Kilkenny Pubs, Bars & Nightlife

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Langtons Bar & Nightclub Kilkenny

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Langtons Ballroom & Garden Bar

Every Saturday Langtons Ballroom & Garden Bar are transformed into a full-on night club. Serving fabulous cocktails and an extensive drinks menu our DJ’s smash out the tunes to super-charge Langtons into a great nightclub experience.

Being a nightclub since the 80’s Langtons nightclub has seen changes over the years, but it has remained the destination of fun in Kilkenny. There is no reason needed to partake in a fun night out but if you do have a special occasion and would like to reserve an area, they cater for hen parties, birthdays and any other excuse you can find for a night out.

 Langtons Nightclub offers you comfort, and style spread over a large dance floors with 20 ft high ceilings, 3 indoor bars, 1 outdoor Garden bar & a large Garden terrace.   At Langtons Nightclub you can enjoy your surroundings while sipping delicious colorful cocktails and soaking up the lovely atmosphere together with your friends.    

Why not party all night on the most stunning dance floor in Kilkenny!

Bridies Bar & General Store

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Bridies is an old-world bar, pub and general store with a charming walled garden to the rear. It is very popular with locals, and serves the best pint of Guinness. Hidden in the middle of Kilkenny's Medieval City, it's charm and old world style make this small bar the perfect place to meet your friends or to maybe make some new ones. It is part of Langton's Hotel Kilkenny and is named after one of the original founders of Langton’s, Bridie Langton.  Bridie’s Bar & General Store is certainly not one to be missed. 

The General Store is located at the front and has a beautiful old-world charm. The shop which is stocked with a mix of old quarter sweet jars, cards, gifts and pastries, is one of Kilkenny’s most photographed buildings. Bridies Store offers high quality specialty coffee produced by skilled baristas together with a large selection of homemade pastries, sauces, oils and treats, prepared daily on-site.

It also serves as a gift shop, boasting Irish made goods, like our large Voya range, Chunky Knits by Lisa, Soah Flowers & so much more.Entered through saloon doors reminiscent of a speak easy. The chat is always plentiful and only on big match days is a TV allowed into the Bar.To the back there is a long-walled Garden. Dotted down the garden are bus shelters where you can sit and enjoy the outdoors with a beer in hand, maybe even in the sunshine!  It is an escape from the hustle and bustle.If you are any way curious, then why not discover the charm of Bridies Bar & General Store.

Bridies Award winning garden is found by passing through the quirky sweet & gift shop and the snug old wold bar. When the sun shines, Bridies Garden is the perfect place to unwind. Enjoy the walled Gardens, bus shelters and the colourful blooms and planting whilst listening to some music. Why not join us for a beer in Bridies Garden and soak up the sun with friends and escape from the hustle and bustle of Kilkenny City.

 Bridies Bar and General Store is part of Langtons Hotel in Kilkenny City, renowned particularly for its impeccable customer service, good wholesome cuisine and genuine welcome. Visit

Biddy Earlys Kilkenny

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Biddy Earlys Kilkenny

Kilkenny's best Cocktail and Party Bar has been slinging shots, mixing drinks and giving nights to remember since 1996. Visit Biddy Early's and we'll get your party going - you won't want to leave. You will find them on John Street in the center of Kilkenny's nightlife.

Monday - Thursday: 12 noon - till 8pm
Friday - Sunday: 12 noon - till 6pm

What's on

There's always something on with nightly entertainment including: Karaoke, Live Bands, DJ sets, Private Cocktail Classes, Whisky Tasting and Sipping Masterclasses.


Find out more about What's On in Biddy Earlys or check out their Facebook page.


Lenehan’s Bar


Barrack Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7721621

One of the oldest pubs in Kilkenny City which has retained its character for over 150 years!

Lenehan's – one of the oldest pubs in Kilkenny city – and with the addition of the new “yard” in 2020 – one of the most modern spaces in the city.  The bar which was sold by the Lenehan family in 2019 has remained largely untouched and is still one of the most authentic old bars remaining in Ireland with some of the original features like the snug, the remenants of the old grocery and the brandy and port casketts.


The yard is modern and boasts individual booths and ample covered seating.  Food is served Monday through Saturday from 12.30 daily until 7.30…come visit us in Lenehan's when you visit Kilkenny for a bite to eat or just a tipple where you will be offered a warm welcome by our efficient and friendly staff.



