Here are the nominees for the best pubs and nightclubs in Ireland 3 weeks ago

Here are the nominees for the best pubs and nightclubs in Ireland

Recognise any of these places?

It's a regular enough debate, perhaps – just what is the best bar or nightclub in Ireland?

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Personal preference tends to trump scientific data but the team behind the Bar of the Year Awards is putting the graft in to try and determine the best of the best across the country.

To wit; the finalists for various bar and club-related categories have just been unveiled, with 176 different "outstanding" bars making it into the shortlist. Admittedly, 176 sounds more like a long-list but that figure has been reached from an initial total of 500 so they're making progress, at least.

It's the 17th year of the awards, too, so you can rest assured that it's being taken very seriously indeed. But you want to know what made it in, right? That's why you're here.

We've picked out the most eye-catching categories – Nightclub, City Bar and Local Bar – which you can check out below.

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LATE BAR / NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR

House Limerick | Amber Nightclub
Left Bank
Lilly's Bar & Kitchen
Old Town Whiskey bar @Bodega
Opium Live Dublin
R.I.O.T Bar
The Camden
The Front Door Pub
The Living Room
The Quays Bar and Music Hall
The Roost
The Workman's Club & Cellar
Time Square Night Club
Wrights Cafe Bar

LOCAL BAR OF THE YEAR

33 South Main
An Poitin Stil
Brady's of Shankill
Carrickdale Hotel & Spa
Molloys Bar & Grill
Oriel Bar & Bistro
Pennyhill
Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar
The Brass Fox Wicklow
The Hibernian Bar Kilkenny
The Igo Inn
The Martello
The Old Mill
The Porter House
The Strawberry Hall
Tom Sheridan's Bar & Restaurant Galway

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CITY BAR OF THE YEAR

101 Limerick
Americana bar
An Púcán
Bruxelles
Cafe en Seine
House Limerick | Amber Nightclub
Jackies
Left Bank
Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega
R.I.O.T. bar
Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar
Sober Lane
The Front Door Pub
The Savoy Bar
The Shelbourne Bar
Vintage Cocktail Club

You can view the rest of the categories – there are a LOT of them – at the Bar of the Year Awards official Facebook page.