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This is by far Galway's most Christmassy pub

By Sarah Finnan

November 23, 2019 at 10:21am


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.

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🎁🤶❄️🎄 HEAR YE, HEAR YE! The Massimo Winter Wonderland is OFFICIALLY OPEN! 🌟🎅🍷☃️ Big thanks to the movers and the makers who have helped bring this little dream of ours into one big reality. Come and explore our newly transformed cosy Scandinavian lodge with it's roaring wood-log fire, gingerbread house and it's forest of up-cycled trees which were all created under the creative direction of local artist and Macnas designer, the indomitable, Pete Casby. We've got plenty of luxurious hot drinks designed by the one and only Gabi including a delectable 'Terry's Irish Coffee' and a Hot Buttered Rum. We've gone all out this year with a special collaboration with @thewhitehag who have created a tasty seasonal ale which is EXCLUSIVE to Massimo Winter Wonderland, (we're awful classy like that)! We're open seven days a week with plenty of interesting and exciting events so be sure to check out our funky Interactive Advent Calendar on our website for full details. We've also still got some impressive surprises up our sleeves so make sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled as we unveil all of our exciting plans over the coming days here on our social. While you're waiting in the meantime however, be sure to get in for a drink because we are READY TO GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT! 🌟🎅🍷🎁🤶❄️🎄 #massimowinterwonderland #galwayswestend #wherethelocalsgo #galwaypub

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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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