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The Universal Bar

€€ - €€€Irish, ,
9 William Street West, Galway, Ireland
+353 91 728 271
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  • Excellent88%
  • Very good6%
  • Average2%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“maki rolls” (2 reviews)
“ratatouille” (2 reviews)
“steak” (4 reviews)
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Irish, Bar, Contemporary, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
9 William Street West, Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First great location, nice food but I’ll stop there. Just remind yourself you are the customer and your bartender might actually remember that too. Plenty of choice in the west end of galway and this bar is one of many.

Thank Mordenboy
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Absolutely love going to universal it has to be one of my favourite bars in Galway! Whether you're dining, or just having a couple of drinks Universal is definitely worth a visit. I had the black and white pudding and it was unbelievable 👌👌

Thank kelsenf2016
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Great addition to Galway's Westend. Had been for drinks a couple of times previously and very impressed with the overall vibes and drinks selection. Staff very knowledgeable and willing give you a helping had with beer or cocktails. Went for food for the first time...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Great spot to try some of the great beers local Irish micro breweries have available. Should you have questions on what to try the staff will definitely guide you through what they have. Food is top notch! I'd definitely recommend the teriyaki marinated steak. I'd...More

Thank Tomas C
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

had a really good night here with my wife. Amazing wanton soup, real tasty savory pancakes followed by steak and ratatouille!! we had lovely wine and good Guinness and stayed put for the night. great value too. Will be back very soon.

Thank christopher H
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Terrific casual modern pub with some of Galway’s most delicious food and drink. Perfect place for a casual last meal in town.

Thank Jay C
Reviewed 17 October 2017

First visit to this pub and got recommended some fantastic stouts and ales by the highly knowledgeable staff. Was curious about the menu but was not overly hungry so I decided to try the Manchego board and could not praise it highly enough. Perfectly portioned,...More

1  Thank Colin F
Reviewed 16 October 2017

From the outside The Universal looks more like a bar than a restaurant, and the number of small plates on the menu might lead you to one of the other quality William Street restaurants for dinner. Big mistake to pass the Universal by. It was...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I've been here a number of times and each time the food has been of the highest quality. Personal favourites are the tigres mussels and the chumpsteak, all very reasonable. Great wine, beers and cocktails in comfortable surroundings. Highly recommended!

Thank Ger R
Reviewed 15 October 2017

My wife and I visited Galway while touring Ireland on our honeymoon. We stumbled upon the Universal Pub after strolling back from Salthill which looks out over the beautiful Galway bay. We were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome, sampled some fantastic cocktails and...More

Thank 499emmet
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$24
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 William Street West, Galway, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Galway
  • Phone Number: +353 91 728 271
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