13 PLACES TO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY THIS CHRISTMAS
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and since the festive season is right around the corner, it’s time to start plotting the inescapable office Christmas party. Whether you’re gathering a few of your work mates to blow off some steam or the whole crew are going out in force for some corporate craic, the drinks are sure to be flowing. Dust off that sequined dress or dig out that hideous Christmas jumper because it’s silly season.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite places for a festive feast, a lively atmosphere and some good old fashioned Christmas spirit(s)! Here’s where you and yours should eat, drink and be merry…
You’ll definitely be rocking around the Christmas tree is this multi award-winning Westend gastropub and party venue. Whether it’s 20 or 120 party people, the fantastic drink selections, old world interiors and good tunes played late into the night will keep every member of your team happy (even Harry from accounts!). Party packages include specialised drinks lists, a bar tab and drink vouchers that can be tailored to suit your needs. If you choose to go for their private party room, you can enjoy live music, the option of your own DJ and some seriously tasty, made to order finger food to keep the stomachs lined.
(091) 449431 // More Here.
BUSKER BROWNES AND KIRBY’S
There are few places that offer such a wide range of party venues as the folks at Busker Brownes. Whether you choose to host your Christmas party in the Hall on Level 3, Upstairs @ Kirby’s, The Slatehouse Bar, The Mezzanine or Busker Brownes Bar, you can rest assured that you’ll make memories to last a lifetime. If you’re looking for a sit down meal, Kirby’s festive menu comes in at €30 per person for three tasty courses. With free room hire, delicious finger food, a late bar and live music, Buskers are definitely on Santa’s ‘nice’ list.
(091) 563 377 // More Here
RÚIBÍN RESTAURANT AND BAR
Overlooking Galway’s breath-taking historic harbour, Rúibín are known for their warm and ambient dining experience and their Christmas offerings are no different. Toasty turf fires and the aroma of mulled wine will radiate from within and the high-quality food certainly won’t disappoint. Their deluxe menu comes in at €50 per person and features a beef wellington main course of dreams, while their 3-course set menu is priced at €35 and their 2-course is €28 a head and feature some seriously tasty dishes. Their upstairs area can cater to 55 people and they’re more than happy to tailor the evening to suit what you’re looking for!
(091) 399 200 // More here
You’ll wish it could be Christmas every day when you take your celebrations to The Skeff (expect more of these painful puns!). Right in the heart of Eyre Square, this bar and restaurant are professionals when it comes to creating a festive and fun environment. With a late bar and live music seven days a week and a DJ until 2am, you can even arrange to be greeted by some Christmas cocktails on arrival. Choose from two Jingle Beats food Platters, the first of which costs €25 and would suit 10-12, the second suiting 8-10 people at €35, or go all out and get a three course meal for €24.95 a head – ‘tis the season and all that!
(091) 563 173 // More Here
For a more intimate occasion, Cooke’s Restaurant and Wine Bar offer a deluxe experience crafted from the finest local and seasonal ingredients. Catering for groups from 16 to 40 in each of their three private dining rooms across three floors, office parties are their specialty. Their deluxe Christmas menu is priced at €36 a head, they’ve also on a budget menu for early evening reservations for just €32 per person. With a full cocktail and wine list readily available, you can keep the party going at neighbouring nightclub HALO, where you can dance the night away to your heart’s content.
(091) 448 852 // More Here
If you fancy letting loose this holiday season, make sure you do it in HALO Nightclub. With five bars, two dance floors, two smoking terraces and four elegant VIP lounges, Halo has all the ingredients for a memorable night out. Every Friday and Saturday night, this award winning club invite the people of Galway to leave their halos at the door and enjoy the shenanigans inside. Book a VIP lounge for you and your team, where you can enjoy a party bottle to get the night started. The heads may hurt come Monday morning, but it’ll be worth it.
(091) 565 976 // More Here
For those who are after a more laid back office party atmosphere, Handsome Burger is the place to be. Home to Galway’s favourite burger, you can hire out their Christmas garden out the back of their Dominick Street store. Accommodating up to 60 plus, the garden is covered over and heated to keep out that Winter chill. Taking an inventive approach to timeless classics, their mouth-watering burgers and seductive loaded fries are well and truly perfected. With special menus, live music and a DJ available on request, you’ll be perfectly set up for a night on the tiles.
091 533 992 // More Here
HYDE BAR AND GIN PARLOUR
Elegant, stylish and refined, Hyde Bar and Gin Parlour make for a gorgeous setting to enjoy the festivities. If your work mates are on the prowl for something different this year, Hyde’s decadent surroundings are ideal for casual get togethers, semi-private dining experiences or group parties. Nab a three-course festive lunch for just €25 per person or three-course dinner and a festive drink on arrival for just €35. Stocking over 500 gins, each and every member of the team will be in good spirits after an evening at Hyde.
091 564 111 // More Here
The 5-star g Hotel is stylish, sophisticated and – once Christmas rolls around – becomes filled with an exuberant seasonal ambience. For parties of up to 200 guests, the g suite will add all the sparkle you need to your celebrations. At just €59 per person, the package includes cocktails on arrival, some pre-meal canapés, a sumptuous four-course meal in designer surroundings followed by a late bar equipped with a DJ to keep you dancing into the small hours.
(091) 865 200 // More Here
Have yourself a Meyrick little Christmas at one of Galway’s most festive locations. Coming alive during the Christmas period, Hotel Meyrick has the sparkling light, the glowing tree and the warm, nostalgic atmosphere you need to make some great holiday memories. Overlooking the Christmas Market, the Gaslight Bar & Brasserie have a three-course festive lunch at €24 or a three-course dinner at €38 a head served at either 6.30pm or 8.45pm. Their Christmas party nights, held on December 6 and 13, come in at €46 per person and include mulled wine on arrival, a four-course meal and a live band and DJ to round the night off.
(091) 564 041 // More Here
Spend your office Christmas party surrounded by twinkling lights, mistletoe and open fires at the wonderfully atmospheric Harbour Hotel. Choose from a range of festive dining experiences in Dillisk on the Docks, where you and your team can enjoy either a two or three-course lunch priced at €22 and €25 respectively, or a two or three-course dinner at €26 or €32 (all including a glass of mulled wine). If it’s a more casual evening you’re after, their private room or bar can cater to 10-60 people, serving up a choice of four finger food items at €12 a head and the option of adding on a glass of prosecco or mulled wine for an extra fiver!
(091) 894 800 // More Here
In the heart of the Westend – Galway’s bohemian corner – Taylor’s Bar and Beer Garden is a fantastic spot for impromptu, breakaway Christmas parties. You know the scéal; you’ve had enough of half the crew and you want to chat to the few sound lads in your department (not Harry from accounts)! Their back room can cater to 20-60 people, while their outdoor area will suit 100 people, weather permitting. Whether you want to get cosy inside sipping away on a pint while listening to the great live music, or you want to bat the breeze in their massive beer garden, you’ll definitely have the craic.
(091) 450 475 // More Here
If you want to cut to the chase and skip straight to the craic, head straight to Massimo in Galway’s Westend. You can book your party for their back area and you’re sorted for the night, which is when the joint really comes alive. With drinks flowing and tunes pumping, it won’t be long until each and every member of the team are out on the dancefloor busting a move… even the boss. (Some things are better left unseen). Rumour has it this place could be the Christmas pub this season, so you’re going to want to check it out.
(091) 582 239 // More Here