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Galway - Eat, Drink, And Be Merry - Pubs

Finally …. Let’s talk about Galway Pubs ..

Rating pubs is an endeavor fraught with perils; everyone has an opinion and taste that could be different than mine. My tastes lean towards more traditional pubs, particularly pubs with music. There is no real order to the list below other than the list starts in Eyre Square and proceeds through town. I’ll try to give you an idea of why I like these pubs and you can decide for yourself if they are for you.

The Skeff

There is nothing better on a sunny day, than to sit outside the Skiff with a beer and watch the people in Eyre Square … I don’t think that is too hard to enjoy. This is a large pub with pretty good food, and a wide selection of beers. There are several bars within the pub, so you should be able to find a quiet corner if that’s what you are seeking, Unless it is Friday or Saturday night late, when the bands arrive.

One of the Bars in The Skeff Another one of The Skeff's Bars, Ready for Halloween

The Skeff - Just Off Eyre Square


If you want a mixed cocktail, this is your pub. This pub is a little more polished than than your small village pub, and it also has a few bars. They also have a very nice restaurant that I talk about later. The location is a little out of the way, but convenient to some hotels, and it’s right next to a taxi office.


This pub is a classic Irish Pub. It is relatively small, but with a great whiskey selection. Frenney’s is also an “off license” and fishing tackle store.(off license means you can buy liquor for consumption off the licensed premises). So you have plenty to keep you amused if the pace is still a little slow. I usually head to the fire place area on a cold and rainy day. The tables out front are great for people watching on a sunny day. Freeney's is in the middle of Shop Street, a large pedestrian only street through the center of medieval Galway.