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18th Jul 2023

The finalists for Bar of the Year 2023 have been announced

Simon Kelly

Your local is bound to be there somewhere.

The Bar of the Year awards finalists have been announced, and with over 600 entries this year, it’s fair to say the competition is fierce.

With loads of excellent venues across a variety of different categories like Local Bar of the Year and Best Bar to Watch the Match, pretty much every type of establishment in the country is represented.

“We are thrilled to recognize the outstanding talents and remarkable establishments that have been selected as finalists for The Bar of the Year Awards,” organisers said in a statement.

“These individuals and venues have consistently raised the bar, delivering unparalleled experiences and pushing boundaries within the industry. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the upcoming awards ceremony.”

Every finalist has a chance to win the 2023 People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by the public and the bars are encouraged to share the voting form on their social media platforms and website.

The winners will be announced on Monday, August 21. Check out the full list of finalists below.

Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Franciscan Well Brewpub – Cork
  • Jackie’s – Dublin
  • Lock 13 Brewpub – Kildare
  • Nevins Newfield Inn – Mayo
  • Roe & Co Distillery – Dublin
  • The Black Forge Inn – Dublin

 

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Hotel Bar of the Year

  • Americana Bar – Dublin
  • Bartley’s Bar and Restaurant at The Grafton Hotel – Dublin
  • Café du Parc – Kerry
  • Clayton Hotel Limerick – Limerick
  • Conor’s Bar & Lounge – Monaghan
  • Dunes Bar & Bistro – Cork
  • HYDE Bar – Galway
  • Knights Bar – Clontarf Castle Hotel – Dublin
  • Schull Harbour Hotel – The Gracie Blue Bar – Cork
  • The Aylward Lounge at Faithlegg – Waterford
  • The Blue Haven Kinsale – Cork
  • The Club At Goffs – Kildare
  • The Connacht Hotel – Galway
  • The Curious Mister – Dublin
  • The Montenotte Hotel – Cork
  • Wineport Lodge – Westmeath

Five Star Hotel Bar of the Year

  • Bar No 23. at The Merrion Hotel – Dublin
  • Mount Juliet Estate – Majors Bar – Kilkenny
  • The Clubhouse at Fota Island Resort – Cork
  • The Cocktail Bar at Dromoland – Clare
  • The Courtyard Bar, Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel – Kildare
  • The Savoy Bar at the Savoy Hotel – Limerick
  • The Sidecar at The Westbury – Dublin
  • The Tack Room at Adare Manor – Limerick

Restaurant Bar of the Year

  • Annie May’s, Newcastle – Dublin
  • Doolally – Dublin
  • FIRE Steakhouse & Bar – Dublin
  • Hogs & Heifers – Dublin
  • House Limerick – Limerick
  • Isabelle’s – Dublin
  • Lemon & Duke – Dublin
  • Mama Yo – Dublin
  • Ryleigh’s – Dublin
  • Saba – Dublin
  • Sandyford House – Dublin
  • Silken Thomas – Kildare
  • Sophie’s Rooftop Galway – Dublin
  • The Club At Goffs – Kildare
  • The Grayson – Dublin
  • The Wine Cellar at Fallon & Byrne – Dublin

Tourist Bar of the Year

  • 1520 – Galway
  • Brass Fox Wicklow – Wicklow
  • Bruxelles, Dublin – Dublin
  • Buskers Bar – Dublin
  • Fishermans Thatched Inn – Laois
  • Gerties Brownes Bar and Bistro – Westmeath
  • Lundy Foots – Dublin
  • Murray’s Bar – Dublin
  • O’Connells Galway – Galway
  • Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar – Waterford
  • The Auld Dubliner – Dublin
  • The Brazen Head – Dublin
  • The Locke – Limerick
  • The Porter House – Mayo
  • The Shelbourne Bar Cork – Cork
  • The Stag’s Head – Dublin

City Bar of the Year

  • An Púcán – Galway
  • Cask – Cork
  • Costigan’s Pub – Cork
  • Grand Central Dublin – Dublin
  • House Limerick – Limerick
  • Impala – Cork
  • Jerry Flannerys & 1314 – Limerick
  • Kodiak – Dublin
  • Left Bank – Kilkenny
  • Lemon & Duke – Dublin
  • NoLIta – Dublin
  • r.i.o.t. Dublin – Dublin
  • Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar – Waterford
  • The Curious Mister – Dublin
  • The Front Door Pub – Galway
  • The Landmark – Dublin

Innovative Bar of the Year

  • An Púcán – Galway
  • Andy’s Bar Monaghan – Monaghan
  • BAR 1661 – Dublin
  • Cask – Cork
  • Hamlets Bar + Kitchen – Cork
  • Jackie’s – Dublin
  • Knights Bar – Clontarf Castle Hotel – Dublin
  • Lock 13 Brewpub – Kildare
  • Mother Macs Public House – Limerick
  • Nevins Newfield Inn – Mayo
  • Peruke & Periwig – Dublin
  • Saba – Dublin
  • The Camden – Dublin
  • The Curious Mister – Dublin
  • The Shelbourne Bar Cork – Cork

