Galway's first oyster bar to open this week

By Fiona Frawley

September 19, 2022 at 5:22pm


Just in time for the International Oyster Festival.

One of Galway's best loved bars is marking its involvement on the city's Seafood Trail by launching an oyster bar this Friday.

The McSwiggans Oyster bar shucks open at 4pm and will be fully stocked with Dooncastle Oysters over ice, to be enjoyed as is or with a mignonette dressing.

Image via McSwiggans

Dooncastle Oysters are the main Oyster supplier for McSwiggans and will be on hand all weekend as part of the Seafood trail. Patrons have the option to pair their oysters with a creamy pint of plain, or a bottle from the extensive McSwiggans wine cellar.

If oysters aren't your thing, the menu will also include a crock of mussels accompanied by twice cooked skin on fries, or planks of prawns served with the obligatory Marie rose sauce. There'll also be fish and chips on offer, as well as Seafood Chowder with homemade brown bread.


McSwiggans has served the people of Galway for over 30 years, evolving from a country store trading potatoes in Woodquay Market to the award-winning restaurant the city knows and loves today.

The oyster bar will be located downstairs in McSwiggans, offering the opportunity to enjoy seafood in a "very casual setting". It opens officially this Friday for the International Oyster Festival, but will also remain a feature in the bar post-festival.

Header image via McSwiggans

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