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“music & beer”
Review of 1520

1520
Ranked #94 of 464 Restaurants in Galway
Price range: US$5 - US$36
Description: 1520 embraces all that is best about Galway, with a warm welcome to visiting guests and locals. Consistently offering an excellent experience for our customers, our guests are immersed in another world of warmth, conversation, laughter and fun. Savour home-cooked, rustic bar food, from 10.30am – 8pm , Monday to Saturday and from 12.30pm on Sunday. Sip your favourite classic cocktails with a modern twist or take in some tunes. Legendary nightly live music – from traditional music sessions, daily from 6pm to house musicians and some of Ireland’s top DJ’s playing until late every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The welcoming interiors include plenty of corners and well-worn upholstery with an eclectic mix of portraits, posters and paraphernalia dotted throughout.
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Description: 1520 embraces all that is best about Galway, with a warm welcome to visiting guests and locals. Consistently offering an excellent experience for our customers, our guests are immersed in another world of warmth, conversation, laughter and fun. Savour home-cooked, rustic bar food, from 10.30am – 8pm , Monday to Saturday and from 12.30pm on Sunday. Sip your favourite classic cocktails with a modern twist or take in some tunes. Legendary nightly live music – from traditional music sessions, daily from 6pm to house musicians and some of Ireland’s top DJ’s playing until late every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The welcoming interiors include plenty of corners and well-worn upholstery with an eclectic mix of portraits, posters and paraphernalia dotted throughout.
Reviewed 11 August 2019

I spent the evening listening to Irish tunes and drinking beer at the bar. I enjoyed the music. There were a lot of people here and while I enjoyed the music, no-one spoke to me all night. I found this unusual as most bars I have visited, someone will strike up a conversation, or I will. There was no one who sat near me so this was not possible. I did enjoy watching the videos about the various cocktails they specialise in. I couldn't believe the prices of beers here though - Ireland is expensive in pubs - but I guess so is Australia.

Date of visit: August 2019
2  Thank Sheryl H
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james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

Hi Sheryl H,

Thank you for your review of 1520 Bar, we are glad you enjoyed the music and atmosphere in the bar, we have live music twice a day, seven days a week. Sorry to hear that no-one spoke to you, as you said the bar had a lot of people in it so that would suggest our bar staff would have been busy at the time you were there, and unfortunately it is out of our hands if other guests in our bar don't strike up a conversation with other guests. In terms of our prices we are on par with with all the other bars on Quay street but we do also offer great weekly drinks deals. We look forward to welcoming you back if you decide to visit again.

James O'Neill,
General Manager.

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Reviewed 7 August 2019 via mobile

We were lucky that this bar was right below our hotel, the residence, and that we arrived at the Latin Quarter of Galway on races week. All weekend the place was packed every night, live music, great bartenders, and an electrifying atmosphere. There was no chance to eat something, but we could dance and drink till almost morning. Great fun altogether!

Date of visit: August 2019
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james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

Hi _l4964LQ,

Thank you very much for your great review, we are delighted you enjoyed your experience in our adjoining Residence Hotel and 1520 Bar. Race week in Galway (specifically The Latin Quarter) is famous for a party atmosphere and were delighted you spent it with us, the bartenders here are some of the best Ireland has to offer so we all look forward to seeing you next time your in Galway :)

Kind regards,
James O'Neill,
General Manager.

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Reviewed 1 August 2019 via mobile

We met up for a coffee & ended up staying for the day, really good burgers for lunch. Super melted cheese BLT in the evening. Live music, prices reasonable (compared to some around here, cheap!). Clean, tidy & helpful staff that we had a good craic with. To be recommended. See breakfast pic, great!.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank rtbishreck
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james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

Hi rtbishreck,

Thanks for your lovely review, we are delighted you enjoyed the food, music and atmosphere here in 1520 Bar. We pride ourselves on top quality food and service, we look forward to welcoming you back next time your down this side of town :)

Kind regards,
James O'Neill.

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Reviewed 20 July 2019 via mobile

We had a drink and fried shrimps. Everything was good.
Nice atmosphere.
OK see srvice.

All in all - we enjoyer it.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank moshed62
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james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

Hi moshed62,

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the atmosphere, drink and food at our bar, please ensure you call to see us next time your in Galway.

Kind regards,
James O'Neill,
General Manager.

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Reviewed 16 July 2019 via mobile

Ate here for lunch one day when walking around Galway. We grabbed an outdoor table, which I highly recommend. Great location for people watching and having a pint. The food was surprisingly good. In the U.S., places like this on touristy streets would be overpriced with mediocre food, but the prices were fair and the food fresh and tastefully presented. Service was a little slow in bringing our drinks which is why I am giving 4 stars and not 5, but otherwise we had a great experience. They have many lunch options for kids, by the way.

Date of visit: July 2019
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james1520bar, General Manager at 1520, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

Hi S8864FMmatthewb,

Thank you for your review of 1520 Bar. We are glad you had a great experience here and that you enjoyed the food, we source all of our ingredients locally. We apologize for the slow service with the drinks and we will try to improve that going forward, thank you for your feedback, we look forward to welcoming you back next time your in the city :)

Kind regards,
James O'Neill,
General Manager.

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