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Autumn is definitely a favourite season for many. The idea of getting cosy in big jumpers and scarves, and getting closer to the season’s cascades of colour for outdoor drinks or dinner can be bliss! So, whether it’s in rain or shine, if you want something more appealing than a chair on the pavement, then our pick of Kilkenny’s best alfresco restaurants, beer gardens and ‘cocktail shaking’ spots has got you covered! From hidden courtyards to rooftop vista’s, you’ll find a ton of great restaurants and bars with outside spaces in Kilkenny right here: It’s time to plan your autumn staycation and #KeepDiscovering Kilkenny!

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Sullivan’s Taproom

Fun and casual is the order of the day here, and coupled with tasteful outdoor lighting, Sullivan’s will strike just the right note for those who want to escape to the outdoors this Autumn!!

Visit: www.sullivanstaproom.com

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Billy Byrnes Bar

Scattered with rescued sofas and hand-made tables, this funky beer garden resembles a beach bar in the middle of the city!

 Visit: www.billybyrnesbar.com

Langtons Terrace


If you want to visit one of Kilkenny’s most renowned and established bars then a visit to the Set Courtyard at Langton’s Hotel won’t disappoint!! Enjoy some of the best cocktails surrounded by lush green manicured plants and foliage.

Visit: www.langtons.ie

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The Dylan Whiskey Bar

If you can imagine tasting some whiskey cocktails in a Victorian style pub, then a visit to Dylan’s Whiskey bar is a must-stop! Specialising in fine Whiskey, Dylan’s Whiskey Library is home to over 200 of the world’s finest whiskeys and much more! 

Visit: www.dylanwhiskeybar.com

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Bridies Bar & General Store

Nestled in the back of Bridie’s Bar and General food store, visitors will find a classy, partly covered beer garden, set in an exotic walled garden! You will find plenty of seating here, so you can be guaranteed a relaxing evening in a truly unique setting!

Visit:Bridies Bar & General Store | Facebook

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Kytelers Inn

Home to four separate bars, Kytelers Inn hasn’t failed to forget the ‘great outdoors’ with its Courtyard Bar! The Courtyard at ground floor level provides an al-fresco dining space with full bar facilities.

Visit: www.kytelersinn.com

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The Rafter’s Gastropub

One of the most iconic bars in Kilkenny, The Rafter’s Gastropub has undergone a total revamp with a new beer garden, they’ve got grub coming from their sizzling stone and a reputation as a local go-to spot for live music and sports events. If you get the chance, check out their ‘legendary’ brunch.”

Visit: www.aftersgastropub.ie

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Christy's Bar

If you want to experience one of Ireland’s largest beer gardens, then Christy’s award winning beer garden is a must visit!! Voted Best Outdoor Space in the South East in 2019, this space is not called “The Village” for nothing! 

Visit:  Christy’s Bar | Facebook

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Marble City Bar & Tea Rooms

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 exudes a warm & friendly atmosphere. An ideal meeting spot with an outdoor seating area on Kieran St, it is the perfect setting to experience a varied selection of coffees, teas, cakes, and pastries along with a full lunch and dinner menu whilst soaking up the autumnal vibe in the city.


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Muse Coffee Food

For the very best al fresco experience, enjoy a new family friendly brunch menu in one of the Muse Coffee’s cozy glass pods. Located in the heart of Kilkenny city at Butler Gallery, the pods are the ideal place to take in the spectacular serene courtyard garden in its’ autumn colours and medieval surroundings. 

Visit: www.musecoffeefood.ie

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Butler House & Garden

The Orangerie at Butler House is a new addition to one of Kilkenny’s most historical heritage properties. The Orangerie provides exquisite views of the elegant garden elevation of Butler House and the iconic Kilkenny Castle. 

Visit: www.butler.ie

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Zuni Restaurant

Serving great food for lunch or dinner seven days a week, Zuni is a must visit this autumn. Their new outdoor area “Zuni Secret Garden” is nestled away at the back of the restaurant and it is the perfect spot to savour great food Al Fresco! 

Visit: www.zuni.ie

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Newpark Hotel Kilkenny

There are lots of outdoor dining options available at Newpark Hotel this autumn; 

The Terrace is the perfect oasis to enjoy a light meal or brunch with family and friends. A bistro-style decor with a Parisienne feel is complemented by plush throws and comfortable seating surrounded by 40 acres of parkland.

Outdoors at Scott’s: Enjoy a meal Al-Fresco at Scott’s Brasserie with family or friends, there’s outdoor heaters and plenty of space, this is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Dotties is the newest edition to the Hotels outdoor dining experience. Located on the front Gardens of the hotel, serving takeaway hot & cold drinks, sweet treats & savoury snacks.

Visit: www.newparkhotelkilkenny.com

Kilford Arms Hotel

Kilford Arms’ city centre hotel provides its customers with outdoor dining and drinking options. Its newly renovated outdoor area is spacious and unique. With a mix of large and small tables to cater for groups of all sizes. The perfect spot to wrap up and enjoy and outdoor tipple after a day exploring the medieval city.

Visit: www.kilfordarms.ie

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Cakeface Patisserie

Cakeface Patisserie offers handmade quirky and unusual cakes not to mention pastries and desserts that are works of art. The beautiful restored seating area, furnished with funky furniture is a great spot to warm up with a coffee and indulge in a delicious cake or handmade sandwich while exploring Kilkenny’s hidden gems.

