Did you know that Galway is home to the best cocktails makers in all of Ireland? The City of Tribes is full of mixologists who have years of experience in serving up deliciousness in every glass, and because we’re only too sound we want you to enjoy all the deliciousness during your time in Galway we’ve brought together a list of the best of the bunch. These are the top Galway cocktails you need to try before you die...
If you’re after a cocktail made by one of the best Galway's cocktail makers around, get thee to Bierhaus. A genius at his work, Markus Galuschin never fails to curate cocktail menus where all inclusions are too die for. The balance between his variations on classics, and his own bespoke creations is what sets it apart. We can't stress enough how much we love these cocktails so make sure you check them out.
2 Henry St, Galway's Westend // more cocktails here
above: Hemingway Daquiri at Bierhaus
If you’re looking for a taste of Galway’s best cocktails, you need to visit Rúibín Bar & Restaurant. The genius creation of these cocktails have all come from mixologist Dennis O'Neill. We spoke to Dennis himself in order to understand better the craft of cocktail making so if you would like to check that out please tap here. The menu updates seasonal so be sure to pop in and taste test the newest cocktails asap.
1 Dock Rd // more cocktails here
above: The Beekeeper, courtesy of Rúibín
At Massimo they bring together premium ingredients to create seriously delicious cocktails. Enjoying these cocktails on a night out in their newly renovated campervan or out in their gorgeous soul garden is the perfect way to pass an evening after work with colleagues or with friends. With unmissable drinks offer, live music and DJs every weekend where else would you rather be?
10 William St West, Galway's Westend // more cocktails here
above: Luxurious Velvet Espresso Martini, photo by @ciaranshootsfood, courtesy of Massimo
Gourmet Food Parlour
For an Insta-worthy cocktail, the seaside Gourmet Food Parlour is the place to go. They create both expertly-made versions of all-time favourites whilst also a selection of their own special house made cocktails. They are the perfect dessert for any Gourmet Food Parlour meal so if you were wondering what to have for dinner and dessert this evening, look no further.
14 Lenaboy Gardens, Salthill // more cocktails here
above: courtesy of Gourmet Food Parour
The Liquor Lounge at The Dáil Bar
A must visit for cocktails is the striking Liquor Lounge at The Dáil Bar. The Liquor Lounge is home to a multi award winning cocktail menu, having won Best Cocktail Experience in the World at the Irish Hospitality Global Awards, amongst a host of other accolades. With live music and drinks served ‘til late every night, a fun night is always guaranteed at The Dáil Bar.
42-44 Middle St, Latin Quarter // more cocktails here
above: photo courtesy of The Dáil Bar
Taylor’s Bar & Beer Garden
We couldn’t talk about cocktails to die for in Galway without mentioning Taylor’s Bar & Beer Garden. All their cocktails are made by the cocktail experts in The Cocktail Shed out in their large beer garden, and each and every one of their cocktails is absolutely divine. What's more, Taylor’s offers 20% off all cocktails from Sunday until Thursday so if that doesn’t convince you to try them for yourself nothing will!
7 Dominick St Upper, Galway's Westend // more cocktails here
above: Solero, courtesy of Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden
To taste a delicious array of carefully curated cocktails, you simply must check out the menu at McGettigan's. This menu has been tried and tasted (by us) and we are 100% returning for more! All of the cocktails marry different flavours beautifully in order to create the final product. They also offer a special cocktail of the month and drink specials so remember to pay them a visit and discover all they have going on.
9-11 Prospect Hill, Eyre Square // more cocktails here
above: Pornstar Martini at McGettigans, photo by Ado Lyons
A stunning and diverse cocktail menu can be found at Capones. Dreamt up and created with care by head bartender and mixologist, this vast blend of boozy flavours goes down really well in their old-timey Speakeasy Bar... one is never enough though - be warned! Since you simply must try some of these cocktails for yourself, from Sunday to Thursday they are offering any two cocktails for €18.
