Pubs, theatres, nightclubs, gigs, festivals, live traditional music… it’s all going on in Kilkenny and the streets and bars are always busy with people having a great time so why not check out some of our favourites.
Home to a world of live music, comedy, theatre, whiskeys and world beers. Fresh food served daily and live traditional music every Monday and Wednesday plus friendly barmen make this one of Kilkenny’s finest venues. Don’t miss the Monday evening Traditional music it’s Kilkenny’s longest running session and a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Did we tell you we love Cleere’s gourmet soups, sandwiches and salads?
An olde worlde classic Irish pub with brass gas lanterns, a horse shoe shaped bar and gorgeous antiquities left over from when Tynans was a grocery and pharmacy. There’s a great ambience and it’s the perfect place to strike up a conversation with some of the locals.
With live music on weekends and a brilliant Traditional music session with quality musicians every Thursday night Ryans is a firm favourite. A great beer garden and a relaxed vibe mean it’s well worth a visit.
Just opposite the Hostel this low key bar is hurling crazy, has great pints of Guinness and a friendly clientèle.
A lovely old bar that’s the perfect place for a pint of Smithwicks or a Baileys Irish coffee by the fire and some tasty traditional Irish food.
Famous for being owned by the notorious Dame Alice Kyteler who was accused of witchcraft in 1323 after her four husbands died in suspicious circumstances, this popular bar now has traditional music most nights of the week plus homed cooked dinners and great drinks. Pop in to get the low down on Dame Alice and see if she avoided being burnt at the stake. There’s also free Bodhran lessons on Monday and Tuesday nights in the summer where you can learn how to play Irelend’s native drum.
With different bars, a nightclub, tea rooms, a live music venue and a restaurant, Langtons is a famous establishment in Kilkenny and is always busy. Pop next door to Bridies bar, also owned by Langtons, for a pint in beautifully designed surroundings or take your drink out the courtyard with a complimentary blanket and hotwater bottle on those chilly winter days. The scones in Langton’s tea room are delicious for afternoon tea.
A loyal crowd frequent this friendly bar just opposite the Hostel. There’s a pool table if you feel like challenging the locals to a game, an outdoor terrace upstairs, cheap pints, great drinks promotions on Friday nights and a rootsy, bluesy gig by local musicians on Sunday nights that’s been running for almost 20 years and always draws a big crowd.
With a laid back vibe and loads of events this friendly bar is a perfect place for all day breakfast, a game of pool or lounging around in the outdoor smoking area. There’s tacos on a Tuesday , cult/classic films for free every Wednesday night and live music or Dj sets on the weekends. There’s also tasty street food served out of a double decker bus in the beer garden on Saturdays and Sundays and wood fired pizzas cooked fresh on Wednesdays.
Providing a mixed line up of drama, comedy,opera, dance and classical and contemporary music the Watergate is a great little theatre just next door to the hostel. They also have regular exhibitions of paintings and photographs.
Part of the Langton’s empire this stunning theatre plays host to music, film, events,comedy and spoken word. There are two bars, a lovely courtyard area and a regular Saturday night alternative club night.
Four screens show all the latest Hollywood and Irish releases and there’s also late shows on a Friday and Saturday night if you’re looking for an alternative to the pubs and clubs