Visit: www.cakeface.ie

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Fennelly's of Callan

Fennellys of Callan is a cafe and cultural hub in the heart of Callan town. All food is made from locally sourced ingredients and baked in-situ.  The beautiful courtyard is truly a happy place to have breakfast or lunch with colourful chairs, fresh flowers and lovely art collections by local Callan residents make this courtyard unique and funky.

Visit: www.fennellysofcallen.com 

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The Hoban Hotel

The Hoban Hotel’s terrace bar is a vibrant place to meet and socialise safely outdoors. Located within Kilkenny Retail Park, the hotel is just 15 minutes’ walk from the famous marble city. The newly refurbished outdoor terrace area is easily accessible from the 1801 Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy the fresh crisp air, good food, great service and green surroundings.

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Paris Texas Bar & Restaurant

Located in the heart of Kilkenny City Centre, Paris Texas has quickly become a local hotspot. As an award winning bar and restaurant, it’s easy to see why it’s top on everyone’s lists of places to visit in Kilkenny. With a newly renovated outdoor area, Paris Texas has never looked so good!  

Visit: www.paristexas.ie

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Avalon House Hotel

The Avalon House Hotel in Castlecomer has a new outdoor bar for diners to enjoy the very finest of Kilkenny produce this autumn. Little Jim’s has a fully retractable roof and windows to allow the outdoors in. It is furnished with beautiful coloured seating for a relaxed Al Fresco treat with heaters to keep you warm after a morning of adventure in Castlecomer Discovery Park! 

Visit: www.avalonhousehotel.ie

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Sullivan’s Taproom

The trendy colourful outdoor pods at Sullivan’s Taproom are the perfect place dine in Kilkenny City. Choose from their delicious range of woodfired pizza’s, burgers, wings, garlic & chilli prawns, deep fried cauliflower, chilli fries & more. The perfect comfort food to refuel after a day shopping and visiting Kilkenny’s top attractions on Ireland’s Medieval Mile.

Visit: www.sullivanstaproom.com

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Hotel Kilkenny

Situated in the heart of the city, Hotel Kilkenny has a new large outdoor dining area. Set in their beautiful gardens, here visitors can avail of the hotels all day dining menu that offers something for everyone in this smart urban hotel; renowned for its great service, fantastic food quality and easy going atmosphere. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a relaxing lunch while mapping out your afternoon activities.

Visit: www.hotelkilkenny.ie

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Mount Juliet Estate

Set against the spectacular backdrop of 500 acres of green pastures, Mount Juliet Estate provides the perfect settings for dining Al Fresco this autumn. The beautiful Presidents Bar offers a veritable cornucopia of dining options with an extended seating area, perfect to celebrate a perfect occasion or to simply enjoy the autumn sunshine with friends and family, or enjoy the wonderful grounds on the estate with a private lunch outdoors.

Dine Al Fresco With A Castle View At Kilkenny River Court Hotel

Kilkenny River Court Hotel

Located in a quiet secluded courtyard just off the main tourist area, Kilkenny’s River Court Hotel provides one of the most picturesque backdrops for outdoor dining. With a view of Kilkenny Castle and overlooking the River Nore, the Terrace at the Kilkenny River Court is the perfect place to sit back, unwind and enjoy a glass of prosecco after a day exploring the Medieval City this autumn. 

Visit: www.kilkennyrivercourthotel.com

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Lyrath Estate

The luxurious five-star Lyrath Estate Kilkenny is unlike anywhere else. The grounds are spread across 170 acres of Irish countryside, complete with picturesque lakes, historic gardens, and emerald woodlands. The Terrace and Conservatory of Tupper’s Bar overlook Lady Charlotte’s Victorian Gardens – which have been fully restored to her original design based on family records and drawings. The perfect place to spend an evening. The outdoor heaters will keep you warm so wrap up, sit back and admire the beautiful gardens while enjoying top class food.   

Visit www.lyrath.com

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The Cowshed at Mountain View

It’s always a fun weekend at The Cowshed in Mountain View. The Cowshed is an outdoor pop-up serving casual style takeaway food, that you can take in or take out! Mezze box, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs pizzas & flatbreads all served in a takeaway box for you to enjoy with us or to take home. And of course, the view up at Mountain View is always beautiful… It’s in the name!

Visit: www.mountainview.ie

It’s time to embrace the whole new outdoor living trend

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Bridies at Langton’s

Bridies at Langton’s is a chic outdoor dining area with a vintage flair. The charming walled garden brings a classy feel to your surroundings. It is part of Langton’s 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. 

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Statham's at Pembroke Kilkenny Hotel

Statham’s at the Pembroke Hotel has a unique cocktail menu which is curated seasonally by acclaimed mixologist Darren Geraghty and is brought to life by their Bar Manager, Daithi Lane and his team. Their precise techniques, using homemade syrups and freshest fruit meaning than you get cocktails that are bursting with fresh, vibrant flavours.

Visit: www.pembrokehotel.com

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Biddy Early's - John Street

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 they’ll get your party going – you won’t want to leave. Situated on John Street in the centre of Kilkenny’s nightlife.

Visit: www.biddyearlyskilkenny.com

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