Traditional Bar of the Year

  • An Poitin Stil – Dublin
  • Cobbler’s Bar – Mayo
  • Gracie’s Bar – Sligo
  • J.J Houghs Singing Pub – Offaly
  • K67 Bar & Grill – Dublin
  • Kehoes Pub – Dublin
  • Lundy Foots – Dublin
  • Murphy’s Galway – Galway
  • Murray’s Bar – Dublin
  • O’Donoghue Public House – Kerry
  • O’Briens Bar – Wexford
  • Paddy Macs – Mayo
  • Peadars Bar Moate – Westmeath
  • The Brazen Head – Dublin
  • The Stag’s Head – Dublin
  • Thomas Francis Meagher Bar at the Granville Hotel – Waterford

Local Bar of the Year

  • An Poitin Stil – Dublin
  • Annie May’s, Newcastle – Dublin
  • Dignam’s Bar – Monaghan
  • Gertie Brownes Bar and Bistro – Westmeath
  • Glynn’s Bar – Galway
  • Jimmy Rabbittes – Dublin
  • K67 Bar & Grill – Dublin
  • Off The Bone Gastropub – Limerick
  • Old Mill, Tallaght – Dublin
  • Palmerstown House – Dublin
  • Peadars Bar Moate – Westmeath
  • The Black Forge Inn – Dublin
  • The Forty Four – Dublin
  • The Laurels Clondakin – Dublin
  • The Railway Tavern, Fahan, Donegal – Donegal
  • Veldons Seafarer – Galway

Gastro Bar of the Year

  • Carroll’s of Lucan – Dublin
  • Conor’s Bar & Lounge – Monaghan
  • Gertie Brownes Bar and Bistro – Westmeath
  • Harrigan’s Bar & Grill – Kildare
  • John Keoghs Gastropub – Galway
  • JW’s Brasserie – Mayo
  • Left Bank – Kilkenny
  • Monks – Clare
  • O’Donoghue Public House – Kerry
  • Russells Seafood Bar, Doolin – Clare
  • The Cellar Bar – Dublin
  • The Dew Drop Inn & Brewhouse – Kildare
  • The Kings Head Galway – Galway
  • THE OARSMAN – Leitrim
  • The Purty Kitchen – Dublin
  • The Station at Molloys – Dublin

Bar Food of the Year

  • An Poitin Stil – Dublin
  • Arcadia – Dublin
  • Bartley’s Bar and Restaurant at The Grafton Hotel – Dublin
  • Blake’s Bar Galway – Galway
  • Caribou – Galway
  • Dunes Bar & Bistro – Cork
  • Gerties Brownes Bar and Bistro – Westmeath
  • Paladar – Cork
  • Palmerstown House – Dublin
  • The Black Forge Inn – Dublin
  • The Blue Haven Kinsale – Cork
  • The Hideout – Kildare
  • The Kenmare Rooms – Kerry
  • The Paddocks – Dublin
  • Thomas Francis Meagher Bar at the Granville Hotel – Waterford
  • TOWN – Kildare

 

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Best Bar to Watch the Match

  • An Púcán – Galway
  • Brass Bar & Grill – Dublin
  • Buskers On The Ball – Dublin
  • Dignams Bar – Monaghan
  • Glynn’s Bar – Galway
  • Jerry Flannerys & 1314 – Limerick
  • Molloys Bar and Grill – Dublin
  • O Sheas Corner – Wicklow
  • Slattery’s D4 – Dublin
  • The Blackrock – Dublin
  • The Bridge 1859 – Dublin
  • The Kenmare Rooms – Kerry
  • The Living Room – Dublin
  • The Old Lodge Gastro Pub – Clare
  • The Paddocks – Dublin
  • Woolshed Baa & Grill Cork – Cork

Late Bar / Nightclub of the Year

  • 37 Dawson Street – Dublin
  • Amber Nightclub – Limerick
  • Bar Square & Time Square Night Club – Mayo
  • Café en Seine – Dublin
  • Cosy Joe’s Bar – Mayo
  • Jerry Flannerys & 1314 – Limerick
  • Left Bank – Kilkenny
  • r.i.o.t. Dublin – Dublin
  • The Barracks – Carlow
  • The Camden – Dublin
  • The Living Room – Dublin
  • The Quays Bar Galway – Galway
  • The Roost Maynooth – Kildare
  • The Workman’s Club – Dublin
  • Wrights Cafe Bar – Dublin

Best Live Entertainment Bar

  • Buskers Bar – Dublin
  • Durty Nelly’s Bar and Restaurant – Clare
  • Foley’s Bar – Dublin
  • Judge Roy Beans – Kildare
  • Mc Hughs Bar – Leitrim
  • NoLIta – Dublin
  • O’Donoghue Public House – Kerry
  • The Blue Haven Kinsale – Cork
  • The Giddy Dolphin – Dublin
  • The Kings Head Galway – Galway
  • The Laurels Clondakin – Dublin
  • The Locke – Limerick
  • The Old Quarter Pub, Café & Townhouse – Limerick
  • The Porter House – Mayo
  • The Quays Bar Galway – Galway
  • The Roost Maynooth – Kildare

