Where to Enjoy Traditional Irish Music in Galway, Ireland

Jam session in Galway Pub, Ireland
Jam session in Galway Pub, Ireland | © Damián Bakarcic / Flickr
Kate Phelan

Widely considered one of the nerve centres for traditional Irish music in Ireland, the city of Galway can always be relied on to have at least one ‘session’ – or informal musical gathering – any night of the week. Read on to find out where they are.

1. The Quays

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The Quays Bar and Restaurant, Galway
Courtesy of The Quays, Galway

Galway’s Latin Quarter is home to many of its best traditional pubs, including Tigh Cóilí and The Quays. This nearly 400-year-old watering hole is home to an upstairs ‘Music Hall’ where TV music specials are often recorded, with a church organ behind the stage, and live music also takes place downstairs in the main bar. The Quays has previously won the All Ireland Music Bar Award, in 2010. More recently, it won City Bar of the Year at the 2016 Sky Bar of the Year Awards. Traditional Irish music can be heard here several nights a week.

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