Irish Craft Cocktail Awards 2017 Just Announced the Best Bars and Bartenders in Ireland

Irish Craft Cocktail Awards 2017 Just Announced the Best Bars and Bartenders in Ireland

Last night, 26th of November, the drinks industry gathered to honour some of its more outstanding members at the 4th edition of the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards (ICCA), during a ceremony that took place at Number Twenty Two.

The winners were chosen by a combination of cocktail enthusiasts and industry experts who came together to celebrate the brightest bartenders, bars and teams. Veteran bartender Paul Lambert was honoured with an Industry Legend accolade, while Andy Ferreira, from Cask, in Cork, won the highly coveted prize of Best Bartender 2017.

Cask took home a remarkable number of awards, earning also Best Overall Cocktail Bar, Outstanding Cocktail Menu, Best Bar Team, Best New Cocktail Bar and Best Bar Munster.

Irish Craft Cocktail Awards 2017 Just Announced the Best Bars and Bartenders in Ireland

Every year the awards hold a charity auction, and this year the chosen charity was Samaritans Ireland. On the night they raised €6842 through their auction and raffle, with the record breaking lot being an extremely rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 year bourbon for €875, donated by Hi-Spirits.

Irish Craft Cocktail Awards 2017 Just Announced the Best Bars and Bartenders in Ireland


Below, the winners of the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards (ICCA) 2017:

Industry Legend 2017

Winner: Paul Lambert

Best Overall Cocktail Bar 2017

Winner: Cask, Cork

Outstanding Cocktail Menu

Winner: Cask, Cork

2nd: Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin

3rd: Liquor XXX, Belfast

Shortlisted: The Blind Pig, Dublin; Cask, Cork; The Liquor Rooms, Dublin; Peruke & Periwig, Dublin.

Best Bar Team

Winner: Cask, Cork

2nd: Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin

3rd: Peruke & Periwig, Dublin;

Shortlist: 37 Dawson St, Dublin; The Liquor Rooms, Dublin; Zozimus, Dublin.

Best New Cocktail Bar

Winner: Cask, Cork

2nd: Hang Dai, Dublin

3rd: Little Pig @ The Blind Pig, Dublin

Shortlist: The Blind Tiger, Sligo; Liquor XXX, Belfast; Salt, Galway

Best Hotel Cocktail Bar

Winner: The Sidecar Bar @ The Westbury, Dublin

2nd: The Cocktail Bar @ The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

3rd: Cask @ Hotel Isaacs, Cork

Shortlist: Bert’s Jazz Bar @ The Merchant Hotel, Belfast; Lemuel’s @ The Conrad, Dublin; Sophie’s @ The Dean, Dublin

Best Restaurant Cocktail Bar

Winner: Hang Dai, Dublin

2nd: The Sitting Room @ Delahunt, Dublin

3rd: Cask, Cork

Shortlist: 777, Dublin; The Blind Pig, Dublin; Peruke & Periwig, Dublin


Best Cocktail Bar Connacht

Winner: The Blind Tiger, Sligo

2nd: Salt, Galway

3rd: Tribeton, Galway

Shortlist: An Púcán, Galway; Tigh Nora, Galway; The Universal, Galway

Best Cocktail Bar Munster

Winner: Cask, Cork

2nd: House, Limerick

3rd: Soho Bar and Restaurant, Cork

Shortlist: Bar Pigalle, Cork; Cliff House Hotel, Waterford; Edison, Cork

Best Cocktail Bar Leinster (not including Dublin City)

Winner: Candlelight Bar, Dundrum

2nd: The dylan Whiskey Bar

3rd: The Sky & The Ground, Wexford

Shortlist: Angelina’s, Dublin 4; Brickyard, Dundrum; The Left Bank, Kilkenny

Best Cocktail Bar Ulster

Winner: The Cocktail Bar @ The Merchant, Belfast

2nd: Liquor XXX, Belfast

3rd: A.P.O.C., Belfast

Shortlist: Bert’s Jazz Bar, Belfast; Bootleggers, Belfast; Love & Death, Belfast

Best Cocktail Bar Dublin

Winner: Vintage Cocktail Club

2nd: The Blind Pig

3rd: The Sitting Room @ Delahunt

Shortlist: Hang Dai; The Liquor Rooms; Peruke & Periwig

Best Bartender 2017

Winner: Andy Ferreira, Cask

2nd: Richie Delahoyde, Vintage Cocktail Club

3rd: Martin Holec, The Sitting Room @ Delahunt

Shortlist:  Andrew Ennis, Peruke & Periwig; Anne Gilhooley, Formerly Peruke and Periwig; Carl D’Alton, Cask; Conor Myers, Formerly The Exchequer; Daniel Mulligan, Zozimus; Darren Geraghty, Candlelight Bar; Dave Mulholland, Liquor XXX; Pat Thomas, Zozimus; Stephanie Shen, Chelsea Drug Store.

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