Galway’s Best Sports Bars

Galway’s Best Sports Bars

While Galway’s absolutely flooded with quality places to cheer on your team, here are the best sports bars in Galway...

Galway is known for its community spirit and come match day, it’s always at an all-time high at these sports bars. There’s nothing quite like teetering on the edge of your seat, pint in hand, waiting for your team to score with the whole pub erupting into a collective roar.

Taylor’s Bar & Beer Garden

For a match day experience you'll never forget, head straight to Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden. With two massive screens in the beer garden and five more inside, you will have the perfect seat for all the action no matter where you are. If you're planning on making a day of it with your pals, book ahead of time and reserve a table specifically for yourselves. Topping it all off, Taylor's offers 20% off on all cocktails from Sunday to Thursday, so why wouldn't you choose Taylor's as your match day venue?
7 Dominick Street Upper, Galway's Westend // more here 

above: courtesy of Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden 

The Dáil Bar

For all the big matches and sporting events, it's a safe bet that The Dáil Bar's will be showing it! They are already the proud supporters of a selection of local teams including Connacht Rugby and Galway United, so rest assured that this bar knows how to show sports fans a good time. With multiple screens across multiple levels, delicious bar food options and a vast drink selection, you're certainly in for a treat every time you and your pals opt to soak up the excitement of match day in the heart of the Latin Quarter at The Dáil Bar. Post match, celebrate or commiserate with the DJ and late bar.
42-44 Middle Street, Latin Quarter // more here

above: photo courtesy of The Dáil Bar 

Kelehans Bar

The benefits of choosing Kelehans Bar on match day are endless! Kelehans' features lots of cosy snugs and corners, a large fireplace, a huge beer garden with some of the best views you’ve ever seen. Streaming live sports across 6 big screen TVs (with a massive screen in their beer garden), alongside serving food daily until 8pm, you will be well fed and happy as you watch your team compete.
Bushypark // more here

Tom Sheridans Bar & Restaurant

Don't miss out on any live sporting action by visiting Tom Sheridans Bar on match day! Away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still at the centre of the action.  Tom Sheridans have got multiple screens throughout the bar that will all be showing all manner of sporting events live and rest assured you'll be in great company as you cheer on your team. As you watch it all unfold, you can enjoy their all-day food menus and the full bar menu which includes everything from cocktails to premium Irish whiskey, along with the ‘Galway Gold IPA’ that's brewed exclusively for the bar.
Knocknacarra // more here 

above: photo courtesy of Tom Sheridans Bar

MP Walsh

Widely known for their quality Guinness pints, and for offering a large variety of whiskey and spirits, did you know that M.P. Walsh is also a great place to watch the match or the racing? With all sporting events shown live and an earlier opening time of 2pm throughout the week, this is the best spot for catching all the early horse races and sports events, be sure to ask the regulars their tips for the horse racing, these guys definitely known their stuff. Just be sure to get them a pint back if you win!
55 Dominick St Lower, Galway's Westend // more here

above: photo of MP Walsh, by Ado Lyons


Well-known as one of the leading sports bars in Galway, McGettigan’s Galway continues to draw people from far and wide to view every type of sporting event. With a whopping 17 large-screen HD TVs across the bar's two floors, all showing the world's top sporting events including Formula 1 races, horse racing and golfing tournaments. Home to a high-energy buzz and ideally located on the edge of Eyre Square, this is just the spot to stay fueled with delicious bar foods and cocktails before, during and after the action.
9-11 Prospect Hill, Eyre Square // more here 

above: photo of McGettigan's, by Ciarán MacChoncarraige

McGinn's Hop House

The best spot in town to visit ahead of all Galway United FC matches in Eamonn Deacy Park, McGinn's is well known locally as proud supporters of all local teams and clubs. They are also the home of the Galway Celtic Supporters Club so if you're a fan of football and want to take in some pre-match excitement you'll always be in good company at McGinn's. Showing all matches and races live on their screens throughout the bar, enjoy their quality bar food with your pints as you cheer on your team.
19 Woodquay // more here

above: photo McGinn's, by Ciarán MacChoncarraige

An Púcán

If you’re an avid rugby or football follower, An Púcán is always showing the latest match day madness on their big screens. There are over 11 screens scattered throughout the pub and you will always feel like you’ve ended up with the best seat in the house. Not to be forgotten their huge Heineken themed beer garden now boasts Galway's largest screen and is always buzzing on big match days so if you're looking to watch the game with fellow supporters of your team this is the spot.
11 Forster Street, East Village // more here 

above: courtesy of An Púcán 

Mary Mullens

This bar is full of cosy nooks and crannies as well as a huge covered beer garden that has two bars and a massive big screen TV - perfectly catering for groups of all sizes to gather and cheer on your team as one! Additionally, Mary Mullens also offers an Asian-inspired food menu, and these dishes are perfect when enjoyed alongside their cocktail selection and diverse bar menu.
12-14 Prospect Hill, Bohermore // more here

