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The Long Hall Pub

‘A Delight to the Senses’ Linger awhile and study your surroundings here! Observe how the fabulous Victorian fittings are sumptuously carved and notice how the counter is dressed with brass trim. View how the pub is punctuated by exquisite partitions off ...

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Albert Lynch's Pub

THE BUILDING HOUSING ALBERT LYNCH' S was originally part of a Church of Ireland school for the Cloyne diocese. After the diocesan college closed, local landlord Sir Denham J. Norreys of Mallow Castle bought the buiding and then leased it to ...

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Hole In The Wall Pub

The Hole in the Wall is named after a tradition which existed here for around 100 years, which is the practice of serving drinks through a hole in the wall. British soldiers who were forbidden to leave the Phoenix Park ...

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The Duke Pub

The Duke Pub

Try a mid morning walk around St Stephens Green, and then go shopping on Grafton Street. Then it's time to relax in the wonderful surroundings of the Duke Pub on Duke Street where you can enjoy a wonderful lunch and ...

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The Brian Boru Pub.

The Brian Boru Pub.

TAKE A TRIP TO THE WONDERFUL BOTANIC GARDENS IN GLASNEVIN, OR VISIT THE HISTORICAL GLASNEVIN CEMETRY. Then relax in the wonderful surrounds of the BRIAN BORU PUB . The Brian Boru has an excellent reputation for top class food and drink.  

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Kate Kearneys Cottage

Kate Kearneys Cottage

Take one of the most beautiful drives of your life from Killarney through the gap of Dunloe . Then Make sure to stop off at Kate Kearneys for a great traditional Lunch 

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Gibneys of Malahide

Gibneys of Malahide

Are you looking for a great Village to visit while staying in Dublin? Then go to Malahide and pop into Gibneys for a fantastic atmosphere day or night. Sure you might as well have a pint!!!

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The Ferryman Inn

The Ferryman Inn

Have you had a long day in the Convention Centre. Then pop across the bridge and have a relaxing pint in the Ferryman Pub

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Garavan’s Bar

Garavan’s is one of those hidden gems that normally only Galway people know about.
Garavan’s Bar . ‘Whiskey Bar of the Year Connacht 2014 & 2015’. Nestled in the heart of Galway city’s main shopping thoroughfare, stands the historic building that is Garavan’s Public House. An architectural treasure, it’s current physical footprint dates back to the fortified Galway of 1650. While undergoing some renovations in the offices upstairs, original fireplaces were unearthed and traces of the tower (as significant historically as Lynch’s castle) and raw walls from the late Medieval period were also discovered. These precious finds gives one an appreciation why much of it is a protected building. Close your eyes and shut out all ambient noise, and you might even hear a whisper from the ghosts that occupy these walls. Caravan's Bar is also very well know for the fantastic range of Whiskey's they have in stock There is a long-standing tradition of excellent whiskey-brewing in Ireland and Irish Whiskey, whose name derives from the Gaelic Uisce Beatha (‘Water of Life’), has been synonymous with Garavan’s Public House since it’s inception 80 years ago. They offer an extensive collection of delicious (and some rare) whiskeys, one of the largest in Galway. Sourced from all over the world, these can be viewed in the beautifully handmade whiskey cabinets located throughout the bar

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Located in the pedestrian zone, it’s one of the the oldest traders on William Street, and has been trading there since the 1930’s, but the building itself has stood on William Street since the 16th Century.

The bar was originally a “Spirit Grocery”, combining a pub with a grocery shop. Spirit groceries first appeared in the 19th century, when a growing temperance movement in Ireland forced publicans to diversify their businesses to compensate for declining spirit sales. By the 1960/70’s however, with the arrival of the supermarket, many pubs lost the retail end of their business and concentrated solely on the licensed trade.

Many pubs in Ireland today still resemble grocer’s shops of the mid 20th century, with the bar counter and rear shelving taking up the majority of the space in the main bar area. Garavan’s, which used to bottle its own Guinness, as well as packaging its own brand of tea, no longer sells groceries, but has changed very little inside since the 1950’s. It has a lovely oak panelled interior adorned with many of the old journals, ledgers and receipts which documented their trade as a Spirit Grocery.

Garavan’s Bar now has one of the largest selections of whiskey (and gin) in Galway. The Irish collection includes some of the finest and rarest Pot Still, Malt and Blended whiskies (check out their beautiful display cabinet in the bar displaying some of the oldest and finest Irish whiskeys from the 1940’s onwards). There is also a large collection of whiskies from all of the different regions in Scotland and some excellent American Bourbons, along with some delightful and unusual Japanese whiskies.

There are over 125 different types of whiskey in Garavan’s, so it would be impossible not to find one to your liking! Garavan’s have a very good whiskey menu to help you make your selection and offer a range of in-house Whiskey Tasting platters, so there can be few better places to relax and discover the world of Irish whiskey.

Garavan’s has also hosted the Powers Irish Coffee Making Championship in the West of Ireland. This encouraged them to specialise in the making of this classic Irish concoction, and now they serve one of the best Irish Coffees in Galway, presented in a bespoke Garavan’s Irish Coffee glass and spoon.

Garavan’s is a partcularly friendly pub and if you want a bit more information about the whiskey in your glass, you should ask for their head barman, Brian Taylor, who’s also a great man for the “banter”! It’s a great place to take a break during the day and enjoy a quiet drink or an Irish Coffee, or to spend an evening amongst Galway locals any day of the week. There are traditional Irish music session on Fridays and Saturdays (Thursdays too in the summer) and the pub has free Wifi.

Last tip: if you like a bit of history, some good stories and some typical Irish humour, ask for a copy of their book “The days and Nights of Garavans”, which is a collection of tales and local wisdom from some of Garavan’s best known characters, assembled by a local journalist in the 1970’s and 80’s. You can order a copy online, but there really is nothing to beat sitting in Garavan’s itself, with a good whiskey in one hand, the book in the other and a few laughter lines on your face!

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