Brogan’s Yard

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Brogan's Yard is a neighbourhood bar & garden located in the heart of Kilkenny City. Their exclusive cocktail bar is a hidden gem in Kilkenny, with their mixologists carefully mixing you your perfect cocktail. Brogan's kick-ass bar staff know how to pour a pint and have the laugh. The craic is mighty!! So get your arse down there and check it out.

They've open from 12 pm every day till late....

Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

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The 46 newly renovated bedrooms provide all the luxury and comforts you need when travelling for business or pleasure to Kilkenny City.  The central hotel location in Kilkenny City makes the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel the perfect base for travelers exploring this charming Irish Medieval city.  The hotel rooms are spacious with a wonderful boutique charm and feel, coupled with 4 star hotel facilities and amenities including complimentary WiFi, bottled water, coffee making machines and flat screen TVs.

The new Brasserie restaurant combines casual dining with stylish interiors and to ensure all guests are given an unforgettable dining experience, the talented chefs only use the best seasonal ingredients from trusted local suppliers.  The Brasserie is your go-to destination for a lunch date with friends, family meal or a romantic dinner.

The Hibernian Bar is a perfect friendly and cosy place to enjoy an informal bite or pre-dinner drinks.

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Langtons Hotel Kilkenny

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Langtons Hotel in Kilkenny City is renowned particularly for its impeccable customer service, good wholesome cuisine and genuine welcome. This Kilkenny hotel is designed to a modern and stylish four-star standard. It is considered in fact, one of the jewels in Kilkenny's Medieval City. The hotel is centrally located on the bustling John Street at the heart of Kilkenny City. It is an easy stroll to the High Street and surrounding shopping and tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle & St. Canice's Cathedral and Tower.  Langtons Hotel is home to award winning bars specifically known for introducing show stopping performances and gigs. In fact, it is known for Kilkenny's most trendy, modern and dynamic nightclub where you can dance the night away and most importantly catch your beauty sleep all under the same roof.

Langtons Kilkenny have designed the accommodation to give guests a relaxed yet memorable stay. The 34 bedrooms range in size from the intimate main house to the larger townhouse suites.  All are luxuriously appointed with bespoke furniture, large and sublimely comfortable beds. The Bar, Restaurant and Tearoom offer dining throughout the day serving Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Early Bird and Dinner. Langton’s executive chef has carefully designed considered seasonal menus for the many dining areas throughout the hotel. Weekly Entertainment includes Late Bar, Nightclub, Traditional Irish Music, Comedy, Theatre and DJs.

As a proud member of the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, the bars offer bespoke cocktail menus and consequently stock over 90 Irish whiskies. We offer a whiskey tasting experience led by one of our in-house Whiskey Experts. Langtons was established in 1938 and has a long tradition with Irish Whiskey throughout its history. Indeed the last whiskey distillery in Kilkenny City was on the site of Langtons Set Theatre. For more information on the Whiskey Tasting Experience, please contact Nicole at or phone (056) 776 5133.

This Kilkenny hotel's facilities include free wifi, car park, air conditioning, penthouse and suites. Langtons Hotel Kilkenny has a very unique charm and consequently is the ideal choice for your holiday stay, dining experience, meeting or event. Book today and visit


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Riverview Bar & Terrace

Riverview Bar and Terrace Kilkenny River Court Hotel

Kilkenny River Court Hotel, The Bridge John Street, Kilkenny, R95 Y104

Tel: 056 7723388

The Riverview Bar & Terrace has picture-perfect views, delicious home-cooked food & friendly service.

The Riverview Bar & Terrace at the Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel is a place of friendliness and warmth in the heart of Kilkenny City. It is the ideal setting for a coffee, dining or few drinks with friends whilst enjoying the picture-perfect views of Kilkenny Castle and the River Nore. The Riverview Bar is also an ideal setting for small parties such as birthdays, family occasions or work gatherings. A private area can be reserved for groups on request providing you with the wonderful atmosphere of the Riverview Bar whilst enjoying your own private space.

They serve a delicious array of Bistro food throughout the day and evening, from salads, steaks, burgers, sandwiches and lots more not forgetting our tempting desserts and coffees. During the warmer days the outdoor Terrace area is alive with both residents and locals alike due to its stunning location on the water's edge. Locally the Terrace is known as the ultimate al fresco wining and dining area in Kilkenny and is the place to be. 

