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After Dublin, Kilkenny's one of the most visited cities in Ireland. It's also the smallest, which makes for a crowded and vibrant nightlife during the summer months. As incoming tourists swell the already party-friendly population, Kilkenny's bars and pubs rock from Friday night to Sunday morning with a mixture of contemporary beats and live Irish music.

Stag parties heading for the capital of County Kilkenny can expect a warm Irish welcome in pubs of every stripe. Head to Parliament Street for a traditional vibe and a proper pint in relaxing surroundings. If having it large is more your thing, John Street's where it's at.

Kilkenny's cathedral and imposing castle set the tone for the city, which is one of Ireland's best-preserved medieval strongholds. If you're looking to combine the night-time japes of a classic stag party with some culture, history and sightseeing, this little beauty is your best bet. Check out the incredible buildings, go on a walking tour or venture beyond the city walls to get your hit of fresh air and adventure in the great outdoors.

It's not all history and hiking, mind. Kilkenny offers a surprising big-city vibe to stag parties that want the metropolitan touch. Between the colourful pubs and medieval abbeys, you'll find modern art galleries, roots music festivals and comedy clubs.

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