Freeney’s Pub & Off-Licence - Galway City
Freeney’s Pub is well known to everyone in Galway. Located on High Street, in the pedestrian shopping area of Galway, Freeney’s has been a part of Galway’s social life as long as anyone can remember. As recently as 1976 it was still a Pub and a General Merchant, acting as a grocers’ shop for the locals and supplying everything and anything to the many fishing trawlers in nearby Galway docks. They packed their own sugar and tea, bottled their own Jameson and Powers whiskeys from the cask, but as the small grocers trade changed with the arrival of supermarkets, the grocery shop was converted to a fishing tackle shop.
And so it remains today. The pub and off-licence is to one side and the fishing tackle shop to the other. Freeney’s pub is as famous today in Galway for its pub window with its extensive display of different Irish whiskeys as it is for being the best fishing shop in Galway. In the pub and the off-licence there are about 50 different Irish whiskeys to choose from, and if you are lucky enough to call in when Tony Freeney himself is there, he’ll probably recommend you start with a Greenspot Irish Whiskey, followed maybe by a more complex Powers 12 YO or a peated Connemara Single Malt. If it’s cold outside and it’s warming up you’re after, there’s often a roaring coal fire to the back of the pub, which you can settle down next to with a Tullamore Dew Hot Irish or a Jameson Irish Coffee.
Freeney’s is very much an old fashioned Irish pub, and very popular with the locals who pop in for a drink and a chat after shopping or to check out the horse racing on TV. With its location in Galway’s “Latin Quarter”, it could easily have become one of the increasing number of super pubs in Ireland, but in so doing, would have lost its simplicity and the very appeal which makes it so special to Galway people and the tourists who are lucky enough to find it. Joe, Pat, Eamonn and Michelle are the regular bar staff, but it's still very much a family run affair, and Tony's Mum, at 95 years of age, still pops in to keep an eye on business! We recommend you enjoy the many small shops, restaurants and art galleries in this part of Galway city, before settling down into Freeney’s pub for a couple of whiskeys. Don’t forget the adjoining door which leads directly to Freeney’s Tackle shop. If you know anyone who’s into fishing back home, treat yourself to a little quality time in the pub part of Freeney’s with the excuse of treating them to a unique little memento from Ireland’s most unique fishing shop...
And lest we forget, after sampling a couple of different whiskeys and maybe discovering a new favourite, don’t forget that Freeney’s is also Galway’s favourite and most famous whiskey shop. Famous because it probably has Galway's best selection of Irish Whiskeys, and Galway's favourite because the whiskey shop is quite simply ...the pub itself!
Freeney's Pub, Off-Licence and Tackle Shop - High Street, Galway City
Tel. + 353 (0)91 562609 (bar) + 353 (0)91 568794 (tackle shop)