O’Connells Bar in Eyre Square, Galway, has been named as The Best Outdoor Space in Ireland at the Irish Pub Awards. After being named as Connacht Regional winner in September, the Galway bar went on to represent the west nationally and last night took home gold as they were named as the best Outdoor Space on the Island of Ireland.

The former Grocery Store that has been solely a pub since the 1970’s has become one of Galway’s most loved places to meet, have a drink and eat.

Inside the bar, the décor has all original features including tiled floors, antique lighting, stained glass windows, solid wooden seating and a pressed tin ornate ceiling in the main bar. Historic photos line the walls. 

Then outside, enter the O’Connells Beer Garden. The mock street outside is the place to eat the award-winning Dough Bros Pizza and new addition to the garden Pratai Chips whilst enjoying a cocktail, pints of Guinness or sampling one of its many bottles of whiskey, as well as live music. 

A custom-built bar was installed as well as retro fit vintage neon signage to bring the garden from day to night.

The bar also released exclusively their Powers 12-year-old Single Cask Whiskey in 2021. O’Connells have chosen an example of Pot Still Irish Whiskey. This cask was originally laid down to mature on the grounds of Midleton in 2007, released and bottled in 2021 and now available in the bar.

O’Connells in Eyre Square is open 7 days a week or on Instagram at OConnellsGalway.



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