County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Brogans Bar and Restaurant


    Enter through a side alley door to this large landmark pub that has served and entertained locals for over 35 years, right in the town center...Read More

  • 2. King's Head

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    With the most eye-catching facade on High Street, if not Galway City, the King's Head is dripping with 800 years of history with its association...Read More

  • 3. Nora Culligans Whiskey Bar


    Behind the subtle, light-yellow timber-front entrance, this whiskey and tequila bar is a long warren of Victorian-bar idiosyncrasies, with lofty...Read More

  • 4. O'Connor's

    Salthill | Bars/Pubs

    Fans of musician Ed Sheeran will instantly recognize the interior of this landmark pub as the location of his "Galway Girl" music video with...Read More

  • 5. The Róisín Dubh

    Spanish Arch | Bars/Pubs

    A legend in its own right and a serious venue for stand-up comics, silent discos, emerging rock and traditional bands, the Róisín Dubh often...Read More

  • 6. Tigh Neachtain

    Spanish Arch | Bars/Pubs

    This bright-blue, mural-scarred pub is in the hub of Galway's medieval center and the core of its beating heart. For more than 120 years its...Read More

  • 7. Áras na nGael


    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 music,...Read More

  • 8. Cornerstone Bar


    On the corner of the main street, this sandstone cottage, with its low roof, is the place to cozy up for a postsurf pint. Traditional food is...Read More

  • 9. Durty Nelly's Pub


    Brimming with character, the low ceilings and stone flooring of this popular haunt next to Bunratty's Castle draw back to earlier centuries...Read More

  • 10. Hyde Bar and Gin Parlour

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    Gin is having a moment in Ireland right now and nowhere is that more evident or celebrated than Hyde Bar and Gin Parlour, where you will find...Read More

  • 11. Joe Mac's


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

  • 12. Joe Watty's


    Located on the hill outside the village, Joe Watty's is the hub of Inis Mór's entertainment, with regular music sessions and reliable food. ...Read More

  • 13. McSwiggan's

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    A popular Galway City pub with a restaurant upstairs, McSwiggan's has everything from church pews to ancient carriage lamps contributing to...Read More

  • 14. Monroe's

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    A large and sociable pub, Monroe's has free music nightly from 9 pm and regularly hosts impressive rock acts. ...Read More

  • 15. Nova Bar

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    Cocktails, beer, and wine are served in this tiny bar, which has a DJ and live entertainment, plus student night on Wednesday....Read More

  • 16. O'Lochlainns Bar


    No Ballyvaughan trip would be complete without this old-timer's pub, with its epic collection of whiskey brands. Set in a tidy building near...Read More

  • 17. Taaffe's

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    Open for 150 years, Taaffe's is bang in the city center and hosts regular trad music sessions that start from 5:30 pm. ...Read More

  • 18. The Crane Bar


    Arrive early to get a seat at this tiny bar to the west of Claddagh; its two floors can get crammed during nightly trad sessions. ...Read More

  • 19. The Dáil Bar

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    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 younger crowd. ...Read More

  • 20. The Poet's Corner


    The O'Connell Street door to the Old Ground Hotel leads directly to the Poet's Corner, a spacious, popular bar with pub grub in the day, and...Read More

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