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Kavanagh's Pub, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

28 Main Street
Co. Laois

Tel: +353 (0) 57 8621744
Fax: +353 (0) 57 8671208
Proprietor: PJ Kavanagh

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Kavanagh's is more than just a pub, it’s a venue for all your needs! Be it an early morning coffee and scone, lunch time panini, afternoon horse racing, evening football matches, meeting rooms, wifi connection, Comedy Club, Live Music Venue and Function room for private parties, Kavanaghs has it all to offer.

To receive free text on upcoming events in Kavanaghs simply text LO KAVANAGHS to 53030, this text will cost 30 cent and thereafter you will receive free text updates from Kavanaghs Pub.

Kavanagh's has been offering a warm welcome to all since 1869 and is the oldest family run pub in Portlaoise. Now the fifth generation owner is delighted to continue this great family tradition while extending the pubs' services to meet all the needs of the 21st century customer.

Éistmusic, a monthly music club located on the first floor venue in Kavanagh's has established itself as one of Irelands' top music clubs and has attracted the crème de la crème of top musicians over the past few years. Acts such as Duke Special, Declan O’Rourke, Liam O Maonloi, Damien Dempsey, Andy Irvine, John Spillane, Seamus Begley, Jim Murray and Eleanor Tiernan. This listeners club gives musicians the platform they deserve while receiving the respect they deserve from the audience.

Food is served in Kavanagh's from 11am, a sandwich bar offering made to order Panini’s, Wraps, Rolls, Sandwichs, Toasties and Homemade Soup at competitive prices is available Mon-Fri until 6pm. Also on offer is a variety of Pizza’s that prove extremely popular while watching a game on one of the screens.

Kavanagh's Comedy Club, well known for being Irelands third longest running Comedy Club, will blend your highly charged emotions, mix them with others and release them in an uncontrollable outburst of laughter. Yes Kavanagh's Comedy Club has been attracting the Who's Who of Comedy over the past 7 years. Acts that have performed in the intimate environs include Flight of the ConChords, Jason Byrne, Andrew Maxwell, Ardal O’Hanlon, Neil Delamere, PJ Gallagher, David O’Doherty, Barry Murphy, Karl Spain, John Moloney, Maeve Higgins and many many more. This clubs takes place once a month, see for further details.

Breakers Live Music Club takes place on the last Friday of each month and offers customers the chance to see live upcoming bands from all around the Country. Acts such as Fred (performed at the Electric Picnic), Ham Sandwich (Meteor Best New Band Winners), Mick Flannery and The Flaws have all recently performed at the venue. The Folksong Connection offer a night of traditional singing and storytelling with no cover charge on the second Thursday of every month.

If live sport is what you're after, Kavanagh's is probably one of the best venues you’ll find, with all sport being shown on one of the 6 Plasma TV’s or on the new Big Screen on First Floor level. A heated smoking area is located on the first floor and during the ‘dry months’ a street terrace is created at the front of the pub.

Bring along your laptop and tap into the free Wifi. Meeting rooms are also available for all. As always Kavanagh's more than welcomes local groups to use the facilities on offer. Just some of the local clubs that have set up home in Kavanagh's include, the Laois Surf Club, The Laois Gun Club, Laois Amnesty Group, Portlaoise GAA Club, numerous Local Soccer Clubs, Laois Movie Club, Laois Celtic Supporters Club, Laois Leeds Utd Supporters Club and many many more.


Kavanaghs Function Room is available for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Engagements, Weddings, Christenings, Bar Mitzvah’s, Divorces & Funerals. Our Function room has been recently rebuilt with a state of the art interior fit out. The room can seat up to 100 people, has a state of the art sound and lighting system, heated smoking balcony and modern bar.

Kavanaghs can provide full catering from Cocktail sausages to a full menu for any event. We are delighted to show potential customers around the venue and we know you will not find a better venue for your party than Kavanaghs.

Local Attractions

There’s plenty for the whole family to do in County Laois, ‘the Heart of Ireland’ from the rich Heritage Sites, the great Houses and Gardens, to the Majestic Scenery of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Explore the Museums and check out the Theatre and Arts scene. Take in the Gordon Bennett Route, tour in a horse drawn caravan, take a guided tour, or just relax in one of the many excellent spa facilities.

Some local attractions include The Laois Heritage Trail, Aghaboe Abbey, Heywood Gardens, The House of Mochua, Timahoe, The Round Tower Timahoe, The Rock Of Dunamaise, Emo Court and the Poet’s Cottage Camross. Don’t forget the festivals taking place in Laois including the Electric Picnic which attracts over 40,000 peoople to the grounds of Stradbally Hall for one of Europe’s Best Music Festivals.

The October Bank Holiday Weekend also sees one of the best Comedy Festivals taking place in Portlaoise. The Carlsberg Hallowe’en Howls Comedy Festival brings the top Irish Comedians and some of the cream of International Acts to the most intimate venues you’ll ever see them perform in. For more information check out For more on what to do in Laois check out

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Whats on Offer:

  • Comedy
  • Food
  • Live Music
  • Parties Catered For
  • Pub Quiz
  • Sport
  • Themed Nights


  • Baby-changing Facilities
  • Beer Garden
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Run
  • Function Room
  • Smoking Area
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi


Pub Reviews

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"Great Weekend"

Spent a great weekend in Portlaoise, mainly in Kavanagh's! Took in a comedy gig on the Saturday night. Great acts and serious craic. Spent Sunday watch every bit of sport on the planet. My perfect weekend!

Review published 7 February 2012
Posted by: Paul

"A fantastic weekend."

Travelled down to Portlaoise for a weekend from Dublin, took in one of the comedy shows in Kavanagh's. Fantastic evening with a BBQ before the show. A trip to Kavanaghs made the weekend perfect. Wish I could go there every weekend.

Review published 28 April 2009
Posted by: DC in Dublin.

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