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Irish Music Pubs

Galway is known as the cultural capital of Ireland. Our students love the annual Galway International Arts Festival and the Film Festival, both of which are held in summer. And the Halloween Parate is spectacular! In 2018, Galway was named the European Region of Gastronomy, and it’s not hard to see why when you try the fantastic seafood!

Taaffes Bar

You are sure to catch a traditional Irish music session in progress in Taaffes at any time of the day or night. The bar’s location in the middle of the main shopping thoroughfare ensures a busy daytime pub where the ceol and the craic take precedence. Taaffes is a great traditional pub in the centre of the city, with live sessions at 17:00 and 21:00 each day. Food served until 14:00 each day.


Address: Shop Street, Galway City, Ireland

Tel: +353(0)91 564066

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The Crane Bar

The Crane is a renowned Irish traditional venue situated in the West end of Galway City. Traditional music is on the menu here seven nights a week. This corner pub has a beautiful Victorian façade from the 1800’s, Consisting of two levels, the bar on the ground floor is a local favourite while upstairs comes alive every night for music sessions at 9.30pm. Even though the Crane is tucked away in the West end of the City it is the first stop for many music lovers on their visit to the City due to its reputation as a live music venue. Over the last number of years, the Crane has branched out to include a wider selection of music such as roots, blues and singer songwriters.

Address: Sea Road, Galway City, Ireland

Tel: +353(091)587419

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Monroe’s Tavern

Monroe’s Tavern features traditional Irish music, and other types of music too, and it is one of the main Irish language pubs in the city. Live music is played here seven nights a week. Monroe’s has a solid reputation as a home for traditional Irish music. Every Tuesday night, they have Traditional Irish set dancing which you can join in on if you are confident enough. This is the real deal with locals and tourists really mixing in a great atmosphere.

Address: Dominick Street, Galway City, Ireland

Tel: +353(0)91 583397

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Garavans Bar

At Garavans, you’re never far from fiddle-loving (violin) musicians or storytelling bartenders. A seat at the custom-made wooden bar positions you perfectly to hear local tales and tunes, but it’s hard to resist a table in the snug next to the musicians’ corner and indulging in the perfect pint. Although there is a music session almost nightly, it’s not uncommon to find a musician strumming along throughout the day.

Address: 46 William St, Galway City, Ireland

Tel: +353(91) 562537

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Tigh Coili

Tigh Coili Pub in Galway City is one of the most popular bars in Galway and is famous for its traditional Irish Music sessions. Tig Coili is at the end of the main shopping street in Galway and is full of atmosphere. Tigh Coili has no TV’s or pool tables to distract you from the excellent Irish music and craic where you are likely to see well known artists like Sharon Shannon join the session. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited this pub in February 2020 as part of their visit to Galway.

Address: Mainguard Street, Galway City, Ireland

Tel: +353(0)91 561294

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