You may have heard of the little-known phrase ‘sun’s out, guns out’, something us Galway folk take very seriously. When the weather is high there's nothing better than planting yourself in a bright, blooming beer garden.
As soon as we get the first glimpse of sunlight, the city is filled with farmer’s tanned-arms and milk-bottle shoulders searching for somewhere to soak up the sun while they slurp back the booze. Luckily, the city is flushed with beer gardens galore, all fully equipped with good tunes, great people and an unbeatable atmosphere. You won’t find the hours flying by and the sun slipping away as you delight in all that beer garden goodness. There really isn’t anything better than Galway on a sunny day, so you better make the most of it!
If you haven’t experienced the magic that is O’Connell’s beer garden, you better get yourself to Eyre Square as soon as possible! The stunning décor maintains most of its original fixtures and fittings, including tiled floors, antique lighting and stained glass windows. Their outdoor offerings are well and truly where it’s at! Consisting of two outdoor bars and an old Victorian street known as Gin Lane, this hidden gem is one of the city’s biggest and best beer gardens. As soon as you step foot into the garden, you’ll feel as though you’re entering into a fairytale. Echoing the traditional style of the pub itself, the energy and warm inviting carries through to the great outdoors. They’ve got plenty of partially covered seating and heating so that even on those rainy days, you’ll be in the clear. Having joined forces with local heroes Dough Bros two years ago with an initial pop-up pizza truck, the lads have since launched their new pizza shop out in the garden and trust us, you won’t be able to resist. With resident DJs playing every weekend, O’Connell’s will have you covered whether it’s a pint, a pizza or a boogie you’re after.
8 Eyre Square, Galway // 091 563 634 // MORE
Ideally located in the gateway to Galway City, looking out into Galway’s nicest "garden", The Skeff Late Bar is a monument of the city’s social scene. Those who love spending their afternoon people-watching with a creamy pint or chilled glass of wine will favour a covered outdoor terrace. Soak up the atmosphere of the city over after-work cocktails or make the most of the weather on the warmer days in this social sun-trap. Whether you’re visiting the city in-search for a place to enjoy a nice coffee and hearty meal, or you’re gathering your mates for a few beverages, The Skeff is a hot-spot for all occasions. Food is served from 8.30am to 9.30pm daily and with iced and barista style fresh coffees, superb cocktails, monthly drink specials, delicious mid-week food specials, live music, live sport and a late bar until 2am, they really have it all.
27 Eyre Square, Galway // 091 563 173 // MORE
The site where Massimo beer garden lies has had a varied and chequered past. Once upon a time it was an open air heated swimming pool, many years after it served as the stables to crew members of a Spanish Armada that sunk off the shore at Black Rock. These days it is a haven tucked away at the rear of the bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine from Ken’s carefully curated wine and whiskey menu and plan your next work summer BBQ from Massimo’s great pals in The Works. During the day, Massimo is a great place to have a catch up with friends, or a delicious meal in a relaxing setting, but under the cover of darkness Massimo comes alive, keeping the Westend hopping with live music and DJ sets across the weekend. Perfectly suited to both a quiet chat on a sunny day and a boisterous bop on a night out, Massimo’s beer garden will be there for you come wind, rain or shine.
10 William St West, Galway // 091 582 239 // MORE
Having gone through a major renovation, The Garden @ Murty Rabbitts re-opened back in December and it’s bigger and better than ever! Their retractable roof takes Galway’s changeable weather into consideration, so that come wind, rain or shine, you’ll be nice and cosy with the help of some heated seats and heated areas. If you’re looking for a great spot to watch the match, Murty Rabbitts show all the major events on their big screens, and with an outdoor bar and live DJ playing Friday and Saturday from 9pm, why would you go inside at all? They’ve even got al fresco dining from 12:30-9pm seven days a week and the option of a barbeque and alternative menu for private events throughout the year. To book in anything from a corporate event to a family occasion, shoot an email to email@example.com or give them a call on the number below.
