Brasserie on the corner and Blakes bar is something unusual on the Galway Pub scene in that the premises is really primarily a restaurant with a bar attached and not the other way around. Opened in 2012 the whole interior is beautifully finished with dark wood, leather backed and upholstered chairs plus attention to details in all finishes. Customers of the other pubs in the group including the Dail Bar and Sheridans in Knocknacarra will be used to the look but the Brasserie undoubtedly takes everything to a slightly plusher level. However you will find it hard to believe that this a newly constructed bar with some ornate features echoing classic Irish pub design from different periods. This is not a Gastropub but rather a proper restaurant with emphasis on quality seafood and steak plus seasonal specials. The Lunch menu is slightly above the standard pub lunch fare but the soup and sandwich reliables are available.
Many will remember the whole corner as Cullinanes bar but Blakes bar which now occupies the corner bears no resemblance to the previous incarnation. Although small the room is nicely laid out with plenty of seating and separated tables for groups. Live music takes place at the weekends but this is a great bar for a pint or coffee in really comfortable surroundings any day of the week plus you won't have the crowds of the pedestrian area.
Brasserie on the Corner