Left Bank Bar & Nightclub,
Ireland’s premier establishment
Opened on the 8th of May 2008 Left bank is arguably Kilkenny’s most popular pub, located in the centre of Kilkenny city. A recently renovated Bank Of Ireland Branch, Left Bank features a beautifully designed main bar with a lively atmosphere and friendly staff and a large covered and heated smoking area with its own indoor and outdoor bar and an outdoor fireplace.
This impressive building has been transformed into Kilkenny’s most popular venue.
Catering to all needs both an outdoor and indoor function area available for groups and parties. All the latest sports and entertainment are shown on 5 plasmas screens located in both the bar and smoking area.
The main bar is a beautiful bar with a lively atmosphere for either a mid-week drink or a group night out at the weekend.
Louie’s Backyard (outdoor area) is a fully heated and covered smoking area with its own outdoor fireplace and both an indoor and outdoor bar.
Rive Gauche is Kilkenny’s newest addition to its thriving culinary scene. A French feel combined with an Irish passion for the finest artisan foods from land & sea, cooked with gentle respect for excellent ingredients.
An extensive range of wines from across the world along with our street-front setting onto Kilkenny’s iconic ‘Parade’ make Rive Gauche the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon or evening of great food & wine.
Rive Gauche serving food until 9 pm Monday to Sunday.
SISTER Cafe & Cocktails
Louie’s Cafe & Cocktails is the newest evolution of the beloved Left Bank bar and Rive Gauche restaurant in Kilkenny. Fashioned from an old townhouse, Louie’s - a place of unmatched décor by way of old Parisian cafe bars -, is the perfect setting to slide from morning coffees, late brunches to a full bar of craft cocktails, wine and modern European tapas.
The new cafe & cocktail bar features high ceilings, exposed wooden floors, beautiful handcrafted tufted leather banquettes and covered terrace seating. A private space in the back with gives the place an elegant feel throughout. Louie’s is an all-day spot whether you want an on the go coffee or spend some quality with friends and family.
STEEPED IN HISTORY
ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARK OF SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN KILKENNY
Left Bank, a former Bank of Ireland branch was constructed in 1870 to a design by Sandham Symes. The building was a purpose-built bank and facilitated the relocation of the Bank of Ireland from No. 10 The Parade, which it occupied from 1835 to 1871.
The prominence of the building is increased by Sandham Symes’s decision to orientate its front façade on the perpendicular to The Parade so as to face north-west down High Street. As a consequence, the building terminates the east end of High Street and formally turns the corner onto The Parade.
The principal façades are of cut limestone. The north-west (front) façade comprises a three storey, five-bay, block with a large central portico.
The importance of the ground floor is accentuated by rustication on the portico columns, quoin stone and in panels under the window. There are curved corner bays on either side of the façade. The side façade (onto The Parade) continues the formal composition of the front façade without the more elaborate rustication.
The primary access to the upper floors of the building was the door in the south-west (curved) corner. Typically the upper floors in such banks were used as residential accommodation for the bank manager, which in recent years had been let to a firm of accountants.
May 2008 saw the transformation of the former Bank of Ireland branch into Kilkenny’s most elegant & stylish bar, Left Bank. Initially Left Bank opened with a beautifully designed main bar on its ground floor and then in June 2009 the upper floors of the building opened; transforming the former office units of the Bank of Ireland branch to a stunning and elegant bar with transfixing views of the
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Open to the public 7 days per week
Monday - Sunday 12 pm - 9 pm
Closed: Christmas Day