Galway City is renowned for being the ultimate Hen and Stag party destination. It’s a vibrant and fun place to keep your party entertained all weekend long. The city is a well-established destination for groups who want to let loose and enjoy themselves. There’s plenty of cultural and touristy things to do during the day in the city, like enjoying a good aul’ trad session, strolling the cobbled streets, dining in one of their many restaurants and strolling along Salthill. Then your party-goer’s can gear themselves up for a mad session at our Late Bar. There’s always plenty of banter and good craic to be had at Coyotes.
10 Unique Bars from around the World
Here at Coyotes, we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve our business with fresh ideas. We’ll scour the web every once in awhile to see what the rest of the world is doing. This week we found some really crazy Unique Bars from all over the world that we said we’d really have to share with you guys. Nothing that we could implement in Galway out of lack of skyscrapers and such but interesting ideas nontheless. So here’s our Tuesday post guys, enjoy!
Lebua Sky Bar – Bangkok
Lebua’s Sky Bar soars high above the city 820 feet in the air. That’s 62 stories up! Lebua is known for being the leaders in innovation in cocktails among the bars of bangkok. They created the poptail (cocktail/popsicle) and also the Hangovertiny. The Hangovertiny was actually created for the cast of the Hangover 2 because the hung out at the Sky Bar so much while filming in the city. You can find a link to their site here!
Enigma – Romania
Enigma is apparently ‘the world’s first kinetic steampunk bar.’ Opening just last October, Enigma has already gone pretty viral and is getting a lot of attention. A slightly terrifying humanoid robot with a plasma lamp cranium bicycles by the door, and a variety of kinetic artworks churn and rotate on both the ceiling and walls. It certainly looks amazing! You can find their website here, it is in Romanian but at least you can see all the images and they have a video to so you can see everything moving about!
Hotel De Glace – Quebec
Hotel De Glace is actually an entire hotel made of ice. This thing only exists from January to March and melts in the Summer. The whole hotel is ice, even most of the furniture. There’s fur thrown over everything and brilliant lighting to give a surreal Nordic experience. You can check out their website here for more information, make sure to bring a jacket!
Subsix – India
Subsix is a beautiful underwater bar on an island of the coast of India (Niyama). You have to take a boat from Niyama to get to Subsix. Once there you can descend 3 stories into their underwater bar. This place is visually amazing and is now on our bucket list! You can find more info here.
Cybermachina – Poland
Off the beaten track, Cybermachina isn’t obvious from the street. Descend into this dungeon bar and you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained. It’s a video game themed bar and there’s systems in every room including virtual reality kits. They also have plenty of board games. You can find more information on this oddity here!
Alux Caverna – Mexico
This one is actually inside a 10,000 year old cave which is hugely impressive. Alux Caverna is located in a cave/cenote which is just outside of the center of Playa Del Carmen. This should be on any explorers to do list. You can find more information on Alux here!
Anonymous Bar – Prague
Anyone who’s heard of Anonymous or seen V for Vendetta will appreciate this one. There’s an Anonymous themed bar in Prague where all the staff wear the masks. This bar also remakes it’s cocktail menu every year so they’ll probably have some interesting Concoctions. You can find more information on this bar here!
Wind & Water – Vietnam
Sitting on a lake in Vietnam we find this beauty. Wind & Water is entirely made of thatch and has been engineered to be ventilated by lake. There are holes around the structure on the bottom and an exhaust on the to encourage a breeze inside. You also have to cross the lake on stepping stones for extra awesomness. You can find more information on Wind & Water here!
H.R. Giger Bar – Switzerland
H.R. Giger is an artist best known for designing ‘Alien.’ He has tons of other art that’s clearly loved by this bar owner. The whole bar is dedicated to Gigers art. You can find vertebrae all along the roof and all manners of bizarre sculpture around this venue. For more information click here.
Hotel Edelweiss – Austria
Hidden between the Northern and Southern Alps, there is a magnificent mountain, La Meije. Its peak of 3983 metres dominates the little village of La Grave. Auberge Edelweiss is a favourite address with bon-vivant skiers and cyclists. It is a privately owned centuries old coaching inn, situated in the heart of the 12th century village of La Grave, off the main road, and is less than 5 minutes walk from the “Téléphérique”. For more information click here!
We hope you enjoyed taking a peak at these as much as we did. If you know about any bars we missed please send them to us!
