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The Quays, Quay Street
The Quays (Galway)
Member Name: bigdoug
The Quays (Galway)
Date: 09/11/00, updated on 09/11/00 (252 review reads)
Advantages: A great pub, venue and restaurant combined
A great pub, venue and restaurant combined. All that is good about visiting bars in one place.
As you walk down to the harbour from the shopping centre of Galway you will come across this establishment, pub being too small a word for this the embodiment of all the finest qualities you could normally only dream to find within the walls of a single public house.
Irish pubs are renowned, and rightly so, for the availability of food, ale and welcoming service of the highest quality and The Quays is no exception. The street-level bar has many good-humoured revellers spilling out onto the cobbles enjoying a range of great ales and of course plenty of the black stuff!
Once you have worked your way through the crowds into the body of the bar you can descend to the basement-level restaurant. The bar boasts informal eating surroundings with quality food on offer from attentive staff to rival more expensive eateries.
As if this was not enough, The Quays is also a great music venue where you can see many top-flight Irish and touring musical acts alike. The venue consists of a dance floor with bar and seating areas to the sides of the stage area which is in the form of a raised pulpit.
Traditional music and dance is well appreciated here as it is on the whole west coast of Ireland. It is not unusual for traditional Irish bands being accompanied by expert Irish dancers both on the dance floor as well as on a mezzanine either side of the performing stage that would put even Michael Flatly, of Riverdance fame, to shame. There is another mezzanine either side of the stage where more seating is available and a gallery that overlooks the stage and the dance floor.
This is a truly amazing pub and is, rightly so, as much as a tourist attraction in it’s own right as well as being one of the best bars in County Galway. You can also check out their web site on http://www.commerce.ie/quays/