Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, 1520 is like no other bar you’ve ever visited. A medieval themed bar with a 21st century kick, our extraordinary interior boast some amazing features, including one of the original medieval walls of the city running through. The food in 1520 embraces the best of Galway’s local producers, with a nod to their medieval history it incorporates traditional Irish dishes with a Mediterranean influence. Our 7-day menu offers a take on the classic Irish breakfast with select favourites and signature sandwiches and our evening menu embraces a variety of innovative small plates, perfect for sharing and showcasing the best of West of Ireland produce, coupled with a wide choice of non-meat and vegan options.


Great Food, Great People, Great Atmosphere.

Savour home-cooked, rustic bar food, until 8:00pm daily. Sip your favourite classic cocktails with a modern twist.

The welcoming interiors include plenty of corners and well-worn upholstery with an eclectic mix of portraits, posters and paraphernalia dotted throughout.



 1520 is very much a 21st-century bar with a nod to our rich and varied history, influenced by the 14 Tribes of Galway. We are lucky to be situated in the Medieval heart of Galway, on Quay St and Kirwan’s Lane,  a section what was once called Martin’s Lane.

Kirwan’s Lane is often an overlooked gem of Galway’s old town, it is believed to be one of only five medieval laneways that still exist in the city today, out of an original 14. It is, in fact, considered by historians and archaeologists to be one of the richest areas in terms of medieval layout, building design and street plan.

It is where one of the 14 Tribes, the Kirwans, “presided over the city’s social and economic affairs during Galway’s most prosperous period from the early 16th to mid-17th century.”


Take a look inside the walls