The beautiful city of Kilkenny has a lot to offer visitors starting with the magnificent and well-known Kilkenny castle and other historical landmarks. After a long day sightseeing, visitors seeking a pint or a meal are spoiled for choice by the city’s many pubs and there are many to choose from! If you are after music, good food, a party, some craic, or just a cold pint of Guinness, Kilkenny’s pubs will have something for everyone. Having explored Kilkenny ourselves with the help of some locals, we’ve narrowed down the pubs in this town to five of the very best that you need to visit before you die.
1. Billy Byrnes
Billy Byrne’s pub, restaurant and B&B can be found a short walk from the train station, on John Street Lower. This pub has a lovely laid back atmosphere, numerous areas where you can sit down, on a couch if you prefer, for a pint or a meal. It also has more than one comfortable, covered smoking sections. It’s a great place to visit for younger people visiting the city and especially those wanting a bit of a late night party venue, while comfortably catering for younger families during the day when it feels a bit like a coffee shop… Until you head into the back rooms! It’s well worth a visit.
2. Kyteler’s Inn
Situated in the heart of Kilkenny city, this fascinating inn was established in 1324, which makes it one of the country’s oldest inns. Its history dates back to 1263 and it is best known for the witch hunt on its first owner and founder, Alice de Kyteler, who was accused of practising witchcraft and sentenced to being burned, but thankfully escaped that horrible fate by leaving Ireland. The inn is well worth a visit for a pint, a hearty Irish meal, or a quick tour and looks at the wonderful decor and they say if you’re (un?)lucky enough, you might even bump into a ghost!
3. The Hole in the Wall
This tiny, cosy pub is housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland, the 1582 Archer Inner House. Tucked away down a little alleyway on High street, just around the corner from the castle, it’s easy to miss, but well worth finding and visiting. This pub is known locally as a “storytelling” pub, where on a good night, you will be entertained by wonderful tall tales and folklore while sipping your pint.
4. The Left Bank
This beautifully decorated, award winning pub and restaurant opened on The Parade, just a minute’s walk from the castle, in 2008 and quickly became very popular amongst visitors and locals alike. It’s a great place to visit for private parties and functions, a meal, or just a quick pint. For smokers, there is Louie’s Backyard and outdoor area, a fully heated and covered smoking area, featuring its own fireplace and both an indoor and outdoor bar. This pub also offers 45-minute walking tours with their tour guide to view the sites of Kilkenny City. Well worth a visit!
5. Andrew Ryan’s
Andrew Ryan’s is a much loved “local” pub. Frequented mainly by Kilkenny’s residents, it is beautifully decorated, a great music venue and the perfect place to hang out with friendly locals and enjoy a bit of craic with your pint. Situated on Friary St, right in the city centre, it’s a short walk from the main shopping centre and the castle. Well worth a visit!
Written with the help of inmyireland.com