Galway, an Irish gem! If you have the chance to get out to the west coast of the country, you have to make a stop in Galway. It has the quaint cobblestone streets you’re looking for, and the busy nightlife you probably forgot existed. I’ve visited twice now, and both times were a bit of a whirlwind.
If you’ve only got a short time to spend in the city, here are a few things to try!
1. A Pub Lunch at Garvey’s
Grab a quick lunch in this traditional pub on the famous Eyre Square. This one makes you “feel like you’re in Ireland.” If you’re not local, you’ll know what I mean. You may even run into a Stag do like we did — they’re always hilarious!
2. Get a Claddagh Ring
The Claddagh Ring is a traditional Irish ring representing love, loyalty, and friendship. You’ll see these on fingers all over Ireland, but they originated right in Galway. If you’re looking for a souvenir that won’t collect dust on your side table at home, this might be the option for you. I got mine at Claddagh Jewellers, but they’re available at many stores in town.
3. Dinner at Trattoria
We had a great Italian meal at Trattoria on Quay Street. It was pouring rain outside, but the atmosphere inside was warm and enthusiastic. We stayed longer than we needed to, sipping wine and sharing stories.
4. Cocktails at the Parlour in the House Hotel
Getting girly cocktails in the House Hotel was actually a recommendation.. from a man! This is a great place to start or end your night, and they’ve got a drink menu long enough to suit all tastes. This is probably where you’ll find the Hen parties..
5. A Night Out at The King’s Head
And finally, round out your night with a mingle and a dance in the King’s Head. It’s an Irish pub if there ever was one, but it’s also massive and usually has some live music. Great for a real Galway night out!
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