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Cross the bridges to a place the locals call ‘Back the Wesht’

Galway’s West End has a long and colourful history moulded by Galway characters of old and new. The area moves to a different beat than the rest of the city, which is keeps high street chains at bay and allows independent boutique businesses to flourish.
Many businesses have been here for generations and supply the needs of the bountiful restaurants and bars that have won awards around the world and stamped the area on the food map even if you won’t always find it on a tourist map.
Galway’s West End is saturated in culture where many of the Cities festivals were conceived in snugs of the bars and venues. You won’t be short for choice of where to enjoy a pint more than likely served by the owner. No two bars are the same but the locals like to be regulars in all of them. Irish speaking organizations and a fantastic arts scene including an Arts centre, galleries, theatre and music every night of the week keep the area vibrant.
Speciality tea and coffee cafes with hidden sun traps and vintage clothing shops have recently changed the day time vibe of Galway’s West End but no day is complete with out calling into Ernie’s green grocer for an apple and a history lesson.
It’s a bit different but we like it that way.

REAL PEOPLE, REAL HEART

Real People, Real Heart

Located in one of the oldest parts of Galway Galway’s West End or “The West” is that part of the city you arrive at when you cross one of our famous bridges leading away from the city centre towards the sea, the west and a unique and original place

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The Business

Galway’s West end has always been about The Business. The Small Crane was the site of The Potato Market and the weighing scales is still there today.
Family run businesses for generations work alongside new shops, bars, cafes and restaurants getting ready to hand over to the next.
In one street you can get a fresh caught fish while you wait for your shoes to be repaired while a locksmith retrieves the keys you left in the car.
Come down and have a look for it. If we don’t have it we’ll find someone who does.

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    Volunteer Galway
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    Volunteer Galway can you find a volunteer role in Galway City or County that suits your interests, skills and availability. We advertise volunteer roles for charities and community organisations, across a wide range of activities.
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    Vinnies Take Away & Pizzeria
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    Vinnies Take Away & Pizzeria is a family run business located in Galway City.

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Great Food

The first Michelin Star outside of Dublin went to Aniar in Galway’s West End. This was no accident or overnight success.
Over the last 15 years, trailblazers like Oscars who were one of the first to cross the bridge, encouraged others to raise the “steaks’ of culinary excellence in the area. Now we are very proud to be recognised as the food quarter of the city and the awards keep coming both nationally and internationally.
The focus is on exceptional produce and service and not so much on what you are wearing. Book a table and leave room for dessert.

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Entertainment

Whatever you want we got it. Galway has its fair share of festivals but there is one on every week in Galway’s West End. The bars clubs pubs and venues  have a friendly rivalry over who can pack the most into a nights entertainment.
A well worn trail through all the hostelries is trodden by the locals to see what is in store for that night.
All and every taste of music is catered for depending on what you are in the mood for. Keep an eye out for the street parties or movies in the park, you won’t see anything like it anywhere else

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    Róisín Dubh
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    Róisín Dubh is undoubtedly one of the best music and comedy venues in the country, bringing established talent to the city, while also providing a stage for emerging artists. With a great atmosphere, wonderful staff, and a real commitment...

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BUSINESS

Most of Galway’s top restaurants are located in one of the oldest parts of Galway Galway’s West End or “The West” is that part of the city you arrive at when you cross one of our famous bridges leading away from the city centre towards the sea, the west and a unique and original place

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    Collerans Locksmiths
    FEATURED BUSINESS
    Through 3 generations and over 75 years of business, Collerans Locksmiths has earned its place as leading locksmiths in the west of Ireland.

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CUISINE

Most of Galway’s top restaurants are located in one of the oldest parts of Galway Galway’s West End or “The West” is that part of the city you arrive at when you cross one of our famous bridges leading away from the city centre towards the sea, the west and a unique and original place

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    Creole Restaurant
    FEATURED RESTAURANT
    Galway’s only BBQ & Grill Restaurant is an experience not to be missed. One of the first restaurants leading the revival Galway’s West End.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Most of Galway’s top restaurants are located in one of the oldest parts of Galway Galway’s West End or “The West” is that part of the city you arrive at when you cross one of our famous bridges leading away from the city centre towards the sea, the west and a unique and original place

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    John Keogh's - The Lock Keeper
    FEATURED BAR
    Built and opened in 2016, John Keogh’s – The Lock Keeper was built for eating, drinking and spending time with friends, family or a quiet pint!

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