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Top 5 Trad Music Pubs

Galway has a vibrant traditional Irish music scene and a history of producing some of the most successful traditional irish musicians. De Dannan, were once based in Galway and other figures in traditional music like Dolores Keane, Frankie Gavin and Mairtin O'Connor, also hail from Galway. Popular bands including the The Saw Doctors and The Stunning, were formed in Galway too. The wealth of musicians performing on the streets and in local venues is a testament to the strong music scene here.

There are plenty of theatres and pubs that showcase the work of local and visiting musicans such as The Town Hall Theatre, An Taibhdhearc, Galway Arts Centre, the the Roisin Dubh, Crane Bar, Taaffe's Bar, Tig Coili and Monroe's are just a selection of places to see live performances of various types on a regular basis. Below is a list of the pubs where traditional irish music sessions are held on an almost daily basis.

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Taaffes Bar

Taaffes Bar Galway
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 thoroughfare 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
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The Crane Bar

The Crane Bar Galway 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
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Tigh Coili

Tigh Coili Bar Galway 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 561294
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Tigh Fox Trad House

An Pucan Bar Galway At Tigh Fox, you’re never far from fiddle-loving musicians or storytelling bartenders. A seat at the custom made wooden bar positions you perfectly to hear local tales and tunes, but it’s hard to resist a table next to the wood-burning stove. Although there are two scheduled music sessions per day, it’s not uncommon to find a musician strumming along throughout the day. Sessions at 5:30 & 9:30.
Address: 2 Forster Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 584181
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Monroes Tavern

Monroes Tavern Galway Monroes 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
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