Night Time Vibrance


County Wide


Kilkenny positively fizzes with entertainment options and night time endeavours. For night owls - don your best and venture into one of the many great venues, late bars and theatres to enjoy all that Kilkenny has to offer with music gigs, trad sessions and even Bodhran classes. Maybe the Whiskey Guild Trail tickles your taste buds or you are drawn to one of Kilkenny's fantastic rural pubs where a warming open fire awaits. It's not only about dining, clubs and bars. Exhibitions, theatre and music in fabulous venues are order of the day, With festivals every other week, a rich creative seams runs throughout Kilkenny. The GAA Home ground - Nowlan Park has hosted gigs by Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli. This summer sees two rock legends Bob Dylan and Neil Young July 2019. And you never know which Jersey son will be down the bowling alley relaxing after a gig!

The Hole In The Wall

The Hole In The Wall is a new music venue housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland. It has an intimate bar and an atmosphere like no other.

The upstairs section of the bar is ideal for a small party and a traditional Irish session with instruments for guests to play. You cannot come to Kilkenny and not experience the brilliance of the Hole in The Wall.

  • The Hole In The Wall is located on High Street, Kilkenny’s main shopping street. Its entrance is directly across from the Medieval Mile Museum.

Billy Byrnes

Billy Byrnes is one of Kilkenny’s most famous public houses and a firm favourite with locals. In fact, it’s more of a social club than it is a bar. A wide range of craft beers and spirits from both Kilkenny and further afield is served in a relaxed atmosphere.

There’s also a wide range of entertainment during the week with Taco Tuesdays, Movie Night on Wednesdays, Sofa Sessions on Thursdays, Kickback Fridays, Big Night Out on Saturdays and Family Brunch on Sundays.

The City and County are known nationwide for superb craft beer brewers and distillers. Be sure to sample a local beverage like Costello's Beer, Highbank Orchards or a stiff gin from Ballykeefe Distillery.

O'Hara's Brewery Corner

O’Hara’s Brewery Corner is Kilkenny’s first dedicated craft beer pub and Ireland’s only pub to serve exclusively Irish craft beer on tap. You’ll currently find 13 taps always pouring the full O’Hara’s beer range plus guest Irish craft beers and ciders.

The Brewery Corner has live music from local artists and regular appearances by cutting edge music producers and DJs. Spot some emerging talent or take to the stage yourself at the open-mic nights. You never know what you’ll discover from local performing artists to themed DJ sets like Mellow Mondays and Sunday’s Soul Supper. Oh, and they serve actual food too!

The Left Bank

The Left Bank is a renovated Bank of Ireland branch, a stone’s throw from Kilkenny Castle. It’s imposing location, right on the busy junction of the Parade and High Street, makes it a great spot for people-watching. With six different areas – the Main Bar, LB2, the Cocktail Bar, VIP Red Room, the Snug and Louie’s Backyard, which is their covered and heated smoking area – you’d have to be pretty picky not to find a suitable perch for the night.

It’s great place to catch a match with plasma screens located in both the bar and smoking area.


In this article

Billy Byrnes Bar / Restaurant & Accommodation

Left Bank Bars

Hole in the Wall

Brewery Corner

Recommended Experiences

6 Sensational Foodie Experiences

Festival Guide to Kilkenny

Taste Kilkenny – Food Trail

Things You Need To Know Before Travelling to Kilkenny

Boutique Hotel Stays

Catching up with the gal pals

Hospitality – a warm welcome awaits in Kilkenny

Lads’ Weekend in Kilkenny

Self Catering Stays in Kilkenny

Tasting the Medieval City & County

Billy Byrnes Bar / Restaurant & Accommodation

39 John St, Kilkenny

056 7721783

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Located in the heart of this medieval city, close to the railway station and the ruins of St John's Priory, Byrne's is a friendly family run pub. Popular with families and sports people, this pub offers outstanding service by the friendly staff.

Left Bank Bars

The Parade, Kilkenny

056 7750016

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Left Bank has been transformed into one of Kilkenny's most popular bars and venues. A recently renovated Bank of Ireland Branch, Left Bank 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 is the latest addition to The Left Bank, serving a beautiful Gourmet Lunch daily from 12pm – 4.30pm. Groups and parties of all needs are invited to soak up the atmosphere in our historic and impressive bar.

Hole in the Wall

17 High Street (rear), Kilkenny

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The Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny's renowned 16th century tavern. It is housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland - the 1582 Archer Inner House, 17 High St. Fully restored over the past 10 years the Elizabethan building with its tavern, snug and Archer room are now open to visitors for the first time in hundreds of years. Tours currently take place on the weekends and evenings that describe the story of the house against the backdrop of the complex history of political and religious change in Kilkenny over the past 400 years.

Brewery Corner

29 Parliament Street, Kilkenny

056 7805081

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Brewery Corner is Kilkenny’s first and finest Craft Beer Bar. With a selection of over 100 craft beers on draught and in bottles. 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, beer samplings an great food, fast.