HOBAN Bar & Brasserie at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

HOBAN Bar & Brasserie at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny, R95 Y5CX, Ireland

Tel: 056 7750200

HOBAN Bar & Brasserie at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny City Centre is where a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food and a genuine welcome awaits you. The bar is fabulously glamorous with a distinctly Art Deco feel and a cosy snug and warm fire providing the perfect backdrop to an extensive and impressive Cocktail and Drinks List.

A palette of rich peacock blue and russet orange combines with soft leathers, velvet and brass to give a warm ambience to this contemporary brasserie – the perfect spot to relax in after a busy day's sightseeing or to treat yourself after stressful week at work.

Opening Daily: Bar from 12.30pm (and 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday) and the Brasserie Serves from opening till 9pm 

HOBAN Sunday Brunch is served from 11am - 3 pm House DJ from 11.30 -1.30pm. Enjoy great classic brunch dishes in a buzzing brasserie atmosphere. The art deco glamour of the bar & brasserie is matched with soft mood lighting to soothe and our resident DJ will ease you into your Sunday with funky, easy listening music vibes.

Signature brunch cocktails like Bellini, Mimosa and Bloody Mary’s as well as non-alcoholic detox and kick-start cocktails to set you up for the day. Great for getting together with family or a group of friends or for the day after a celebration or night out.

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Pure Bar at Hotel Kilkenny

Pure Bar Hotel Kilkenny

This chic bar offers an inviting interior, a mix of old and new world styles. This stylish Kilkenny bar is a haven of designer luxury and is renowned for its great service, fantastic quality food & easy going atmosphere. Pure offers an extensive drinks, wine and cocktail list including some specialist drinks carefully assembled by the Pure team.  The Pure Bar food menu has been crafted to offer a great variety of dishes to suit all needs; Pure Bar Menu.

Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience

19 Main St, Ballycoam, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 0879715304

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A great pub located in Stoneyford, Kilkenny just a short distance from Mount Juliet, that offers the best craic and great music. Malzards offers a traditional Irish Pub experience, with traditional Irish instruments available for you to play, or sing along with the local musicians in the bar.
Learn how to hurl: in a relaxed, fun environment, learn all about Ireland's ancient Gaelic game of hurling with neighbours, young and old will love it!

Kytelers Inn

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Kyteler's Inn is a truly historic Kilkenny bar and venue dating back to 1324 with an intriguing background - but you will have to visit to hear the whole story of witches & poisoned husbands! The building houses four bars over three floors with a great tradition for Music and is an IRISH MUSIC BAR award winner.

The Menu in Kyteler's reflects local, Irish produce and fare served with local beers.  Music is a huge part of Ireland's history and Traditional Irish music has a home right here in Kyteler's Inn. Enjoy a fun Trad session with a talented duo, every Monday to Thursday evening in the Main bar.

Visitors from all over the world join a local clientele for Bacon and Cabbage, Irish Stew, prime Steaks and our famous 'Vol au Vents' washed down with local Kilkenny beers, Harp lager and Guinness. This Kilkenny bar has catered for many tour groups over the years and would be very happy to look after any group in this great medieval building.  Kytelers Inn, Kilkenny offers the perfect surroundings for special occasions, communions, birthdays, Christmas parties, office parties & private parties.

NEW! The Witches Brew. Officially called “Kytelers Inn Irish Red”, we've nicknamed it “The Witches Brew” after Alice Kyteler - the former owner of Kytelers who was accused of witchcraft, heresy and murder. Brewed locally by O’Haras, this creamy red ale comes on draught at 3.8% ABV and has a distinctive ale finish.

Lanigan’s Bar & Restaurant

Lanigans Kilkenny Bar

Lanigan's Bar & Restaurant is a family run Traditional Kilkenny Bar located in the heart of the medieval city. Live Music is on offer 7 nights a week and Irish Cuisine served until 9pm each evening. Famed for its Hooly nights Live Trad with Cu Chulainn with World renowned Irish Dancer Ger Hayes and dancers from Evelyn White school of dance every Mon, Tues, Wed & Thur 9 till late. It also boasts the largest LCD video wall in Ireland for all your sporting events.

