All across Galway you’ll find Instagram ready views and locations, not to mention the array of gorgeous Galway bars that know how to provide a seriously gorgeous backdrop for your next Instagram post. When you visit Galway we know you’ll want to take as many pictures as possible to remember the good times, so here are some of our favourite picture perfect bars in Galway…
Sophie’s Rooftop Restaurant at The Dean
The highest bar in Galway, you won’t get panoramic views like these ones anywhere else! The relaxed ambiance at Sophie’s Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace compliment the warm colours of its décor and the variety of plants scattered through the bar area. At Sophie’s you can enjoy a lovely dining experience in an absolutely stunning setting. Call in to catch the sunset from their rooftop terrace and you’ll see why everyone is raving about this new addition to Galway’s bar scene.
The Dean Galway, Prospect Hill, Bohermore / more here
To capture a snapshot of Old Galway, pull up a stool at M.P. Walsh. This traditional bar was originally a post office and while you can’t buy stamps there anymore, it still retains a lot of its original charm and features. The welcoming interior is adorned with historical artwork and loads of eye-catching details. You could easily spend your day here admiring all the old posters and signage while sipping away on a perfectly poured pint of Guinness and we really recommend you do.
55 Dominick St Lower, Galway’s Westend / more here
Packed to the brim with antiques and collectibles from all over Ireland, O’Connors in Salthill is a real treasure trove of Irish memorabilia. The quirky interior includes old skillet pots around the fireplace and even a clothes line with clothes out to dry! This spot is famous for its hospitality and live music sessions, it’s no wonder this Salthill bar is Ireland’s original singing pub. O’Connors have received tons of famous visitors throughout the years including Ed Sheeran who's 2017 music video ‘Galway Girl’ was actually filmed at this Galway spot.
Salthill / more here
Padraicins Seafood Bar
From the delicious seafood dishes to the beautiful views of Furbo beach, Padraicins is a sea themed bar right to its core. If you’re not out enjoying the sunshine in their outdoor patio area, you will be taking in all the gorgeous maritime themed décor in their bar. From fishing nets, lanterns, captain’s helm and mast, there are loads of interesting sea related details dotted about this seafood bar and restaurant.
Furbo / more here
When it comes to a venue that really pops with colour, Queen Street’s vibrant cocktail bar is a tropical paradise. Every visit to this gastropub will make you feel like you are on holiday and with their array of signature cocktails you’ll soon be feeling like you are. Speaking of cocktails, the expert mixologists at Queen Street have created 14 signature cocktails that each have its own unique look and taste, and make for an interesting Instagram thirst trap post.
Victoria Pl, Eyre Square / more here
Hole in the Wall Bar
One of Galway's most photographed buildings and the star of many a postcard home, Hole in the Wall is without a doubt one of Galway's most iconic city centre bars. Offering its visitor the chance to unwind in a space that combines old world charm with all the artistic character that Galway is famous for, there's plenty of unique décor for you to capture at this Woodquay bar. I mean, have you ever seen a piano that defies gravity before?
17 Eyre Street / more here
One of the most photographed bars in Galway, The Skeff stands out thanks to its décor, gorgeous staircases and cosy fireplaces. No matter where you are sitting inside the bar, it is a photoshoot waiting to happen. The interior of The Skeff incorporates a variety of unique paintings curated by the hands a native Irish artist from Cork. You just never know what you will see, be it on the walls, ceilings or even in the bathrooms, there’s a golden photo opportunity at every turn.
27 Eyre Square / more here
Hyde Bar & Gin Parlour
What could be a lovelier addition to your Instagram than the pretty flower wall at Hyde Bar & Gin Parlour. Bright floral colours decorate every part of this elegant bar and gin parlour. If a flower wall isn’t your thing then maybe a gin wall is! Home to Ireland’s largest gin collections, Hyde boasts an impressive 600 plus collections of gins, including all your favourite and some more exotic flavours, each gin comes in unique bottles of various shapes and colours so there’s really no end to eye-catching pops of colour at Hyde.
Forster Court Hotel, East Village / more here
Powers Thatch, Bar and Restaurant
Right in the heart of Oughterard village is the homely Traditional Irish thatched bar, Powers Thatch. Everything about this Galway pub contains a wholesome feeling, from the traditional pub grub and welcoming atmosphere to the abundance of recognisable old Irish household items decorating its walls. Not to mention the fact that this bar is actually housed inside a thatched cottage, Powers Thatch is traditional Irish excellence at its finest.
Main St, Oughterard / more here
An Púcán Bar
If you've been scrolling through Instagram, you have probably already come across this Galway bar. An Púcán is the most tagged Galway bar on Instagram and if that doesn't convince you to snap a few pics here, nothing will. From the bar unassuming entrance you would never think that it is home to a large spacious beer garden known as the Heineken Green Room. With cool coloured décor and a large 'Galway' sign that definitely worth snagging a photo in front of, add this social media famous spot to your Instagram and watch the likes roll in.
11 Forster Street, East Village / more here