Matt the Millers Bar & Restaurant is situated right in the heart of Kilkenny City at Johns Bridge, overlooking the River Nore and the castle. It has 5 floors, each with its own unique bar, the highlight of which is the tobacco shop, where you can enjoy a fine cigar in a fully heated and covered area.
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating” Luciano Pavarotti.
At Matts we serve the best of bar food from breakfast at 9.30am right through lunch till late in the evening with our dinner menu, whilst if you’d like to get away from all the hustle and bustle you can by sitting in the Loft Bar.
Music is provided nightly with the best of live Irish bands & DJs with late bars Thursday to Monday. Live trad every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. After Dark have being the resident band on a Monday night for the last 15 years and Pete Fagan entertains every Thursday night. It all usually starts at 9.30pm.
Kilkenny, the Medieval capital of Ireland, stands in the light of the majestic Kilkenny Castle. In years gone by all castles had their own mills, which were served by local peasants, who would turn their crops in to their landlord in lieu of rent. These crops were delivered daily to a young miller called Matt who ran the mill at its present site of John’s Bridge. Now young Matt was an enterprising young lad. He kept the best of barley one side to develop his own home brew. As the years went by so Matt’s brew grew stronger and more popular and he opened his own tavern in the mill.
Condemned men were led to the gallows below Greensbridge and their last stop was Matt’s tavern. It was said many of Kilkenny’s most infamous thieves and rogues had their last request granted of fresh fish from the adjoining River Nore, a loaf of home made soda bread and a jug of Matt’s ale. As the story goes, twice a year the ghost of Matt is seen in the cellar bar of Matt The Millers, just to be sure the finest of brews are still being served to the condemned rogues and thieves of Kilkenny.