Posted March 17, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Located on the shores of western Ireland, Galway is the ideal place to celebrate Irish culture any time of year. And you won't have to spend a fortune to get the essential Gaelic experience. Come drink a pint at a historic pub, eat fresh fish and chips from a local restaurant, and stay in a guesthouse that resembles a small castle.
The Quays Bar: For more than 400 years, the Quays (pronounced "keys") Bar has been the spot for good drinks and music in Galway. Complete with pews, the church-themed interior may add to the religious experience you feel when a particularly great band takes the stage. The pub serves food if you're feeling a bit peckish, but there's nothing better than a pint of something frothy at this quintessential watering hole.
Mc Donagh's Seafood House: Serving the freshest fish and chips in the city for four generations, Mc Donagh's will put a smile on the face of any seafood lover. At the bar, you can choose from a variety of freshly caught fish to fry and either eat in-house or take away, while the sit-down restaurant serves a complete seafood menu with items such as grilled trout spaghetti and baked cod. Restaurant entrees start at €12.50 (about $16.25; check XE.com for current exchange rates).
St. Judes: Located in the lower Salthill area, within walking distance of the city's top attractions, St. Judes provides a peaceful escape in the heart of Galway. The 1920s home is reminiscent of a castle, and you may feel like you're getting the royal treatment while staying here. Choose from the inn's six guest suites, and enjoy a cooked-to-order Irish breakfast in the morning. When the weather is nice, you can wander the grounds or sit outside on the patio.
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(Photo: Failte Ireland)
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