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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.
A spacious, bustling pub and much more besides, Paris Texas offers both quality food in the bar, and a slightly more expensive restaurant that is open from 6pm onwards. The emphasis is largely on Tex-Mex, but it seems that there is little that the menu doesn't contain. Paris Texas serves what is undoubtedly the finest chili in the south east, and if the food appears a little rough-and-ready and times, well, that's all part of the charm. Warmly recommended.