Search this site

Pubs which were open in Galway city

About this list

In mid-March 2020, all pubs in Ireland were requested to close as part of the public-health response to Covid-19.

Restaurants and cafés were allowed to open from 29 June 2020. Some venues which are mainly pubs do also serve food, and opened around this date as restaurants - customers were required to purchase a meal worth at least €9 and sittings limited to 105 minutes.   Pubs that did not serve food (or could not serve food in-conjunction with another local business) became known as "wet pubs".

All pubs in Ireland, except for wet-pubs in Dublin were able to open, under social distancing guidelines, from 21 September 2020.

From Wednesday 7 October 2020, pubs, cafes and restaurants allowed to serve on a takeaway / deliver basis, or up to 15 people at a time provided they are seated outside.  Inside service is allowed only for hotel residents.

From midnight on Wednesday 22 October 2020, until Friday 4 December, pubs in Ireland were only allowed to serve on a delivery or takeaway / off-license basis.

From 4 December, pubs which are also restaurants, ie have a kitchen and chef, can open - under new restrictions.   Pubs which are not restaurants (so-called "wet pubs") could only open on a delivery or takeaway basis.

From 3pm on 24 December, pubs and restaurants were allowed to be open for takeaway - many have decided to close totally for the time being.

From 7 June 2021, pubs were allowed to open for outdoor, seated table-service.

This list shows pubs that opened any time in this period, but which are closed now.  It was updated more-or-less daily as venues made announcements, or stay closed.

Galway-city pubs which re-opened between June and October 2020

Lough Inn in Woodquay 

Re-opening on Monday 21 September 2020.
From 7 October- closed. 

McBrides in Dominick Street 

Reopened as a gastro-pub on 22 July. 
Open Wednesday to Sunday, sittings at 3 dining slots available each evening: 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 9.30pm.  Bookings, email or phone (086) 044 7301. 
Closed from Wednesday 8 October.

Open for in-door dining from 4-24 December 2020.  Then closed.

Murphys in High Street 

Reopened on 21 September 
Closed from 7 October.

July 2021:   Following a death in the family, this pub has not re-opened.   It is now up for sale.  

Galway-city pubs which did not re-open after the March 2020 closedown.

E Brún in Dominick Street

Signage has been removed from this pub - it will not re-open under this name.

Paddy's in Prospect Hill

Announced in August 2020 that they would not be opening under current management.   


The bar and restaurant complex has not re-opened.   The building was proposed to be converted to offices in May 2020.

Follow Open in Galway

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to get regular updates about changes to open businesses in Galway.
Data is managed using Mailchimp: you can unsubscribe at any time. Updates are sent at-most weekly.
* indicates required