Cead Mile Failte at Tig Cóilí’s in Galway, Ireland

Traditional Irish music 7 nights a week, young, friendly, good-looking staff, and a great atmosphere make Tig Cóilí in Galway, Ireland one of my favorite finds during my European trip.

Tig Cóilí is situated on Mainguard Street at the end of Shop Street in Galway, Ireland and is always filled to the brim like the great Guinness that they serve.

I arrived at Tig Coili on a hot July night and people were overflowing from its front door. A
musical ceilidh was already in session with local and travelling musicians joining in.

I was welcomed by a member of the family run pub who found the time to mingle with the guests, serve excessive amounts of alcohol, and play with the band when he was not needed behind the bar.

After a few short hours of enjoying the surroundings, drinking more than my body weight in beer, and talking with pretty much everyone in the pub, I felt like I was part of something more. I was emerged in the culture and environment that is uniquely Irish and I never once felt out of place or unwelcome.

The people intermingled inside and out with little restrictions on where you could go with drinks. When stopped by a police officer because I was holding a glass bottle, he simply gave me a plastic glass, smiled, and told me to enjoy my night.

Tig Cóilí is a great place to go and soak up the heart of Ireland, where dancing in the streets isn’t just a saying.

If you find yourself within 20 miles of Galway, stop in Tig Cóilí and chat with Aonghus O’Flaherty; he might just be the nicest Irishman alive, and that’s saying something! Ciad Mile Failte doesn’t quite cut it.

53 thoughts on “Cead Mile Failte at Tig Cóilí’s in Galway, Ireland

  1. I love Tig Coilis, I lived in Galway 5yrs in the Gaeltacht – the irish speaking area and we used to sing in there all the time and people would buy us drinks. Great craic. Funny tho how people pronounce it as ‘tig co-lie’ hahaha when it’s ‘chee colee’ as ‘Tig/Ti’= house and ‘Coili’ = Coleman, who own’s the place, Coleman’s house. Glad you enjoyed yourself, Failte


  2. I love the small pubs I went to in England. Your pictures show the fun and friendly spirit. I love the one where the man is dancing in the street. Looks like such much fun!


  3. Nice write up and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m from Ireland myself, living in Dublin but I spent some time living in Galway and it’s a pretty unique place. Irish pubs are like no other pubs in the world though so I’d recommend everybody to get over here and try them out. They’re always great fun and I hope that identity is never lost from this country.


  4. It was so depressing visiting Ireland while I was pregnant! No Guinness for me! Now I’m jealous that I can’t go back and indulge because I’m too afraid to travel far with my 7 month old. Jetlagged baby sounds like a less than enjoyable time. Hopefully I’ll be doing another Irish review soon but will enjoy your posts in the meantime. 🙂


  5. So pleased to learn this specific spot to find authentic Irish music 7 days a week in Galway. My reading has lead me to believe that Galway is quite the center for mainting the Irish language and culture.


  6. Thanks for this reminder of my husband’s and my most memorable trad music experience at Tig Coili back in 2008. The place was jammed with locals who were totally welcoming. They joined in singing Irish songs while waiting for the musicians to arrive, and the Guinness was everywhere!


  7. Fantastic review! I’m sure ill get to it as well on my blog, haha. Ireland is such an amazing place, and I loved every minute of when I lived in Galway myself. I look forward to checking out more of your posts.


  8. I’m Irish,(I’m from Limerick), but living in Budapest at the moment. I love this post and I really miss home! Would love a good session!!


  9. Aw, I did my Masters in Writing degree in Galway – one of the best years of my life, not least because of the city itself. I’m Irish born and raised and even I can acknowledge the magic of Galway 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experiences!


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