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Crane Bar

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Great music, classic pub, cash only

Get there early for live music upstairs - the Tuesday night we went, the doors to the music area... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fort Collins, Colorado
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The Best Pub with live music in Galway

Crane Bar is the place to go to have a drink or two and enjoy some great music (a craic). Try to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Winnipeg, Canada
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2 Sea Road, Galway, Ireland
+353 91 587 419
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Get there early for live music upstairs - the Tuesday night we went, the doors to the music area didn’t open until 9:30, but it was standing room only by 10 p.m. when the musicians actually started. This is a true pub - only drinks...More

Thank acwfoster
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Crane Bar is the place to go to have a drink or two and enjoy some great music (a craic). Try to catch Greg Cotter, Mary Flanagan Cotter, and, if he is in town, MIchael Chang. Greg is a wonderful guitar and singer who plays...More

Thank GaryCWinnipeg
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

All the talented neighbors stop by till late for a great traditional music scene. Sadly, a local passed just prior up when we were there, but they had a wonderful send off.

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 23 June 2018

The area where the musicians perform is small so show up a little early. The audience was made up of both tourists and locals. The music the night we attended wasn't trad Irish music exactly - it was more of a contemporary/trad mix. It was...More

Thank TotalOfFive
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Well-known for it's music, we spent our time there during the day, so we didn't get to experience it. However, we enjoyed the quieter pace. It was recommended to us by a friend who used to live in the city, and it didn't disappoint.

Thank Brett_Ashley-RPCVs
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Lovely little Irish bar, great place to people watch and have a nice pint of the black stuff. Live music daily.

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Traditional music post 9pm in upstairs bar. Get there early to queue a seat when door opens at 9pm. Crowded - but then that adds to atmosphere. Not too refined but then this is a bar after all.

3  Thank yanhLondon_England
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Overall an excellent bar with a good beer selection. Also had authentic Irish music playing after 9pm which was really excellent.

Thank David M
Reviewed 7 May 2018

A glorious mixture on a bank holiday Monday night. Easily the best pint of Guinness I've had on this visit, my last day. Keeping the best for last. Irish traditional music from 2 uilleann pipes, 2 flutes and a banjo made for a great night's...More

Thank Matt C
Reviewed 17 April 2018

When we first entered the bar it was empty and felt like we were in the wrong place until the bartender directed us upstairs for the music. We got there right as the musicians started to play. I was told that it was two professional...More

1  Thank covalentblond
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29 August 2016|
Response from Laura E | Reviewed this property |
I think it varies and it's mostly in the evening but they have a pretty good website with their music lineup so I'd check there