Watch Me Kilkenny: and the streets ran red with ale…

Watch Me Kilkenny: and the streets ran red with ale…

OK. I know it seems like all my Ireland posts are about beer! That is the Irish trump card in my view but I promise there’s more on offer in Ireland. Kilkenny is a great example.

The premise appears the same as Cork, Limerick and Dublin – a wonderful small Irish town split between a river. However for a small town, its pretty buzzing and theres a lot going on!

Our accommodation was above a pub which is already so traditionally Irish you just want to do a jig.

Watch Me Kilkenny: and the streets ran red with ale...
Maria performing said jig!

Then straight after we checked in, we hit up Sullivan’s Brewing Company, just 2 minutes walk down the road towards the river.

Apparently Sullivan’s red ale won best draught beer of the year for 2017 (not sure how it conquered a year that is still in progress but anyway) and I can confirm, it is truly magical! The brewery is older than Guinness, established in 1702, and it does wood-fired pizzas to accompany their delightful brews.

Watch Me Kilkenny: and the streets ran red with ale...
“Oh Sullivan’s, you so dreamy”

Have a read of Maria’s post on Irish breweries to get some more info on Sullivan’s!

Later that night, we were wandering through the small centre and got drawn into Paris Texas Bar & Smokehouse. Doesn’t sound like your typical Irish pub?? Doesn’t matter! There was a duo onstage switching between flutes, banjos, guitars and subsequently turning all the bar’s patrons into line-dancers! They were incredibly talented and busted out all the Irish favourites.

I recorded one of their slower songs, which you can listen to here.

A final must in Kilkenny is the Smithwick’s Brewery Tour. Smithwick’s has a very long brewing history going back to monks in the 13th century (again, check out Maria’s post to read more about that).

Watch Me Kilkenny: and the streets ran red with ale...

The tour is well worth it; a guided tour in a small group with a really friendly guide, some interesting video stories about the founders and brewing process and a tasting included at the end. Smithwick’s original is the Upgrade your free pint to a 3-beer tasting paddle for an extra €3 (well worth it in my opinion).

Kilkenny Castle is a medieval castle almost right in the centre of the city with a huge garden surrounding it. If you’re into castle interiors, you can pay the €12 for entry or alternatively just admire the exterior and wander the grounds outside.

Tip #1: Take a pizza and pint combo at Sullivan’s for €12. The pizzas are very much worth it and all the beer is….well, marvellous.

Tip #2: Wander around Kilkenny’s streets after 5pm and let your ear guide you. Loads of live music to suit all preferences, even on weekdays.

Tip #3: Book the Smithwick’s Tour online and save 10%. €13 is walk-in price, €11.70 is the online price even if you book it on the day.

 

Watch Me Kilkenny: and the streets ran red with ale…

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