Kyteler’s Inn, based in the heart of Kilkenny City, dates back to 1324. Extremely proud of its roots, this traditional pub serves real Irish food like stew and cabbage with bacon alongside Kilkenny beers in a friendly atmosphere that captivates everyone who walks in. Music is available 7 nights a week and attracts people from all over the world.
A more modern pub, Billy Byrnes in Kilkenny City has an impressive cocktail list, as well as a resident DJ. What’s more, there is a regular movie night, pub quiz, sport on the big screen, and live music from local musicians. The pub also serves up hearty and good tasting pub grub including a popular char-grilled Cuban chicken burger and famous seafood chowder.
An award-winning bar, Bridies is a pub with a difference with its take on an old world bar and general store. The bar has saloon doors opening into it and a beautifully tiled floor and wood panelled walls. Additionally, there is a stunning walled garden outside to enjoy a few drinks in. Bridies offers something different as you navigate your way through Kilkenny’s bustling bar scene.
Bridies is one of several popular bars in the 4-star Langton House Hotel complex.
The Hole in the Wall is an old 16th-century tavern, supposedly housed within the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland. The Elizabethan building has been restored over the years and makes for a very cosy and inviting pub with its quiet nooks and historic charm. The Archer Room upstairs is often used for live music sessions and events while tours of the whole building are available on evenings and at the weekend.
Expect to find large crowds during the weekend, with the pub proving particularly popular with stag and hen parties. A great bar to enjoy a couple of drinks during the day, and one with a cracking atmosphere.
Power’s is a traditional pub which is very much at the heart of the community of Tullahought town. The pub closed for almost 16 years but reopened in 2011 to much excitement. The pub plays host to regular live traditional music sessions, as well as various charity events to support the local community. A real hidden gem in the Kilkenny countryside, and a pub well worth paying a visit as you travel through the home of ‘The Cats’.
Mick Doyle’s Bar is a traditional pub come general store. The pub is home to some of the best music in Kilkenny and overlooks the River Barrow. The pub is small but what it lacks in space it makes up for in charm. It is also a good place to try the local stout and to experience the heart of County Kilkenny.