5 Hen/Stag Ideas
With Hen/Stag season still in full swing we said we’d take a look at what some of our customers have been getting up to and feature them here. We get a huge amount of Hen/Stag parties passing through Coyotes so we get to hear about plenty of the fun things people are trying out for their parties. We also happen to have packages with many of these businesses and if you mention that we sent you, some discounts apply! So without further ado, here’s our July list of 5 Hen/Stag Ideas!
Galway City Karting
Galway City Karting has long been a favorite among the adrenaline junkies of Galway. It’s a great experience and you will feel wired afterwards and ready for the night. The track is quiet small but the cool thing is because the room isn’t huge, they’ve had to be very clever with the layout of the track. You get a bit of everything on it, a long stretch to really put the foot to the floor, some ‘pin head’ turns (180 degree turns after a bit of a stretch), and a massive turn to drift on. They can cater to any group size up to 30 and have a variety of packages for how long you want to drive for. There’s also a system that keeps track of many details about the race and everyone gets a printout at the end. For more information you can find their website here!
Corrib Princess Cruise
I don’t know about you guys but I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise…but they can be a touch expensive. Luckily we have a cheap alternative right here in the city. The Corrib Princess team offer cruises up and down the beautiful river Corrib and cater to parties of all types. There’s quiet a lot to see on the Corrib to, including beautiful castles and other historical sites. Ideal for the summer time this is a great relaxing start to warm up for the Hen/Stag party. You can find their website here!
Galway Greyhound Stadium
The Galway Greyhound Stadium is right in the middle of town and is a really exciting way to start your party. We get many guests arriving in after being at the stadium and they generally love it. They offer a brilliant package for hens & stags. This includes a race program, a 4 course meal, reserved seating in the grandstand, table side service for drinks and betting, and getting a race named after the bride and groom to be. You can find more information on their website here!
Shamrock Pub Tour
Kick off you night with a pub crawl around Galway city. Your own personal tour guide will bring you around to all the hottest night life spots around the town. This is ideal if your not from the city! These tend to kick off around 8 at Rabbitts and wind up here in Coyotes. The tour also offers free shots, discounted drinks, drinkings games and more so it’s a good bit of craic even if your from the town. You can find more information on their Facebook page here!
Coyote Dance lessons
Here at Coyotes were famous for our Coyote girl dancers on the bar. Our house choreographer also offers dance lessons here in the building. These range from classic movie routines like Grease, and Dirty Danceing, to massive charts hit dances like Thriller. A more recent package we’ve put together is the ‘Coyote Girl Experience’. The choreographer shows the party one of the routines our Coyote dancers actually perform on the bar! There is also the option to request a routine and we can get it organized for when you come in.
So that’s this months round up guys, hope some of you party planners got some use out of this. If you guys have any recommendations you want us to feature just email us and we’d be delighted to write about you!
After digging around the web for some ideas for our own menu we came across several great ideas and trends we we’re spotting. 2016 in Galway has seen a rise in interest in flashy cocktails over the last year. Several mixolgy contests gaining popularity among local bar-staff. So let’s dig into it, here’s 5 mixolgy trends in 2016!
It’s common knowledge among bartenders and mixologists that you can’t freeze spirits in you average freezer. Alcohol has a much lower freezing point than water so putting a spirit in the freezer won’t get you ice. It may however get a bit slushy if it has a lower alcohol percentage. There is something new on the market though. You can buy special freezers now with a much colder lower temperature which will freeze spirits giving us an ingredient we’ve all been dying to use in our drinks; alcoholic Ice that won’t make your drink watery. Many American bars are already adopting these machines and I suspect it will slowly become a staple in bars. You can find more info on these machines here! Careful though. They cool liquids far below zero which means you can’t put the ice straight into your mouth.
Ever wanted a cocktail but been the designated driver? A trend that’s currently sweeping over the western world is ‘mocktails’: Tastes like a cocktail, but is non alcoholic. Now some may argue this is basically a smoothie. However mocktails are mixed to taste like cocktails and a specifically styled after the traditional recipes. These are great for people on a strict diet, pregnant women, or as stated already, designated drivers.
We’re well used to our Irish coffees here, so having alcohol with our caffeinated drinks isn’t the most outlandish idea to us. A new spin on the idea however is popping up and showing it’s head in cafes. Nitro coffee is basically an ice coffee without the ice. Nitrogen gas is infused into it and its released through a draft system. It comes out very similar looking to a Guinness and even shares its creamy character. The coffee comes in kegs without alcohol but it’s been a huge ingredient for experimentation with mixologists this year. In Krust in Dublin they’ve started offering these coffees.
Go to most bars and you’ll most likely have 3 types of juice on offer. Pineapple, Cranberry and orange. The more adventurous bars have started stocking something more exotic for some stranger cocktails. Kombucha juice, even if it’s under the radar is rearing its head in some of the flashier venues this year. Bound to be a rare and unusual ingredient in your mix, it’s definitely something worth checking out!
Hopefully our bartending readers will get something interesting out of this to try in the locals, talk soon guys!
4th of July Drink Ideas
With the fabulous festivities of American independence upon us we thought we’d scour the web and ask our local mixologists about some drink ideas. If your planning a party or hosting something for the 4th of July these are some great drink mix ideas to really bring out that American theme. Coyotes will also be hosting our very own 4th of July party with 2 euro drinks all night so if your about Galway city make sure you pop in!
Jamaican me Blue
A nice simply one for starters! In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine one ounce of simple syrup, 3/4 ounce curacao, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1/2 lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a collins/tiki glass with ice.
Props to Helin Jung from Cosmopolitan for this masterpiece!
Red, White and Blue Jello shots
Who doesn’t love a good jello shot? Always fun and delicious, color these red, white and blue and you have yourself some great themed shots.
1 6-oz package strawberry Jell-O
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 6-oz package berry blue Jell-O
1. Combine strawberry Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir. Add 1.5 cups blueberry vodka. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses 1/3 of the way. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.
2. Combine 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin and 1.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir until the gelatin has dissolved. Mix in sweetened condensed milk. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses 2/3 of the way. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.
3. Combine berry blue Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir. Add 1.5 cups blueberry vodka. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses to the top. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.
4. Top Jello-O shots with whipped cream and sprinkles. Enjoy!
Francesca Bean at Brit + Co is the creator of this work of wonder. Go check them out here!
Looking for something more sophisticated? Look no further, we’ve got a slightly more fancy looking recipe for you here so you can celebrate your theme with class.
2 tablespoons grenadine
2 ounces blue colored tropical fruit liqueur, chilled (recommended: Hpnotiq)
2 ounces Mandarin orange vodka, chilled
Pour grenadine into the bottom of a martini glass.
Gently pour the blue colored tropical fruit liqueur over the back of a spoon to avoid mixing with the grenadine.
Gently pour chilled vodka into martini glass over the back of a spoon to create a layered effect.
Thanks to Sandra Lee at the foodnetwork for this one!
1 c sugar
1/2 c water
Enough for 12 snow cones
For red syrup:
1 c strawberries, halved
¼ c white rum
For blue syrup:
juice of 1 lime
¼ c blue curacao
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and then reduce to a simmer, and stirring cook for two minutes.
For red syrup: Pour half of the simple syrup – about 1/2 cup – over the strawberries. Allow to macerate for 1 hour, then puree in a blender with the white rum. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and reserve.*
For blue syrup: Combine remaining syrup, lime juice, and curacao. Stir to combine completely. Chill syrups until ready to serve.
To make ice: Use a snow cone machine or blend ice in a blender (you may have to do this in batches, keeping each batch in the freezer as you make the next one.
Scoop crushed ice into glasses, then squirt syrups over packed, crushed ice and enjoy!
*For a more intense red color, add a drop or two of red food coloring.
We found this over at Clinton Kelly, keep up the good work guys, looks great!
And finally for one of our own the infamous Uncle Slam. One of our mixologists said he whip up something for the occasion and have something ready for our 4th of July night. These are super quick to make and taste great so make sure to come visit us and try one!
To make on of these fill a shot glass 85% full with both Sambuca and Malibu. Follow with a dribble of Blue Aftershock until blue as shown. Then get some strawberry grenadine and put your finger over the opening. Release small amounts of the grenadine at a time until it sits nicely at the bottom as shown.
We’ll that’s our quick round up guys hope you find something usefull out of these 4th of July drink ideas. If you have any of your own amazing drink ideas please send them into us so we can show them off on facebook for you! Have a great 4th of July!
Activities in Galway:
Planning a Hen or Stag in Galway? You’ve come to the right place. Galway is a great city with a huge amount of activities to get up to during the day, and also has a thriving night life scene to finish your night. Periodically, we like to highlight some of the activities you can get up to in Galway city that suit Hens and Stags. Do mention Coyotes sent you as you will get a discount with these if you do! So take out your note book and take some notes, here we go!
Pure skill is a great option for those sporty folk out there. It’s on the west side of the city near Knocknacarra. Their facility spans over 25,000 Sq Ft and offer a wide selection of sports activities. These include Soccer, Hurling, Gaelic, Basketball, Rugby, Tennis, Cricket, and Golf. Guests are giving cards which are used to keep track of scores so you know who’s coming out on top. Perfect for the more athletic type out there to spend some energy during the day! You can find they’re website here.
Great Escape Rooms:
The first of its kind in Galway, the Escape rooms offer something unique and entertaining to the city. Located right in the center of the city, Guests are locked in a room and have to solve a mystery by finding clues to eventually escape the room. Think saw but without the blood. Guests have 60 mins once they start so time is of the essence! This is used for locals as a business team building exercise as it encourages co-operation. If you have a large party where some of your guests possibly don’t know each other, this is the perfect activity to get everyone joining in and having fun together. Click here to see they’re website!
Draw a Naked Guy Art-class:
A massively popular activity with Hens, this offers party goers a great alternative to simply booking a stripper. Here you will get to admire, scrutinize and stare in wonderment at the beauty of the human form! The drawing sessions tend to last for approximately 90 mins. Your very own tutor will explain the running order and will give a brief demonstration on how to get started. The party will then be introduced to the model, who will proceed to assume a number of poses. The tutor will assist everyone throughout and a group photo will be taken at the end. You can find more info on they’re website by clicking here!
Astrobay in Renmore offer a particularly hilarious activity. Even if you hate sport, there’s no doubt you will enjoy the madness that is bubbly football. It is the human equivalent of bumper cars. Think Sumo wrestlers meets football. Guests are put in a giant round inflated ball and are set to play a game of soccer. At least getting tackled won’t hurt! This activity is perfect for those more lighthearted and just looking to began the day with a laugh! You can find more info along with other activities in Astrobay by clicking here!
Coyotes Late Bar & Club:
Of course we’d have to throw ourselves in here! Coyotes is Galway’s most Hen/Stag friendly venue. Some bars in Galway are known to refuse large groups, or those in costume. Not here though anything goes! We completely encourage a party atmosphere and join in ourselves. We have dancers up on the bar periodically and even have a hostess roaming in costume with special shots for our guests!
Whatever your doing on your Hen/Stag in Galway we hope you have a great one. We also have a section on our site with even more fun activities to try in Galway. You can check that out here.
Galway Street Club, Now Playing Live in Coyotes.
We are so excited that Galway Street Club have committed to residency with us in Coyotes Late Bar every Thursday from 10pm. We held the first gig last night that oozed cool!
Galway Street Club, an amalgamation of top class musicians, should be well recognized by most locals. They started playing together in the summer of 2016 and are known for bringing good vibes and positive energy to the beautiful streets of Galway! They’ve been a huge hit among locals and tourists and occasionally hold street gigs down in the Spanish Arch as well as their usual spot on Shop Street.
Coyote Factor 8 finalist James Dillon often joins the guys for their street sessions and lends his gravely rock and roll voice to the mix.
If you haven’t experienced this yet come by and experience their amazingness in Coyotes Late Bar @ night. You can enjoy great music, great service and great drinks altogether…Magic! If you don’t recognize them you need to get yourself in here to check them out!!
Put it in the diary, make it a date, set up a regular work night, collaborate on Facebook messenger, organise it! Be here! Enjoy some great music, craic, a boogie and good vibes…Go on, go on, go on!
You can also check Galway Street Club out here on their Facebook page here to catch what they’re up to!
Coyotes Late Bar now hosts one of Galway’s most popular Student nights.
With entry at just €3 and a €2 drinks menu (on selected drinks) Coyotes offers Galway’s students an affordable fun filled night out.
On Monday, Coyotes Late Bar is the only place to be if you’re a student in Galway. Our prices and deals won’t be beaten anywhere else in town. Add this to our regular appearance from guest Djs and our amazing theme nights we have everything students need on a night out. For more information check out our Facebook page here.