How to make the most out of your week at Vodafone Comedy Carnival

How to make the most out of your week at Vodafone Comedy Carnival

Thinking of gracing us with your presence for the Vodafone Comedy Carnival 2017? We’d only be delighted. So delighted that we want to make sure you get the most out of your stay during the festival. Here’s some of our tips to feeling like a true Galwegian for the week.


Oscars Seafood Bistro, Dominick Street
Oscar’s has been a favourite of seafood lovers for years. Their produce is locally sourced and fresh, so fresh the menu changes daily depending on the catch. Head Chef Michael O’Meara likes to get inventive with taste, his cookbook Sea Gastronomy was crowned best in the world at the 2016 Gourmand World Cookery Book Awards.

Eat @ Massimo’s Gastro Pub, William Street West
Massimo’s is pretty cool. JP McMahon’s made sure of it. Good hearty pub grub with a real focus on variety. Absolutely everything is homemade, right down to the ketchup. If you’re looking for no fuss and great eats this is your spot.

Pullman Restaurant, Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway
Galway’s most unique dining experience. This restaurant sits within two gorgeously-restored carriages of the world famous Orient Express. There is a wide selection of Irish and modern cuisine on the menu, mixed with the 1940’s soundtrack and panoramic views of Lough Corrib, for an all round delightful experience. Dress sharp.

A Tipple:

The Crane Bar, Sea Road ‘The Listeners Club’ at The Crane Bar offers some of the best live music in Galway. Regarded as the Irish music mecca for years this crowd now host a variety of talented singer-songwriters and folk musicians alike. Nice and cosy, always friendly. If the locals love it, you can bet it’s good.

Tig Coili, Mainguard Street, The Latin Quarter.

Up for the sesh? Tig Coili serves up great trad music seven nights a week. If someone randomly starts belting away on the guitar don’t be alarmed, that’s normal. Go in for a quiet one and stay for a ceili kind of place.

The Buddha Bar @ The Asian Tea House, Mary Street.
Cocktail connoisseur? Mark this top of your list so. Famous for their X-rated Mojito, The Buddha Bar is a great spot for some pre-dinner and post-dinner cocktails, gowann. Prices start from €6.

Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street.
The Roisin Dubh is the driving force behind the Vodafone Comedy Carnival. The impressive list of established and up-and-coming artists that have cut their teeth on its stage should be enough to tell you you’re in for a good night. Great open mic night on Tuesdays too. They have a house guitar if you’re feeling brave.

See The Sights:

Spanish Arch
Visit one of Galway’s historical gems. The “Sparch” has become a melting pot for social gatherings as well as pop up markets and the occasional festival. You’ll find most of the town there on a sunny day.

Galway City Museum
Get a real feel for Galway city. The Galway City museum holds a variety of permanent and touring exhibitions which look at everything from Galway’s rich archaeology to the city’s heritage and history.

Ard Bia
This Michelin Guide restaurant occupies the old customs office and serves an eclectic palette, Irish meets the med, with a dash of Moroccan. Pair with the bohemian aesthetic and stunning views of the River Corrib and you’ll feel as if you’ve stumbled across a completely different world altogether.

Galway market
Foodie heaven. Grab a gorgeous veggie curry at The Bean Tree – our shout is the Madras Pea and Potato Curry. Try any and every kind of falafel at The Gourmet Offensive. We can never make up our minds over savory or sweet at Yummy Crepes if we’re being honest. Pop upstairs for a glass of vino in Sheridan’s and you’ll be in cheese heaven. Sold already? Thought so.


Galway Aboo Halloween Festival, 28th – 31st October 2017
Galway city is home to Ireland’s largest Halloween festival. There will be loads of fun (and free) events to suit all ages across the Halloween weekend. Take outs include the famous Macnus Halloween parade whose amazing theatrical costumes will bring all sorts of toil and trouble to Galway’s Latin Quarter. There’ll be a Ghost Ship for the kiddies too.

The Zombie Chase, Saturday 28th October
This is a unique family 2KM chase in aid of ACT for Meningitis. Your mission is simple. Get from South Park to the Safety Zone in Salthill Park with your tags still intact. Just watch out for the zombies, they’re a frightening lot. Spot prizes going on the night.

Halloween Bonfire and Storytelling Night @ Brigit’s Garden, 29th October
Halloween with a real Irish twist. Face painting, Celtic storytelling, traditional games and, of course, a Halloween parade. All topped off with a lovely BBQ in the evening.

Carnevil, Market Street
Galway’s first scare attraction is an “excorcise” in fear. Stationed in the old printing press building of the Connacht Tribune this walk-through event is not for the faint-hearted. Even if you are, drop down sure, because you’re guaranteed to have the craic. Carnevil runs until midnight on Halloween night. Strictly over 16’s.

Tickets for Vodafone Comedy Carnival are on sale now through and via OMG, Shop Street, Galway.