Saturday, March 2, 2013


Ballinderry Park – Kilconnell; 011-353-90-968-6796;; elegant.

Bars & Nightclubs
Backstage Bar at Monroe’s Live – Upper Dominick Street (West End); 011-353-91-583-397;; live music venue with bar literally backstage.
Black Cat – 179 Upper Salthill; 011-353-91-501-007;; jazz, tapas, and wine in homey, Georgian town house.
Club Aras na nGael – 45 Dominick Street; 011-353-91-567-824;; eclectic, Irish-language social club; enter through arched blue doors into dark, narrow pub space; Gaelic classes (some nights), step-dancing, and international D.J. nights; Saturdays usually feature traditional music; English speakers are welcome, but bartender may insist on imparting few words in old language before you get your Guinness.
Crane Bar – 2 Sea Road, 2nd floor (West End); 011-353-91-587-419;; hop to traditional Irish music.
Krcma – 163 Upper Salthill; 011-353-91-582-233;; soccer on projector screen and Zlaty Bazant on tap; Slovak-owned pub and central European gathering place.
Oslo – Upper Salthill; 011-353-91-448-390;; locally brewed porter in former dance hall reborn as microbrewery.
Roisin Dubh – Lower Dominic Street; 011-353-91-586-540;; known especially for live music.
Sheridans‘ Cheesemongers – 14-16 Churchyard Street, 2nd Floor; 011-353-91-564-829;; wine bar.
Wilde‘s – Henry Street (West End); 011-353-85-852-1335;; drag queens sing jukebox tunes at this gay bar.
Ballynahinch Castle – Recess (Connemara); 011-353-95-31006;; fabulous, 450 acres, book recently renovated river view room.
Cashel House Hotel – Connemara; 011-353-1-95-31001;; antique furnished rooms; hiking on nearby coast and Twelve Pins Mountains.
G Hotel – Wellpark; 011-353-91-865-200;; opulent; interiors by Galway County-born, haute couture hat designer, Philip Treacy; 3 see-&-be-seen lounges connected by long, pink carpet.
House – Merchants Road; 011-353-91-538-900;; boutique.
Hotel Meyrick – Eyre Square; 011-353-91-564-041;; formerly, this 19th Century, limestone building hotel hosted Charles Lindbergh, Prince Louis Napoleon, and John Wayne; onetime railroad hotel still offers prime location, with breakfast.
Ard Bia at Nimmos – Spanish Arch, Long Walk; 011-353-91-561-114;; contemporary restaurant in quaint, stone building opposite museum; low ceilings and wood tables in setting resembling country kitchen; refined seasonal menus that emphasize local ingredients like pan-fried Irish hake with chorizo, mussels, clams, coriander seed potatoes, and samphire (coastal plant).
Aniar – 53 Lower Dominick Street; 011-353-91-535-947;; aniar is Gaelic for “Western”; intimate restaurant offering locavore-focused food in artful presentations; Irish meats (free-range duck, wild venison), fresh seafood, and vegetables; all prepared with local ingredients like gooseberries, ramson buds, seaweed, and sheep’s yogurt.
Kai Cafe & Restaurant – Sea Road; 011-353-91-526-003;; kai is Maori for “food”; New Zealander chef Jess Murphy has won acclaim for inventive dining spot set in stone-walled former flower shop; daily-changing menu features Kiwi-meets-Eire dishes.
Martine’s – 21 Quay Street; 011-353-91-565-662;; French fries and oysters.
Monroe’s Live – Upper Dominick Street (West End); 011-353-91-583-397;; pizza joint buried within turns out good pies.
Charlie Byrne‘s – Cornstone Mall, Middle Street; 011-353-91-561-766;; sprawling bookshop specializing in Irish history, novels, and Irish-language poetry journals; select modern literary magazines like Crannóg.
Galway Market – Church Lane (in front of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church);; weekend farmers’ market; showcases fresh flowers and produce, as well as everything from samosas to sushi.
McCambridge‘s – 38-39 Shop Street; 011-353-91-562-259;; family-owned deli since 1925; inventory fit for modern foodies.
Sheridans‘ Cheesemongers – 14-16 Churchyard Street; 011-353-91-564-829;
Sights & Sites
Druid Lane Theater – Druid Lane; 011-353-91-568-660;
Galway City Museum – Spanish Parade; 011-353-91-532-460;; in glassy, moern facility; exhibitions on notable locals; on rainy days, settle into 2nd level area armchair with waterfront view.
Hall of Red Earl – Druid Lane;; crumbling 13th Century power seat remains discovered during recent construction project.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens – Pollacappul (Connemara); 011-353-95-41-146;; Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on Kylemore Castle grounds; abbey founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in WWI.
Latin Quarter –; city’s most popular bar area.
Monroe’s Live – Upper Dominick Street (West End); 011-353-91-583-397;; often photographed for classic, world-weary facade; traditional ballads and music; only pub in city with regular Irish dancing; pizza joint buried within turns out good pies.
Salthill Promenade – Salthill; place to people watch on rare warm, sunny days.
Shed – Middle Pier, Galway City Harbour; 011-351-91-773-046 (ArtSpace);; 4K' square industrial warehouse set on pier jutting into harbour; visual arts exhibition space.
Shop Street – shops are largely chains and souvenir hawkers; worth stroll to see buskers displaying their talents at bagpipes, fiddles, etc.; also, as Shop Street runs into William Street, note bench built into statue of Oscar Wilde and his Baltic contemporary, Eduard Vilde, gift from Estonian city Tartu.
Spanish Arch – Spanish Parade; looms over grassy patch of waterfront.
Town Hall Theater – Courthouse Square; 011-353-91-569-777;; 1820s courthouse-turned-town-hall-turned-cinema reimagined this time as performing arts complex; supports gatherings like annual Galway Arts Festival and Galway Film Fleadh; hosts nightly events year-round: stand-up comedy, visiting Polish cabaret act, plays, etc.
West End – over Corrib River;; bar cluster in otherwise unsavory area.

Delphi Lodge – 011-353-954-2222;; barebones but nice fishing lodge with stunning mountain locale.

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