January 2019

Dog Friendly Bar of the Year


The modern Irish bar has to cater to customers from all walks of life, including those with 4 legs. This category will recognise bars that allow for and accommodate pets on their premises. Judges will assess the suitability of the space and the provisions made for dogs on the premises. ENTER NOW [...]

Dog Friendly Bar of the Year2019-05-07T14:21:54+00:00

February 2018

What Category will you enter in 2018?


Bar of the Year Awards is back again to celebrate all that's best in the Irish Bar indistry We recruited an expert industry panel to develop its shortlist for the best bars in the Country . With awards for Contemporary Bars, local Bars , Gastro Bar  and  Late Bar among many others, this list  [...]

What Category will you enter in 2018?2019-03-01T09:43:01+00:00

January 2018



These are the best bars that have opened up in the year since May 1 2018 or have been substantially renovated. They have a great focus on service, they break new ground in terms of what they are offering while keeping the hallmarks of a great bar. They should be able to compete [...]


Whiskey Bar


Sponsored by This award recognises the bar that offers the most extensive and innovative range of imported or domestic whiskeys to its customers. A wide range of whiskey should be available and applicants should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of the whiskey on offer. ENTER NOW 2018 [...]

Whiskey Bar2019-08-09T09:59:49+00:00

Restaurant Bar


This award recognises bars within a restaurant that gives customers a reason to visit apart from the food. The majority of floor space and revenue should be dedicated to the restaurant. ENTER NOW 2018 Restaurant Bar - Angelina's, Dublin

Restaurant Bar2019-05-07T14:17:26+00:00

Bar of the Year


This category is not open for entry. Winners from the above categories will be put forward for this category. The 2017 Sky Bar of the Year winner will be chosen by the judging panel. NOMINATE NOW 2018  Bar of the Year - Cask, Cork

Bar of the Year2019-05-07T14:53:18+00:00

Southern Comfort People’s Choice


Sponsored by This category is open to public vote only. It will be carried out regionally: Dublin, Leinster, Munster, Ulster/Connacht. Premises will be short-listed and voting will go out to the public again on our social media pages.  Public vote will open when finalists have been announced. NOMINATE NOW [...]

Southern Comfort People’s Choice2019-05-07T14:52:13+00:00

Bar Manager of the Year


Sponsored by Success within the on trade is driven by innovative people with strong management skills and dedication to their chosen industry. The Bar Manager of the Year Award is devoted to recognising and rewarding the hugely significant role Bar Managers play in every successful licensed outlet. The Bar Manager of the [...]

Bar Manager of the Year2019-05-07T14:40:40+00:00

Staff Personality of the Year


Sponsored by The recipient of this award will be chosen by the judging panel during the site inspections and is not open for submission. The award acknowledges an outstanding member of staff that displays a unique and personable manner and contributes overall to the customer’s experience at the bar. ENTER NOW [...]

Staff Personality of the Year2019-05-07T14:49:32+00:00

Outstanding Customer Service


This award recognises an applicant’s focus on customer service. All entrants will be added automatically into this category. Judges will analyse all aspects of the service provided to customers in terms of staff interaction and the services on offer. Particular attention will be paid to first impressions (standard of cleanliness, signage, access etc), customer [...]

Outstanding Customer Service2019-05-07T14:48:28+00:00