The best bars to visit in Galway over the summer

By Lovin' Media

July 3, 2023 at 2:44pm



Planning a trip to Galway? For some tasty pub grub, delicious cocktails and a bit of live music, these pubs tick all the boxes.

Whether it's a break with your other half or a get-together with the girls, there's no spot out West quite like Galway city to enjoy a few days away. With its own unique culture, seaside views and stunning scenery, it has so much to offer when it comes to a weekend away.

What's more is Galway city is known for having a pretty impressive nightlife, home to some deadly traditional Irish pubs and late bars to help you celebrate long into the evening. But if you're not a regular in the city and need some pub reccs to see you through, here are some of our top picks for a bop and a tasty Schweppes cocktail on your next trip:

5. The Front Door Pub

No night out in Galway is complete without dropping by the iconic Front Door Pub. At the heart of Galway's social scene, it’s one of the city's best spots for a bop, offering live music or a DJ seven nights a week. Spread across two floors which both boast some truly stunning décor, delicious pub grub and, of course, an extensive drinks selection, it’s the perfect late bar set up to help you celebrate into the evening. 

What should I order? Grab a seat at the cocktail bar and watch the masters at work! A classic Mojito should be your go-to, mixed with Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, Fresh Lime Juice and Mint, Schweppes Soda Water and Sugar Syrup. Delish!

4. The Liquor Lounge

Located in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter, nestled right above The Dáil Bar, The Liquor Lounge is known for combining a striking look with a truly impressive food menu and drinks selection. It even took home the trophy for Best Cocktail Experience at the National Hospitality Awards in 2019 and Best Cocktail Experience Globally at the Irish Hospitality Global Awards the same year.

When it comes to tunes, they've booked some pretty talented musicians over the years, including the likes of Gavin James and Little Hours, as well as hosting regular DJ sets. There's also a very cute outdoor area that's ideal for a pint in the sunshine, but it might be a bit optimistic to plan for beer garden weather in March.

What should I order? During any visit, it's only right to experience one of their multi-award-winning cocktails and what better drink when in the City of the Tribes than the aptly named Galway Girl. Shaking up the perfect mix of Nora’s Premium Irish Gin, Aperol, Sugar Syrup, Lemon Juice & Schweppes Soda Water, it’s a must-try! 

3. Tigh Nora

Situated on Cross Street, Tigh Nora is named after James Joyce's wife and Galway native, Nora Barnacle, and it truly is a G&T lover's dream. While the venue has a pretty varied drinks menu that's sure to suit everyone's taste, it is first and foremost a gin bar, offering over 200 different G&T combinations and some pretty impressive cocktail creations, if you can be tempted. Tigh Nora even makes its own gin, a delicate, aromatic and perfumed serve that's sure to impress gin lovers.

What should I order? With over 200 G&T’s to try, it can be a tough decision but as the first bar in Ireland to release its own gin, you have to try this original creation, Nora’s Premium Irish Gin. Enjoy with a slice of red grapefruit, a sprig of fresh mint and a crack of black pepper, topped with a Schweppes Signature tonic water.

2. Tom Sheridan’s Bar & Restaurant

A quintessential local, Tome Sheridan's Bar encapsulates everything there is to love about the traditional Irish pub, making it the perfect spot for a couple of quite drinks on your next trip to Galway.

What makes Tom Sheridan's Bar extra special is its massive food menu, offering diners a huge selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options to choose from on any given visit. Pair all of that with an extensive drinks menu and some stellar live tunes every weekend and you've got the perfect spot to relax and unwind on any break away.

What should I order? If you are looking for something refreshing, light and very tasty, then the spritz selection is for you. From the peach & orange blossom to the raspberry, rhubarb and vanilla spritz, each drink is served with a premium Schweppes mixer of your choice. Delish! 

1. Blake’s Corner Bar

If you're on the hunt for the perfect local-like bar to unwind in, Blake's Corner Bar ticks all the boxes when it comes to a deadly drinks offering and some brilliant live music sessions every weekend.

Its location couldn't be more ideal for any visitors to the city, just a short stroll from Eyre Square and Shop Street. The venue has earned some pretty impressive accolades for its food menu too, adjoined to one of Galway's most popular restaurants, Brasserie on the Corner. So if you're on the lookout for some pub grub to help you refuel, you're sure to be in safe hands here.

What should I order? Find a cosy corner to relax in and people-watch, sipping on a classic Aperol Spritz made with Aperol, Prosecco and Schweppes Soda Water for a little taste of summer.

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