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#49 of 165 Irish in Galway
Travellers' Choice


US$5 - US$36
Irish, Bar, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Live Music & Craft Cocktails
1. Live Music & Craft Cocktails
"The music was great but the craft cocktails were better"
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2. Best bar in town!
2. Best bar in town!
"live music, great bartenders, and an electrifying atmosphere."
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3. What a Find!
3. What a Find!
"We went in and were immediately impressed by the atmosphere"
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Reviewed 9 December 2020 via mobile

My partner and I had a meal and drinks here. The food was absolutely delicious but it was the kindness of the staff that really makes this place stand out. They were so friendly and helpful, they really couldn’t do enough for us. The steak...was cooked to perfection. The atmosphere was also fabulous. I’ll definitely be back!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 13 July 2020

We visited Galway for the weekend of 4th and 5th of July. We had a table booked and for brunch in 1520. We were greeted by very friendly staff. There was a excellent menu with plenty of choice. We all had drinks and we all...received our meals, the portions were very descent and great quality. I had the fish and chips and they were fabulous. Stewart and all his team took exceptional care of us considering they are working with the new contraints due to Covid 19. They are doing very well with the guidelines and routines. Cannot wait to come back again to Galway for a visit and will definetely visit Stewart and the gang again.More

Date of visit: July 2020
james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2020

Hi Happyout2, Thank you for taking the time to publish so a great review. We pride ourselves on friendly service combined with great food and delicious cocktails :) We are doing our best to provide safe surroundings for all our staff and guests since reopening,...More

Reviewed 5 December 2020 via mobile

Great cocktails, great buzz and lovely staff ! Drinks were made quickly and staff very friendly I would definitely return

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 16 September 2020

Me and my friends decided to visit 1520 for lunch and we were not disappointed. Food was delicious and even treated ourselves to cocktails as the girls were celebrating birthdays would defo recommend going in for a boozy brunch you won't be disappointed. Cocktails were...very tasty 👍 Our waiter Colm was gteat, very attentive, checked in on us a few times to make sure all was well and was really pleasant and great craic made everyone feel really comfortable in these times that's a great person to have on yer team. All round great experience 👌More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 15 September 2020

Really nice bar but service is terrible, we had to ask 2-3 times for every drink and food order which is really awkward in these times as you shouldn’t approach the bar, in our two hours there we received bare to minimum service. The food...we did receive was really poor, really disappointing experience and would not recommend, have been to the Front Door & The Dail in previous weeks and fantastic experience in both!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 14 September 2020

I frequently went here before covid and have been twice since the reopening, the first time (early July) was brilliant service and food as normal. The second time (September) was very poor food, way smaller portions and worse quality for the same price. Very hard...to get a drink also. Very disappointed as I really loved this place but I had heard the rumours it had gone downhill.More

Date of visit: September 2020
james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2020

Hi Katie, Very sorry to hear your experience wasn't as enjoyable as your previous trip to 1520 Bar, we look forward to making it up to you next time your in. Kind regards, James O'Neill, General Manager.

Reviewed 10 September 2020

Brilliant spot. Would recommend to anyone. Great service, great food, fantastic pints. Can't go to Galway without a visit

Date of visit: September 2020
james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2020

Hi 380weng, Thank you very much for the great review :) looking forward to seeing you next time you're in Galway :) Kind regards, James O'Neill, General Manager.

Reviewed 3 September 2020

Went here for lunch. When we arrived we were told to get the menu on our phone which was great and the safer option than using a physical menu, also hand sanitiser was provided. We sat down and waited ten minutes to be seen to...not even asked if we wanted drinks. When we did get served my girlfriend and I ordered a drink and food. The food was nice however throughout the whole time we ate we weren’t checked on once or asked if we wanted another drink. I had my food and pint finished and waited for 10/15 minutes but alas nobody came to the table. I would’ve gone into the bar to order one but obviously can’t due to COVID regulations. The waitresses walked by on several occasions and didn’t check on us. We even asked for salt and pepper but they forgot about that also. Overall the food was good and so were the safety regulations, however the service was poor and I would not recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2020
james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2020

Hi Daniel, Sorry to hear yo had a negative experience in 1520 Bar, as you can see from other reviews this is not a common occurrence, we look forward to welcoming you back next time your in Galway in the hope that we can make...More

Reviewed 27 August 2020 via mobile

Our first night in Galway for a staycation and we had no where booked to eat for our first night, we rang so many places but obviously with corona it’s hard to get in anywhere unless you book in advance. We rang 1520 hoping to...get a spot and luckily they managed to get us a spot right away. I think our server was Stephan but I could be wrong and he was the happiest server I’ve ever met so so friendly and happy. He even moved us tables so we could stay a little later as there was another booking. We asked for the burger to be sent back which was no problem at all in our eyes and due to it being a bit delayed coming back out he offered us a free drink which wasn’t necessary but made our visit all the more special. Top class service and the food and drinks were amazing too!More

Date of visit: August 2020
vickysS9481QV, Marketing at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2020

Hi Áine, Delighted you enjoyed your stay, and thanks so much for your very kind review. We will make sure to pass on your regards to Stephen. See you again soon 1520

Reviewed 25 August 2020 via mobile

Over & above!! We stopped here as the heavens opened! Literally. We are tourists and we had our pup with us. He was soaked! So we thought ok we will have lunch! Reviews looked good so I asked the staff “ are you dog friendly?”...He said yes you can sit anywhere outside. Lovely area with heaters! Now, before we even ordered food our pup was soaked and shivering. I went in and asked for a towel for him. The waiter said he’d bring it out, which he did and a bowl of water. He even turned the heaters on for him! Thank you!!! So the service was second to none. The food we both had loaded fries, one with steak and the other with bacon. So different and very yummy and reasonable price. So it’s safe to say we had an amazing time. I can also say that the comment below is untrue and staff are def not rude,in-fact the exact opposite ! If we lived local we would be back! Thanks so much guys. Keep the hard work up. Ps- social distancing inside adhered too and sanitisers are entrance. :-)More

Date of visit: August 2020
vickysS9481QV, Marketing at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2020

Hi there, Thanks so much for the great review, delighted you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again soon 1520 Team

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Hi Sharon, We are child friendly :) Kind regards, James O'Neill.
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  • 1520 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4