13 OF GALWAY’S BEST SPORTS BARS
There’s nothing quite like teetering on the edge of your barstool, pint in hand, waiting for your team to score with the whole pub erupting into a collective roar. Galway is known for its community spirit and come match day it’s always at an all time high.
An electric atmosphere second to none, flowing pints and good grub to keep the stomachs lined, watching the game on a pub’s big screen is the only way to do it. While Galway’s absolutely flooded with quality places to cheer on your team, here are some of the cream of the crop…
Bringing together handcrafted cocktails, insanely tasty food and big screens galore to create one of the most enjoyable drinking experiences in the city, Harry’s Bar is a serious spot for watching the match. Screening all the very best sporting action from BT Sports and SKY Sports on their supersized high-definition television screens spread throughout the bar, just order a pint, pull up a stool and let the cheering commence.
77 Bohermore // MORE HERE
How does a full sports listing across eleven HD screens sound? At The Skeff, they’re always match-ready and waiting for sports fans in need of a watering hole in which to watch the game. While they screen all the big fixtures, they’re big supporters of Connacht Rugby as well as Galway County’s hurling and football teams. One of the city’s most iconic pubs, there’s always space to pull up a stool in The Skeff.
27 Eyre Square // MORE HERE
With multiple high-definition screens in prime locations throughout the bar, Seven is a sports lover’s heaven. Pints have a tendency to be flowing, so make sure to get a round in and maybe even a bit of food from their stellar menu to set yourself up before kickoff. We can guarantee that by the time the final whistle blows, you won’t want to be leaving any time soon.
5-7 Bridgestreet // MORE HERE
GAA, soccer or rugby, you name it – The Cellar will be showing it on their high-definition screens. Any given day of the week, passers by will hear roars of encouragement echo from the walls of this Eglinton Street gem and once you’ve stuck your head in the door, chances are you’ll be joining them. Make sure to grab some great grub to keep you going while you power through the pints – the menu appeals to all tastes.
12 Eglinton Street // MORE HERE
This fine establishment ticks all the boxes. With a good atmosphere, great drinks and seven big screen televisions throughout the bar, Massimo is the perfect place to have a few drinks with your mates while catching up on the latest fixtures. At the weekend, stay on after the game for some good tunes and a bitta dancing. Sure, chances are you’ll be celebrating the win anyway!
10 William Street West // MORE HERE
Head out the back to Taylor’s beer garden to experience sporting excitement to the fullest, where two big screens will keep crowds of onlookers on the edge of their stools until the final whistle blows. With five more big screens playing live sports inside, there’s ample opportunity for a high energy evening of cheering to be had in Taylor’s Bar.
7 Dominick Street Upper // MORE HERE
The King’s Head
Screening a variety of sports including GAA, soccer and rugby, The King’s Head’s ground level big screen always draws a crowd. Combined with a bite to eat from their tasty bar menu and a frothy pint, this is a great spot for a more intimate viewing experience. Whether you end up butting heads with a fan of the opposition or talking strategy with a like-minded strategy, this is the place to do it.
15 High Street // MORE HERE
The Dáil Bar
For all the main games and sporting events, The Dáil have got it all. Proud supporters of a selection of local teams including Connacht Rugby and Galway United, the crew at this pub know how to show sports fans a good time. Great craic, delicious food and a vast drink selection, you already know you’re going to be staying on into the small hours long after the game’s been won.
42-44 Middle Street // MORE HERE
Known amongst the masses as one of the leading sports bars in Galway, McGettigan’s draws people from far and wide come match day. Scattered with numerous big HD screens televising the world’s top sporting events seven days a week, there’s plenty of space to pile in and enjoy the game from an ample viewpoint. Always emanating a high-energy buzz, you know where to let out some roars of encouragement.
9-11 Prospect Hill // MORE HERE
If you’re looking for something outside the city, let Charlie’s Bar out in Loughrea welcome you in. The definitive sports pub, this boozer is equipped with four HD televisions, a 100” big screen and surround sound to make match day even more enjoyable. No matter where you plant your barstool, you’ll always have a good view of the action – what more could you want?
51 Main Street, Loughrea // MORE HERE
Known for its incredible atmosphere, great drink offerings and quality food, An Púcán really is the whole package. If you’re an avid rugby or football follower, there are 11 screens and 2 large screen HD televisions, with Sky Sports, RTE sports and more tuned in throughout the pub and no matter where you sit, you’ll feel like you’ve got the best seat in the house. They’ve even got a brand new outdoor 12 square meter screen in the works – it’s even waterproof for crying out loud! Trust us, you’ll be wishing for extra time.
11 Forster Street // MORE HERE
With screens galore, plenty of craft beer and a big aul beer garden out the back, Murty Rabbitt’s is well worth the short jaunt from Eyre Square. They’ve got plenty of screens to keep your attention firmly on the game, but if you fancy having a little nibble to keep hunger at bay, they serve great food all day long.
25 Forster Street // MORE HERE
Beloved by many, Busker Brownes is known around town as one of the very best late bar experiences and a little bit of sporting excitement only adds to the appeal. Screening all the live action on their big screens, you’re going to want to join the cheering coming from this Cross Street staple when your team takes to the field.
Cross Street Upper // MORE HERE
Feature image courtesy Connacht Rugby
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