Welcome to O'Connell's, where a rich tapestry of history, culture, and camaraderie weaves through every corner. For many years, we have been a cherished gathering place in the heart of Galway, offering not just a pub, but an experience. As a family-owned establishment, we take immense pride in curating an atmosphere that embraces both tradition and innovation, where old-world charm meets contemporary flair.
O’Connell’s is located on the east side of Eyre Square. It was once a grocery and a small bar but has been solely a pub since the 1970’s.
The decor in O’Connell’s is beautiful, having retained all original features including tiled floors, antique lighting, stained glass windows, solid wooden seating and an amazing pressed tin ornate ceiling in the main bar. Historic photos also line the walls.
The pub is currently subject to a preservation order so it will be staying much the same for the foreseeable future. The long bar also displays a wide range of whiskies.
Today O’Connell’s is a popular venue attracting a diverse crowd, although it is particularly popular with professionals, especially in the early evening after work. It has undergone expansion since it was sold in 2006.
They now boast one of Galway Citys’ best outdoor beer garden winning "Best Outdoor Space" at the 2022 Irish Pub Awards. The beer garden , Gin Lane, features lots of large picnic tables and wooden decking as well as the famous pizzas from The Dough Bros and delicious loaded chips from Prataí.
Our mock street makes it is easy to forget you are in the centre of the City. Parts of the Gin Lane are covered and heated so even in Winter you can a least pretend Ireland has a warm climate.
Come and join us in celebrating the spirit of community, delicious food, and the vibrant heartbeat of Galway City!