Galway boasts many great places for students, but my personal favorite has got to be the pubs. There isn’t a street in Galway without one it seems. Irish pub culture has so many amazing elements from the trad sessions to the craic, so there’s no wonder why so many of us students love going out in them. I’ve rounded up some of the best bunch of student bars Galway has to offer.
An Púcán – best for sports
Starting off with an Púcán on Forster Street this pub right in the middle of town doesn’t disappoint. I’ve rated them best student sports bar because of their amazing beer garden which hosts a variety of screens showing all the matches of the day.
During Irelands short lived rugby appearances, the place was wedged but still managed to maintain a good atmosphere. It’s the classic roaring and shouting at the ref on the screen that you’ll find hard to get anywhere else that makes an Púcán the ideal place for a student sports fan.
Seven Bar – best cocktails
Seven Bar in the Latin quarter of Galway, and its cocktails are the best in town. They’ve got a large menu with everything from a frozen strawberry daquiri to a coconut mint margarita. Seven has lots of quick bites too, and I’m told the chicken wings are to die for by many fellow students. It’s a great place to catch up as it has lots of booths scattered throughout the pub. Vinny from Seven tells me they also “have specials for just students from Monday to Wednesday.”
Roisín Dubh – best student events
Roisín Dubh is by far the best place for student events. The silent disco on a Tuesday and Wednesday – Sisco never disappoints. The silent disco has two channels so everyone’s happy and dancing away.
The Galway comedy festival also has a lot of upcoming events there, which I think will be good nights for students. It’s a great atmosphere with lots of students from both colleges.
The Roisín Dubh always thinks of something new, like their recent Harry Styles event, which really sets them apart for me from anywhere else.
Buskers – best atmosphere
Busker Brownes is an amazing gastro pub. It’s always full of students. The downstairs area has lots of seating and lots of extra touches which make for a great atmosphere. Its interior is dark but with lots of personality. Although the line for Buskers is never short, it’s well worth it once you get in. They often have live music at the front, making the place feel lively. The staff here are very quick and helpful, and one of the best things about going to Buskers is the pizza slice after in the pizzeria – Pizza & Pasta Napoli.
I couldn’t go without mentioning Tigh Neachtain – this place was recommended to me and I have to say it has got such a lovely interior. A blue building you can’t miss on your way to Eyre Square has a lot to offer, with lots of spaces to choose from inside. It’s got plenty of areas to catch up in and overall is a lovely addition to the list.
All in all, Galway’s student bars are alive and well. With so much to offer from sports to cocktail parties Galway’s where it’s at when it comes to student night life. Even if the weather is always unreliable there are always plenty of places to have a good night.