Few things in life amount to the joy in finding yourself in one of Galway's best beer garden, surrounded by good company and sipping away on delicious booze. Gorgeous weather, good tunes, great people and an unbeatable atmosphere, there really isn't anything better than Galway on a sunny day, so make the most of it and get out to the best beer gardens in the Wesht!
above Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden, courtesy of Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden
Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden
When in Galway city head west to spend a night in one of the city's best beer gardens. This beer garden has an authentic party look and feel for all events, and a atmosphere that really comes alive on the weekends. Equipped with two outdoor screens and another five inside the pub, Taylor’s is a live sports hotspot, catering for GAA, soccer, rugby and more! Sun trapped and heated, their beer garden is a perfect venue for a few after work pints and with live music seven nights a week and brilliant DJs looking after the late bar on Friday and Saturday night, there really is something for everyone.
7 Dominick Street Upper // more here
If you haven’t experienced the magic that is O’Connell’s beer garden, you better get yourself over to Eyre Square as soon as possible! Inside the bar's stunning décor maintains most of its original fixtures and fittings, including antique lighting and stained glass windows but their outdoor offerings are well and truly where it’s at! Consisting of two outdoor bars and an old Victorian street known as Gin Lane, it's no wonder that this beer garden was recently voted the best in Galway. They’ve also got plenty of covered seating and heating so that even on those rainy days, a good time is guaranteed. If that wasn't enough to convince you to pop in, both the international pizza heroes The Dough Bros, and the proper Irish chippy Prátaí, are set up inside. With DJs playing every weekend, O’Connell’s have you covered for pints, grub and boogies.
8 Eyre Square // more here
From the front of the bar you would never guess that An Púcán would stretch back so far and include one of the city’s very best beer gardens, but once you experience this sun trap once, you’ll soon become a regular. An Púcán’s multi-award winning outdoor area is a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds. It was named the most photographed bar in Ireland outside Dublin and it's really no surprise. From the wall art to the fresh floral displays, this picturesque garden has been brilliantly captured all over social media. Serving up delicious food and an unbeatable drinks selection, An Púcán have their fair share of both drink and meal deals to enjoy while you soak up the sunshine, music and good vibes.
11 Forster St, Galway // more here
The Village Inn
The newest addition to the Kilchreest area, the beer garden at The Village Inn is worth its weight in gold. With trad sessions every weekend, impeccable pints of Guinness and a fabulous team of people behind the bar who are full of stellar recommendations, The Village Inn should be on everyone's beer garden bucket list. Don't just take our word for it though, be sure to get on out to them and check out this stunning bar for yourself! This cosy space is lined with heats and comfortable seating so even when the sun disappear you'll be comfy sitting out enjoying the bar's buzzing atmosphere.
The Village Inn, Kilchreest, Loughrea // more here
above: Massimo Soul Garden, photo by @ciaranshootsfood
A visit to Massimo's beer garden is good for the soul, hence it's name! Massimo's Soul Garden has its own bar and atmospheric palm trees you'll feel like you are on holiday every time you pop in for a drink with pals. And when it's time to throw your next shindig look no further, this beer garden is fully equipped with all the drink, tunes and finger foods you need to hold an unforgettable celebration with your friends and family. During the evenings, the space really comes alive, keeping the Westend hopping with live music and DJ sets across the weekend. Perfectly suited to both a quiet chat on a sunny day and a boisterous bop on a night out, Massimo’s has one of Galway's best beer gardens for a reason and it's there for its loyal visitors come wind, rain or shine.
10 William St West // more here
Hole in the Wall
A staple in the memory of many Galwegians, Hole in the Wall is famous for its incredible nights of craic and ceoil. Having undergone an extensive refurbishment in 2019, the bar and its spacious beer garden are looking better than ever. Featuring a beer and a cocktail menu that is to die for, big screens for all the must see games, cosy interiors and plenty of eye-catching décor that you won’t find anywhere else. They are also home to Hush? Burger who's burgers are honestly some of the best we've ever had so when Friday night comes a-calling get on over to the beer garden at Hole in the Wall and experience a night out you'll never forget.