Adjacent to this famous Kilkenny bar is a brand new 40 bed Tourist Hostel offering visitors accommodation on a budget. Voted the number one on things to do in Kilkenny on Trip Advisor, The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience brings you down a unique sporting experience into the world's oldest & Fastest Field Game. Located close to top Kilkenny attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, the newly added addition of Kilkenny Ghost Tours is a must when visiting the Medieval capital of Ireland. A warm and Friendly welcome will always greet you at Lanigan's.

Left Bank Bar

Left Bank popular Kilkenny bar for couples, friends, groups and parties

Left Bank has been transformed into one of Kilkenny's most popular bars and venues. A recently renovated Bank of Ireland Branch, this Kilkennt bar features a beautifully designed main bar with lively atmosphere, friendly staff and Louie's Backyard and outdoor area is a fully heated and covered smoking area featuring its own fireplace and both an indoor and outdoor bar.

Rive Gauche restaurant serves a beautiful Gourmet Lunch daily from 12pm – 4.30pm. Groups and parties of all needs are invited to this Kilkenny bar to soak up the atmosphere in our historic and impressive bar.

Sams Kilkenny is the latest addition to The Left Bank.  The brand new Sams Kilkenny offers gourmet food delivered to you, in the comfort of your own home or you have the option to call and collect. They deliver within an 2km radius of Kilkenny City to ensure the quality and standard of their food. Specialising in pizzas, pastas, house dips and house desserts that are prepared daily by their professional kitchen team. Order and prepay over the phone or website and organise delivery or collection. ​Opening hours Monday to Sunday 1pm to 10pm. Call: 056 7818022.

Marble City Bar & Tea Rooms

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Situated within walking distance from Langton House Hotel, The Marble City Bar & Tea Rooms is one the oldest public houses in the County it has still retained many of the original features and exsudes a warm & friendly atmosphere. MCB is a favourite with locals and residents alike, visitors will experience and savour an atmosphere made tangible by the aroma of International coffees, freshly baked breads and extensive menus boasting the very best in fresh local Irish produce and service.

Downstairs and situated on a bustling pedestrianised shopping street is the new addition to the Langton family Marble City Tea Rooms. An ideal meeting spot with both indoor and outdoor seating area's it is the perfect setting in which to experience a varied selection of coffees, teas, cakes, and pastries along with a full & comprehensive menu.

Matt the Millers

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Matt the Millers is arguably one of the most popular pubs in Kilkenny. The energetic bar features four floors with a bar on each and with an expanse of ground space to dance the night away under the sparkling disco ball and warm atmosphere. Customers are spoilt for choice with great food, a lively bar and music venue in a pub that has maintained its true Medieval Character. So come on down and soak up the atmosphere for yourself!

Paris Texas Bar & Restaurant

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The leading Gastro pub in the South East of Ireland. Our newly refurbished pub in the heart of Kilkenny city is now known as one of the leading Gastro pubs in the South East and is home to a wood smoking oven offering a fusion of traditional American South West favourites with the sophistication of New Orleans French Quarter.

Paris Texas has an extensive range of beers on tap and in bottle to meet and challenge your tastes – just as our food does. We also pride ourselves on our range of spirits, particularly whiskeys, rums, gins and vodkas. All these spirits encourage experimentation so we probably have a cocktail with your name on it. Some even use our home-made lemonade. We also offer all our wines, including prosecco, by the glass as well as bottle.

We deliver quality food at affordable prices ensuring its popularity with locals and visitors alike. American Barbeque food is perfect for sharing with friends or a beer and for casual dining. Our smoked meats, often dry-rubbed or marinated result in some of our dishes being both smoky and spicy. Not all our meats are smoked, there is something for everyone!

So if you want to experience ‘real deal’ American southwest cuisine and a genuine Irish welcome we think you have made the right choice. Our team are always on hand to help you with menu choices and suggestions that will suit your mood today.

Rafters Gastro Pub & Accommodation

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Rafters Gastro Pub & Accommodation is Kilkenny Business Awards winner for 2021. It is based in the heart of Kilkenny City, 2-minute walk from Kilkenny Castle. Combining old world charm with a modern elegance, this award winning bar offers a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Rafters offers great food with an extensive menu available 7 days a week. Boasting 14 bedrooms and a rooftop beer garden it can accommodate all your need.

