One of the oldest inns in Ireland, Kytelers in Kilkenny City dates back to 1324. Since it was first established by the notorious Dame Alice de Kyteler in the 13th century, the inn has welcomed visitors and provided them with good food and beverages. Today its menu maintains the proud tradition of Irish cooking. Bar food is served seven days a week from noon to 9pm. Kytelers Inn is a place of merriment and celebration whose rafters continue to be raised by music and song; where weddings, birthdays and family events are celebrated and where the people of Kilkenny and their visitors gather for music, dance and conversation.
In 1986 Kytelers Inn was acquired by its present owner, Nicky Flynn, who set about reviving it as a place of good food and drink, entertainment and traditional Irish hospitality. She stripped away plaster to reveal the original stone walls and hired local stonemasons to restore the medieval interior. Guests range from the curious who want to stroll through the interior and soak up its heritage and history to those who enjoy a pint of Kilkenny beer while chatting to local people and diners who want to sample Kytelers Inn cuisine featuring traditional dishes like bacon and cabbage, and Irish stew.
Within Kytelers there are several bars, including the Main Bar, Tavern Bar, Courtyard and Top Bar. All music events are free of charge. Winner of 'Tourist Bar of the Year' award at the National Bar of the Year Awards 2013 and 2014. Check the website for details of traditional music sessions.