17 Eyre St // more here
above: PJs Bar Salthill
PJ Flaherty's Pub
A traditional Irish pub with a modern touch, the beer garden at PJs Bar is the place to be for any big sports final. Known for its electric atmosphere, delicious Guinness pints and sound staff, this bar is a highly popular spot for all your match day needs. If you haven't already visited this stunning spot for a tipple with your friends, add it to the list and get on over to this lower Salthill spot. Their cosy beer garden is decked out with pretty pink cherry blossoms making it the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post. Grab the gang and head out for the day to PJs, when the sun's high their no better spot for an auld pint in Salthill.
Lower Salthill // more here
Carroll's on Dominick Street
Having won the title of Best Outdoor Space at the 2018 Irish Pub Awards, it comes as no surprise that Carroll’s on Dominick Street have one of the best beer gardens in Galway city. Equipped with Birdhouse - a double decker bus that dishes out some seriously tasty chicken wings - you can be sure that your stomach will be well lined before a feed of pints! As well as the great food, the outdoor area is also extremely easy on the eye. Their new caravan club pops with colour and provides plenty of seating to ensure maximum comfort while you sip your pint. Good tunes echo throughout the garden, with regular live music performances and DJ sets from great local talents. From the modest pub front you would never expect such a vibrant exterior out back, but once you experience it, you’ll be telling all your friends about it.
39 Dominick Street Lower // more here
McHugh's Traditional Pub and Restaurant
Just on the outskirts of Galway city, the beer garden at McHugh's is one that you should not miss out on! Located on Tuam Rd, this enormous beer garden is full of picnic tables capable of sitting a couples of hundred and has its own sheltered area with heated seats for those damp Galway days. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as delicious cocktails, a range of whiskey and all your favourite drafts, McHugh's is a dining delight. With the addition of live music on the weekends, this beer garden really does rival some of the best in the country. Topping it all off they have an abundance of free parking on site, so, what are you waiting for? Pull up a chair, get comfortable and make yourself at home!
Tuam Rd, Killeen, Castlegar Village // more here
The Earl Inn
Their newly extended beer garden is already proving to be a huge hit with tourist and locals alike, and who cam blame them? The space is super stunning, and is complete with a little Shebeen and loads of colourful umbrellas, benches and tables creating the perfect summer al fresco experience. The Earl Inn are also known for their exceptional parties so if a BBQ is on your mind be sure to drop them a line and see how they can accommodate all your party needs.
Raford, Kiltullagh // more here
O' Reillys Bar and Kitchen
Where better to enjoy a cold pint than on a rooftop beer garden overlooking Salthill's promenade and beyond! At O' Reillys Bar and Kitchen, expect lovely company, great pints, wine and spirits, and traditional Irish food with fantastic sea views. During the summer months, the lads at O'Reillys host regular BBQ buffets cooking up all your barbecue favourites along with refreshing cocktails and unbeatable craic. If this sounds good to you, drop them a line to find out how you can book in for a private BBQ summer party with your pals. With new additions being frequently added to their cocktail menu, delicious foods and some of the soundest staff in the West, after your first visit to O' Reillys you'll soon see why this Salthill spot is so renowned for its impeccable service and quality craic.
232 Upper Salthill // more here
above: Tigh Ned, courtesy of Tigh Ned
For a beer garden experience like no other, escape the city and head off to the lovely Inis Oírr's Tigh Ned. With unique lobster pot tables and an unbeatable view, it's always a day for the beer garden at Tigh Ned. Perfectly poured pints, terrific atmosphere in a one of a kind location, when it comes to Galway's best beer garden, Tigh Ned will always make the list! Indoors, the picture lined walls capture the story of the island and will have you feeling at home from the moment you first step in the door. Not to mention the stellar views, superb fresh seafood that is caught locally and fabulous warm Irish welcome, this really is your sign to get out of the city and spend your day relaxing in good company at this Aran Islands pub.
Inis Oírr, Aran Islands // more here
above: Murty Rabbitt's, courtesy of Murty Rabbitt's
Just off Forster St, The Garden @ Murty Rabbitt's is one of the top beer gardens that the City of Tribes has to offer. Their retractable roof takes Galway’s changeable weather into consideration, so you’ll be nice and cosy with the help of some heated seats and heated areas. If you’re looking for a great spot to watch the match, Murty Rabbitt's show all the major events on their big screens, and with an outdoor bar and live DJ playing Friday and Saturday from 9pm, why would you go inside at all? For a proper Galwegian pub experience, Murty Rabbitt's beer garden offers one of the best!
23 Forster St // more here