City Centre Location

Rafter Dempsey’s is based in the heart of Kilkenny city, 2 minutes walk from Kilkenny Castle. Combining old world charm with a modern elegance, this award winning bar offers a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.

Food + Drink

The ‘Rafter’ Dempsey’s specialises in local and craft beers, stout, lagers and ciders, as well as the more conventional ones. Great food is a very large part of the offering being served and customers can get food from 8am to 7pm daily in the winter season, and from 8am to 9pm in the summer season. Sunday’s from 8am to 5pm.

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Live music is very popular in this city centre location every Saturday night with local bands playing great music from the 60’s right through to today’s chart’s. The ‘Rafter’ Dempsey’s pride themselves in catering for private parties and will organise everything required for any party, from D.J, live band, decorations and food including the cake … the Lot! Just book your party and let us do all the worrying for you.


We cater for all sporting enthusiasts and all popular sports are shown on our big screens, including the one in our rooftop Beer Garden….open to the heavens in the summer and heated to comfort in the colder months.

Private Lounge for all Occasions

Our private lounge can cater for groups of up to 100 persons. This include catering for Bus Tours as well as all types of private groups. We at the ‘Rafter’ Dempsey’s will also cater for groups that need outside entertaining and can organise for any group requiring golf, horse riding, karting, outdoor pursuits , and much more! We also provide Cocktail Training courses which are catered for in-house by our expert bar staff.

Call us today on 056 7722970

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