balconies and cosy timber booths make this a popular spot for a pint, especially among local women on the 'lap circuit' checking out the male talent.
The rainbow-hued huge G's out front are a sign that this Galway bar is proud. Special events and late-night dancing keep it buzzing through the year in the frolicsome West End.
A complete anomaly among the partying throngs in the centre, Murphy's is a timeless haven where locals still explore the limits of the art of conversation.
This vast, ancient pub is often too crowded for its own good so come mid-afternoon when you can appreciate preserved details that date back to the 14th century.
The imported beer here won’t insult your sensibilities. Good brews from across Europe are on offer along with Hooker. At night DJs provide a Euro beat.
An atmospheric old pub west of the Corrib, the Crane is the best spot in Galway to catch an informal céilidh (traditional music and dancing) most nights...
Stripped of some of its original period detail but still well loved for its nightly Irish music sessions beginning at 17:00.
Two live céilidh a day draw the crowds to this authentic fire-engine-red pub, just off High St. It's where musicians go to get drunk or drunks go to become musicians…or something like that. A gem.
A genteel old boozer in the city centre that is a place of refuge for those in search of a pint and a seat on a busy Saturday night.
With seven bars and a capacity of 1000 people, CPs is a Galway clubbing institution.
On Wednesday, GPO cranks out ’80s and ’90s tunes; the rest of the week, it’s house, R&B, indie and hip hop. It’s a favourite with students, who get free admission most nights.
The Town Hall Theatre features Broadway and West End shows and visiting singers.
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