Our favorite Galway pubs

Galway is legendary around the world for its entertainment scene where brightly painted pubs heave with live music on any given night. Want to know more? Read on our guide to the best Galway pubs! Barnacles Hostel Galway is located on the same pedestrian street as many pubs. To make it easy for you, we’ve picked our top 7 favorites.

The Quays

It is one of Galway’s most popular pubs and located directly opposite Barnacles Hostel Galway. During the day The Quays Pub is the perfect spot to grab a chair outside and watch the masses go by. It gets busy pretty much every night and many nights a week they have traditional Irish music.




The Kings Head Pub & Restaurant

Linked to a bloody and treacherous tale, The Kings Head Pub is full of character! One of our favourite pubs, The Kings Head Pub has free live music every night! Included on the Barnacles Pub Crawl, this pub offers great craic and fun loving staff! With a fantastic food menu and a discounted ‘Craic-Ademic’ Menu available Sunday – Thursday & great party nights, this pub has loads to offer!




The Skeff

Popular meeting point for the locals to come and have a pint. It is also very popular place to eat with a carvery lunch and sandwich bar during the day and a late menu served until 9pm. Whatever time you come here you will always find a crowd.





Located right in the Heart of the City on Shop Street – just a one minute walk from Barnacles – Taaffes has been operating as a pub for over 150 years. The building itself has been here for much longer dating back at least 400 years. Architectural evidence on its upper floors and rear smoking area make it as old as the nearby Kings Head.

Roisin Dubh

Probably Galway’s best and most intimate live music venues. Open until 2am 7 nights a week it is a good alternative to a nightclub. They have music nightly, Wednesday night is comedy night, they have a large out door terrace. We regularly receive complimentary tickets for out guests.




The Front Door

Just a stones throw from Barnacles is The Front Door. This historic pub has been tastefully upgraded over the last few years and now incorporates four bars spread over two floors. Accommodating up to 500 people it is in the super pub league and is now open until 2am Thursday to Sunday.



Tig Coili

This cosy pub is well known for its nightly Traditional Irish music sessions. During the summer months you will always see people overflowing from its front door. As a traditional Irish pub experience Tig Coili has it all, great atmosphere, music and craic.

The Dail Bar

The Dail Bar is located in Galway’s Latin Quarter. This great Galway pub has all the feel of a traditional Irish bar with a modern twist. The perfect place to enjoy a pint of Guinness and recharge your batteries! With free music entertainment every night, a large selection of world beers and an enticing food menu, this pub is definitely not to be missed.