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Architectural Landmark of Significant Interest in Kilkenny

Left Bank Bar Before Renovation


Left Bank, a former Bank of Ireland branch was constructed in 1870 to a design by Sandham Symes. The building was a purpose built bank and facilitated the relocation of the Bank of Ireland from No. 10 The Parade, which it occupied from 1835 to 1871.

The prominence of the building is increased by Sandham Symes’s decision to orientate its front façade on the perpendicular to The Parade so as to face north-west down High Street. As a consequence, the building terminates the east end of High Street and formally turns the corner onto The Parade.

The principal façades are of cut limestone. The north-west (front) façade comprises a three storey, five-bay, block with a large central portico.

The importance of the ground floor is accentuated by rustication on the portico columns, quoin stone and in panels under the window. There are curved corner bays either side of the façade. The side façade (onto The Parade) continues the formal composition of the front façade without the more elaborate rustication.

The primary access to the upper floors of the building was the door in the south- west (curved) corner. Typically the upper floors in such banks were used as residential accommodation for the bank manager, which in recent years had been let to a firm of accountants.

May 2008 saw the transformation of the former Bank of Ireland branch into Kilkenny’s most elegant & stylish bar, Left Bank. Initially Left Bank opened with a beautifully designed main bar on its ground floor and then in June 2009 the upper floors of the building opened; transforming the former office units of the Bank of Ireland branch to a stunning and elegant bar with transfixing views of the surrounding city.

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