The Front Door

All your favourite sporting events are screened live at The Front Door, they have large HD TV’s throughout the venue across multiple levels and are supporters of Connacht Rugby players so you never know who you might run into on match day. Spread over two floors with five bars, it’s always a hive of activity and is also home to Sonny Molloy’s Whiskey Bar & Tigh Nora Gin Bar so you can be sure you'll have a great spot for watching the match no matter where your seated. Post match, celebrate the outcome with DJ and late bar.
8 Cross St, Latin Quarter // more here

above: courtesy of The Front Door 

Harry's Bar

Bringing together handcrafted cocktails, tasty food and big screens galore to create one of the most enjoyable drinking experiences in the city, Harry’s Bar is without a doubt one of the best bars in Galway for watching the match. Screening all the very best sporting action on their big screens, just pull up a chair and let the cheering commence. Having won multiple awards for their burgers and cocktails you can enjoy some seriously delicious pub grub while you tune into the game.
77 Bohermore // more here

above: photo courtesy of Harry's Bar

Donnelly's of Barna

Donnelly’s of Barna is the perfect bar for watching all sporting events; rugby, football, horse-racing to name a few. On game day, they are alway busy serving up pints and their delicious bar food, making them the ideal match spot to rub shoulders with fellow supporters and sports enthusiasts. If you want to make an event of it they also can cater to larger groups of up to 50 people with private areas available to book.
Barna // more here

The Skeff Bar & Kitchen

The team at The Skeff Bar are always match-ready. With a full sports listing across their numerous screens, when it comes to watching the game of your choice you can bet that The Skeff will be showing it. As well as screening all the big fixtures, this team are big supporters of all things Tribal including Galway County’s hurling and football teams as well as Connacht Rugby. When it comes to the Six Nations we've known them to offer pints of Guinness and even give away match tickets for lucky supporters!
27 Eyre Square // more here 

above: courtesy of The Skeff

Glynn's Bar

If you haven't already been to see a match live on the screens in Glynn's Bar, you need to asap! They're known locally for their buzzing atmosphere, quirky beer garden and their terrific in-house bar offers on big match days. For all of your match day needs, cheer on your favourite teams with a pint in hand and a delicious wood-fire pizza from Urban Fire in the beer garden and it really is every sport's lover dream.
Dublin Rd, Oranmore // more here

M. Fitzgeralds

If your perfect match day involves enjoy plates of delicious cuisine, M. Fitzgeralds should be your game day venue. Available from 3pm, their Mediterranean influenced tapas menu is a feast for the senses and perfect for sharing with friends as the game plays from TVs all around you. Not to mention you'll have a full bar menu at your fingertips as well as the company of seriously sound staff.
14 Quay St, Latin Quarter // more here

above: photo of M.Fitzgeralds

Hole in the Wall Bar

In amongst the bustle of Woodquay is Hole in the Wall Bar and when it comes to watching the match with a sound group of people, few places do it better. They've got plenty of big screens to keep you tuned into all the action, so no matter where you're seated inside or out in their beautiful spacious beer garden, you are sure to have terrific seats. Hole in the Wall is also perfect for large groups so if you're planning on enjoying the game with your mates, this might just be the spot for you.
17 Eyre Street, Woodquay // more here 

Seven Bar

With multiple big screens in prime locations throughout the bar, Seven Bar is a sports lover’s heaven. Pints have a tendency to be flowing, so make sure to get a round in and try out Seven's famous chicken wings or their all day Irish breakfast before it all kicks off. When the action is all over, stick around to enjoy the live music and resident DJs, and party the night away no matter whether you're celebrating or commiserating the outcome of the game. It's always a good time at Seven.
5-7 Bridgestreet, City Centre // more here

above: photo courtesy of Seven Bar


One of the best spots in East Galway for watching live sports, Porterhouse has got all your match day needs covered. They have plenty of room for groups of all sizes, TVs throughout the venue's two floors and a top quality drinks menu. We also highly recommend combining your pints with some of the delicious food offerings by their neighbours GIGAS Dinergrill, as this whole experience really is one of the best in the west and they've got a killer reputation to show for it!
Main St, Oranmore // more here

above: photo of Porterhouse, by Ado Lyons

Carroll's on Dominick Street

A popular choice for groups thanks to the size of their huge beer garden, Carroll's on Dominick Street is the perfect destination for meeting with all of your pals ahead of a big sporting event. They are also home to Birdhouse, meaning you'll have plenty of deliciousness to keep you fueled throughout all the cheering. They've got loads of screens throughout the bar ensuring you won't miss out on any of the action, and their cocktail menu will definitely hit the spot as you support your team.
Dominick Street Lower, Galway's Westend // more here

Merchant Bar & Restaurant at Eyre Square Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the city train and bus stations, Merchant Bar & Restaurant is a perfect place to tune into all the sporting action. With a 12ft x 9ft projector screen, four TVs, and an electric matchday atmosphere, this is a fantastic match day option. To accompany your matchday viewings they have got a fantastic food and drink menu available, as well as an original selection of craft cocktails from their own in-house mixologist, a modern wine list and great tasting beers available every day of the week.
6 Forster St, East Village // more here 

above: photo courtesy of Merchants Bar

Feature photo of Porterhouse by Ado Lyons 

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