23 Forster St, Galway // 091 566 490 // MORE
Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden
Taylor's Bar: Small at the front. Big at the back! The Beach Style Garden at Taylor’s Bar is a new summer addition in Galway’s Westend. Freshly renovated, the beer garden has an authentic surf party look and feel for all events, and a lively atmosphere that comes alive on the weekends. Equipped with two outdoor screens and another five inside the pub, Taylor’s is a live sports hotspot, catering for GAA, soccer, rugby and more! Sun trapped and heated, their beer garden is a perfect venue come wind, rain or shine and with live music seven nights a week and brilliant DJs looking after the late bar on Friday and Saturday night, there really is something for everyone. Now a member of the Galway Whiskey Trail, Taylor’s has an extensive drinks selection with a superb collection of whiskey, gin, wine and delicious cocktails. Taylor’s also offer BBQ and alternative menu options for corporate events, family occasions, day after wedding parties throughout the year. For bookings please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call the number below or submit an enquiry on their website HERE. Credit to Up in the Éire for the fantastic photograph.
7 Dominick Street Upper, Galway // 091 450 475 // MORE
Born out of a love of both gin and Galway, An Púcán’s multi-award winning outdoor area is a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds. With bottles of spirits lining the walls and tributes to the city scattered throughout. Having recently been named as the most photographed bar in Ireland outside Dublin, from the wall art to the fresh floral displays, it’s no wonder this picturesque garden is captured all over social media. They’ve got a lot of heaters and provide enough shelter so that even on the rainy days, you can still enjoy the great outdoors. Serving up delicious food and an unbeatable drinks selection, An Púcán have their fair share of both drink and meal deals on offer. Enjoy their ‘Bits To Dip’ sharing platter washed down with a couple of pints while you soak up the sunshine, music and good vibes. There’s always the option of lapping up some of their salads, steak or seafood offerings in the comfort of their indoor bars, where there’s always some great local musicians performing and a trad session is never far from kicking off. From the bar’s facade you would never guess that An Púcán would stretch back so far and include one of the city’s very best beer gardens, but once you experience the sun trap once, you’ll soon become a regular.
11 Forster St, Galway // 091 376 561 // MORE
Carroll's on Dominick Street
Having won the title of Best Outdoor Space at the 2018 Irish Pub Awards, it comes as no surprise that Carroll’s on Dominick Street have one of the best beer gardens in town. Equipped with ‘The Crust Bucket’ - a double decker bus that dishes out some seriously tasty pizzas - you can be sure that your stomach will be well lined before a feed of pints! As well as the great food, the outdoor area is also extremely easy on the eye. There’s lots of murals and unique, quirky pieces setting the scene, as well as several retro armchairs, couches and plenty of seating to ensure maximum comfort while you sip your pint. Good tunes echo throughout the garden, with regular live music performances and DJ sets from great local talents and the off drink promotion thrown in for good measure. Constantly growing and expanding their clientele, Carroll’s love nothing more than seeing their loyal local regulars with a smile on their faces and welcoming new people into their fold. From the modest pub front you would never expect such a vibrant exterior out back, but once you experience its laid back atmosphere, you’ll be telling all your friends about it.
39 Dominick Street Lower, Galway // 091 448 855 // MORE
For all your late night beer garden needs, Electric is your one stop shop. Opening up at 11pm during the week and early evening over the weekend, Electric has got all the drinking, dining and dancing spaces you could possibly need. Equipped with a forward looking music, art, food and design programme, the venue has catered to festivals, club nights, live shows, experimental shows and even the odd wedding! Made up of a number of different areas, the club offers a variety of different musical genres and atmospheres that span from techno to hip hop and RnB. Whether you want to dance the night away or chat to your mates all night long, Electric offer the perfect setting for both. Loved by students and locals alike, Electric welcomes some of the biggest international and national DJs, from UK native Mella Dee to Galway’s very own Graham Doherty, as well as hosting spectacular events such as Bingo Loco. Surrounded by good booze, great tunes and brilliant people, the atmosphere is always Electric! PLEASE NOTE: Electric is currently closed for refurbishment and will be re-launching shortly.
36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway // 091 565 976