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.
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.
O'Riada's Bar and its interior are clearly that of an old-style grocery bar with the groceries now removed. Sporting motifs dominate the wall decorations and the shelves, which once would have been stocked with provisions now house a motley selection of old clocks, bottles, tube radios and even an antique Remington typewriter. O'Riada's proudly does without live or piped music and thus stakes its claim as one of Kilkenny's premier talking- shops. The talking does, however, come to a complete stop for hurling on the television, as is customary in Kilkenny.
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".
Christy's is very much a traditional "local", with no frills except for the beautiful hanging flower-covered exterior featuring a hand- painted Guinness sign. The clientèle is composed mainly of die hard regulars, who wile away the days sipping pints of porter and indulging in the Kilkenny-wide obsession of following various sports on the television. Food is available in the form of sandwiches with tea and coffee.