Very popular pub in the centre of Galway on the east side of Eyre Square. All the features of the old bar are retained and walking through the door, you might as well be walking into an Ireland of the 1950s. The pub is subject to a preservation order so there is no danger of anything being changed in the immediate future.
At the back of the pub is a large outdoor beer garden with seating which is ideal for smokers as well as those who like their drink outside. Areas of the beer garden are under cover and are heated so ideal for the winter months.
From media reports it was sold for over €14m in the property bubble of the mid 2000s! Great pub as it is, when you see the bar you will wonder how anyone could spend so much on it!
8 Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland
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Ah, Rabbitte's pub on Forster Street, what can I say?
Having previously stood as a bar that looked like a cross between a badly designed Irish kitchen and a garish homage to a Mafioso meeting joint, Rabbitte's has had a facelift in the past few years, but little has changed.
This is a fabulous bar, where you are guaranteed a seat, utter silence, a good pint and a polite - if barely noticeable - nod from the owner. Music might sometimes play quietly from the stereo system and if Pearl Jam's 'Ten' or a selection of Savage Garden hits are your thing then you are in luck! Keep in mind that it is impossible to be barred from this pub and it is a ten second lurch from Eyre Square, so drink on my friends and we shall meet on Paddy's Day.
Galway City, on Forster Street
Head to Galway City and visit one of the most Irish pubs you'll find - O' Connell's. Delicious pint of G and an out-house for a toilet. Boasts a 'beer garden' too, although how accurate you believe that term to be when applied to this area is up to yourself.
The pub sits right beside the newly redeveloped Eyre Square and feel free to wander outside with your drink - no-one will care. Mingle with a delightful mix of drunks, students, hobos and yuppies. Wonderful.
Eyre Square, Galway
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