- tasteful restoration
Every aspect of Tribeton has been carefully created over the past two years. There are many stories to tell and memories yet to be made but in the beginning… there was a bar…
The bar in Tribeton runs almost the length of the venue and features a beautiful re-claimed oak base with Italian marble counter top on the main bar and a shining Belfast pewter top on the cocktail bar. Pewter was once only for the wealthy in Ireland and was found on the tables of castle halls. Today we have combined over 800 years of Irish Pewter with modern day metalwork to create a stunning focal point for our guests.
Above the cocktail bar hangs a specially commissioned bronze two tiered cartwheel chandelier which was modelled on an original smaller lantern sourced in Cornwall in over 20 years ago and now hangs in Kirwan’s lane. The medieval style is a celebration of the history of Galway and a love of ancient crafts honed from generation to generation.
Opposite the bar, the restaurant tables and showcase dividers were created by the skill of local Galway craftsmen. They hand-crafted the table tops from beautiful, reclaimed hand hewn oak beams. The wood was salvaged from old Amish barns in the rural countryside of Pennsylvania. A hundred and fifty years of weather has produced a character that show off its history and unique character. Its colour ranges from light amber to a nut brown with a distinctive variety of grain patterns. It is easy to imagine the magnificent trees that once grew and were used to create Amish homesteads.
Throughout Tribeton, the use of vintage lighting, metal casings and antique mirrors allow natural light to be amplified throughout the day while dusk brings the venue alive with warm evening tones, rhythmic music and electric atmosphere.
The ground floor entrance at 1-3 Merchant’s road now features a vibrant hand-painted floor mural and guests are guided to the wide and impressive Art Deco stairway that leads to Tribeton Café, Bar & Restaurant above. There is also a charming fireplace which is now a quirky feature of the large industrial open kitchen – the largest of its kind in Galway and visually arresting.
We have retained all of Tribeton’s original detailing, such as the elongated sash windows, double-leaf doors and mosaic threshold, all of which add to the beauty of it as Galway’s finest Art Deco building.