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Good cafes in Galway?

  • 14-10-2004 5:53pm
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    Posts: 15,814 ✭✭✭✭ Elisha Juicy Pickaxe


    Anyone know of any good cafes in Galway. Somewhere you can go for a quiet talk.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,594 ✭✭✭forbairt


    Java's ain't that bad ...

    Kirwan's Lane .. as in ... Buskers . down the side .. is nice enough assuming its not jammed .... depends on the time of day ?

    Roisin's is nice for a coffee as well but limited in what they do .. but during the winter its nice in front of the fire ...

    depends. . I'd tend to head more to a pub a lot of the time .. than an actual coffee place ... still Java's opposite cp's is pretty ok during the day

    edit: also banapublucht ?? spelling .. down domnicks street .. just past the bridge mills ... is nice enough haven't been in there in a few years though...


  • Posts: 15,814 ✭✭✭✭ Elisha Juicy Pickaxe


    Thanks for suggestions.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,815 ✭✭✭✭po0k


    Café du Journal, Quay St.

    Small, so look out for it.

    Nice enough, café prices.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,594 ✭✭✭forbairt


    mocha ... on ... er is that still shop street ... damn pricey in my esteem though but they've got a nice set of buns in there :D

    just for your hit and run coffee ... insomnia ain't too bad in Hugh's and Hugh's in Tesco's shopping center <-- yes I know its galway shopping center but dammit .. its tesco's and always will be to me ... only problem .. the ex works there .. :( they've got really nice baileys coffee's .. think they are pricey enough as well ...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 31,967 ✭✭✭✭Sarky


    I know I sound like I'm working for them, but the King's Head is good for sitting down for the day. The coffee's not great, but you get free refills. The tea (also free refills) and food are spot on though, although the food's a bit pricey. And the only time you get many people upstairs is when there's a match on, so it's lovely and quiet most of the time. Just you, your friends, and the barman occasionally asking if you want a coffee top-up. And usually myself and a small group playing cards...


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  • Posts: 15,814 ✭✭✭✭ Elisha Juicy Pickaxe


    Where about is the Kings Head?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 24 Zoso


    More or less at the point where Shop Street, High Street and Mainguard Street meet. Or .. go down Shop Street until you see Blacoe Jewellers in front of you - Kings head should be opposite it on your left.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 10,553 Mod ✭✭✭✭Robbo


    Definitely Javas or Bananaphoblacht.

    Otherwise you're talking about some Starbucks clone with 7 euro sandwiches, Norah Jones on the stereo and a clientele consisting of women who drive 4x4s.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 29,130 ✭✭✭✭Karl Hungus


    Javas is indeed great.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 31,967 ✭✭✭✭Sarky


    fidel wrote:
    Living room during the day or Bon Appetito on Abbeygate street

    But the wallpaper! My God man, the wallpaper! It's a horrifying rainbow of pain!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,594 ✭✭✭forbairt


    what the hell have I been saying .. just head to neachtains ... nice for a quiet one ... coffee's ... er ... coffee ... not that bad .. nice atmosphere ...

    neachtains is the pub at the end of high street ? start of quay street :) good for a guinneess god for the ... quiet reflective person too


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 29,130 ✭✭✭✭Karl Hungus


    Aye error9, the coffee in there is not bad at all, probably one of my absolute favorite pubs. Great guinness, and great atmosphere.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,349 ✭✭✭nobodythere


    Try Scribblers on middle street, slightly pricey but not too bad. It's a nice place when their downstairs section is open, they've got a couch to sit on down there.

    Try An Tobar Nua too at the end of Dominick St. too if you can avoid the hardcore christian impose-our-beliefs-on-you shíte. It's a nice place with very cheap prices.

    King's head have nice cheap hot choc and is fairly empty on Sundays.

    Lynch's on Shop st. has nice inexpensive food but is awfully noisy and busy and some of the staff are arsholes. Also try Roscoe's beside Eddie Rockets on Eglington St. and Rascals (quiet, delicious, nice atmosphere) which is a bit of a walk out to Terryland.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 10,553 Mod ✭✭✭✭Robbo


    grasshopa wrote:
    Try An Tobar Nua too at the end of Dominick St. too if you can avoid the hardcore christian impose-our-beliefs-on-you shíte. It's a nice place with very cheap prices.
    I've always wanted to go in there dressed in a full on Satan costume and just sit, drinking a coffee and reading the paper...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 31,967 ✭✭✭✭Sarky


    Ooh, then SyxPak could arrive in priestly garb and exorcise you...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18 tonybrasco


    Javas or Bananaphoblacht are ok but a bit menky.
    I prefer ArdBia on top of quay street (upstairs from Neachtain's)
    It is quite nice up there, especially in the morning before it gets busy, when the sun shines through the place. They always have great artwork on the walls and also organise art events sometimes on the weekends through ENSO (performances and gigs). The restaurant (open at night) is horribly expensive though.

