December 4, 2023
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UNCOVERED: Five of Kilkenny’s best beer gardens!

By Sinéad Connolly

KILKENNY is in full-on party mode as Bank Holiday revellers and comedy fans descend on the city for the Cat Laughs festival.

If you want to chill a bit from the madness there’s nothing better than kicking back over a drink or three in one of Kilkenny’s coolest outdoor gardens. The forecast is sunny, but also quite cool, so it’s maybe best to bring a jumper with you.

So whether you’re a local or a visitor to our beautiful Medieval City, here’s a quick guide to some of the best beer gardens Kilkenny has to offer.

Terrace Bar at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel, The Bridge, John Street

The magnificent Terrace Bar is the first on our list with its tranquil location just off the always bustling John Street. The walkway to the River Court Hotel’s newly revamped Sky Blue recently reopened and people have been flocking to it ever since. Revellers can enjoy one of Kilkenny’s finest views of the majestic Castle from the comfort of the riverside venue. So drop in and soak up the sun and the magical medieval surroundings when your feet get weary.

Brogans Yard, John Street

With live music and DJ’s out in the Yard and drinks promotions aplenty, Brogans is the perfect place to recharge your spirits! It has a relaxed feel about it and offers craft beer, cocktails and a late bar. What could possibly go wrong …

The Dylan Whiskey Bar/Biddy Early’s, John Street

You’ve a choice of these two great pubs and also their fantastic beer garden. With whiskeys and cocktails on offer, soak up the sunshine this weekend and enjoy the live music on offer.

Billy Byrnes, John Street

With comfy sofas inside and also in the funky beer garden outside, it’s no wonder this bar has a well deserved reputation for being laid back. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle this weekend this is the place to go!

Bridies Bar, John Street

If you are looking for something with an old-school feel to it, you’ll find it at Bridies. A beautiful beer garden out out back offers a quiet escape from the busy street where a few smoothing drinkies’ll cure what ales ye!

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