Kitty Kiernans opened in 1996 and has been successfully serving the Bay Ridge community ever since. Owned and operated by James Keenaghan, who is originally from Dublin, Kitty’s has become a local landmark. In the neighborhood famous for its bars and restaurants, Kitty Kiernans stands out for its authentic Irish Pub look and feel and outstanding service.
The local landmark status of Kitty Kiernans was assured when Director Spike Lee chose the establishment to serve as one of the main location shots for his film, The 25th Hour. Kitty’s peerless exterior, with a spectacular view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and its authentic Irish Pub interior made it the perfect choice for a film set in an Irish-American community. The 25th Hour stars Ed Norton, who portrays a man spending his last night of freedom before serving a prison sentence, and Brian Cox, who plays his father, the pub owner.