11 PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK, STUDENT STYLE
From September to May, Galway city is swarming with students who are notoriously strapped for cash. To help you put the few coins you’ve scraped together to good use, we’ve compiled a definitive list of the best spots in town to nab a good deal. You can thank us in your graduation speech!
THE CHILI SHACK
To get maximum possible soakage, a feed in The Chili Shack is essential. With half portions of chili starting at €5 and an array of hotdogs, wings and poutine all costing under €8, a good hearty meal doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Their burgers, which are all served with paprika fries, are out of this world and they’ve even got something for the veggies and vegans amongst us.
19 Abbeygate Street Upper // more here
Relatively new to the city, Vocho are a small, independent Tex-Mex style restaurant that serve up freshly made quesadillas, nachos, tacos, bowls, burritos and chili in a quirky, laid back setting. A feed like that for under a tenner? It’s a no brainer. A student paradise, they’ve even got Buckfast bottle lamp shades, so whether you prefer a spicy salsa or a mild meal, it’s going to be class.
19 Forster Street // more here
THE GOURMET OFFENSIVE
One of the very best spots in town for vegetarian food, TGO Falafel Bar’s Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean inspired menu features a serious student deal that will blow your mind. All made with tender love and care (and the finest local produce), all you need is €7.50 to send you into a food coma after a falafel wrap bursting with fresh salad, hummus and sauces, chips galore and a drink. All you need is your student card!
11 Mary Street // more here
The headquarters of student eating in Gaillimh, you’ll see Deliveroo drivers weaving all around the city, fetching and carrying burrito goodness. Doing God’s work. With student discounts and loyalty cards available, you won’t find the meals passing before you’ve nabbed yourself a free one, and maybe even one of the coveted Boojum t-shirts. Whether you’re in for a bowl, burrito, taco or nachos, you’ll leave with a happy head.
Unit 1, Spanish Parade // more here
Winners of Best Burger in Ireland for National Burger Day 2019, Handsome Burger have been using produce from beloved local suppliers to create their inventive takes of timeless classics for years. Starting from €8 – or a tenner with fries – you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. Don’t even get us started on their loaded fries!
49 Dominick Street Lower // more here
THE DOUGH BROS
Step inside that familiar floral arch for a pizza experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Baked in an Italian-style wood-fired oven, each and every pizza pie is made using only the freshest ingredients. For you lucky students, there’s a 12” pizza with two toppings and a soft drink for €11 with your name on it. Or, if you prefer your pizza with a side of pints, they’re also serving up in the comfort of O’Connell’s Bar.
Cathedral Buildings, 1 Middle Street // more here
DNA NIGHTCLUB & VENUE
Combining luxury and elegance with good old-fashioned craic, DNA is made up of four bars, two dance floors, two smoking areas, a large VIP area and a vodka in a pear tree. With party packages on offer, this is a great nightclub for memorable birthday celebrations. From Sunday Sessions to Wasted Wednesday, there’s always something going on. We all love a good session, sure it’s in our DNA!
Eyre Square // more here
Made up of four different spaces all offering a different genre of music and type of sesh-goer, whether you’re in The Garden or Factory, a good time is guaranteed. Hosting a broad array of events, from LUSH at Electric – their new student night – to one hell of a Hoolie every Thursday night, there’s always great drink deals, an unbeatable atmosphere and top notch tunes.
36 Upper Abbeygate Street // more here
Excuse us as we drool, but it’s hard to refrain while thinking of those enormous, cheesy, tantalising pizza slices. Much like everything, they taste even better after a night on the beer so if you can fight your way to the top of the queue, get as many slices as you can carry.
15 Cross Street Upper // more here
We’ve said it once, we’ll say it a thousand times: the Róisín Dubh’s Silent Disco should always be top of your list for Tuesday evening antics. Earphones on, tunes blaring, no one can see you dancing like a fool! Well, they can, but you won’t care once you get your complimentary jager bomb into you. They’re also always hosting great comedy nights, Club GASS and the best local and international musical talents, so keep an eye out. You never know who’ll be on stage.
9 Dominick Street Upper // more here
SCOTTY’S FAMOUS BURGERS AND WINGS
This American-style diner has been a student favourite for decades, and it’s no mystery why. Their stellar reputation draws people in, while the huge portions and friendly service keeps them coming back. For you hungry students, they’ve got a Blue Plate menu for when you’re a little on the skint side. No one’s going hungry on Scotty’s watch, so make sure to wear your eatin’ pants!
Cúirt na Coiribe // more here