Although the character of the Irish Pub may have changed a lot over the years, one rule of thumb has remained steadfast – it’s the characters that frequent an establishment that make a good Irish pub. In the wise words of William Butler Yeats “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet”. The Silent Banjo is one of Kinsale’s great ‘locals’. If you’re visiting Kinsale and unsure of where to go for a friendly pint or a good night out, then this lively pub on Main Street right at the heart of Kinsale’s pub, club and restaurant scene is a great place to start.
Kinsale man Jason Hogan took over the venture in October 2016 and since then has been working hard at creating an establishment that ticks all the right boxes in his hometown. Popular with locals and tourists, The Silent Banjo has built a reputation for quality live music six days a week and now, due to popular demand, Jason has decided to cater to Kinsale’s busy lunchtime trade, launching a bar-food menu that takes advantage of all the fine local ingredients available on his doorstep.
Jason has worked in the hospitality industry all his life, starting off in The Speckled Door near The Old Head of Kinsale when he was still a schoolboy. Over the past 14 years, he has worked at a number of reputable local establishments, most recently managing the front-of-house team at Fishy Fishy, before taking the plunge and going into business for himself last October. Hailing from one of Kinsale’s longstanding fishing families, he doesn’t have to travel very far to collect the ‘catch of the day’.
The menu at The Silent Banjo is simple and tasty with specials changing daily; the platter of West Cork Smoked Salmon is the perfect accompaniment to a cold glass of Chenin Blanc or soup and a hearty toasted sandwich pairs well with the local brew Kinsale Pale Ale!
A private room upstairs is available for parties and functions, for which a variety of finger food, canapés and entertainment can be arranged.
Traditional music lovers will enjoy the lively foot-tapping sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights while weekends usually feature more rock and roll type bands such as The Humdingers.
The building itself boasts a covered courtyard seating area at the back and the large sash windows at the front allow lots of light in, while also giving a great view of one of Kinsale’s most bustling streets.
With the sea breeze flowing in through the open doors, drink flowing, good music and friendly characters, The Silent Banjo is a sure bet for a great night out on any weekend.
For upcoming music gigs follow The Silent Banjo on facebook or go to thesilentbanjokinsale.com. To book a party or function call 087 2358050.
Above: Kinsale man Jason Hogan took over the venture in October 2016