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.

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 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

  • Beautiful place

    Martina Walsh 3/04/2022

    4 star rating Great stay Gem of a hotel, staff so friendly and welcoming, lovely bar and good service, great... read more

    rcow 9/04/2021

    Friendly staff, clean, and close to everything.

    Deirdre Healy 2/04/2022
  • Fun staff, comfy bed, great location, party place

    MARY JANE Cowden 4/04/2020

    Great staff every need catered to.

    Lesley 4/04/2020

    5 star rating Excellent staff Had the pleasure of being served by aishling who was an excellent waitress for the... read more

    JaneDowling1 6/11/2021
  • 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

    Good food and service.

    Carol Ryan 4/04/2018

    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
  • 5 star rating Night away Great stay, very central to everything, view of Christmas market was fab. Staff were lovely... read more

    georgiat300 11/29/2021

    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

    4 star rating Excellent location This hotel is within walking distance of everything you need in Galway city. Staff are... read more

    robpV42UM 11/18/2021
  • Grate place to have a pint.

    Mike Kiraso (кирасо) 4/04/2020

    Staff were great and its a tidy place.

    keith mcloughlin 4/04/2018

    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
  • Beds are comfortable and place is clean. Bathroom was a bit outdated and barely any... read more

    Cris H 4/04/2018

    4 star rating Nice stay Had a lovely experience in the Eyre Square hotel everything was so lovely,service from everyone... read more

    GrandTour819933 7/10/2021

    5 star rating Lunch The service in this hotel is fantastic. Sean was are waiter and he was nothing... read more

    Bbysk 8/22/2021