Winners Revealed for the Sky Bar of the Year Awards 2017 (Photo Gallery)
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Winners Revealed for the Sky Bar of the Year Awards 2017 (Photo Gallery)

The Sky Bar of the Year Awards 2017 winners were revealed yesterday, 21st of August, at a ceremony hosted by Newstalk’s Tom Dunne in the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road. The event, now on its 12th edition, gathered over 400 people who applauded excellence across the Irish licensed trade.

A carefully chosen team of judges selected the best venues in the country in different categories, taking into account factors such as service, quality of the drink and atmosphere.

The evening took guests back in time to Prohibition times with a roaring twenties inspired theme and entertainment by Film Fatale which included a three piece 1920s band, a burlesque show and Charleston dancers. Prohibition era cocktails complemented the experience.

Kilkenny’s Left Bank was honoured with the evening’s ultimate accolade, as it was named Sky Bar of the Year 2017. Other winners included Tribeton in the Gin Bar category and An Púcán, which took the People’s Choice Award.

The Bushmills Cocktail Bartender of the Year award was given to Luke O’Meara from The Liquor Rooms. Revolution Craft Bar was chosen as the Whiskey Bar of the Year, which was a new category, Candlelight Bar @ Siam Thai Restaurant received the prize for Restaurant Bar of the Year and The Quays in Galway was chosen as the best Live Entertainment Venue.

Event Director, Tracey Carney said: “These days the perfect pint does not the bar make, it is a multitude of things from ambiance, customer service, to the overall experience. The diversity of categories and the quality of nominations received this year highlights that the licensing trade is thriving in Ireland, with no shortage of fantastic venues to enjoy the perfect tipple. The energy and atmosphere at the awards this evening is testament to the positive contribution our finalists are making in the licensing industry.”

Below, a gallery with images of the event, followed by the full list of winners…

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

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

Overall Sky Bar of the Year – Left Bank, Kilkenny

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, (Public Vote) Galway

Overall Southern Comfort People’s Choice (Public Vote) – An Púcán, Galway

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