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…
Ian Doogue, of Hi Spirits, Dublin with Emmet Langian of Langtonswho wasawarded the Southern Comfort People’s Choice Award
Pictured Michál Lis from the Westbury Hotel, Lisa Doyle from Bloom Gin and Viktorija Jakovickaite from Bow Lane Social. Viktorija Jakovickaite and Michál Lis won Best Dressed Lady and Man
Aidan MacCarrick, Jessica Byrne, Peter Brady, Gillian Byrne from Left Bank, Kilkenny with Damien Devaney from Sky. Left Bank, Kilkenny won the Sky Bar of the Year – Sponsored by Sky at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards at the Clayton Hotel
Shane Clifford and Dec Murphy from Caribou in Galway with Tracey Carney from Ashville media and Hugh O Farrell from Caribou.
Kenny Dorian from Bunzal Mc Laughlin, Tony Newell from Enclosure Bar & Bistro, Clayton Hotel in Galway and Andre Michel from Arc. Tony Newell won Bar Manager
Luke O Meara from The Liquor rooms with Fergal Wilson from Bushmills. Luke O’Meara won Bushmills Cocktail Bartender – Sponsored by Bushmills
Jacinta Callaghan from The Oarsman in Carrick on Shannan with Peter Scott from Heineken, Dublin office.
Elizabeth Brown from The Drafthouse Gastro Pub in Sligo who won the Staff Personality Award
The team from Cask, Cork which won Cocktail Bar sponsored by Luxardo at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards
Javier Herrera from Diplomatico & Dalcassian with Aran Brew, Philip Ginnell, David Fagan and Rory Kiff from Blackbird, Dublin with John Dillin of Delcassian Wine and Spirits.
Kevin Arundel and Joesph Doohan from The Chophouse with Maurice Powell from Coca Cola
Seamus McGettigan from The Quays, Galway with Jeff Brennan from Red Bull. The Quays, Galway won the Live Entertainment Venue Award
Tom Joyce, Marty MacKay, Doug Leddin, Doug Leddin, Emma Galvin, Aidan Mulvaney And Karl Daly all from An Púcán, Galway the Southern Comfort People’s Choice Award
George Roberts of Southern Comfort with Francis Worrall, Richard Molloy and Darren O’Brien all from Molloy’s Bar & Grill Tallaght which won Southern Comfort People’s Choice
Sarah Austin, Darren Watson, Alan Brew and Micheál O’Brien of P.Mac’s, Dublin which won the Craft Beer Bar Award at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards
Dan Shanley, Grainne McGinty and Darren Geraghty of Candlelight Bar @ Siam Thai Restaurant, Dublin 14
Conor Rafferty, Natasha Harbinson and Stephen MacCann of Filthy McNastys, Antrim
Graham Gaynor,Sky with Bronagh and Geoff Waddell of Woolshed Baa & Grill, Cork.
Ian Murrary from Kehoe’s of South Ann Street, Dublin 2 which won Traditional Bar at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards at the Clayton Hotel
Cathal Selvin and Daniel Savan from The Sidecar @ The Westbury Hotel, Dublin who won 5* Hotel Bar at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards
David O’ Sullivan, David Manning, Micheál O Shea all from the Montenotte Hotel, Cork with Hazel Johnston Hotel & review, Ashville Media Group
Damien O’ Donnell, Bar & Kitchen, Donegal, Peter O ‘Connor, Roe & Co and Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Donegal. Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Donegal
Lauren O ‘ Keeffe, Jason Bowen, Ronan Murphy, Colin Ryan from JJ. Coppingers in Cork with Alan Keane of Southern Comfort. JJ Coppingers,Cork won the Southern Comfort People’s Choice
Steve Harbott of Hi Spirit with Aidan Mulvaney, Emma Galvin, Doug Laddin, Marty Mc Kay and Tom Joyce of An Púcán in Galway, winners of Southern Comfort People’s Choice
Danny Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Bar & Restaurant which won Tourist Bar Award at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards at the Clayton Hote
Mark O’Neill, Jim (flash) Gordon and Johnny Tobin of Revolution Craft Bar in Waterford which won the Whiskey Bar Award – Winner: Revolution Craft Bar, Waterfordat the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards
Conor Mc Crohan of Delcassian, Joanne Griffin of Bank of Ireland (accepted it on behalf of Sophies)And Ruth Dunne of Delcassian.
Nicole Donnellan, Sean Connroy, Shauna Smith, John McEnaney and Ciara Gunning of Wavers, with Trish Murphy of Hotel & Review, Ashville Media Group, Dublin. Weavers Bar & Venue won the Bar Food Award at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards
Aidan McCarrick ,Jessica Byrne, Gillin Byrne and Peter Brady of Left Bank in Kilkenny who won The Best Designed / Inside Space Bar Award at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards
Alan Brew, Darren Watson and Micheál O Brien of P. Macs Lower Stephen Street, Dublin who won The City Bar Award at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards at the Clayton Hotel
Pat Rigney from Leitrim of the Shed Distillery (Drumshanbo) Monica Talar,Ger Reilly and Martin Curran from TRibeton in Galway with John Dillon of Dalcassian Wine and Spirits
Donal Walshe of The Penny Hill in Lucan, Dublin which was awardedtheLocal Bar award Local Bar
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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