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.
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.
For a taste of Ireland's authentic whiskey culture, the rustic setting with leather-clad furniture, Irish coffees and whiskey poured in dazzling glasses, Dylan Whisky Bar is just the place to go. They have over 200 whiskeys that are amongst the world's finest, so if you're a connoisseur, you're in for some amazing delight. They also have an astounding variety of gins, wines, beers and cocktails.
In operation since 2008, Left Bank is one of the most happening bars in Kilkenny’s. Set in hip, sophisticated environs, the bar has separate VIP areas and top DJs spinning tracks across multiple genres. Patrons can dig into finger food in case they begin to feel the hunger pangs. You can also spend your time listening to the live music performances, lay back in the heated outdoor patio, snug up to the fireplace with your loved one or simply sip on one of the expertly-prepared concoctions. Besides this, Left Bank conducts workshops on preparing cocktails and also provides space for events and private parties. If you are looking for a memorable evening, head to Left bank for a great time.
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.
Syd's pub, as it is locally known, is a pleasant little haven from the bustle of Kilkenny Castle and Rose Inn Street. It was established in 1833 and retains a certain old-world atmosphere thanks in part to the wooden interior and the half-door. When you enter on a sunny day, it can take a minute or two to adjust to the sudden darkness. There is a small pool room, a television and central heating, and free newspapers are provided, which is always a good sign. There are a couple of rooms available, and some good soup and sandwiches on offer.