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 walk through the city centre, 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

  • Nice hotel, great food and friendly, helpful staff. We had a few issues with our... read more

    Chloe 11/04/2021

    Location is prime, as is the rooms. Rooms are nice. We had one for three... read more

    Dillon Francis 4/04/2019

    5 star rating Fabulous hotel This hotel was fabulous. The room was lovely and modern. The staff were very friendly... read more

    maireadf5 1/16/2020
  • We were travelling with a baby and got put in a matchbox room you couldnt... read more

    Tracie W 8/04/2021

    Had dinner & drinks at Eyre Square Hotel. Great night. Good food, welcoming staff &... read more

    carmel o mahony 2/04/2022

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    Stefan Strasser 4/04/2020
  • 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

    Great place for dinner ,drinks and breakfastHighly recommend,

    Gary o neill 4/04/2020

    Staff at reception and restaurant were delightful to deal with so friendly and helpful room... read more

    Terry Crotty 12/04/2021
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    William G. Comer 4/04/2020

    Great place to stay staff very friendly and helpful

    David Timon 3/14/2022

    4 star rating Mixed Review The location was great and staff were outstanding (especially Richard and Jennifer), but music in... read more

    kburtis2018 8/29/2022
  • Great Hotel. Seemed to be very old. Clean rooms and courteous staff. Perfect place to... read more

    Mike DeMayII 4/04/2017

    4 star rating Eyre Square Hotel Great weekend spent in a lovely hotel and great food.. Very nice room and excellent... read more

    Clenners1234 11/13/2021

    The location was perfect, staff were lovely, great value for money.There were crisps on the... read more

    Nicole 4/04/2020
  • Just had a brilliant 2 night stay comfortable..staff are so helpful and friendly..especially reception... read more

    Irene O'Dowd 10/04/2021

    5 star rating Wonderful break Fantastic stay on our time in Galway. Rooms both spacious and cosy. Location could simply... read more

    Curiosity32383988838 2/04/2022

    We had a one night stay at this very central hotel. Lovely warm room... read more

    Mary Brennan 4/04/2018