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Top Choice Pub in Galway City

Crane Bar

This atmospheric old pub west of the Corrib is the best spot in Galway to catch an informal céilidh (traditional music and dancing) most nights. Talented bands play its rowdy, goodnatured upstairs bar; downstairs at…
Top Choice Theatre in Galway City

Druid Theatre

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.
Top Choice Pub in Galway City

Tigh Neachtain

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. It's a place where a polyglot mi…
Top Choice Museum in Galway City

Galway City Museum

This modern museum has exhibits on the city's history from 1800 to 1950, including an iconic Galway Hooker fishing boat, a collection of currachs (boats made from animal hides) and sections covering Galway and the G…
Top Choice Historic Site in Galway City

Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch is thought to be an extension of Galway's medieval city walls, designed to protect ships moored at the nearby quay while they unloaded goods from Spain, although it was partially destroyed by the ts…
Top Choice Books in Galway City

Charlie Byrne's Bookstore

A civic treasure (established in 1989) with a collection of new, second-hand, third-hand, discounted books (many €1) and out of print titles that can keep you browsing for weeks. With stock stuffed into a succession…
Top Choice Deli in Galway City

Sheridans Cheesemongers

Sheridans Cheesemongers is aromatic with the superb local and international cheeses and other deli items, many from the Mediterranean. Its real secret, however, is up a narrow flight of stairs. Sample from a huge wi…
Top Choice Asian in Galway City

Asian Tea House

Decorated with pan-Asian motifs, rattan seats and bamboo lampshades, this seductively lit restaurant is a delight from start to finish. Dishes, well-executed and full of MSG-free flavour, range from Malaysian to Tha…
Top Choice Cafe in Galway City


The long-running food hall here has some superb prepared salads, hot foods and other more exotic treats. Create the perfect picnic or enjoy your pickings at the tables out front. All high ceilings, blond wood and b…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Galway City


Deeply committed to the flavours and food producers of Galway and West Ireland, Aniar wears its Michelin star with pride. There's no fuss, however. The casual spring-green dining area is a relaxed place to taste fro…