When the weather is high there's nothing better than finding yourself in one of Galway's top beer garden, surrounded by good company and sipping away on delicious booze. Discover Galway's best beer gardens below and get busy pinting the day away..
You won’t find the hours flying by and the sun slipping away as you soak in all the good tunes, great people and an unbeatable atmospheres. There 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!
Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden
Taylor's Bar: Small at the front. Big at the back! Drinking the night away in the Beer Garden at Taylor’s Bar is an experience to be had in Galway’s Westend. Freshly renovated, the 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. A member of the Galway Whiskey Trail, Taylor’s has an extensive drinks selection with a superb collection of whiskey, gin, wine and delicious cocktails. Taylor’s also offer BBQ and alternative menu options for corporate events, family occasions, day after wedding parties throughout the year. When in Galway head west to spend a night in one of the city's best beer gardens on Dominick Street Upper. Credit to Up in the Éire for capturing this fantastic photograph.
7 Dominick Street Upper, Galway // more here
Charlie's Bar Loughrea
For all your beer garden needs, this spot is your one shop stop as Charlie's Bar in Loughrea has the biggest beer garden in Galway. Opening up at 6pm during the week and early afternoon over the weekend, Charlie's Bar has got all the drinking, dining and dancing spaces you could possibly need - with an outdoor seating area can sit up 300 people, live music, your favourite drinks, all the matches live on the big screen, and friendly service. This venue has also catered to numerous events and parties through the years, they have plenty of space for functions of every kind, with a beautifully designed venue upstairs and a variety of party packages to offer. So, whether you want to dance to the tunes or chat to your mates all night long, Charlie's Bar offer the perfect setting for both. Loved by tourists and locals alike, Charlie's is Galway a beer garden gem, with good booze, great tunes and brilliant people, the craic at Charlie's Bar is always non-stop.
51 Main Street, Loughrea, Galway // more here
Born out of a love of both gin and Galway, An Púcán’s multi-award winning outdoor area is a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds. After one visit you'll see why it this Galway beer garden was named as the most photographed bar in Ireland outside Dublin. From the wall art to the fresh floral displays, it’s no wonder this picturesque garden is captured all over social media. They’ve got a lot of heaters and provide enough shelter so that you can always enjoy the great outdoors, no matter the weather. 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. There’s also the option of lapping up some of their salads, steak or seafood offerings in the comfort of their indoor bars, where there’s always some great local musicians performing and a trad session is never far from kicking off. From the bar’s facade 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.
11 Forster St, Galway // more here
The Village Inn
The newest addition to the Kilchreest area, the beer garden at The Village Inn is well worth the spin out of the city. This cosy space is lined with heats and comfortable seating. 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! When it comes to plonking yourself down and watching the world go by, there's no better spot than The Village Inn.
The Village Inn, Kilchreest, Loughrea, Galway // more here
The newly renovated beer garden at Massimo is just the spot to while away a sunny day, enjoying a glass of wine from Ken's carefully curated wine and whiskey menu. With 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 equipped with all the drink, tunes and finger foods you need to hold an unforgettable celebration with your friends and family. During the daytime, Massimo is a great place to have a catch up with friends but under the cover of darkness Massimo 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 is 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, Galway // more here
photo by @ciaranshootsfood
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. Don't just take our word for it, be sure to call into PJs Bar the next time you are in the Salthill area and check out their gorgeous beer garden for yourself.
Lower Salthill, Galway // 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. Constantly growing and expanding their clientele, Carroll’s love nothing more than seeing their loyal local regulars with a smile on their faces and welcoming new people into their fold. From the modest pub front you would never expect such a vibrant exterior out back, but once you experience its laid back atmosphere, you’ll be telling all your friends about it.
39 Dominick Street Lower, Galway // 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, this hidden gem is one of Galway's best beer gardens. The team recently renovated the entire outdoor area to ensure you get the to enjoy all the energy and warmth that this bar is famous for. They’ve got plenty of covered seating and heating so that even on those rainy days, you are in the clear. If that wasn't enough to convince you to pop in, the local and international pizza heroes The Dough Bros are set up inside along with Prátaí, who serve up some locally sauced proper Irish chips, so you can treat yourself to a famous pizza and a chip cone. With DJs playing every weekend, O’Connell’s have you covered whether you're after a pint, some grub or a boogie.
8 Eyre Square, Galway // more here
McHugh's Traditional Pub and Restaurant
Just on the outskirts of Galway city, is a beer garden you should not miss out on! Located on Tuam Rd, McHugh's Traditional Pub and Restaurant has an enormous beer garden out back, that is full of picnic tables and has its own sheltered area with heated seats for those damp Galway days. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, McHugh's is the ideal place to enjoy a getaway from the city centre. They serve delicious cocktails, a range of whiskey and all your favourite drafts. With an abundance of free parking on site, a beer garden that sits a couple of hundred and rivals the best in the country and live music on weekends, you will find everything you need at McHugh’s. So, what are you waiting for? Pull up a chair, get comfortable and make yourself at home!
Tuam Rd, Killeen, Castlegar Village, Galway // 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. Its upper Salthill spot is ideal for taking in all the sights and sounds of the iconic Prom. During the summer months, the lads at O'Reillys host regular BBQ buffets cooking up all your barbecue favourite 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, Galway // more here
For a beer garden experience like no other, escape Galway city and head off to the lovely Inis Oírr's Tigh Ned. Sit in the picturesque beer garden and drink and chat away the day with some of the locals. 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, Galway // more here
Tucked away just off Forster St, The Garden @ Murty Rabbitts 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 Rabbitts 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? They’ve even got al fresco dining from 12:30-9pm seven days a week and the option of an alternative menu for private events throughout the year. For a proper Galwegian pub experience, Murty Rabbitt's beer garden offers one of the best!
23 Forster St, Galway // more here