Sunday 19 November 2017

Ireland's best bar revealed at annual award ceremony (and it's not in Dublin)

Left Bank Kilkenny was named Best Overall Bar at the Sky Bar of the Year Awards
Left Bank Kilkenny was named Best Overall Bar at the Sky Bar of the Year Awards
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

A Kilkenny bar has been named the best in Ireland at the annual Sky Bar of the Year Awards, held in Dublin on Monday.

Left Bank, along the Parade in Kilkenny, picked up the gong for Best Overall Bar at the black-tie ceremony, held in Dublin's Clayton Hotel.

Renowned Galway pub An Púcán was awarded the Southern Comfort People's Choice Award
Renowned Galway pub An Púcán was awarded the Southern Comfort People's Choice Award

The bar once was a Bank of Ireland branch before it was renovated and reopened as the Left Bank in 2008.

The annual ceremony celebrates excellence across the licensed trade and honoured bars throughout the country in more than 30 award categories.

Renowned Galway pub An Púcán was awarded the Southern Comfort People's Choice Award, while the Highline at Sophie's on Dublin's Harcourt Street picked up the award for Best Late Bar/Nightclub.

The Wookshed Bar and Grill in Cork was named the Best Place to Watch The Match, while Cask, also in the city was named the country's Best Cocktail Bar.

The Highline at Sophie's was named Best Late Bar/Nightclub at the Sky Bar of the Year Awards
The Highline at Sophie's was named Best Late Bar/Nightclub at the Sky Bar of the Year Awards

Warehouse Bar and Kitchen in Letterkenny was named Best Newcomer, while Blackbird in Dublin was given the award for best Contemporary Bar.

For craft beer, Caribou in Galway was named top dog, while Keogh's in Dublin was bestowed the award for Best Traditional Bar.

Meanwhile, Luke O’Meara of the Liquor Rooms was named the Bushmills' Cocktail Bartender of the year at the ceremony on Monday, which was attended by more than 400 people.

Speaking at the event David Rey, Managing Director of Sky Business, said: "We’re delighted to be once again sponsoring the Sky Bar of the Year Awards and rewarding the people that are making the Irish bar industry such a success. Great venues are supported by hard-working and innovative individuals and it’s important to take the time to recognise their efforts in helping the on-trade to flourish. A big congratulations to all the finalists."

Full List of 2017 Finalists

Bar Food: Weavers Bar & Venue, Drogheda, Co Louth

Best Bar to Watch the Match: Wookshed Bar & Grill, Cork

Best Designed / Inside Space: Left Bank, Kilkenny

City Bar: P.Mac’s, Dublin

Cocktail Bar: Cask. Cork

Contemporary Bar: Blackbird, Dublin

Craft Beer Bar: P. Macs, Dublin

Gastro Bar Food: The ChopHouse, Dublin

Gin Bar: Tribeton, Galway

Hotel Bar: Panorama Bistro & Terrace @ The Montenotte Hotel, Cork

5* Hotel Bar: The Sidecar @ The Westbury Hotel, Dublin

Judges' Choice: Caribou, Galway

Late Bar/ Nightclub: Highline @ Sophie’s, Dublin

Live Entertainment Venue: The Quays, Galway

Local Bar: The Penny Hill, Dublin

Newcomer: Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny, Donegal

Outside Space: Filthy McNastys, Belfast, Antrim

Outstanding Customer Service: The Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim

Restaurant Bar: Candlelight Bar @ Siam Thai Restaurant, Dublin

Tourist Bar: Fitzpatrick’s Bar and Restaurant, Dundalk, Co Louth

Traditional Bar: Kehoe’s, Dublin

Whiskey Bar: Revolution Craft Bar, Waterford

Bar Manager: Tony Newell – Clayton Hotel Galway

Staff Personality: Elizabeth Brown, The Draft House Pub, Strandhill, Sligo

Bushmills Cocktail Bartender: Luke O’Meara – The Liquor Rooms, Dublin

Overall Sky Bar of the Year: Left Bank, Kilkenny

Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Dublin: Molloy’s Bar & Grill, Dublin

Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Leinster:  Langtons House Hotel,Kilkenny

Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Munster: JJ Coppingers, Midleton, Co Cork

Southern Comfort People’s Choice - Connacht / Ulster: An Púcán, Galway

Overall Southern Comfort People’s Choice: An Púcán, Galway

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