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Night Life in Waterford City

Going out in Waterford City has never been better with a vast amount of venues such as traditional pubs, contemporary bars, Nightclubs and theatres, cinemas and other venues, there’s something for everyone.


With 8 screens the Odeon Cinema always has a wide line up to choose from. Garter Lane also showcase international and foreign language movies.

Night Clubs & Late Bars

There is an excellent choice of night clubs catering to all tastes and interests and conveniently located close by to each other in the John Street Village where the main concentration of night clubs and bars are in the City, these include The Foundry, Shorts, Sinnotts, Dignity Gay Bar and Revolutions.

Traditional & Modern Irish Music:

T&H Doolans: which is located in the main shopping area, has live traditional Irish music seven nights a week.

Dooley’s Hotel have a Traditional Irish Music Session every Wednesday night for the summer months, May, June, July August and September. The music starts at 8.30pm and on the night.

Phil Grimes Pub: in Johnstown hosts informal traditional music sessions on Wednesday nights starting at 9.30pm and on Thursday nights at 9.30pm there are candle light sessions for singer songwriters

For more modern Irish music there are also a number of venues around the City to check out including The Forum, Revolution Basement Bar and the Kazbar.

Traditional Pubs

If you just want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere in a pub with character there are a number of excellent pubs scattered around the City which you should check. A visit to Waterford would not be complete with a visit to Waterford’s oldest pub, T&H Doolans, which has been licensed for over 300 years. The wall in the lounge was built over 800 years ago by the Normans. Almost as old is Downes which was established in 1759 and is still in the same eccentric family for six generations. It is also one of the few remaining houses to bottle its own whiskey. Located down the narrow streets of Waterford City’s historic quarter, The Munster Bar was established as a public house in 1822 and has been in the hands of the Fitzgerald family since 1952. The interior has beautiful oak panelled walls and elegant fireplaces. Other traditional pubs also well worth a visit include Geoffs Bar, The Gingerman, Katty Barrys, Jordans and the Three Shippes which are in the City Centre and within easy walking distance of each other.


The Theatre Royal is a beautifully restored Victorian theatre hidden inside a Georgian building and is both Ireland’s oldest theatre with the smallest stage. The theatre has a full programme of events all year round which can be checked out on our Calendar or on the Theatre Royal website.

Garter Lane offers a continuous programme of music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts. For details of current productions, please check out our Calendar or visit Garter Lane’s website.

Greyhound Racing at Kilcohan Park, Waterford

Looking for something fun, that all ages and groups can enjoy? Check out the thrills, the experience and the excitement, that is a night at the dogs. Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, situated in Waterford City, boasts excellent facilities, combined with fun and food, as well as top class racing. For a night out with a difference try a visit to the Kilcohan Greyhound Track which along with the attraction of the racing also has a restaurant and bar facilities. Racing is on every Friday and Saturday night with gates opening at 7.00pm.