Kilkenny's Brilliant Pubs
For most visitors, the experience of the Irish pub is one of the most important and enjoyable aspects of their visit to Ireland. A central institution of Irish culture and society, the pubs and the characters who run them, are at the heart and soul of our communities.
Here in Kilkenny, we’re spoiled. We have some of the finest pubs not just in the region, but in the country, and even the world. Our pubs and publicans take pride in offering timeless comfort, conviviality and craic and extend a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike.
No two pubs are ever the same. Each is unique in its ambience, décor, events and offerings, yet each shares in a tradition of warmth and welcome that is unmistakably Irish. In Kilkenny, we have authentic pubs that specialise in the finest of local, seasonal food. Others showcase the finest musical talent available, both traditional and contemporary.
This week, our very own Cleere’s Pub of Parliament street was recognised by IMRO as the Best Leinster Venue in recognition of their commitment to music, comedy and drama. Cleere’s Pub was deservedly singled out for its dedication and passion to year round exceptional live music and cultural events.
Also this week, a new venture in Tullaroan highlights the centrality of the pub to rural life in Ireland. Seanie’s celebrates the idea of the pub as a community hub, grocery and post office, where quality food and drink take their place alongside the to and fro of village life.
From quiet rural establishments, to bustling city venues, from the music session to the seafood, from the conversation to the craic, a visit to a Kilkenny pub is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.