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First established in the 1850s, Matt the Miller is a traditional pub overlooking the River Nore. It attracts a diverse range of patrons, although currently, it serves Kilkenny's younger set. The upstairs bar is particularly lively over the weekends, with an emphasis on traditional and rock music, while the downstairs is a little more sedate; its timeless wooden interior is the perfect place to nurse a quiet pint.
Kyteler's Inn is an excellent example of a medieval tavern and dates back to 1324. The pub takes its name from a local Kilkenny woman, Dame Alice Kyteler, who married four times and was convicted of practicing witchcraft in the same year. Tastefully restored, the pub's traditional interior with timber floors, wooden tables and an open fire makes for an excellent atmosphere. The Irish stew comes highly recommended.
Lanigan's Bar & Restaurant is located in the center of Kilkenny, right next to Lanigan's Hostel. An ideal getaway for those looking for an entertaining night out on a budget, this bar offers delectable blend of Continental and local Irish cuisine, as well as a range of beers and other drinks to help wash down the meal. Besides the food and drinks, Lanigan’s also plays host to live music, featuring Irish folk music on Thursdays and Sunday, and on other days playing host to local as well as traveling bands and DJs. Call for further information.
The Field is an historical bar and restaurant serving breakfast and typical Irish specialities. It often hosts the best bands of the area, offering wonderful live music every night! This is the perfect place to spend a night with your friends or simply taste some of the best specialities of the area.
One of Kilkenny's most respected venues, Cleere's has been playing host to intimate theater performances and traditional music sessions for as long as anyone can remember. Its Monday night trad session has assumed almost legendary status, and guest musicians and singers are always very welcome. Attracting mainly a younger crowd, Cleere's is also a great place for a pint of Guinness. So sit back with a tall one and enjoy the show.
Multilingual menus in the window promoting ploughman's platter amongst other hot and cold lunches, invite the multitudes into this big open bar on two levels. The walls are crammed with antique signs and local roadsigns. The upper level, towards the back, features a pool table and darts. The centre piece of this bar is a bright red antique pump, sitting for no apparent reason, in the middle of the floor. The Pumphouse also has a late club upstairs called "Elbow Room", which is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Traditional music is featured in the main bar during the rest of the week.