Rafter's has a new outdoor al fresco dining area to enjoy this summer. The ultimate spot to soak up the atmosphere of the city and enjoy afternoon or evening drinks and lunch in the summer sunshine.

Live music is available on weekends and all major sporting occasions are shown on their 3 giant screens. Rafters is renowned as a sports venue and is complemented by a pool table and darts board. Saturday nights are very lively at Rafter Dempsey's, as they always have one of the best bands in Kilkenny belting out their tunes! If you are looking for a great entertainment venue, with a terrific atmosphere, good company and an old world charm all mixed together to give the right blend for your night, look no further.

Sullivans Taproom & Brewing Co

Soak up the atmosphere and savour the ancient craft of independent, artisan brewing at Sullivan’s Taproom, located at 15 John Street Kilkenny.

Combine internationally award winning craft beer with a delicious daily menu containing items such as wood fired pizzas, burgers, tacos, wings and more! Established in 1702 at The Malting’s on James's Street, Kilkenny, the brewery survived a fire in 1880 and was lost on horse bet in 1918 before being revived in 2016 by members of the Sullivan and Smithwick families.

Sullivan’s Brewing Company is now back stronger than ever producing award winning beer – The Malting’s Red Ale was voted Best Draught Ale in the world, 2017/18! Sullivan’s Taproom also boasts rotational taps allowing you to sample a variety of craft beer each time you visit, as well as a new and improved heated outdoor dining area, including the extremely popular 8 person outdoor pods!

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Billy Byrnes Bar

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Billy Byrnes is one of Kilkenny’s most famous public houses located in the heart of this medieval city. This Kilkenny bar is a popular meeting place for locals young and old with a reputation for good beer, good food and a warm welcome. In this relaxed and informal environment visitors can enjoy a bit of local colour, some top quality live music, or just a quiet corner to read the paper.

Billy Byrnes main bar is a big, bright, welcoming space where guests can eat breakfast and lunch, check e-mail, or just meet friends and linger over coffee during the day. At night, the bar fills up with a mixture of locals and visitors, hipsters and sports stars.  A wide selection of craft beers and spirits from Kilkenny and further afield is served. There is a dedicated live music room at the back of the bar not to mention a funky beer garden furnished with rescued sofas and home-made tables, like a beach bar in the middle of the city! There’s even an old double-decker bus, converted to a kitchen, serving tasty street food from around the world and a real wood-fired oven turning out fresh, authentic pizzas.

Situated above a renovated 19th Century townhouse bar and restaurant, popular with locals and visitors alike, Billy Byrnes is a comfortable family-run bed & breakfast just a five minute stroll from the heart of historic Kilkenny city. Visit Billy Byrne's today and experience what this great Kilkenny bar has to offer.

Brewery Corner

Kilkenny’s first and finest Craft Beer Bar

Brewery Corner is the first and finest Craft Beer Kilkenny Bar. Located on Parliment street, it houses a selection of over 100 craft beers on draught and in bottles and a wide range of international craft beers and whiskeys, and specially selected wines. Delicious stone-baked pizzas and mouth-watering stacked beef burgers are also on offer with Brewery Corner's contemporary bar menu. Brewery Corner also hosts some of the best live acts in the country on a regular basis in our music venue as well as garden parties and beer samplings.

Christy’s Bar

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Situated in an area known as "the Village" is Christy’s Bar, a family run business. This Kilkenny bar offers customers the chance to enjoy the traditional Irish society along with all the trappings of modern technology. Located close to Kilkenny Castle and the National Design and Craft Gallery this is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon while visiting Kilkenny. At Christy's Bar they provide for all major sporting and non sporting events, with a keen eye for horse racing. Christy’s Bar is the Kilkenny bar that boasts one of the largest beer gardens in the county, complete with barbeque facilities and a customer car park. We also offer catering services for events.

The Dylan Whisky Bar

The Dylan Whisky Bar is an old victorian style bar that specialises in fine whiskies. Our Whisky Library now contains nearly 200 of the worlds finest whiskies, 40 premium gins & is continually growing. With comfortable leather seating, private snugs, an open turf fire & walls adorned with whiskey mirrors, old advertising and Bob Dylan memorabilia; this bar provides a warm cosy atmosphere in which to chat with friends while enjoying your dram. If whiskey's not your thing, we also have a great selection of beers, wines cocktails and other choice spirits.