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!

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

  • 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 Mini break away Lovely hotel near to all restaurants,and bars.
    Staff welcoming and couldn't do anymore to help...
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    B1434AHmargaretm 10/28/2021

    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
  • 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

    5 star rating Great Hotel Stayed here for a few nights the first week in August ..
    Great hotel from start...
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    thejoker1966 8/10/2020

    5 star rating Overnight in Galway We took a day trip to Bunratty and the Cliffs, decided to stay overnight in... read more

    duganjo 2/12/2020
  • 5 star rating Great place to stay I have stayed a few times in this hotel..and always enjoyed my stay.. it is... read more

    Ireneodowd 9/25/2021

    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 Great Hotel, faultless staff Great location, wonderful breakfast, extremely helpful staff (from Waiting staff in Bar and restaurant to... read more

    DarrenRD1 9/05/2020
  • The restaurant was lovely we were looked after very well by Aisling and Hayley and... read more

    chloe o brien 7/18/2021

    5 star rating Great hotel Could not recommend this hotel more highly. Wonderful food and drinks and great friendly staff.... read more

    117niamhf 6/27/2021

    Friendly staff and very helpful. Rooms are very clean with comfortable beds.

    Denise Flynn 9/29/2020
  • 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

    Great staff, lovely hotel.

    Caroline O'Kelly 8/12/2021

    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
  • Room lovely breakfast was lovely staff very friendly and helpful

    Liz Finegan 8/26/2021

    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 Excellent Great and friendly and helpful staff especially Mark at reception, had a great time,... read more

    catherinespaine 8/27/2020