County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Nightlife

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The Crane Bar

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There's traditional music from 9:30 most nights in a room above this tiny bar, to the west of Claddagh, but come early to get a seat.

The Dáil Bar

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While it looks traditional with its dark-wood decor, the Dáil is actually a recent arrival on the pub scene, and very popular with a...

The Front Door

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A lively spot for the twentysomethings, the Front Door has four bars spread over two floors, and a late bar until 2 am Wednesday to Sunday.

The Poet's Corner

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Located in Ennis's former town hall and now part of the Old Ground Hotel, the Poet's Corner is a spacious bar with a good reputation...

The Quays

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For many people the quintessential Galway bar is the Quays, a tall, narrow pub on three stories with live music upstairs. ...

The Róisín Dubh

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A legend in its own right and a serious venue for emerging rock and traditional bands, the Róisín Dubh often showcases big, if still-struggling...

Tigh Coílí Bar

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Up-and-coming young musicians play at this cozy bar in traditional sessions all day long. A great place to experience your first "session"...

Tigh Neachtain

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If you're looking for the place to check out the quintessential Galway vibe, head here. Find a cozy corner and you'll stay longer than...

Vaughan's Pub

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Known for its traditional-music sessions in a village famed for its Ceilí Band, Vaughan's has been a local favorite for years. Free...

Áras na nGael

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Cross O'Brien Bridge and take the first left to find this Irish-speaking social club/pub, which is a great place to hear traditional...