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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
JohnRebus  (28) Athens, Greece | December 16, 2015
I was unlucky, cause during my visit the power was cut off and the staff was trying to light the place. However, I liked it and especially the bar with all the taps in front of your eyes. Along with the range of Galway, I spotted a few imported good ones, such as the Spanish Edge Padrino Porter - Chocolate & Vanilla.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
jredmond  (274) New York, New York | July 13, 2015
One of the better stops on our Dublin bar crawl. Dark lit bar with about 20-30 taps. Some Galway Bay beers (paddle samples available) and a bunch of other interesting stuff from US, Spain, UK. Bartender was nice. Only complaint was that there were fruit flies everywhere which got kind of annoying.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JStax  (289) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | June 13, 2015
Stopped in here after exploring the cathedral district of Dublin. The place is located more on the outskirts of the city, but there is still a lot going on in the vicinity. I actually thought this was a brewery before coming here, so it was a bit of a surprise when I walked in and they mostly had Galway Bay beers on tap and nothing with their namesake. That was just my mistake though. The bar is really cool. I ordered a sampler, which had to be made up of Galway Bay beers. No problem there. That brewery was easily my favorite of the ones I tried, and they had enough that I could fill it with ones I hadnít tried yet. The remainder of their taps were made up of mostly Irish craft beers, but there were other imports like Mikkeller, and some UK stuff. If I werenít in a hurry, this place is where I would have spent a couple hours working through the tap list and their bottles. If you can, give this place awhile to fully enjoy. It deserves your time.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (694) , England | May 23, 2015
L shaped pub. Galway Bay beers plus lots of interesting guests. Nice feel to the place on a Saturday evening. Relaxed crowd and feel. Got a table and tried a few beers. All good. Nice place and worth a stop
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Baramba  (60) , Italy | February 9, 2015
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown  (162) , Northern Ireland | January 22, 2015
Full Galway Bay Range plus plenty of guests, served full craft style from taps on the back wall. A couple of hand pulls too. Beers available clearly displayed on a chalkboard, with a "Bomber" fridge for perusing at the side of the bar. Good food, reasonably priced. Sterling staff all well into their beer. Often busy so get there early if you want a table.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
teorn88  (88) London, England | January 10, 2015
Visited several times given proximity to my hotel. This is a more modern boozer, away from the wooden enormous interiors that populate Temple Bar area of Dublin. They serve somewhere around 25 lines of beer, including some ciders and 2 casks. Circa 10 taps dedicated to Galway Bay beers, which to my surprise I found mostly excellent. Rest is mainly UK and US beers, but little special really (call it zero new rates in over 10 UK and US lines). Some 4-5 other Irish micros (the likes of Trouble Brewing, White Hag, White Gipsy). Prices appeared very reasonable, especially on Galway Bay beers, which you could combine in a 3 (third of a pint) glasses for EUR 5.50. Did not try the food as seemed limited to standard pub grub with burgers and bangers. All in all, a nice place, which I could see becoming a little uninteresting for a rater after 2-3 visits as 40% of beers are Galway Bay core range and 40% are standard offerings from well distributed breweries (likes of BrewDog, Founders, Sierra Nevada).
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Strebs  (212) St. Louis, Missouri | January 10, 2015
Basically a dive bar with good beer. The beer selection was centered around Galway Bay, which were not very inspired. Not much else on the beer list was that interesting.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
evilempire  (62) sheffield, England | October 22, 2014
excellent little boozer... big range of GB beers (as one might expect), a couple of Irish guests, and some overseas beers (including Thornbridge, brewed about 20 miles from my house!). Food looked good, though I didnít partake. Good friendly service. the 3 x 1/3 tasting trays are a very welcome feature
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
limski  (8) , Northern Ireland | October 20, 2014
Nice, unpretentious little bar, got seats for 6 fairly quickly. Food was fairly priced and excellent, red headed waitress was lovely and my party was happy. Barman could have been a little more helpful as my guests were unfamiliar with craft ales but they were pleased with the suggested brews and all would return. Good range of beers but a little expensive.

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