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Address: 9 High Street, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number: +35391564589
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A proper Irish bar, with great staff.

Found this place by accident and had a pleasant hour. We found none of the usual shamrockery in this little pub in the middle of Galway. A great pint, friendly locals and good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Found this place by accident and had a pleasant hour. We found none of the usual shamrockery in this little pub in the middle of Galway. A great pint, friendly locals and good staff. A particularly good pair of beverage technicians would bring a smile to anyone's face. If you want to sample a little of real Irish pubs try... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

dropped into this bar on our recent visit, traditional in every sense, nice pint, good service. A few locals at the bar and the barman was friendly. Would reccomend here for a quiet pint.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I agree with modt of the descriptions of this bar - dark, quiet, friendly staff and decent beer. I think tourists looking for more "Irishness" might not be that interested as a quiet pub with all the locals chatting to one another in low voices over their pints can be, frankly, a bit dull. Still, if quiet is what you... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

TV invariably on - with regulars along the bar offering comments on the misfits, chances and criminals that hog the television airways. Has made fewer concessions to tourism than many Galway pubs and even employ Irish staff, and unlike the American reviewer below do know the difference between stout and beer. Hence people pop in while doing their shopping or... More 

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northern ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Was in Galway for the weekend and on Friday night, & decided to go into Murphys for a drink only to be told at the door by the bouncer/doorman that we couldn't come in! My brother asked why not? we were a party of 4 in our 40's & 's, respectably dressed & sober. TOURISTS NOT ALLOWED IN was his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Near Cross Street, Murphy’s Bar is on High Street—quite appropriate! Obviously with me sharing the name, I chose this pub. Irish beer on tap is allowed to breathe, which changes the color. Small bubbles in the amber Irish stout rise slowly and affect the rich flavor. For Americans accustomed to immediate service, this gives time to ask the barkeep about... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is what the non tourist Irish pub is all about. Conversation, friendly locals and great porter. The two beverage technicians Fiona and Mary are the friendliest two barmaids in Ireland. If you want a quiet, excellent pint of ale this is the place for you.

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Best Pub in Galway if not in Ireland for athmosphere, service and friendly staff. Good seating area with plenty of Televisions varied Sports for customer viewing and comfort. Special treatment and discount for O.A.Ps

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I had a chance to visit Murphy's Bar in Galway on my last trip. A friend of mine from Brookline MA used to be a bartender there. My wife and I met the owner and had a wonderful time talking with him about our mutual friend and the general area we were in. I highly suggest visiting Murphy's if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and music. Two young lasses danced a bit or Irish Step Dance, too. It was a fun atmosphere and not roudy. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. I think it was the best soup I had while in Ireland. My husband had the lazagna which was good, too.

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