1 Kingston Rd, Knocknacarra // more cocktails here
above: Kingston Stag, courtesy of Capones
You won't find or taste any cocktail like the ones they expertly create at Harry’s Bar anywhere else. This team of mixologists have previously won awards for their cocktail making skills so we can bet you that this team knows more than a thing or two when it comes to creating delicious cocktails. These cocktails really are things of beauty and once you have taste it yourself, you’ll be raving about them too.
77 Bohermore // more cocktails here
above: Cherry Bomb, courtesy of Harry's Bar
If you want to try a cocktail with a difference Seven Bar have quite the treat for you. They have even teamed up with Monster Energy to bring you a completely unique cocktail - Monster Totally Loco. To make matters even better they regularly alternate their drinks and cocktails offers to bring you the best deal and to ensure you have a phenomenal night out be sure to keep and eye out for their latest offers.
5-7 Bridgestreet, Latin Quarter // more cocktails here
above: Roeco Loco, courtesy of Seven Bar
Hole in the Wall
Featuring some locally inspired cocktails, Hole in the Wall's cocktail menu is a treat for all the senses. These cocktails are all so tasty that we can almost guarantee you'll be ordering your second one before even finishing the first one! This extensive menu is also the perfect excuse to bring your pals on for the night so that you can taste test more from their amazing range of cocktails. I mean, isn't that what friends are for?
17 Eyre Street, Woodquay // more cocktails here
above: Hole in the Wall, photo by Ado Lyons
Grace's Cocktail Lounge at The Skeff
Did you know that thanks to the popularity and delicious of The Skeff’s cocktails they had to go and give them their own space inside the bar?! The cocktail menus at Grace's Cocktail Lounge are the stuff of dreams, these drinks are stunning and taste every bit as good as they look. If you haven't already paid this spot a visit you need to as soon as possible, sure, you know that it’s always happy hour somewhere.
27 Eyre Square // more cocktails here
above: Mai Tai, courtesy of The Skeff
Feast your eyes on this special boozer creation! If you're in need of a refreshing midweek drink, we can't think of a better place than Tigín. There range of cocktails are some of the prettiest we've ever seen and the bar's unique and welcoming feel only makes the entire experience that much better. Make your work week that bit better and treat yourself to some post-work cocktails at Tigín.
32 Woodquay // more cocktails here
above: The Tigín, photo by Evan O'Flaherta
Are you surprise to see a cinema on our list? Pálás Cinema is home to a quirky bar that offers some of the best drink deals and cocktail special going. They regularly release new cocktails creations to coincide with big film releases and all of those cocktails are easily recognisable thanks to the uber creative names. Be sure to check them out the next time you go out to the movies.
15 Merchants Rd Lower, Latin Quarter // more cocktails here
above: RedRum, photo of Pálás Bar
If you haven’t already visited the waterfront restaurant Ré Nao, their trouble bubble - bubble tea - cocktails are the perfect excuse too. This team believes that great dining experiences start with quality ingredients which is why all juices, syrups and infusions used for the cocktails are made fresh from scratch at their cocktail bar. They are the only place in Galway serving bubble tea cocktails so be sure you check them out.
Spanish Arch // more cocktails here
above: Trouble Bubbles, courtesy of Ré Nao
Sophie’s Restaurant & Terrace at The Dean
Everyone should experience an evening out enjoying exquisite food and drink with a side of stunning panoramic views over Galway city at Sophie's Restaurant & Terrace. Speaking of gorgeous sights, check out their stunning cocktail menu which features our recommended The Mad Ting cocktail. This is just one drink from a range of cocktails that are so good you’ll wanna work your way through the entire menu.
78 Prospect Hill // more cocktails here
above: Mad Ting, courtesy of Sophie's Rooftop at The Dean
When it comes to creating unforgettable flavours, the team at The Hardiman’s Oyster Bar have quite the history of wowing their guests with exceptional cocktails. A renowned cocktail bar in Galway, this team can make a perfect for a sparkling cocktail. They take special care creating each of their cocktails and the result of this looks absolutely stunning but trust us when we tell you they tastes even better.
Eyre Square // more cocktails here
above: Aperol Spritz, courtesy of The Hardiman
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