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Billy Byrnes Bar & Restaurant

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39 John Street, Kilkenny, Kilkenny,
Mr William Byrne
T: +353(0)567721783

Billy Byrnes Bar & Restaurant is situated above a renovated 19th Century townhouse bar and restaurant in Kilkenny City. Popular with locals and visitors alike, Billy Byrnes is a comfortable family run bed and breakfast.

Billy Byrnes is one of Kilkenny’s most famous public houses, more of a social club than a bar and a popular meeting place for locals young and old with a reputation for good beer, good food and a warm welcome. Billy Byrnes Bar & Restaurant like to keep things relaxed and informal and as one of their guests, you will be automatically granted local status. Whether you are looking for a bit of local colour, some top quality live music, or just a quiet corner to read the paper you will find it at Billy Byrnes.

During the day Billy Byrnes main bar is a big bright, welcoming space where you can eat breakfast and lunch, check you emails, or just meet friends and linger over coffee. At night, the bar fills up with a mixture of locals and visitors, hipsters and sports stars and all are served with a wide selection of craft beers and spirits from Kilkenny and further afield.

Outback there is a dedicated live music room, and a funky beer garden furnished with rescued sofas and homemade tables, like a beach bar in the middle of the city. There is even an old double decker bus, converted to a kitchen, serving tasty street food from around the world and real wood fired oven turning out fresh authentic pizzas.

Away from the bustle, tucked away upstairs, there are quiet, comfortable, newly refurbished rooms all offering ensuite, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and best of all your own secret stair case that leads straight back to one of the city’s most popular public houses.

Quite apart from the city’s attractions, Kilkenny is also the perfect base from which to explore Ireland’s Ancient East, situated in the middle of Ireland, with excellent roads, rail links, buses, walking trails and cycle paths leading in all directions. Quaint medieval villages like Inistigoe, Graignamanagh and Kells are within easy reach, and further afield, there are historic towns to explore like Cashel with its legendary hill top monastery, Waterford’s Viking Quarter, and New Ross and the Dunbrody famine ship.

If you have a taste for adventure, you’ll find horse racing, championship golf, equestrian activities, unrivalled fishing, bracing mountain walks and miles of cycle paths, world class surfing beaches and canoeing on one of our three rivers, all within easy reach of Billy Byrnes Bar & Restaurant.

Step out onto the street, and you’re already in the heart of the city, just a short stroll through winding medieval streets from the River Nore and all the attractions of historic Kilkenny. Whatever your taste, you’ll find plenty to see and do, including the magnificent Kilkenny Castle and its grounds, the 100ft tall round tower at Canice’s Cathedral, the atmospheric 17th century Rothe House, and the world-famous Kilkenny Design Centre, as well numerous shops, cafés, bars and a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants.