In my capacity as Galway’s man about town it’s imperative that I keep fully up to date with all the new developments in the local social scene. I’m basically the Georgina Campbell for Galway nightlife, a thumbs up from yours truly can be the making of a venue. When a new hotspot opens I’m one of the first on the scene to assess. One major renovation in the past year occurred on Forster Street. Word on the street was that An Pucan had got a major facelift and meant business.
Like everyone else I threw my head in the door a for a look and was suitably impressed. Nice interior, completely new layout, it was obvious these guys meant business. As with any new venture I knew it’d take time to settle and find its crowd but I got a great feeling from day one.
One of my first official interactions with An Pucan came in the form of a blogger menu tasting night. The fact that they decided to take this approach interested me, they could just as easily take a big advert in one of the local papers but they obviously believed enough in the product to let people make up their own minds and share those thoughts with their followers. The reception we received on the night was outstanding with Chef Tom Joyce serving and explaining the background to each dish. His pride in the menu and passion for good food has stayed with me to this day.
The choice is superb, regardless of how fussy or diverse the group you bring to visit the Pucan, I guarantee there’s something for everyone on this menu, be it food or drink. There are certain places I bring a bird I’m trying to impress similarly when I’m not trying too hard I have plenty solid of options locally. An Pucan menu actually ticks a surprising number of boxes. We live on the West Coast of Ireland yet far too many places locally don’t use this to their advantage. The Seafood menu has got to be checked out, the Oysters sourced from Kelly’s of Kilcolgan are sublime and a brilliant date selection trust me. Of course if you’re out with my great friend Sinead Carroll www.yummymummy.eu.com the chicken wings are the only way to go.
All too often excellent ideas, events and campaigns aren’t followed up and lose the initial effect, not in An Pucan. I have had the fortune of attending numerous events in the venue, such as the Teeling Whiskey Tasting night, a joint effort between the newest Whiskey Distillery in the country and An Pucan. Whiskey has become a central part of the brand and with over 215 Whiskeys it can definitely lay claim to the title of Galway’s best whiskey bar.
In less than a year An Pucan has hosted a number of very cool events, including Guinness Amplify when Kodaline and London Grammer wowed the crowds. Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler will make a public appearance for fans of the beautiful game on June 16th. The pub has quickly become known as a great spot to watch rugby too and is ardent supports of their neighbours up college road, finding a way to show almost all of the Connacht games. An Pucan has also hosted a few Galway Hour parties and a paint club with the lovely Aisling from www.beechmountartstudio.com I even co hosted a really fun networking event with the lads on the Corrib Princess which had millions of impacts on twitter that night.
Speaking of which their social media isn’t bad either and I think they might have one some award for it during the year but I can’t remember as Doug never really brought it up.
Plenty of people think I’m sponsored by An Pucan, I can honestly say I have never received one cent for the company. What I have got is top class food, superb service, a friendly welcome and countless parties I booked in spoilt rotten by Philip and his management team. Like anything else in life if people are nice to you I believe you should be nice back. An Pucan has shown that sometimes the nice guy can do well.
Happy birthday guys, continued success, looking forward to more great nights there…….