1. The Oslo Bar
Top of the list has to be the Oslo in Salthill. It’s fair to say that the Oslo is a pioneer of craft beer in Galway, as this is where the internationally-acclaimed Galway Bay Brewery was founded.
We simply love the atmosphere in this bar. Alongside an incredible range of craft beers, the Oslo beer hall also boasts Galway’s largest sports screen and a seriously tasty evening menu. The first and only micro-brewery in Galway, the friendly staff will guide you through their extensive beer and food menu.
2. The Salt House
One of Galway’s hidden gems; the Salt House is also owned by the Galway Bay Brewery and is home to over 150 bottled beers with 23 beers on draught. Located over-looking the Claddagh, this is one of our favourite go-to spots in Galway city.
One of the key features of the Salt House is their blazing open fire that keeps you warm on those cold, wintery Galway days. Whether you prefer IPAs or Rauchbiers, the Salt House has you covered. Complete with Jenga and seriously knowledgeable staff, the Salt House is perfect for a cosy relaxing pint.
3. McGinn’s Hop House
Located in Woodquay, McGinn’s offer a quirky atmosphere matched by its similarly quirky range of craft beers. We love the interior and a lot of effort has gone into design – for example, the ceiling is made from reclaimed metal tiles from an Oklahoma Farm House from the 1800s.
McGinn’s delicious menu focuses on wood-fired pizza, which goes down a treat with accompanied by a pint of Fischer’s. Best of all, McGinn’s also offer an exciting and extensive range of craft gins and liquors.
The newest bar on our list; we recently paid a visit to Caribou also located in Woodquay. Despite being off the beaten track, open only a few weeks and us visiting on a Tuesday night, the place was bustling without losing its personal touch.
There are board games to keep you entertained along with a very impressive list of craft beers, with those on draught ranging from 3.6 to 8%. Caribou and McGinn’s seem to be transforming Woodquay into somewhere very special.
No Galway craft beer list would be complete without the famous Bierhaus of the West End. In their own words, “we started this craft beer thing in Galway City, trust us we know a thing or two.”
The Bierhaus opened in 2005 and has been a feature of Galway culture ever since. With twenty beers on tap and over sixty bottled beers, you can be sure you’ll satisfy your penchant for quality craft beer with these guys.
In addition to the amazing beers, their kitchen is well-known for providing some of Galway’s most delicious sandwiches. Our particular favourite is the ‘Bamh Mi’, a Vietnamese pork sandwich. Washed down with a tasty pint, perfection!