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Taylor's

Reopened in 2018

Taylor's bar is one of the most widely known pubs in Galway City. Located on dominic street beside the Roisin Dubh the building can trace it's history back to the 1800's. Owned and operated by the Taylor family from 1949 to 1989, it survived until 2004 when it was taken over and turned into a lap dancing bar much to the fury of local residents. Protests, petitions and pleas to the council were to no avail resulting in Taylor's Pub disappearing from the Galway Pub scene for 14 years until reopened by Johnny Duggan.

Taylor's pub of the the 1980s and 1990s was well known as a melting pot of Galway life with people from all parts of society mixing elbow to elbow in its tight confines. Well known as a traditional music venue, Taylor's was renowned for its spontaneous sessions and from the 1990's for music sessions in its beer garden out the back.  Happily the 2018 version of Taylor's has kept all of these qualities and added to the property enlarging the beer garden and putting some tvs for the big sporting events around the pub.

Like many pubs in Ireland with such a long history part of the pub had once been a grocery shop and this survived right up until 1989 when the last of the Taylor family- Mick left the business. The current granite bar counter and carved woodwork to the front were once the grocery while the pub section was to the rear of the pub.

The beer garden out the back had also been used to stable horses before the advent of the car when the O'Connell family name was above the door.

Taylor's of the 1990's also had a somewhat unusual claim to fame when its head barman, Seamus Mulligan was  given an award by Guinness for pulling over 1 million pints of Guinness in his bar career.

Excellent article by Charlie Adley on Taylors as his local

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Seamus Mulligan