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A taste of Ireland is all about friendly surroundings and an immediate sense of feeling right at home. Visit Galway Bay and discover how to find that atmosphere right in your own neighborhood. Come on in and fill up on Irish. Relax in a traditional Irish Pub, enjoy a family meal in the dining room or do both. Our restaurant can accommodate semi private functions and cater to rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, office parties, or any special occasion. We also cater private events at your location--please call or visit for details. Galway Bay Irish Pub is located on Maryland Avenue in downtown Annapolis in a beautifully historic building. Our pub and restaurant have a relaxed and happy atmosphere.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Irish, Bar, Pub
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped by during happy hour, sat at the bar and was ignored by the waitress. We had to finally stop a bar back to get a menu. When she finally did come to our table, she was rude and in a hurry so we had...to speed talk to get our order in as not to offend her. The happy hour items we ordered were MEH, the potato cakes were fried in old oil and were inedible and the corn beef cabbage rolls used the uncooked outer leaves of the cabbage (not boiled) and they were stuffed with mashed potatoes, no sign of any corned beef. I think the happy hour food is geared for tourists as it was all not good. I was hoping for a better experience but was happy to leave and go to a friendlier bar down the street. There are many MANY other Irish bars/pubs in Annapolis that have better food and friendlier attentive staff.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

I never get my hopes too high for pub food, but this place is amazing! First off, the staff is beyond friendly and helpful, and they were a joy to be around. Second, the food is delicious! I had the tomato soup and a sandwich,...and they were both delectable. My husband had a lamb sandwich with a side of lamb meatballs. Definitely try the tomato soup, its some fo the best I've had. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 20 April 2021 via mobile

Tina our waitress was fantastic very knowledgeable about the menu, started with 9 ounce wines salad and the most delicious corn beef and cabbage, no fat best corn beef and cabbage ever !! Tina was an excellent waitress !! Thank you Tina !

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 15 April 2021 via mobile

I had the lamb burger. Amazing! My wife had the beef burger. Amazing! We cut burgers in half and shared. The fries were awesome. Wife had blacksmith beer and I had whiskey. It's a Irish pub theme. Very friendly. Will definitely go back.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 18 March 2021 via mobile

Great Central downtown location in Annapolis next to all the best shops and extremely convenient watering hole to drop by and grab a cold guiness and some traditional Irish food. The weekend was busy but all the staff were welcoming and attentive, there wasn't an...empty glass to be had. Great atmosphere with an authentic Irish feel for weiry shoppers. Looking forward to our next visit.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 15 February 2021 via mobile

My husband and I ate here this weekend. COVID restrictions in place, felt safe dining here. Food was terrific, would highly recommend the beef stew! Service was great as well!

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 14 February 2021 via mobile

Our 15th anniversary flight was cancelled so we ventured to Annapolis to stay the night so it wasn't a total wash. We stopped by Galway Bay to have some food and drinks while we waited for check-in. The food was beautifully presented and tasted authentic...and delicious. Felt like I was back in Galway! Service was great and the atmosphere made me Ireland so much more than I already do. If you can't be in Ireland, go to Galway Bay, it'll scratch your itch.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 14 February 2021 via mobile

My companion and I had dinner here while in Annapolis. Raw oysters, beef stew, lam meatballs and strawberry shortcake- oysters were fresh and light. Stew was very good and filling. Meatballs were a little so-so. Shortcake was ok. Ended with Flight #2 Irish Whiskeys. That...was an interesting experience. A good way to learn and appreciate a drink so central to Ireland. The service was attentive and friendly. I recommend it. ThanksMore

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 1 February 2021

Is there anything better than Shepherd's Pie on a windy cold night? Maybe by pairing it with a delicious glass of wine and a fantastic wait staff at the to-go bar? Fantastic joint, can't wait to visit again once Covid is behind us!!!

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 10 November 2020

My wife and I went in for dinner and drinks. We made a reservation as we didn't want to take a chance of not being seated because of COVID. It was a Friday night and all the tables were filled while complying with the COVID...guidelines. We had the curry fries and smashed peas for starters. My wife had a burger and I had the Shepherds Mac and Cheese. Everything was great! For drinks, my wife had a great White Zin and I had a couple of pints of Guinness (properly pulled) along with a shot of Slane Irish Blended and Flight #6 featuring Kilbeggan Rye, Glendalough Single Malt, and honestly I can't remember the last one. Well, fortunately I wasn't driving because it was a short walk to get to the Ghost Tour. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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17 March 2017|
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Response from Sean21401 | Property representative |
Hello Ronald. We do have a number of dished on our menu which are Gluten Free. Our menu is on our website and the specific items which are gluten free are marked with a blue GF symbol right after the name. We can make more... More
28 February 2017|
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Response from KenC09 | Reviewed this property |
No, there is street parking on Maryland ave that has meters until 7. Other than that I would recommend parking in a garage and walking over
1 August 2015|
Response from clarevcm | Property representative |
Yes we usually can accommodate that type of function. If you can give us a call or stop in, we can look at your date and requirements to confirm we are able to on your specific date. We will work with you to set a great... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Galway Bay

Yes, Galway Bay offers takeaway services.

Yes, Galway Bay offers delivery services.

Galway Bay is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5