Celebrate your Graduation in Galway
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Celebrate your Graduation in Galway

Hooray, you made it! All that work has finally paid off, so let your hair down and celebrate your graduation Galway-style. It’s time to put away the school books and bring your friends and family out to one of Galway’s many restaurants and bars to mark your special day with a celebratory graduation dinner.  Check out some of Galway’s best spots for graduation parties right here..

Brasserie on the Corner

Mark your graduation with an evening out at one of Galway’s most popular graduation dinner spots. Over the years, Brasserie on the Corner has built up an incredible reputation for hosting graduation lunch and dinner parties so you can rest assured that your special day is in good hands. From their bread made fresh every morning, slow cooking meats and original dishes to their homemade desserts, everything at Brasserie on the Corner is prepared to the highest standard possible. It’s really no surprise they continue to be one of the top choices for graduates in Galway each year.
25 Eglinton Street / book here

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Make your graduation a day one to remember by booking yourself and your family into the opulent HYDE Bar & Gin Parlour. They are all about getting together over heavenly cocktails and glasses of bubbly so why not indulge in a lavish dinner to celebrate your graduation? With the option of a Graduation Brunch, Graduation Lunch or  Graduation Dinner. HYDE Bar is the perfect venue as they can cater to all groups no matter how big or small. Whether you are after something simple or spectacular, Hyde Bar will work their magic so that your group will get to enjoy a truly unforgettable graduation party.
Forster St, East Village / book here

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The Connacht Hotel

Celebrate your achievements with a dinner out at the elegant The Connacht Hotel with your family and friends. Their Rueben’s Restaurant is ideal for group dining of all sizes, with semi-private areas and sections available. Adding that extra special touch to your day, graduates will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival. With the option of a 3 course lunch or dinner menu, let your dream graduation celebration come true at The Connacht Hotel.
Old Dublin Rd, Galway City East / book here

above: photo courtesy of The Connacht 

The Huntsman Inn

Just a short drive from the city centre, the award winning The Huntsman Inn has something to offer even the pickiest of eaters. Your graduation is a very special time and the team at The Huntsman will ensure that you receive only the very best when you visit them. Whether you want to celebrate with a traditional beer battered fish and chips or more Mediterranean style platters, they have everything you need for a lovely family graduation get together. Additionally, if the weather is good sitting out with your family and friends in their flower garden as the sunsets over Lough Atalia is a gorgeous way to wrap up your special day.
164 College Road / book here 

above: photo courtesy of The Huntsman Inn

Maldron Hotel Oranmore

Celebrating one of life's milestone moments is easy thanks to the help of the amazing team at Maldron Hotel Oranmore. If you have a whole lot of family and friends joining you on your special day, you can avail of their private dining area which can accommodate larger groups. With two food menus available for special occasions - occasions & finger food - and the additional option of tailoring the food menu to suit your tastes and requirements, you can dine in style on your big graduation day at Maldron Hotel Oranmore.
 Carrowmoneash, Oranmore / book here

above: photo courtesy of Maldron Galway


A favourite in Galway for special occasions and family get-togethers, McSwiggan’s has been the place to go for special occasions for over 30 years. Their newly launched Atlantic Room acts as an event space for special occasions for up to 100 people. All your guests will then be treated to custom food and drinks menus in the private setting on the top floor making each event a unique and truly personal experience. Their dedicated events team can tailor the perfect event for you so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
3 Eyre St, Woodquay / book here

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Dillisk on the Docks at Harbour Hotel

After reaching this milestone moment in your academic career, you deserve to take the day to celebrate in style at Dillisk on the Docks at The Harbour Hotel. You will have the option of enjoying a set three course dinner menu with tea and coffee. Including, a complimentary bespoke cocktail for the graduate. Private suites are available also. Their events team and co-ordinators can help you from start to finish, with advice on menus, wines and entertainment.
The Docks / book here 

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Flannery's Hotel

Just a short spin from Galway's city centre, Flannery's Hotel is always a good choice. Whether it be for accommodation or dining, your graduate will thoroughly enjoy a dining experience at Flannery's Hotel. With a choice between three packages - bronze, silver and gold, spoil the graduate with all the best goodies on their special day and enjoy a family graduation meal. The Galwegian Restaurant offers traditional Irish dishes based on local food produce, including lamb from the Flannery’s family farm, fresh seafood from Galway Bay, prime beef and pork from Connemara, and the best of Irish potatoes and vegetables.
Old Dublin Rd / book here

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Queen Street at Victoria Hotel

Nestled away just off Eyre Square, the gorgeous Queen Street gastropub in Victoria Hotel makes for the perfect backdrop for your graduation dinner. Surround yourself with stunning décor in a relaxed ambiance and take the day to celebrate all your hard work. From mouthwatering dishes on their food menu to the 14 different types of high-end cocktails, excellence is always guaranteed at Queen Street. You’ve done the hard bit and now all that’s left is to put your feet up and enjoy all the delicious dining options that the team at Queen Street have to offer.
Victoria Place / book here

above: photo courtesy of Queen Street Galway

Busker Brownes Bar & Kirby’s Restaurant

The popular Latin Quarter spot, Busker Brownes Bar & Kirby’s Restaurant is the place to be when looking to enjoy a fun day out centred around you and your achievement. For all of your graduation day needs, Upstairs at Kirby’s provides a comfortable atmosphere for you to savour some of the best of local produce, prepared with a modern twist and their extensive wine list which emphasises on new world wines. Or, you can bring your fellow graduates out to Busker Brownes Bar for a few drinks and party the day. However you choose to spend your day, the team at Busker Brownes Bar & Kirby’s Restaurant will make it unforgettable.
Cross Street Upper, Latin Quarter / book here

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The Galmont Hotel

There’s nothing like a celebratory meal at The Galmont Hotel & Spa to add a touch of luxury to your graduation day. If the weather’s good, dining out on their heated terrace is a lovely way to pass any day and is the cherry on top of an already spectacular one. With amazing views of Lough Atalia and being able to avail of their exquisite food and drink menus, it’s a truly gorgeous experience. Celebrate your all important graduation day with your whole family with award winning cuisine in the relaxed 4 star surroundings in The Galmont Hotel.
Lough Atalia Road / book here

above: photo courtesy of The Galmont Hotel

The Hardiman

Treat yourself and your family to an elegant graduation lunch at The Hardiman. For over 170 years they have been helping families mark special moments and make new memories, so you really can’t go wrong when choosing The Hardiman for your celebrations. You’ve done your best to get through your college course and now you deserve the best that Galway has to offer so pick absolute luxury and get yourself booked into The Hardiman in time for your graduation day.
Eyre Square / book here

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The Skeff

The Skeff has made its a reputation for being one of the best party venues in the city which is why it is also one of the best spots for celebrating your graduation in Galway. This is the perfect place for celebrating your special day with family and friends. When it comes to special occasions The Skeff is always a favourite, boasting the best of live entertainment, with live music every single night of the week and a DJ on Saturday nights too, with plenty of room to get the party started, as it is after all, Galway’s largest bar, all 10,000 square feet full of craic and devilment.
Eyre Square / book here

above: photo courtesy of The Skeff

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