Galway Race Week is one of the biggest social events in the city, drawing crowds from miles around each an every year. Superb style, great craic and an atmosphere like no other, the buzz of the races permeates throughout the whole of Galway. Every bar, restaurant and hotel swell with a sense of excitement and divilment. Bear in mind – if you win big, you’ll be getting the rounds in all night long!

We’ve compiled a list of the best party spots in town, so sit back, relax and plan your race week antics right here!

An Púcán

Have your best frocks and bow ties at the ready, An Púcán are hosting their Best Dressed Competition Monday 29th from 10pm! With live DJ’s and late bar until 2am, there’s no place you’d rather be this Monday! An Púcán have brought in the experts Kieran O’Malley, Pam Richardson and Edel Lyons to judge the style for the night! The first prize is worth over €1000, so dust off your Sunday best and get down to 11 Forster Steet tonight!

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Racing for Rosabel at The Skeff Late Bar

Following on from last year’s success, The Skeff Late Bar are hosting an afternoon in aid of Rosabel’s Rooms on Tuesday, July 30 from 12.30pm.

Racing for Rosabel will feature racing tips from Ireland’s top jockeys Robbie Power and Leigh Roche, along with a panel of guests including Galway’s Paul Conroy, Michael Meehan and Boyle Sports Director of Communications Leon Blanche. Style enthusiasts will have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes, while also getting tips from a panel of fashionistas hosted by RTE Stylist, Caroline Downey. With entertainment from Paul Gaughan, delicious treats and a drinks reception, the event will whisk all guests off to Ballybrit for a day of excitement.

Rosabel’s Rooms was established by Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe in memory of their beloved daughter, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017, aged only sixteen months. Rosabel’s Rooms will be a family-focused bereavement suite in hospitals around the country. Rosabel’s Rooms will also provide therapeutic and financial supports for families in the aftermath of child loss.

Tickets are on sale at The Skeff and on Eventbrite for €39. For more information visit their website or call Nicola on 091 563173 | email:
Huge thank you to all sponsors on board for Racing for Rosabel, including SNAP Galway!

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Hotel Meyrick

Renowned for its timeless elegance, Hotel Meyrick will welcome fashionable race-goers for their Most Stylish evening on Thursday, August 1. Having become known as the most stunning style event of Galway Race Week, the prestigious accolade comes with a prize to the value of €3000! The winning lady will walk away with a €1000 voucher for the Kilkenny Shop, a VIP experience at Ladies’ Day of the Dublin Horse and a hospitality package for a two night stay in Dublin’s five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel, while the victorious gent will garner a helicopter ride for two over the Cliffs of Moher, courtesy of Executive Helicopters, completed with a champagne dinner in the Gaslight Brasserie at Hotel Meyrick. With Courtney Smith, one of Ireland’s most exciting stylists, creative directors and fashion contributors joining the judging panel and an array of musical entertainment, this event will be a Race Week highlight.

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The g Hotel and Spa

For the most stylish week in Galway’s social calendar, a stay in Galway’s most stylish hotel is essential. The g Hotel has a great location, a stunning spa, delicious dining, a fantastic schedule of live music and entertainment and plenty more. To get you in the mood for a day at the races, the Tipster Lunch is the g’s favourite pre-racing event. Join top tipster hosts, award-winning jockeys Davy Russell and Rachael Blackmore, plus racing correspondent George McDonagh for the inside track on Wednesday, July 31. Enjoy a two course lunch, prosecco, expert tips, a return transfer to Ballybrit and your ticket to the Races all for only €65 with their Hospitality Package and make sure to bring your ladies’ day style to the g for good food, a great atmosphere and Tattinger champagne until late. With live entertainment and lots of prizes to be won, the g is the place to be this Race Week.

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The Galmont Hotel and Spa

The place to be throughout Race Week 2019, The Galmont Hotel & Spa has an exciting line-up of entertainment to make Galway’s biggest week even more fun. Dust off the hats, heels and fancy attire and get ready for the highlight of your social calendar as this year the #GalmontGirlSquad Style Awards are judged by none other than Galway’s very own Ciara O’Doherty and her amazing squad of judges including Milliner Caithriona King and the fabulous duo, Two Phat Cows on Wednesday July 31. Don’t miss your chance to get your squad together to be in with the chance of winning amazing prizes. Legendary rock band, Aslan are playing live at The Galmont Hotel & Spa on Saturday, August 3. With tickets priced at €20 and available to purchase from Ticketmaster or directly from the hotel, this exclusive live music experience promises to be a real winner, along with a fantastic host of live music throughout the week who are guaranteed to get everyone on their feet.

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The Maldron Hotel Sandy Road

The perfect stop off on your way to the racecourse, the Maldron Hotel are offering fantastic deals for all race goers this raceweek. With ample park,take the stress out of raceday and enjoy a relaxing pre-races meal on Sandy Road. With everything from gourmet sharing platters to main courses, The Maldron has everything you need to get you off to a galloping start.

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The Yard

For a variety of tantalising menus to satisfy any and all tastes, call into The Yard Kitchen Bar in the House Hotel. For the summer months, their BBQ menu on the outdoor terrace offers a selection of tapas plates to suit all palettes. With a total of four sharing plates and an accompaniment of side dishes, salads and dips all from only €21, you won’t go home hungry. If it’s a quick lunch you’re after in a beautifully relaxed setting, The Yard’s lunch menu starts from 12pm, with a selection of home-made soups, light bites and sandwich combos that’ll make your mouth water! Their dinner menu offers sharing plates aplenty, from Honey Cider Braised Pulled Pork Sliders to Crisp Mushroom Arancini, and their sweet selection is to die for. The good food is enhanced by the great atmosphere, and with live music Wednesday to Sunday, and a DJ until late, they really go the whole 9 yards!

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Latin Quarter After Partay

Known as the banter capital of the city, Galway’s Latin Quarter will be full to the gills of merry folk and street entertainment this week. With over 20 lively bars, 50 restaurants to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choices to wine and dine! If you’re looking for the ultimate post race bop, fear not. All bars will have live music until the wee hours, so get your dancing shoes at the ready, you’re in for a fun time in Galway’s Latin Quarter!

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DNA After Party

When you’re not ready to end the party, DNA is always there with the best tunes to keep the night going! All week DNA is hosting the Ultimate Post-Race Partays with 3 floors of solid tunes, you’ll be on the floor all night long! And if you’re planning in advance, book your gang in for a treat in their VIP lounge for the ultimate party!

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Taylor’s Bar

Keeping the West awake, Taylor’s Bar will be open until 2am every night this week! As always, Taylor’s have the best live music all week long to keep those spirits high, however your race of racing went! Cocktail shakers at the ready, get your post-race party off to the right start here in Galway’s Westend!

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