Barrel Yard

The Barrel Yard, Smithwick’s Experience’s new outdoor space, is a cosy and vibrant outdoor heated space with a full bar and chill-out music where our local bartenders will delight you with the amazing stories of the Smithwick Family and our indescribably delicious Beer.

The space was once the brewery yard where historically, large wooden barrels were repaired and stored, ready to be filled with Smithwick’s ale for distribution to pubs around Ireland.

The Barrel Yard is the ideal space for visitors and tour groups alike to relax before and after their visit and for friends and family to gather and enjoy Smithwick’s famous red ale in the heart of the medieval city.

The Barrell Yard is open every weekend from Spring through Autumn, closing for the Winter months, and home to live music and food every weekend of the Summer.

The Barrell Yard is also available for private hire, contact us at for more information.

Opening hours:
Spring – Autumn: Open weekends from 12-7pm
Winter: Closed

Free entry

Over 18s only



If it’s more of an intimate, immersive experience you’re after, our premium and private tours might be just what you’re looking for. Hosting groups of up to 16 on an extended, sensorial tour of the 300-year-old brewing site, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the evolution of ale and the prominent role the Smithwick’s family played. You will finish the tour by learning to pour the perfect pint of Smithwick’s and leave with a personalised engraved pint glass. Dining options also available.

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Both the enclosed, heated Barrel Yard and indoor Smithwick’s Bar provide the perfect location for an event that will transcend the conventional. Each venue hosts up to 70 people comfortably.

Partnering with local catering companies guests are treated to an unrivalled selection of freshly prepared, locally produced seasonal favourites

To host your event in one of the city’s most unique venues, email


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