Irish Pubs, Beer and Grub

I love pubs and I was looking forward to some true Irish Pubs on my vacation in Ireland :) I also really enjoyed the Irish breweries and their craft beer. I am not much of a German beer drinker, however craft beer is a whole different story... I especially enjoyed the Irish Red Ale.

My new favorite - Irish Red Ale

Most of the pubs I went to were in Galway, within the Latin Quarter down to the Spanish Arch.

In Dublin, I was more occupied with some nice craft beer breweries :) However, there are also nice Irish pubs, espeically within the riverside neighborhood on both sides of the river liffy.

Irish Pubs in Galway and Dublin

  • The Skeff Bar (Galway) - This was my favorite bar. It is situated directly at the Eyre Square. The pub is really big with several rooms/bars and floors. It has the typical rusty wooden look. They serve their own beer, the Scéal Ale (golden amber ale with azacca, amarillo and citrus hops). And of course, they do have live music every night. Above the bar is a hotel. It's a bit noisy to stay there but they provide earplugs and the breakfast is really nice, in a sunny upstairs area with cute little colorful sofas. While I was not really convinced of their food (I had the sunday roast), I really enjoyed the location, atmosphere, beer and music.
  • The Daíl Bar (Galway) - This is a very famous pub in Galway. They are really big as well with  two floors and several bars. Great atmosphere with live music downstairs, but only midweek. Their food is also high quality, I had their delicious Irish beef stew (with lots of veggies as well) and their decadent sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream as a dessert.
  • The Front Door (Galway) - This is another of the historic Irish Pubs in Galway. The interior is really great, two floors and five rooms and niches, including a cocktail lounge. Everything nicely decorated. Live music every night. Their food is standard pub grub (I tried one of their Burger and Fries), but what really convinced me was the lovely atmosphere.
  • The Quay Street Kitchen (Galway) - This is a very small place, rather an unconventional "pub", more a restaurant. However, they serve amazing food, not the standard pub grub. I had a Morrocan spiced vegetable tagine with cous cous and as a dessert their version of the classical bannoffee pie. I also had my first Irish Red Ale here :)
  • Tigh Neachtain's (Galway) -This is a really quaint, rusty and cozy all-wood pub. It has fireplaces, lots of little nooks and niches to sit in and an outdoor seating area. They are proud of their displayed art and also have live music. Their food and beer was also above standard. During my Galway Food Tour, I enjoyed their oatmeal stout, salami crackers, deep fried goat chesse and sushi.
  • Ard Bia at Nimmo's (Galway) - This is a pub that I actually have not really tried out. However, I read a lot about it and our Food Tour guide recommended it. It is a little pricier and higher standard. The food is supposed to be high quality. Location is directly at the port, beneath the Spanish Arch on the Long Walk.
  • Temple Bar (Dublin) - This is the traditional tourist pub in Dublin, at the south bank of the river liffy. You just have to see it. It once has been more a district for locals according to our tour guide, but now it is mostly frequented by tourists. It is always lively and crowded. There are several pub rooms and bars, nicely decorated and live music each evening.

Breweries and Craft Beer ind Dublin

  • J.W. Sweetman - This craft beer brewery was my favorite. I stumbled upon this place by accident, its right on the south bank of the liffy with a nice view of the liffy. They have several floors and sit-down dinner was served upstairs with live music. They served different flights or craft beer with a huge selection to choose from including some seasonal beers and the traditional Irish Red Ale. Also, the food was just amazingly good! No pub grub :) I had the Green Veggie Thai Curry. 
  • The Porterhouse - This place was recommended to me by one of my tour guides. They convinced me as they also serve flights of craft beer. I do love a good sample flight :) The dinner area is in the back and they do not have live music but a D.J. Food and atmosphere was good.
  • P.Mac's - This craft beer brewery was recommended to me by one of the other pub bartenders. They did not serve flights, but they let me sample every beer I wanted for free :) The atmosphere was really nice, they had these cute arrangements of bottles with red candles on each table. It felt quite cozy.

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