In the lively Latin Quarter of Galway City lies a haven for gin lovers like myself. This cosy bar is named after Galway native Nora Barnacle, the wife and muse of writer James Joyce.
Recently Tigh Nora won the prestigious award for “Outstanding Customer Service” at the Bar of the Year Awards 2018, and when we are served by Sarah behind the bar it’s easy to see why. Gin lovers will feel right at home here, with the bar boasting over 200 types of gin!
We picked up one of Tigh Nora’s gin passports. A fun way to track down your favourite gin styles, you will get a stamp for each gin you try, along with its name, and when you collect 10 stamps you get a free G&T.
First up we tried two different styles of gin; on Sarah’s recommendation, I choose Brennan’s Old House Gin. This small batch gin uses native Irish botanicals. Served simply with a lime garnish and tonic water it was the perfect drink to start my evening.
Roisín went for Audemus Pink Peppercorn Gin with elderflower tonic. Served with a strawberry garnish this was a delicious drink with a hint of spice from the peppercorn, perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the tonic.
Before departing we just had to try one of Tigh Nora’s famous gin cocktails. A fitting tipple since we were in the west was The Wild Atlantic Way (€8.50). A delicious drink made with Dingle Gin, Violette Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Peach Purée and topped with Pinot Grigio. Gin and wine don’t sound like a match made in heaven but here they worked fantastically. A lovely light and refreshing drink with a citrus kick.
For myself, the Ulysses (€10.50) was the only choice. A patriotic drink made with Plymouth Navy Strength Gin, Lemon Juice, Green Tea Reduction, Rosewater Syrup and Lemongrass. An easy to drink cocktail that I could enjoy all night, but beware, it’s not for the faint-hearted as Plymouth Navy Strength is 57% alcohol.
When we visited Tigh Nora it was early evening on a Friday night, and the bar slowly but surely began to fill up with both young and old. Locals mixed with tourists and each trip to the bar they delighted in trying a new gin, a new flavour and of course, getting a stamp in their passport.
Tigh Nora is ideal for a quite drink, a catch up over cocktails or a fun and exciting night on the town. If you’re in Galway don’t miss out on trying one of the many gins on offer and experience good old Irish hospitality and charm.
T: (091) 563 757
REVIEW BY SINÉAD SMYTH