This photo of the pubs opposite Kilkenny Tourist Hostel is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Traditional Irish pubs have an international reputation for being comfortable, social, welcoming, lively and great fun. You can settle into a seat at the bar and have a chat to the barman while he or she serves you the perfect pint of Guinness and fills you in on all the local gossip or you can relax with a cup or tea or coffee and read the daily paper. If you want food there’s stews, soups, sandwiches and chips aplenty or for some crunchy snacks with your pint you can’t go far wrong with a packet of cheese and onion Tayto, Ireland’s favourite crisps.
Of course if Traditional Irish Music is your thing then there are always loads of quality gigs taking place where you can either sit back and take it all in or grab your tin whistle, guitar or banjo and join right in. If banter with the locals is what you’re looking for then you might just discover that the old boy at the bar knows your long lost second cousin’s girlfriend’s mother’s brother!
Across the road from Kilkenny Tourist Hostel you’ll find a great example of what makes Traditional Irish pubs so well loved. There’s the old style O’Riadas Bar a real little local gem serving a creamy pint of the black stuff and where the regulars gather round the telly to cheer Kilkenny on in the Hurling Finals and reply the wins weeks and weeks after the All Ireland is done and dusted. There’s the PumpHouse which attracts a loyal crowd of music lovers and visitors alike and has a laid back relaxed vibe. There’s Cleeres Pub a huge favourite with your friendly staff here at Kilkenny Tourist Hostel as there’s always a friendly chat with Johnny the barman, great gigs, tasty lunches and an open fire to warm yourself by on those cold winter evenings. You could even venture into Phelans bar an often overlooked old mans pub established in 1873 with old style decor and a regular clientele.
If you stay with us here at Kilkenny Tourist Hostel all these great bars are literally right on your doorstep..handy don’t you think!