Merchant Bar & Restaurant

Merchant Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of Galway City centre on Forster Street – it is the perfect place to catch all the sporting action with our own big screen for major events whether it is GAA, soccer or rugby that’s showing. We are just a short walk from the home of Connacht Rugby, The Sportsground so are an ideal venue on match days.

We also have live music coupled with a fantastic menu, an original selection of craft cocktails from our own in-house mixologist, a modern wine list and great tasting beers available every day of the week. Our relaxed atmosphere lends itself to any occasion and we invite you to enjoy our wonderful high brass bar display filled with a selection of the best Irish Gin’s and Whiskeys. Our team will be happy to look after you and to ensure you have a memorable experience.

Our menu combines both modern and more traditional dishes and we keep everything as local as possible when sourcing our ingredients. Galway has a lively food scene and we aim to reflect this in our offering. We aim to please all of our guests and if you have a particular dietary requirement we will be sure to consult with our kitchen team to ensure you can be catered for. Our food menus are served daily from 12:30 – 9:00 pm. Look out also for special meal deals and our dishes of the Day.

The Eyre Square Hotel team is very happy to say that we were recently nominated for the ‘Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant’ category in the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022! Thank you all for the support, we appreciate it.

You can view our breakfast menu here and our latest restaurant menu here.

Fancy a whiskey or cocktail during your visit? Have a good perusal of our drinks menu here or our cocktail menu here! If you’re looking for an Irish Coffee or something warm and tasty to enjoy while you visit the Christmas Market, you can view our hot drinks menu here.

If you’re celebrating an upcoming special occasion and would like to speak with our team to discuss options, we’d love to hear from you.

Private Party Enquiry

Whatever the celebration, make Merchant Bar and Restaurant in Eyre Square your go-to Galway City Centre party venue for fantastic food, drink and a great nights' craic! We have plenty of options available for large groups and small get-togethers. Allow our team to create and craft your night exactly how you want it.


Our Reviews

  • 4 star rating Couples getaway The room we originally got was not up to standard but we know they’re currently... read more

    xslmhx 10/04/2021

    5 star rating Our stay at eyed square Hotel very good centrally located good staff you have everything on your door step like... read more

    494malachyf 10/24/2021

    4 star rating Great Staff Hey just staying in Eyre Square Hotel for a few days with a gang of... read more

    denisewN7576ZA 8/22/2020
  • 4 star rating Great bar and restaurant This hotel is currently going through renovations, but there is a great area to eat... read more

    688brin 12/02/2021

    We asked for a quiet room on the online form and again at check in,... read more

    Paul Raftery 4/04/2016

    Friendly staff, clean, and close to everything.

    Deirdre Healy 2/04/2022
  • 5 star rating Fab hotel and staff Today is last day at Eyre Sq hotel. Great handy location and such helpful waiting... read more

    patlG3727CM 3/24/2022

    5 star rating Lovely hotel, great atmosphere Dinner was lovely and didn’t take long to make it to our table. A good... read more

    Avaoreillyy 6/11/2021

    Great place to stay friendly staff very clean

    James Rodgers 4/04/2018
  • Had dinner & drinks at Eyre Square Hotel. Great night. Good food, welcoming staff &... read more

    carmel o mahony 2/04/2022

    5 star rating Great service Tall Man with long hair is an absolute Gent. Couldn’t have asked for better service.... read more

    seana407 9/04/2021

    Highly recommend

    Milena Ickiewicz 4/04/2021
  • 5 star rating H Very friendly an helpful staff, great location right in the centre , very clean rooms,... read more

    lukecY9185FC 10/08/2021

    5 star rating Wonderful staff, great location We had a great experience staying at this hotel. The staff were so lovely and... read more

    bayl84 1/25/2022

    5 star rating Mrs. M Burke, Mrs.A Cummins and Nrs. P Hutton Lovely hotel. Excellent food and drink. Staff in all departnents are very courteous and professional... read more

    marianbN7843RT 11/13/2021
  • 5 star rating Great night out! Popped in here over the weekend and we had a brilliant time. The food and... read more

    Discover792612 2/02/2022

    Great breakfast! Lovely staff.

    Sinead Baker 4/04/2019

    A terrific place - in all aspects!

    Stig Strandberg 4/04/2019