Niall Cronin goes through where to go in and around Naas during raceweek.
Set yourself up for the day's racing by stopping off on Swan's On The Green right on the way to Punchestown. Known as 'Foxes' by some of the locals, from the outside it appears as just a fruit and veg shop, but nestled away down the back is a lovely deli that will cater for all tastes. You might even get a winner or two while you are in there.
If looking for a bite to eat after racing, the Lemongrass has to be a first port of call. Hidden away at the back of the Main Street, for fine Thai cuisine this is worth finding and will set you up for the night as you are within walking distance of the pick of the town's nightlife.
Most of the Naas pubs will be fairly wedged for the week and for good racing talk McCormack's and Kavanagh's have to be the pick of the town.A deadly duo of musicians called Two Guys Live will take up residence in Kavanagh's from Tuesday to Thursday, and if nothing else, these boys are worth seeing and will have the beer garden bouncing.
All the pubs in the town have an extension to opening hours for the week, but if you are still going strong in the early hours and want to further discuss the racing (or best dressed!) in depth, a short walk from Kavanagh's up to the Naas Court Hotel will see you right.
If you want to get out of Naas for something different during the week, you have options within a short distance of Punchestown. The Ballymore Inn is worth checking out for something to eat, while Bardon's of Kilcullen really is a one-stop-shop for racegoers as it's a good racing bar that serves fantastic food either before or after racing.