On those humble and familiar cobblestones of William Street lies an iconic slice of history, infused into the very heart and soul of Galway city. With a unique quaintness, that invokes the interest of locals and globetrotters alike, Garavan’s Bar is a haven of the ancient Galway of yore, married with the avant-garde sweeping in with the Capital of Culture 2020.
Established in 1937, now in its third generation carrying the Garavan name, the epochal building has seen its origins evolve from grocers to public house, but has always served its loyal clientele of Galway with a warm and experienced hand. Famed for their Irish coffees and their extensive collections of whiskeys, the hallowed public house has nabbed ‘Best Irish Whiskey Bar in Connaught’ for the last three years running, and are planning to maintain and continue their impressive streak of success. Patrons will soon be able to choose from a sparkling and quite lengthy new menu of around 160 whiskeys, served in bespoke glasses, which are hand spun across the Irish Sea in Scotland. Whether you fancy yourself somewhat the connoisseur, or you are just getting your learner’s permit, Garavan’s and their highly trained and attentive staff of 10 can offer a selection of whiskey platters, complete with the all-important tasting notes. With five mouthwatering platters on the menu, plus an ever changing platter of the month, Garavan’s house a taste to quench the thirst of every whiskey lover out there.
Staying current and ahead of the pack is very much ingrained in the ethos of the bar. With an expanded variety of gins available, and even launching their own whiskey brand (take that McGregor!) in the coming weeks, the historic tavern may have an antique look, but certainly not an archaic approach to its business. Running whiskey tasting events and Irish coffee competitions keeps the staff and the establishment fresh, as well as successfully integrating them into the community that has served them so much over the last 80 years. An indispensable part of the city for so long, the bar has even inspired literature. A comprehensive part of a weekly column in the Galway Advertiser, ‘Days and Nights in Garavan’s’ was inspired by the anecdotes shared over the years in the beloved hub.
So, whether you’re looking for a cheeky hot whiskey on a crisp cold night, a spot of people-watching with a refreshing goblet of gin, or a word class Irish coffee served with the finest ingredients, and with the utmost of expertise, this historical treasure will open its authentic doors to you and yours.
Visit: GARAVANS.ie for more information.