    Neachtain's (note for visitors : to be pronounced "Noctans") on quay street is also nice and quiet during the day for a cup of tea, an early pint or a hot port.

    If you like fireplaces, the Roisin Dubh is definitely the place to go during the day.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,563 ✭✭✭leeroybrown


    Bananaphoblacht for great Australian style hot chocolate or mocha and the greatest cream cheese bagels on the planet. It's open late too.

    Javas for late night coffee while looking out at the drunken CP-bound fools.

    Scribblers is fine too but the opening hours are too short/inconsistent.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18 tonybrasco


    Javas or Bananaphoblacht are ok but a bit menky.
    I prefer ArdBia on top of quay street (upstairs from Neachtain's)
    It is quite nice up there, especially in the morning before it gets busy, when the sun shines through the place. They always have great artwork on the walls and also organise art events sometimes on the weekends through ENSO (performances and gigs). The restaurant (open at night) is horribly expensive though.

    Neachtain's (note for visitors : to be pronounced "Noctans") on quay street is also nice and quiet during the day for a cup of tea, an early pint or a hot port.

    If you like fireplaces, the Roisin Dubh is definitely the place to go during the day.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 10,730 ✭✭✭✭simu


    Has anyone ever been in Augi café? I pass it most days but it looks a bit drab...


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,923 ✭✭✭Playboy


    Augi cafe r0x .. the dude who owns is kEwL :cool:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 731 ✭✭✭dwayneburke


    the guy who runs is càlled Conal and if you go in often enoug he gives you "regular prices" i.e. can and panini for €5...nice place and friendly staff


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,393 ✭✭✭Jaden


    The are 2 places in Galway that do drinkable coffee.

    1. Arabica. There is one on Merchants Road, one in Salthill and one in Barna.

    2. Barbarista. This is in the Wellpark business centre, right beside Maplins, and accross the road from the Huntsman.

    Everywhere else is pretty Poo these days.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,882 ✭✭✭Mighty_Mouse


    Java's is a skanky manky hole!!! I coulnt't bring myself to eat anything from it!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,882 ✭✭✭fozzle


    Mmmm, Banan Phoblacht is great. They do loads of different kinds of coffees and teas, the food is lovely, and where else would give you melted chocolate in a cup without batting an eyelid. Also, they don't hassle you if you stay for 6 hours, which is nice.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 31,967 ✭✭✭✭Sarky


    They also serve us fantasy/scifi gamer types without all that "Hey Marcia! Come and see the Satanists!" bother.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 225 ✭✭Rredwell


    Banapoblacht is supposedly an Irish language café, but when I went in there the woman behind the counter couldn't speak Irish. Also, their interior design leaves a lot to be desired.

    I like the Living Room, their garlic bread is very cheap, but it isn't exactly quiet. But they do have possibly have the nicest cappuccino in Galway, at a very reasonable price (€1.85).

    As for Lynch's, their staff are a lot friendlier than one or two of the waitresses in Ríordan's in Quay Street, which has lovely breakfasts all day long.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,882 ✭✭✭fozzle


    Rredwell wrote:
    Banapoblacht is supposedly an Irish language café, but when I went in there the woman behind the counter couldn't speak Irish. Also, their interior design leaves a lot to be desired.

    I like the Living Room, their garlic bread is very cheap, but it isn't exactly quiet. But they do have possibly have the nicest cappuccino in Galway, at a very reasonable price (€1.85).

    As for Lynch's, their staff are a lot friendlier than one or two of the waitresses in Ríordan's in Quay Street, which has lovely breakfasts all day long.
    You object to the décor in BP, yet you like The Living Room?! :confused: You have strange eyes my dear. I like BP, it's bright and chereful and you never know if there's going to be records or cactii or something else odd on the walls.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,563 ✭✭✭leeroybrown


    Rredwell wrote:
    Banapoblacht is supposedly an Irish language café, but when I went in there the woman behind the counter couldn't speak Irish.
    Not entirely surprising considering that Irish people generally won't work in café's.
    fozzle wrote:
    and you never know if there's going to be records or cactii or something else odd on the walls.
    Mmmm ... yellow ducks ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,594 ✭✭✭forbairt


    where exactly is Augi café ? :) ... when's it close ... need someplace to go tonight and don't want to do to a pub .. *slaps self* .. thats better :)


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,563 ✭✭✭leeroybrown


    I think the Augi café is the small one on Augustine street just up from the library on the opposite side. I could be miles out though.


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