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Irish Pub Awards winners revealed

  • The Stag’s Head wins Best Tourist Pub

  • The Goat Bar & Grill’s Jonny Quilty wins Pub Personality of the year

  • Wexford celebrates as The Porter House, Castlebridge wins Pub of the Year 2017

The inaugural Irish Pub Awards took place on Weds 8 November with a gala banquet in the RDS where the best publicans in Ireland battled it out in 9 categories to be crowned the best in the country.

The Awards were presented by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., and the winners were selected from over 500 applications in this national awards programme which is jointly presented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA).

The Porter House, based in Castlebridge, Co Wexford, has won the overall Irish Pub Awards National Irish Pub of the Year 2017, while LVA members The Stag’s Head and The Goat Bar & Grill also picked up awards on the night.

The Irish Pub Awards category winners are:

Innovative Pub of the Year             The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Best Music Pub                                 Matt The Millers, Kilkenny City

Best Outdoor Space                         The Terrace at Dinn Rí, Co. Carlow

Outstanding Customer Service     The Bog Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Best Tourist Pub                               The Stag’s Head, Dublin

Pub Personality of the Year            Johnny Quilty – The Goat Bar & Grill, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Best Local Pub                                   The Porter House, Castlebridge, Co. Wexford

Best Food Pub                                   Mickey Finn’s, Redcross, Co. Wicklow

LVA Chairman John Gleeson who presented some of the awards on the night said, “We are very pleased with the success of our first awards programme. These awards will now be recognised as the definitive awards programme within the industry as it is set up to reward all pub sectors right throughout the country.  There is great value for pubs entering the awards in terms of excellent national and local media coverage along with the in-depth management training our 56 regional winners receive. We are delighted to have come together with the VFI on this great initiative.

The award categories are sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance, Bulmers, Diageo, Heineken, IMRO. Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Molson Coors and Musgrave Marketplace. Media Partner is Irish Independent and trade media partner is Drinks Industry Ireland. Skillnets is the management development partner.

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