County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. King's Head

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    With the most eye-catching facade on High Street, if not Galway City, the King's Head is dripping with 800 years of history with its association...Read More

  • 2. Nora Culligans Whiskey Bar


    Behind the subtle, light-yellow timber-front entrance, this whiskey and tequila bar is a long warren of Victorian-bar idiosyncrasies, with lofty...Read More

  • 3. O'Connor's

    Salthill | Bars/Pubs

    Fans of musician Ed Sheeran will instantly recognize the interior of this landmark pub as the location of his "Galway Girl" music video with...Read More

  • 4. Tigh Neachtain

    Spanish Arch | Bars/Pubs

    This bright-blue, mural-scarred pub is in the hub of Galway's medieval center and the core of its beating heart. For more than 120 years its...Read More

  • 5. Áras na nGael


    Cross O'Brien Bridge and take the first left to find this Irish-speaking social club–pub, which is a great place to hear traditional music,...Read More

  • 6. Brogans Bar and Restaurant


    Enter through a side alley door to this large landmark pub that has served and entertained locals for over 35 years, right in the town center...Read More

  • 7. Cornerstone Bar


    On the corner of the main street, this sandstone cottage, with its low roof, is the place to cozy up for a postsurf pint. Traditional food is...Read More

  • 8. Durty Nelly's Pub


    Brimming with character, the low ceilings and stone flooring of this popular haunt next to Bunratty Castle draw back to earlier centuries. The...Read More

  • 9. Electric Garden & Theatre

    Center | Dance Clubs

    Galway's liveliest nightclub has several different spaces including Electric, the main room, and the indoor-outdoor Glasshouse. The cocktails...Read More

  • 10. Gus O'Connor's

    Live Music

    Set in the village's main (and only) street, popular Gus O'Connor's has tables outside near a stream and live music every night after 9:30 in...Read More

  • 11. Halo Nightclub

    Center | Dance Clubs

    This sophisticated spot for dressy over-23-year-olds has live entertainment in five bars on two floors and two dance floors, as well as quiet...Read More

  • 12. Hyde Bar and Gin Parlour

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    Gin is having a moment in Ireland right now and nowhere is that more evident or celebrated than Hyde Bar and Gin Parlour, where you will find...Read More

  • 13. Joe Mac's


    Located right off the pier, Joe Mac's is a good place for a fireside pint while waiting for the ferry home. ...Read More

  • 14. Joe Watty's


    Located on the hill outside the village, Joe Watty's is the hub of Inis Mór's entertainment, with regular music sessions and reliable food. ...Read More

  • 15. Knox's Pub & Storehouse Restaurant

    Live Music

    This Victorian-style bar, close to Ennis Friary, with a traditional plate-glass shop front with brick, timber, and bric-a-brac finishes, serves...Read More

  • 16. McDermott's

    Live Music

    Popular with locals, McDermott's is a great spot for soul-warming live music and traditional fare. Live music nightly early spring to late autumn...Read More

  • 17. McGann's Pub & Restaurant

    Live Music

    Across the road from McDermott's, McGann's is the smallest of Doolin's three famous pubs and has been run by the same family for 70 years. Breakfast...Read More

  • 18. McHugh's Bar

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Behind one of the most charming facades in Ennis is McHugh's Bar, the town's hub for craft beer. Order a pint of its own brand, Western Herd...Read More

  • 19. McSwiggan's

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    A popular Galway City pub with a restaurant upstairs, McSwiggan's has everything from church pews to ancient carriage lamps contributing to...Read More

  • 20. Monroe's

    Center | Bars/Pubs

    A large and handsome street corner pub, Monroe's has free music nightly from 9 pm and regularly hosts impressive rock acts. Quality bar food...Read More

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