Best Designed Bar / Best Inside Space

  • Brickyard – Dublin
  • Conor’s Bar & Lounge – Monaghan
  • Dunes Bar & Bistro – Cork
  • Gracie’s Bar – Sligo
  • Jackal – Westmeath
  • K67 Bar & Grill – Dublin
  • Moody Cafe Vin – Cork
  • Paladar – Cork
  • Roe & Co Distillery – Dublin
  • Russells Seafood Bar, Doolin – Clare
  • Stella Cocktail Club – Dublin
  • The Curious Mister – Dublin
  • The Gables – Dublin
  • The Monks Society – Clare
  • The Montenotte Hotel – Cork
  • TOWN – Kildare

Cocktail Bar of the Year

  • 9 Below – Dublin
  • BAR 1661 – Dublin
  • Cask – Cork
  • Conor’s Bar & Lounge – Monaghan
  • HYDE Bar – Galway
  • Jerry Flannerys & 1314 – Limerick
  • Kodiak – Dublin
  • Lemon & Duke – Dublin
  • Paladar – Cork
  • Stella Cocktail Club – Dublin
  • The Curious Mister – Dublin
  • The Liquor Lounge – Galway
  • The Lucky Duck – Dublin
  • The Monks’ Society – Clare
  • The Sidecar at The Westbury – Dublin
  • The Tack Room at Adare Manor – Limerick

Outside Space of the Year

  • An Púcán – Galway
  • Castleknock Hotel – 22 Bar & Restaurant – Dublin
  • Dunes Bar & Bistro – Cork
  • Fishermans Thatched Inn – Laois
  • Glynn’s Bar – Galway
  • House Dublin – Dublin
  • Kenny’s of Lucan – Dublin
  • Nevins Newfield Inn – Mayo
  • Peadars Bar Moate – Westmeath
  • Russell’s Saloon Gin Emporium – Louth
  • Russells Seafood Bar, Doolin – Clare
  • The Connacht Hotel – Galway
  • The Living Room – Dublin
  • The Locke – Limerick
  • The Merrion Garden Terrace – Dublin
  • The River Club Cork – Cork

Gin Bar of the Year

  • Andy’s Bar Monaghan – Monaghan
  • Costigan’s Pub – Cork
  • Gin Palace – Dublin
  • HYDE Bar & Gin Parlour – Galway
  • Lock 13 Brewpub – Kildare
  • Russell’s Saloon Gin Emporium – Louth
  • The Savoy Bar at the Savoy Hotel – Limerick
  • Tigh Nora – Galway

Best Newcomer

  • Brickyard – Dublin
  • DISnDAT – Dublin
  • Foley’s Bar – Dublin
  • Gracie’s Bar – Sligo
  • Hynes’ Bar – Dublin
  • Kodiak – Dublin
  • Mc Hughs Bar – Leitrim
  • Moody Cafe Vin – Cork
  • Murphy’s Galway – Galway
  • O Sheas Corner – Wicklow
  • Paladar – Cork
  • The Black Barrel – Cork
  • The Blackrock – Dublin
  • The Gables – Dublin
  • The Liberty Bar – Cork
  • The Monks Society – Clare

 

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Whiskey Bar of the Year

  • BAR 1661 – Dublin
  • Costigan’s Pub – Cork
  • McSwiggans Steak + Seafood Restaurant – Galway
  • Mother Macs Public House – Limerick
  • Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar – Waterford
  • Sonny Molloy’s Irish Whiskey Bar – Galway
  • The Black Barrel – Cork
  • The Shelbourne Bar Cork – Cork
  • The Tack Room at Adare Manor – Limerick
  • The Whiskey Library – Kildare

Craft Bar of the Year

  • Bonobo – Dublin
  • Brickyard – Dublin
  • Caribou – Galway
  • Franciscan Well Brewpub – Cork
  • Impala – Cork
  • Lock 13 Brewpub – Kildare
  • Mother Macs Public House – Limerick
  • Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar – Waterford
  • The Dew Drop Inn & Brewhouse – Kildare

Best Value Pub

  • Kehoes pub & parlour – Wexford
  • Oasis bar – Donegal
  • Peadars Bar Moate – Westmeath
  • The Black Forge Inn – Dublin
  • Thomas Francis Meagher Bar at the Granville Hotel – Waterford

Outstanding Customer Service Award

  • BAR 1661 – Dublin
  • Bartley’s Bar and Restaurant at The Grafton Hotel – Dublin
  • Brady’s of Shankill – Dublin
  • Caribou – Galway
  • Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel – Kildare
  • Cask – Cork
  • Costigan’s Pub – Cork
  • Harrigan’s Bar & Grill – Kildare
  • Kodiak – Dublin
  • Paladar – Cork
  • Roe & Co Distillery – Dublin
  • Russell’s Saloon Gin Emporium – Louth
  • The Blue Haven Kinsale – Cork
  • The Hideout – Kildare
  • The Igo Inn – Dublin
  • The Landmark – Dublin

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