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23rd Nov 2019

This is by far Galway’s most Christmassy pub

Sarah Finnan

Christmas come early. Literally.

Nestled snugly in Galway’s West End, Massimo is one of the liveliest spots out west.

Transforming into “Galway’s Christmas Pub”, it is the place to be during the festive season…in between breaks from the market of course.

Described as the ‘best catch-up with pals pub’, the city favourite pulls out all the stops when it comes to Christmas.
And I couldn’t approve more.

Revealing the makeover yesterday, Massimo officially launched their ‘temple of festive spirit’. And it’s as Christmassy as you’d imagine.

Undergoing a total metamorphosis, the pub reemerged decked out as a cosy Scandinavian lodge with oak beams, a roaring wood-log fire, gingerbread house and even a forest of up-cycled trees.

Enlisting the help of renowned designer Pete Casby, the place has all the markings of a bopping après-ski bar.

Expect plenty of warming whiskeys served in bespoke festive mugs and even a special wintry cocktail menu.

Libations on offer include a ‘Terry’s Irish Coffee’ made with orange liqueur, chocolate and cream. Along with a ‘Hot Pink Gin’ made with pink gin, rosehip tea, lemon and honey.

I’ll be heading straight down to try the ‘Hot Buttered Rum’ though. Made with Havana especial, ginger and cinnamon butter and dark brown sugar…I think they should rename it ‘Hot Buttered YUM’.

Make sure to check out to the beer garden where the magical elves will make it snow throughout the day. All to the sweet musical melodies of Dean Martin’s Let It Snow. 

There you’ll also find a special ‘wishing well’, where you can drop your spare change for a good cause as all funds will go to the Galway Samaritans.

According to bar owner Malachy Duggan it’s “a haven for those who are tired of navigating their way through overflowing ‘steins’ to get to the bar”.

Adding that they’ve been busy plotting and planning this “grown-up’ Christmas pub” for months, Malachy says that they’re all “really excited” to finally see it come to life.

Evening events include Christmas movies, themed table quizzes and various craft workshops where you can learn how to make mini-Christmas jumpers, handmade cards and wreaths. Sending the festive meter into overdrive.

Jingle all the way my friends.

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