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Crane Bar

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Address: 2 Sea Road, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 91 587 419

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Worth finding :) great trad music and cheap beer

This was a great bar away from the busy area of Galway. The trad music was wonderful. Live music is offered 2 X a day - well worth spending time at.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Burlington, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there because it was recommended by the hotel and TripAdvisor one day in Galway. The music did not start tii about 10 pm so we did not get to listen much as our bus was leaving early the next morning. But it was fun. Although going back we passed by a few other places that had live music... More 

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Burlington, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great bar away from the busy area of Galway. The trad music was wonderful. Live music is offered 2 X a day - well worth spending time at.

1 Thank MonicaWelke
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my rainy evening of heartfelt music here. Place was super busy but still felt personal and welcoming. Highly recommend!

Thank lisabB4685PX
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went 2 nights in a row. Amazing music, friendly staff, locals and tourists mingle in a low key, casual environment with top. Itch musicians.

Thank Diane O
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

This was actually my first experience of good Irish music in Galway. I would higly recommend to visit this bar upon my arrival to galway and i wasnt let down. So i will do the same and recommend to anyone around the area, also met some cool people (canadians) haha.

Thank Gbolahan S
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We stayed in an AirBNB around the corner and our host recommended we check it out for a trad set. What an amazing night!! 13 musicians crowed around playing and singing whatever came to them. The place was packed but well worth the crowd.

Thank SFIrish69
Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Good craic! Excellent live music. Unlike the tourist focused pubs bars that put on a show, this was a true local bar. An experience that can't be beat. Get there early if you want to sit for the night, though people do go back and forth, so its doable to stand for a bit and eventually find a seat. Music... More 

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Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Went on a Thursday night when there was a music session. So much fun. We were one with the musicians. Started with 5 grew to 9 playing everything from fiddle to accordion to flute and guitar.

Thank 112gayle13
Carey Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Called in to have Guinness on the walk to the town. Always great music with players and performers coming and going all night. A must when visiting Galway. Get to meet some really great authentic Irish people who are passionate about their heritage, their poetry and their wonderful spontaneous music. I stayed for a week and went there most nights... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

I saw so many Irish music groups while in Ireland that I lots count. For certain the very best the Crane Bar. The music is played on the second floor in a rather small room that is often quite crowded. I came here two nights. The group the first night was very large with 14 musicians. They were brilliant. The... More 

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