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The 8 best pubs in Galway for a cosy pint snug-style

Winter is coming.

THE EFFORTLESS EASE of a good snug or a cosy fireplace is one of the joys of winter. Galway is lucky to have some of the best snugs and cosy fireplaces in all of the land. A wintry day is best finished in one of these.

1. Neachtain’s

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There could be no list of snugs in the world, let alone in Ireland without Neachtains. A Galway stalwart, Neachtains is known far and wide for the cosiest snugs and the excellent stout.

2. The Salthouse

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The Salthouse has quite possibly the best selection of beers in town as well as one of the best fireplaces. On a cold and rainy day in Galway, a trip in here for a pint and a sit down by a roaring fire is the ultimate in cosiness and comfort.

3. Freeney’s

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Freeney’s fireplace is the perfect warm room after a bracing walk in the streets of a wintry Galway. It’s also part of the Irish Whiskey Trail, so you can be assured that you’ll get a pretty decent hot toddy.

4. Barr an Chaladh

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Barr an Chaladh in Woodquay is an old-school style pub with a lovely open fire on the right hand side as you go in. Hot enough to warm the coldest bones, it’s ideal if you’re gasping for a pint or a hot port. Regular music sessions will have you tempted to stay in there for the night.

5. Seven Bar

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Seven Bar (along with a fairly recent revamp) has snugs perfectly lit and constructed for a date. It’s cool enough that it’ll impress someone but is cosy enough that you can really get to know each other & windows to watch the world go by will help if there are any awkward silences.

6. The Bierhaus

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To the right of the door in the Bierhaus is a lovely snug and along the right hand side wall are couches that you literally sink into, they do a mean selection of craft beers and really excellent banhmi style sandwich. You couldn’t ask for a cosier Sunday evening establishment.

7. The Blue Note

The Blue Note’s lovely snugs are the stuff of legend. Want to solve the world’s problems? Get in there with a pint and get plotting in the little pocket-sized snugs to the right of the door.

8. Garavan’s

Does it break the rules to squeeze a gang into a snug? Probably, but what harm? Garavan’s busy pub on Shop Street is just the place. In the door on the left, you’ll find a big snug, which will comfortably sit a few of ye for pints or a little snifter of whiskey (which it’s famous for.)

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