Tigh Neachtain

Top choice pub in Galway City

Painted a bright cornflower blue, this 19th-century corner pub – known simply as Neáchtain's (nock-tans) or Naughtons – has a wraparound terrace for watching Galway's passing parade, and a timber-lined interior with a roaring open fire, snugs and atmosphere to spare. Along with perfectly pulled pints of Guinness and 130-plus whiskeys, it has its own range of beers brewed by Galway Hooker.

A short menu of quality bar food (mains €7 to €15) comes courtesy of Kasbah next door. Lunch might be an intensely flavoured fish chowder; evenings bring oysters and platters of meat and cheese.