We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Crane Bar

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 2 Sea Road, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 91 587 419
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 202 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 112
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Best music and pints on my trip. Authentic soulful music with fun irreverent service.

I really enjoyed my rainy evening of heartfelt music here. Place was super busy but still felt personal and welcoming. Highly recommend!

Reviewed 4 days ago
lisabB4685PX
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

202 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 170: English reviews
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed my rainy evening of heartfelt music here. Place was super busy but still felt personal and welcoming. Highly recommend!

Helpful?
Thank lisabB4685PX
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went 2 nights in a row. Amazing music, friendly staff, locals and tourists mingle in a low key, casual environment with top. Itch musicians.

Helpful?
Thank Diane O
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was actually my first experience of good Irish music in Galway. I would higly recommend to visit this bar upon my arrival to galway and i wasnt let down. So i will do the same and recommend to anyone around the area, also met some cool people (canadians) haha.

Helpful?
Thank Gbolahan S
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in an AirBNB around the corner and our host recommended we check it out for a trad set. What an amazing night!! 13 musicians crowed around playing and singing whatever came to them. The place was packed but well worth the crowd.

Helpful?
Thank SFIrish69
Boise, Idaho
Level Contributor
17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good craic! Excellent live music. Unlike the tourist focused pubs bars that put on a show, this was a true local bar. An experience that can't be beat. Get there early if you want to sit for the night, though people do go back and forth, so its doable to stand for a bit and eventually find a seat. Music... More 

Helpful?
Thank adventuresomewhere
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Went on a Thursday night when there was a music session. So much fun. We were one with the musicians. Started with 5 grew to 9 playing everything from fiddle to accordion to flute and guitar.

Helpful?
Thank 112gayle13
Carey Bay, Australia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Called in to have Guinness on the walk to the town. Always great music with players and performers coming and going all night. A must when visiting Galway. Get to meet some really great authentic Irish people who are passionate about their heritage, their poetry and their wonderful spontaneous music. I stayed for a week and went there most nights... More 

Helpful?
Thank Garry P
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

I saw so many Irish music groups while in Ireland that I lots count. For certain the very best the Crane Bar. The music is played on the second floor in a rather small room that is often quite crowded. I came here two nights. The group the first night was very large with 14 musicians. They were brilliant. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank flashman2015
Ennis, Ireland
Level Contributor
270 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The Crane 'down the west' on sea road Galway is a fabulous pub that's been on the go for decades and exemplifies everything you'd expect from the authentic Irish pub. Often used as a location in filming for that very reason. Great!

Helpful?
Thank MarOReilly
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The Crane Bar never fails to disappoint, live music every Saturday night upstairs at the Crane with fabulous musicians, anything from 5 or 6 to 22 of them at one stage........well worth a visit if you like Trad music....

Helpful?
Thank Ann C

Travellers who viewed Crane Bar also viewed

Galway, County Galway
Galway, County Galway
 
Galway, County Galway
Galway, County Galway
 

Been to Crane Bar? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Crane Bar and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Wakefield, Massachusetts
8 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Crane Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?