County Galway is famous for its pubs which are often the centre of culture especially Traditional Music. It is not unusual for a spontaneous session (Seisiún) to break out in any town in County Galway at any time of the day or night.
County Galway abounds with traditional musicians and there but internationally Galway is best known for its annual Galway Jazz Festival
Naughtons is one of the best known pubs in Galway city. With its interior unchanged since 1894 this pub is full of tradition and is regularly the scene of inpromptu traditional music sessions. Also serves very good food in its Artisan Restaurant.
Kellys is full of small booths, snugs and small seating areas. It is a curious mix of traditional and modern and has a live music venue. They serve a good lunch with soups and a vegetarian option. Usually quite busy especially on music nights
The Cottage Bar has a very wide range of drinks from around the world. It has comfortable seating throughout. Serves a variety of food including Tapas. Music with DJs at the weekend and Celtic storytelling during the Summer.
The Kings Head, is one of the oldest pubs in Galway. The fireplace dates from 1612. Popular with students, there is music nightly as well as theatre and comedy withe resident comedian Tommy Tiernan appearing from time to time.
The Hole in The Wall has a distinctive thatched roof and is a few hundred years old. Throughout the year it is a popular young scene pub featuring live music and during raceweek it becomes a mecca for racegoers.
Róisín Dubh, is one of the most popular venues in Galway and features some of the top bands and comedy acts in the country. It has a large smoking area and is open seven days a week until 2 am and is always busy.