Taaffes Pub
Taaffes Pub
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Paula L
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Friends
We went to Taaffes to enquire if we could book a table for four for the 5.30 music session on Sunday 28/9/21. One of the bar staff told us they don’t take bookings but come back at 5pm and we might get a table. He was really friendly and helpful. We returned at 5pm and were told all the tables were full inside and we couldn’t sit outside because there were only 2 small tables left and we were not permitted to pull them together. When we assured her we wouldn’t pull the tables together she reluctantly let us sit down. I went inside to use the bathroom and when I went in there were three empty tables. I asked the barman why were we not let sit at one, he said he didn’t know they were there but they ‘might be reserved’, I said we had been told earlier they don’t take reservations. He replied ‘they might be reserved for family/friends of management’. When I didn’t argue he said ‘I’ll get you in’. We went in and had a really great night. However the bar staff were quite aggressive when they were clearing the bar at closing time. At one point I could feel drops of water landing on my head and when I looked up, one of the bar men was spraying sanitiser in the air from a bottle while shouting at us it was time to go home. Having said all that we did really enjoy the night but in my opinion some of the staff need to be reined in by management.
Written September 28, 2021
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arcticnead
Athlone, Ireland50 contributions
Solo
The best pub for service in Galway by far. Called in here as a solo female traveller on 13/08 at around 4pm. The staff here all work so so hard. The drinks kept coming and never seen any of them idle. Genuinely never seen such discipline and hard work from a group of staff. The management can be very reassured all staff are doing a great job on their behalf. Will be back!
Written August 13, 2021
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Aoife
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Friends
Absolutely love Taaffes, was here for a bite to eat and a few drinks and was very impressed. We were well looked after by our server Danielle, she was so friendly and on the ball the whole time, really made us feel welcome! We understand that working in these conditions are not easy, she really impressed us with her top class service. Food was amazing and of course so were the pints. Cannot fault this place, we will definitely be back again.
Written December 12, 2020
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Margret C
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Friends
Cannot begin to explain how terrible of a expiernce I had here , all staff are very clearly undertrained and we’re hopeless . Myself and two friends came here for one drink which was made completely wrong ,as two of us working in a bar we were certain of this . We had to express this mistake to three separate staff members who had absolutely no idea about customer service and were of no help, all of them didn’t even know what the drink was made up of or how to deal with our situation . We eventually asked for a manger as it seemed we were being ignored . The manager proceeded to tell us we gave off “ bad vibes “ and was extremely rude . We dealt this the whole situation in a calm and respectful manner and all we got back was abuse . We ordered another drink after this , draft cider so they couldn’t mess up . It was all fine until we came to pay and seen we were charged for the drinks we took one sip from . Fed up with everything we payed for them and left very very unhappy. Would not recommend this place to anyone and will not return again.
Written August 12, 2021
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teenyford
Liverpool, UK80 contributions
Friends
We had lunch here which was fab. We came back in the evening as this place was recommended to us for the live music.
It was a brilliant night. Everyone was so happy and friendly. The music was brilliant and people dancing. Everyone in the pub had a great time. This is a must go to place if your travelling to Galway. Great staff, gorgeous food and the best people ever. We loved it.
Written March 11, 2020
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Leah
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Couples
Such lovely staff! Can’t recommend enough. Came to Galway for 2 days and they outdid every other bar for us. Danielle is an absolute gem, such a dote!! Will definitely come back on our next trip. Thanks for everything guys :)
Written July 9, 2021
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hellrazor007
Dublin. Ireland176 contributions
Friends
visited here in February. four of us walked up to the door and i just felt this hand across me with the door man saying i wasn't getting in as i was too drunk. I wasn't exactly drinking 7ups all day but I certainly didn't see the need for it. I actually thought he was messing.

I told him "you can tell from talking to me I am not drunk, Ill leave it a few minutes if you want". he then start claiming he saw me staggering up the street bouncing off the four walls which was absolute rubbish. If i was too drunk to get in it didnt say much for anyone else.

A group I got split up from earlier in the day encountered a carbon copy of the incident while one lad we met up with earlier had been to bed for several hours in the afternoon, got up had something to eat and headed there only to be told he was also too drunk which made no sense.

Any of us that were in the pub all left as a result of the doorman just deciding to pick and choose who he wanted to let in (he must be told to refuse one in every four). But of course they are never wrong and once they refuse who they want in a scatter-gun approach there isn't any two ways about it. just reminded him "you have lost all this custom so well done great job". This didnt happen anywhere else in Galway before or after this incident. I wonder why

we may well have gone back the next night too if it wasnt for the doorman.

head elsewhere. we actually felt standing out in the cold outside Tigh Neachtain was a better option.
Written April 2, 2015
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asked for a pint, then asked for another pint for a friend. the bar man said if ur gonna ask for a drink order it in one go!!i asked him does he have a problem with me he said i was been inconvenient .i thought the fat bald bar man to be rude .
Written August 27, 2012
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JamesII
Toronto, Canada3,437 contributions
Family
On the recommendation of locals my son and I attended Taaffes Pub on our arrival in Galway. The draw was an early start to traditional music sessions. The music started at 5:30pm and was very good. The atmosphere is great. The place was packed with folks of all ages and everyone was in a good mood. Musicians were joining in. The beer was reasonably priced and they had Murphy's Stout in addition to Guinness. The place is a great choice if you enjoy jigs, reels, polkas, slides, etc.
Written May 22, 2012
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Louise T
Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
If you want to experience traditional live Irish music, friendly atmosphere, interesting decor and lovely bar staff then I urge you while you're I Galway to visit this lovely little place!
Written April 28, 2014
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