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
More information: licensingworld.ie