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 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

  • Customer service at the front desk was great, staff was very friendly and chatty, made... read more

    Hannah Keogh 4/04/2021

    Great place

    Jason Cansler 4/04/2018

    Great staff, lovely hotel.

    Caroline O'Kelly 8/12/2021
  • Great place , friendly staffHighly recommend it

    hisham hegazi 4/04/2021

    Prima hotel op mooie centrale plek in het gezellige centrum.

    Pim Duindam 4/04/2018

    Il personale é davvero gentilissimo, le camere accoglienti arredate in maniera piuttosto essenziale ma con... read more

    Giovanni Agostini 4/04/2017
  • 5 star rating Great spot Really enjoyed this hotel. Can’t get a better location. Really tasty breakfast. Fab room. Staff... read more

    Navigate48756336372 12/06/2021

    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

    4 star rating Galway city hotel Excellent stay room was very clean ideal for shopping and going out very friendly staff... read more

    X5905LXemmak 11/03/2021
  • Fantastic location. Good breakfast. Clean room. Reasonably priced.

    M G 4/04/2019

    4 star rating Perfect stay! My second time staying in this hotel! It is a perfect location for staying in... read more

    alanacassidy 7/31/2020

    No Parking 😀😎

    Mick Horkan 4/04/2019
  • 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

    Excellent service, clean rooms, brilliant breakfast, attentive staff, central to everything what more do you need👍

    Jennie Odowd 4/04/2020

    5 star rating Lovely hotel Lovely hotel and a great location center of the city and reasonable price. reception staff... read more

    bernieo479 11/29/2021
  • 5 star rating Christmas Escape Myself and my partner have booked in for a 2 night getaway and to enjoy... read more

    katlinh2016 11/24/2021

    4 star rating NP Bang in the centre of town. Comfy rooms .Great food would defo stay again. The... read more

    256np 10/07/2021

    5 star rating Will come back definitely! Decided to visit the Christmas market with friends last minute. Location is great - only... read more

    gianpaolot126 12/04/2021