So you’ve got a free Friday or Saturday and fancy doing something a little different, why not pop to Galway for the night. We spent a sunny 24 hours there and here is a snippet of the amazing highlights that this city has to offer.
Lunch – Three to Try
After a good drive nothing better than a late lunch and Galway has plenty of options. For the healthy, super casual dining experience 37 West Cafe just beside NUIG campus is a must. Voted Galway’s best cafe in 2014, and with a tagline “Healthy is the new Sexy ” Owner Gill Carroll has quickly forged a this quirky cafe to mini legendary status. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch or just to grab a coffee and a tasty healthy treat this is a definite must.
If you find yourself craving something a little bit more fancy then spoil yourself in the luxurious surroundings of The Meyrick perfectly positioned overlooking the bustling Eyre Square. The Gaslight Bar & Brasserie offers a laid back sophistication and with innovative cocktails and honest delicious food options. They open from 11am – 10 pm so whenever the hunger takes you, whether it be for an Irish Artisan Cheese Board or something little bit more substantial like a Galway Hooker Ale Cod or Beef Ramen. Our personal favourite is The Butcher, Baker, Wine and Cheese Maker sharing board €18 for 2 and worth every cent !
If your willing to travel very slightly further a field across the bridge is a gem of a spot Kai Cafe and Restaurant, most notably it’s owner and chef Jess Murphy has just won Best Chef in Galway and Best Restaurant in Galway at the recent RAI awards. No mean feat in a town bustling with culinary talent. This is casual eating coupled with ingenious cooking and very different to most restaurants out there. Every plate is bursting with flavour and texture.
Dinner – Three to Try
Always a tough choice this one, but here are our favourites. You simply cannot come to Galway for the food and not sample the unyielding talents of JP McMahon. Aniar Restaurant has the enviable accolade of being Galway’s only Michelin starred restaurant. This is an innovative restaurant with a menu to match. If your looking for a taste of the west of Ireland on a plate this is where you will find it. Jp prides himself on serving food sourced locally from the unique landscape surrounding this city.
If you prefer a simpler affair try JP’s and his Cava Bodega right on Middle Street in the heart of the city centre you’ll find the very best of Spanish food and wine. Tapas based dishes designed to share and inspire discussion around the table. With over 50 tapas to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice.
A long established spot of the Galway foodie scene is Ard Bia at Nimmos . Showcasing the best in local produce with dishes like Irish pheasant, beetroot gnocchi and pumpkin risotto this is a real feast for the senses. A dim candlelit room with a country house rustic feel to the interior a perfect location for a romantic dinner.
Bars – Three to Try
An Pucan is a firm Taste favourite, friendly local bar staff with a wall of over 150 whiskey choices, plenty of cocktails on offer and prosecco on tap. A good blend of old and new with a more contemporary bar to the rear, a perfect spot to watch the rugby match. Live music every night and with a late bar license you’ll be in no rush to leave.
Bierhaus Galway is a must try for any craft beer fans. Over 20 beers on tap and 60 different craft beers on offer including offerings from the famous Galway Hooker and Kinnegar Breweries. Famous for its easy going vibe and contemporary music a great bar to chill out in the evening .
For something a little more glitzy why not check out the cocktail bar in The G hotel, set in one of the most stylish hotels in the country. Carpeted with red Swarovski crystals, with opulent art deco surroundings and an extensive list of cocktails on offer you feel like you’ve escaped to some exotic location for some decadent fun.
To stay – Three to Try
A little further down the road in Salthill with a break taking view is the Sathill Hotel, super value with rooms from €56, perfect for a stroll along the promenade on a sunny day. Comfortable, spacious rooms with a/c and all the mod cons, a fantastic spacious bar with plenty of entertainment on offer and a good dining option on their newly launched Prom Restaurant.
The Meyrick to us is Galway’s “Shelbourne” with revolving door, old style charm dating back to 1852, luxurious setting and situated perfectly for touring the city by foot. Rooms are priced from €115 and the accommodation is to an excellent standard. The hotel has had many a famous face through it’s doors and offers a great selection of dining options from it’s newly renovated No.15 Restaurant or a more casual option in The Gaslight Brasserie.
For pure indulgence the well loved G hotel is unparalleled in both style and substance. Architecturally stunning with an award winning spa to unwind in and some of the most elegant, relaxing surroundings. The G Hotel is Galway’s “Jewel in the Crown” and offers 5 star luxury all the way. Rooms are priced from €135, go on you’re worth it !
So what are you waiting for Book a little break today.