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.
Langton's House Hotel has a variety of restaurants with different menus and ambiances, for various events, occasions, or simply fine dine. With the Langton Room that serves a scrumptious Irish and international menu, there's the Tea and Wine room, and also an Al Fresco that's refreshing in warm days of Irish summer. Starters include global specialties such as the Atlantic Seafood Chowder and Salmon Filled Mushroom Caps, whereas main courses recreate Irish magic with specialties like Traditional Irish Stew and Traditional Battered Cod & Chips.
You won't have to be a drinker to be tempted to enter the Marble City, and the magnificent exterior might well be familiar from the plethora of Irish pub front posters that have appeared of late. Once lured inside you won't be disappointed, as the interior décor is of a like standard. Bar food is available, but the emphasis is on quality liquor and lively discourse. A charming and marvelous pub!
There was a time in Ireland when it was commonplace for pubs and groceries to be housed in the same place. One stop shopping, if you will, although it probably prolonged the process. Tynan's has cleverly maintained the layout from when this attractive pub was such a place. Culinary ingredients are no longer served, but there is no question as to the quality of the liquor on offer. If you need an excuse to nip out for a pint, Tynan's inherent historical value might well suffice.
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.
Located within the Kilford Arms hotel, White Oak Restaurant invites tourists as well as locals of Kilkenny for an authentic Irish dining experience. The place serves up fresh local produce in a cosy and casual setting, and is famous for its innovative daily specialties. So if you want to get a step closer to understanding Ireland's culture, start with its food at White Oak. For a detailed menu list, check the website.
Billy Byrnes brings an intimate, cozy ambience that was an essence of Irish pubs traditionally. The rustic but flamboyant decor is amazing to enjoy the local craft beers and some finger food. They also serve coffee, hot drinks and beers from around the world. There's also an innovative bus-turned-restaurant called the Bula Bus, that gets a street food vibe and serves fast food cuisines of the world. Billy Byrnes has got a beautiful beer garden seating where smoking is allowed and there's a fireplace.
The tone of this establishment is set by the prominently displayed sign in the front window which lets you know that Egans is the meeting place of the Wolfe Tone Celtic Supporters Club. Rangers fans beware, I guess. Buses are organized from the pub to all Celtic home games. This very spacious bar is thoroughly painted inside with murals dedicated to traditional Irish music, with many well-known lyrics quoted and decorated. "May God hold you in the hollow of his hand and have a drink in the other for you" is a sentiment the locals obviously have a lot of time for. Live traditional music features from Thursday to Sunday. Bed and breakfast is available upstairs for those who overindulge in "the Jug of Punch".
This is a rough-and-ready local and is obviously a popular spot for viewing sport on the television. There are no frills, not even to the extent of sandwiches being available. The main visual focus inside is on a number of impressive oil paintings. And yes, of course, they are on a sporting theme. "Homage" depicts a young hurler, barely out of short pants, receiving instruction at the knee of an old veteran. The picture is a pretty exact rendition of what tradition means in Kilkenny. O'Gormans also features traditional music occasionally at weekends from "the Two Paddies".
The 67 Bar is one of the most popular nightlife destinations in Kilkenny. Located in the Langton House, this bar has plush leather seating and a wide selection of drinks and food. However, the best part about the bar is that it occasionally has live entertainment.