How to enter

ENTRY FEE IS €100 + VAT 23%

  • With this you will receive 4 issues of the Licensing World magazine
  • up to 5 email address for the online edition.

If this is your first year entering please create a new account by filling in the details. If you created an account last year please use same login details.


To enter you will need

  • A photo of the related area, ie if you enter best outside space, a photo of the space will be necessary.

  • A signed waiver, please click here to download waiver.

  • Credit card

Once you are logged in, you will automatically be brought to the “My Applications” page. Each Premises can enter up to 5 categories, please select 1 from Bar Type, 1 from Food Type (if applicable) and up to 3(Or 4 if food categories are not applicable) in General Categories.

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Once the submission period is closed, all verified and completed entries will go forward to the judging panel for online review.  The premises will then proceed to the 2nd round of judging and most importantly, will be blind site inspected. Site inspections will take place in May/June/July. On completion of site inspections, a final judges meeting will take place. Finalist list will be released and the winner of each category will be announced at the awards night on the 22nd of August 2022.  


All shortlisted premises will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award. The top premises in each region – Dublin, Leinster, Munster, Connacht/Ulster will go forward for public voting for a two week period. Regional winners will be announced and the Overall People’s choice winner will be announced at the awards night on the 22nd of August 2022.

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What does the waiver form cover? 

One round of drinks for Judges (this applies to all categories in Bar of the Year Awards, with the exception of the categories judged by a panel, which will consist of up to five members.) A meal for two, including two starters, two mains, two desserts, two drinks plus tea/coffee (where applicable). If you are a nightclub/venue that requires paid entry, please send four complimentary tickets for judges as it is judged by a panel.

When do I receive the waiver form back?

This form will be presented to your reception/waiting staff on checkout/departure who will be asked to deduct the cost of the judge’s inspection from the bill. Please communicate this process with your team.

Click here to download waiver form

Social Media

Do the awards have a hashtag? Yes we do! It’s #BarAwards21

Got another question?

    Who do I contact?

    If we haven’t answered your question above, please contact: Jill Thornton, Events Manager, at / +353 (1) 6401700