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.
Relish local and international craft brews at the Brewery Corner. Not only does the brewpub have a variety of local craft brews on tap, but Brewery Corner also hosts live music events by local artists. The nights where there are no performances scheduled, the energy level of this pub is still kept high by the in-house or visiting DJs. There is also a wide-ranging variety of food served throughout the day for patrons who begin to feel the hunger pangs after a while. If you are looking for a fun-filled night, head to Brewery Corner for a great time.
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 Zoo is among the city's favorite hot-spots for clubbing and socializing. Featuring fresh talents night after night, catch some smashing gigs and performances by local bands at this hep club. A stage for upcoming artists and groups, Zoo also doubles up as a vibrant nightclub. Though quite compact, the dance-floor gives you enough room to groove but can get a bit congested on weekend nights when the club is packed with an enthusiastic crowd. However, what the place lacks in space, it makes up in the great line-up of bands and an ambiance contagious enough to lift your blue mood. Adding to the lively experience is an exceptional sound system and a premier list of spirits to further enliven the scene.
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.
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.
Langton Club is a nightclub that is part of the Langton House Hotel. This is the most popular nightclub in Kilkenny, so visitors can expect to meet many of the locals from the neighborhood. The club often has comedy or live music, so you can be sure you'll be entertained. The club is open on tuesday, thursday and saturday nights from 10 pm till the late hours.
This is the Liverpool Supporters Club spot in Kilkenny and is packed with a comparatively young and arguably hard-drinking clientèle. The notice outside lets you know that the World's End is open for "the cure" on Sunday mornings, which suitably sums up the atmosphere of the place. This is a soccer bar through and through, as evident by the huge range of supporters' scarves decorating the bar. Pool and darts facilities are available, as is live music and DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It's definitely a pub for party animals with strong livers.