Music & Dance

Galway City is renowned for its live music scene

Alale at the Spanish Arch

Galway City is renowned for its live music scene. While nearly every Pub in Galway hosts live music at some point, many pubs have live music on a weekly and in some cases a daily basis. Most music styles can be heard somewhere if you look hard enough. In this article we have left out traditional Irish music pubs from this article because they have their own section.

The Roisin Dubh
Undisputed King of the live music scene in Galway City. Diverse range of music styles. Open until 2am nightly.
The Kings Head
Popular spot with nightly rock cover bands all week with Dj’s at the weekends .
The Cellar
Two venues- Upstairs and downstairs. In the 1970’s an Irish music  hotspot but nowadays plays host to covers bands and many one off gigs of various styles including a regular open mic night.
Sally Longs
Home of punk and hard core rock in Galway City. Sallys has been flying the flag for hardcore for over 20 years.

Monroes Live
Large purpose built music venue in the Westend of Galway City. Music several nights a week
The Quays Live
Upstairs at the Quays is the place to go for the slightly older crowd. Local favourites such as the Conquerors still draw in the crowds. Covers bands and occasionally tribute bands
The Spanish Arch
Covers bands at the weekendsas well as some Irish music midweek.
The Crane
Although well known as an Irish music mecca they have branched out in recent years to singer songwriters and folk music
Eclectic mix of quality local talent every week ranging from salsa to blues.
Good place to catch some Irish folk or ballads
Coyotes Late Bar and Club
Home to X factor style competitions as well as some live bands

Live Music

Taaffes Bar

You are sure to catch a traditional Irish music session in progress in Taaffes at any time of the day or night. The bar’s location in the middle of the main shopping throughfare ensures a busy daytime pub where the ceol and the craic take precedence. Taaffes is a great traditional pub in the centre of the city, with live sessions at 5pm and 9pm each day. Food served until 2pm each day. Address: Shop Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 564066

The Crane Bar

The Crane is a renowned Irish traditional venue situated in the West end of Galway City. Traditional music is on the menu here seven nights a week. This corner pub has a beautiful Victorian façade from the 1800’s, Consisting of two levels, the bar on the ground floor is a local favourite while upstairs comes alive every night for music sessions at 9.30pm. Even though the Crane is tucked away in the West end of the City it is the first stop for many music lovers on their visit to the City due to its reputation as a live music venue. Over the last number of years the Crane has branched out to include a wider selection of music such as roots, blues and singer songwriters. Address: Sea Road, Galway City. Tel: +353(091)587419. Web:

Tigh Coili

Tigh Coili Pub in Galway City is one of the most popular bars in Galway and is famous for its traditional Irish Music sessions. Tig Coili is at the end of the main shopping street in Galway and is full of atmosphere. Tigh Coili has no TV’s or pool tables to distract you from the excellent Irish music and craic where you are likely to see well known artists like Sharon Shannon join the session. Address: Mainguard Street, Galway City. Tel: +353(0)91 566444. Web:

An Pucan

An Pucan pub features traditional Irish music every night and it is one of the main Irish language pubs in the City, The traditional Irish Bar exterior is extremely welcoming and a warm cead mile failte is to be enjoyed beyond it.
Address: Forster Street, Galway City. Tel: +353(0)91 561528. Web:


TavernMonroes Tavern features traditional Irish music every night and it is one of the main Irish language pubs in the City,  Live music is played here seven nights a week. Monroe’s has a solid reputation as a home for traditional Irish music. Every Tuesday night they have Traditional Irish set dancing which you can join in on if you are confident enough. This is the real deal with locals and tourists really mixing in a great atmosphere.
Address: Dominick Street, Galway City. Tel: +353(0)91 583397. Web:


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