Perfect Irish Coffee at Garavan's Bar

Today is National Irish Coffee Day!

As you may well know, we are big fans of Irish Coffee here at Garavan’s. It is something we take quite seriously and like to think we now have it down to a fine art (Don’t take our word for it…read some of our Trip Advisor reviews!)

And the story of the Irish Coffee is an interesting one.

It was invented by Joe Sheridan, a head chef in Foynes, County Limerick in 1943.

It all began on a dreary winters evening, when a flight departed from Foynes for Botwood, Newfoundland. After flying for a couple of hours, the poor flying conditions convinced the captain to return to Foynes and wait for the weather to improve.

Joe was asked to prepare something warm for the passengers and feeling a little adventurous, added some Irish Whiskey to their coffee. One of the passengers complimented joe on the coffee and told him how much he enjoyed it. He asked Joe if he used Brazilian Coffee. Joe replied ‘No. That was Irish Coffee!’.

Not long later, Joe knocked on Brendan O’Regan’s office door to show him his new creation, presented in an elegant stemmed glass. Needless to say, O’Regan loved it and so the iconic Irish Coffee was officially born!

Thankfully for Joe’s creativity, people from all over the world now get to enjoy the comforting drink. It is a customer favourite here at Garavan’s (especially amongst our oversea visitors). However, the appreciation for Irish Coffee has also increased here in Galway amongst the locals. We held our very own Irish Coffee competition last April here in the bar. Bartenders from all over the city competed for a chance to win flights to San Francisco. The passion was clear on the night and showed that the love for crafting the perfect Irish Coffee was still going strong!

So in honor of the occasion, make sure you stop by and try one for yourself! And watch the highlights of our Irish Coffee competition below (if that doesn’t tempt you, nothing will!)