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Galway Race Week Guide brought to you by The Galway Player


Raceweek is upon us and who better to show us the ropes than The Galway Player.

1.Check out the garden in An Pucan

One of Galway’s hottest spots – An Pucan is going to be buzzing this Race Week.

you can enjoy the stunning floral displays and Irelands best gin here.

The fantastic city centre bar has live music and DJ’s 7 nights a week and is known of some of the best bar food in Galway.

2. Visit Tribeton

Heading towards the docks you will find the funky-coloured Tribeton bar.

This is one of the most beautiful bar’s you will visit in this country.

The interior is divine as are the cocktails are even better.

The bottomless Prosecco brunch is one of the best ways to kick off Ladies Day.

3. If whiskey is your thing Garavans bar is the one for you.

A slice of old Ireland on the bustling William Street.

This multi award winning establishment boasts a world class selection of whiskeys and very knowledgeable staff.

There’s few better spots to sit and watch the world go by on Race Week.

4. Cross Street- the area is like one massive beer garden.

The Red Bull van is on hand to pump out the tunes and punters enjoy the craic on the cobbled streets.

If the weather is good this is a superb spot to hang out and meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

5. The recently opened 1520 is a really cool venue

One of the newest bars in Galway is 1520.

This venue promises to one of the busiest spots this Race Week, with some of Ireland’s top dj’s and a retro vibe.

The back bar known as the Penny Bar is already becoming a firm favourite with locals, especially fans of cocktails.

6. Check out the hotels, this week the hotels are as much fun as the bar’s.

Apart from being crazy busy they tend to squeeze in extra bars where ever possible and put on loads of great entertainment, like the Connacht Hotel on the Dublin Road.

Ladies Day is one of the highlights of the year in the West and the Connacht Hotel in association with Bulmers Live they are putting on a great free live gig with Limerick legends Hermitage Green.

7. Get dressed up, the style stakes in Galway are spectacular particularly Thursday and Friday.

It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and push the boat slightly.

The clothes shops and milliners are rushed off their feet at the moment.

Ladies have been planning their outfits since last August and we can’t wait to see the Best Dressed Finalists in Ballybrit next Thursday.

8 Be prepared, it’s not only the horses that can find the going tough.

Galway Race’s veterans will always be well equipped heading to the track.

Flats and gel heels are an essential and of course an umbrella.

9 Dough Bro’s Pizza


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Check out Dough Bros pizza not only is the pizza superb but the Dough Bros are some of the soundest guys in town.

The story of the lads business in inspirational and you’re guaranteed a friendly welcome in their cool new premises on Middle Street.

Soakage is key during the Races if you’re going to keep up with the pace.

10. If you’re looking for something a bit more formal then check out Kirwins Lane


Probably the best seafood restaurant in Galway.

Using the finest local produce this is one of Galway’s most popular restaurants.

Frequented by Irish and Hollywood stars like Charlize Theron and Stephen Dorff.

Make sure you book well in advance as there’s already a waiting list for some of the nights.

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