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Kings Head (Galway)
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Kings Head (Galway)
Date: 25/10/00, updated on 12/02/01 (85 review reads)
Advantages: Unique Friendly Atmosphere.
Disadvantages: Renovations Have Stolen Some of its Charm.
Galway is the fastest growing city in Europe. It is also the cultural capital of Ireland. It's bohemian populace means that there is a huge variety of public houses on offer. Situated on Shop Street in Galway City the Kings Head holds lots of great memories for anyone who has ever gone to college in Galway. About 5 years ago it was completely renovated, which has transformed its old style charm into something completely different.
While its spit on the ground image has now departed the new Kings Head is a modern urban pub with a historic feel to it. This is helped in no small part by the extensive wood furnishings. While many pubs today style themselves on the old smoky kitchen effect, you get the feeling that the Kings Head is for real. From the outside the pub looks tiny but once inside the pub extends down a narrow front bar into a large 2 level emporium. There are tables and chairs positioned in every possible space. This adds to the friendly atmosphere and makes meeting new friends easy.
The entertainment provided nightly is generally a good mix of traditional groups and contemporary rock bands. The Kings Head central location means it is ideally situated to make the short hop to most of the city centre nightclubs like the Alley and Central Park. One thing that does surprise me about the Kings Head is the location of the loos. In order to reach them you must traverse a sometimes quite slippy set of stairs!
During the day the Kings Head comes into its own with its open fires and lack of natural light which means that you can forget about the force nine gales and pelting rain outside. The staff are friendly and very efficient. At lunchtine there is a snack menu available at very reasonable rates.
The Kings Head provides an alternative to the garish Quays bar and the positively sleepy Snug bar (just across the road). Taaffes pub is situated right beside it and is a heaven sent for traditional junkies. It is essential that
you give it a visit if you are in Galway City.