There is no point in denying it, Galway is about going out, taking in the atmosphere, enjoying a sing song, meeting up with new and old friends and having a pint!  Every time, I go to Galway, I end up in the pub.  There’s even a website called where it tells you about the pubs, pub grub, beer gardens, all Galway pub related info.  Below are the top 10 pubs in Galway featured in It’s good to know where the locals go in a town like Galway!


During the summer months, you will always see people overflowing from its front door. As a traditional Irish pub experience Tig Cóilí has it all, great atmosphere, music and craic.



You will find this place in every tourist guide about Galway City that you will ever read and for good reason. There is simply no other pub in Galway that gets such a diverse and interesting clientele. Business people, actors, hippies, buskers and tourists all mingle in close confines, once inside the door all are equal here.



Boasting one of the best beer gardens in Galway as well as being a unique and interesting pub. Superb location for Summer BBQs.



Pronounced "Keys" for all those who don't know. Located in the middle of Quay Street, the Quays Pub is the perfect spot to grab a chair outside and watch the masses go by. Although a magnet for tourists and Irish visitors to Galway it has managed to maintain a local following and is something of a local institution.



The Front door is a cavernous premise accessible both from High Street and Cross Street.  This historic pub has been tastefully upgraded over the last few years and now incorporates four bars spread over two floors.



Monroe’s dominates the skyline in the west end of the city. Although seeming gigantic from the outside, once inside it has a warm intimate feel. The upstairs venues are usually full every Saturday.



The premier live music venue in Galway City. "Roisin Dubh" is a Gaelic term meaning Black Rose in English. It was the symbol of Ancient Druids from the area and also a famous political song in Irish History



These premises are the epitome of what are often called “Old Mans Pubs”, and you will find plenty of older Galwegians chatting over pints of Guinness. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly chat is a hallmark of this premises



These landmark premises at the end of Mainguard Street is known by many names but is known by many locals as Myles Lee. It also encompasses the next door premises known as An Tobar.



Bierhaus undoubtedly stocks the greatest selection of beer in the City, they even have a menu. They also have many specialty ciders and spirits. Bierhaus is located in the West end of the City.