County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Nightlife

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A warm and lively bar in Queen's Hotel, a long-established town landmark near the old Friary, Cruise's has a romantic atmosphere with...

Electric Garden & Theatre

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Galway's liveliest nightclub has several different spaces including Electric, the main room, and the indoor-outdoor Glasshouse. The cocktails...

Fibber Magees

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This late-night hot spot in the town center—slogan "cheap drinks and loud music"—attracts mainly under-25s. Late nights are Friday...


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Established in 1840, and hosting traditional music sessions ever since, this popular spot has live music most nights in summer and on...

Gus O'Connor's

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Set midway between the village center and the pier, popular Gus O'Connor's has tables outside near a stream and live music every night...

Halo Nightclub

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This sophisticated spot for dressy over-23-year-olds has live entertainment in four bars on two floors and two dance floors, as well...

Joe Mac's

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Located right off the pier, Joe Mac's is a good place for a pint while waiting for the ferry home. ...

Joe Watty's

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This longtime favorite is a good bet for traditional music virtually every night in summer. ...

King's Head

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You can usually find a session after about 9 pm at this local favorite. ...

Knox's Pub & Storehouse Restaurant

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A Victorian-style high street bar with traditional plateglass shop front in the town center, Knox's serves bar food until 9 pm, offers...


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