Nightclubs in Galway tend to be wastelands until 11pm, and then packed up until 2am when most close. Expect to pay cover charges in a range of about €5 to €20, which doesn't include drinks. There are plenty of options if you've got dancing on your mind, including Halo, 36 Abbeygate St. Upper (tel. 091/565976; www.halonightclub.com) and Karma, Eyre Square (tel. 091/500330; www.karma.ie), both of which are popular with a young, twenty-something crowd. In nearby Salthill, new dance clubs with hot guest DJs are popping up all the time. One reliably good option is Liquid (tel. 091/527155).
Fridays and Saturdays are gay nights at the Attic @ Liquid, Liquid, Salthill (tel. 091/527155).
A half-hour drive from Galway, Dunguaire is a splendid 16th-century castle where, in the summer, you can attend a medieval banquet with a show featuring works by Irish writers like Synge, Yeats, and Gogarty. Banquets cost €56 adults, €42 children 9 to 12 years old, €28 children 6 to 8 years old. Call tel. 061/360788 or visit www.shannonheritage.com for reservations. Dunguaire is in south County Galway on the Ballyvaughan road (N67), near Kinvara, approximately 26km (16 miles) from Galway. The castle is open to visitors daily from 10am to 5pm, after which there are two banquet seatings -- one at 5:30pm and one at 8:45pm. Banquets are held every night from May to September; many nights book up months in advance.
The creative theater group, Druid Theatre, performs in two venues in Galway -- in a recently refurbished, former grain warehouse at Chapel Lane (tel. 091/568660; www.druidtheatre.com), and at the Town Hall Theatre (tel. 091/569777; www.tht.ie). Performances are unique and original, focusing on Irish folk dramas and Anglo-Irish classics. This is widely viewed as one of Ireland's best theaters, and so its shows are frequently either sold out or on tour; book well in advance. Tickets run €15 to about €40. The Town Hall Theatre also hosts an eclectic program of concerts and film screenings.
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