One of the things everyone will tell you when you visit Ireland is that you *have* to visit Galway. What they won’t tell you is that they mean the county and its surrounding areas, because Galway the town isn’t really somewhere you spend a lot of time hanging out. All told, our time there wasn’t really that different from what we would have done in Dublin that weekend anyway: eating, drinking, and exploring and this is what that looked like.
We started our day at An Pucan, a pub near the main square, to watch the Ireland v South Africa rugby match. From there we walked around town and then down along the shore front over to Salt Hill where we stopped into Oslo, a Galway Bay Brewery pub for dinner and beer. We wandered back in the evening, making sure to hit up another pub that was known for its nightly trad sessions before catching a taxi back to our hotel about 10 minutes outside of town. The next night we went into town for dinner at Kirwan’s Lane, a really terrific seafood restaurant where we had a glorious fish dinner and a bottle of wine before finishing up our night at The Salt House, another Galway Bay Brewery pub before a final meandering stroll through town before leaving back for Dublin the following morning.