The best bars in Ireland for 2017 have been revealed 5 years ago

The best bars in Ireland for 2017 have been revealed

These awards cover every type of bar imaginable.

Now in their 12th year, the Sky Bar of the Year Awards acknowledge outstanding work in the licensed trade throughout the country.


A team of judges travelled all over Ireland to judge gin and whiskey bars, outside spaces and music venues for their best brew, crafty cocktails and straight up excellence in customer experience.

The results were revealed at a memorable black tie event hosted by Newstalk’s Tom Dunne in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road on Monday evening.

Over 400 people were in attendance to toast the winners, as excellence across the licensed trade was recognised across 25 separate drink, drink service and entertainment categories, with over 100 finalists in contention to grab an award.

Well, without further ado, here are the results:


Bar Food: Weavers Bar & Venue Drogheda, Co Louth
Best Bar to Watch the Match: Woolshed 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 Chop House, Dublin
Gin Bar: Tribeton, Galway
Hotel Bar: Panorama Bistro & Terrace @ The Montenotte Hotel, Cork
5* Hotel Bar: The Sidecar @ The Westbury Hotel, Dublin
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
Judges Choice: Caribou, Galway
Bushmills Cocktail Bartender: Luke O’Meara – The Liquor Rooms, Dublin
Southern Comfort People’s Choice: Dublin - Molloy’s Bar & Grill, (Public Vote) Dublin
Southern Comfort People’s Choice: Leinster - Langtons House Hotel, (Public Vote) Kilkenny
Southern Comfort People’s Choice: Munster - JJ Coppingers (Public Vote) Midleton, Co Cork
Southern Comfort People’s Choice: Connacht / Ulster - An Púcán, Galway (Public Vote)
Overall Southern Comfort People’s Choice: An Púcán, Galway (Public Vote)
Overall Sky Bar of the Year: Left Bank, Kilkenny