2019 Sponsors


With its revolutionary materials and inventive collections, Arc has contributed to both the history of glass-making and tableware… and continues to do so! Each day, the company’s teams draw on their creativity and expertise to meet users’ needs. They imagine and design the shapes, technologies and materials of the future.


CEDER’S is a new, distilled Non-Alcoholic Gin that offers an alternative for cocktails and the much-loved G&T.

Growing global trends paint a picture of alcohol avoidance and total abstinence with 41% of people now trying to drink less and 1 in 5 people not drinking alcohol at all.
Ceders was created for those who are drinking less, or not drinking at all but want a sophisticated adult drink when socialising.

Handcrafted and bottled in Sweden, CEDER’S is made from classic gin and exotic South African botanicals, found only in the inspirational Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa.

These botanicals are combined with pristine Swedish water to create a unique drink that provides all the flavour of gin, without the alcohol.


Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) is the market-leader in the sale of ‘non-alcoholic ready-to-drink’ (NARTD) beverages in Ireland, distributing global brands including Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Appletiser, Schweppes and the 1783 range, and locally-owned drinks Deep RiverRock and Fruice.

The business has a strong heritage across Ireland, having refreshed local consumers for 80 years. It maintains its leadership position within the market by driving sustainable growth, while paying a value adding role in local communities.

On 1st January 2019, CCHBC also entered into two new marketing and distribution partnerships in the Republic of Ireland with The Campari Group and Edrington, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey to become a leading 24/7 beverage partner. The premium spirits distributed by Coca-Cola HBC Ireland include Aperol and Campari aperitifs; Bulldog gin; Skyy Vodka; Wild Turkey bourbon, single malt Scotch whiskies The Macallan, Highland Park and The Glenrothes, in addition to The Famous Grouse, Brugal Rum and Snow Leopard vodka.

Dubliner Whiskey

The Dublin Liberties Distillery is a stunning state of the art working distillery housed in a 400 year old building in the heart of Dublin city. Visitors can take a guided tour of the distillery to see first-hand how whiskey is made, get up close and personal with the beautiful copper pot stills, and hear the stories from the vibrant Liberties area that inspire the whiskeys. The tour ends with a tasting in the impressive distillery bar, where guests are welcome to stay on and enjoy some perfectly crafted cocktails as they overlook the Still House. The ground floor is also home to a café and a whiskey shop. Tour tickets can be booked in advance at www.thedublinlibertiesdistillery.com (open 7 days a week).



The history of Diplomático began in Venezuela in 1959, with the establishment of the distillery where all of its rums are produced. At that time Licorerías Unidas S.A (LUSA) owned the distillery and the main shareholder was Seagram’s International, which was one of the biggest wine ans spirits companies in the world.

In 2002 LUSA was put up for sale, including assets such as the distillery and a premium rum brand called Diplomático. Initially, it was exclusively sold in its local market. A group of Venezuelan entrepreneurs, most of them with extensive experience in the spirits industry, believed in the potential of this company. They decided to take their chance and made an offer to acquire it. That same year LUSA became 100% Venezuelan and privately owned, and adopted its current name: Destilerías Unidas S. A. (DUSA). The company is one of the largest rum producers in Venezuela.

Today Diplomático is distributed in over 80 countries. It holds the “Ron de Venezuela” DOC (Protected Denomination of Origin) and is recognized as one of the finest rums in the world.

Drumshanbo Gunpowder

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin distributed by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits is Connacht’s first-ever gin.  The super-premium gin is slow distilled by hand at The Shed Distillery in the small rural village of Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.

Distilled in a gleaming medieval copper pot still fired by steam; the method combines vapour distillation of fresh citrus fruits with a special selection of oriental botanicals including spiced gunpowder tea and local Drumshanbo meadow sweet.  The new gin is the brainchild of P.J. Rigney, the inventor of some of Ireland’s most successful export drinks brands.

The Shed is Connacht’s first distillery in over 100 years and is the first multi-purpose distillery of its kind in Ireland.

The Shed is filled with experiments and recipes for herbaceous gins, potato vodkas, handcrafted Irish Pot Still and Single Malt Irish whiskey and new liqueurs.


Here at Funkin we use our 20 years of drinks industry experience to create our FunkinPRO range of Cocktail Purées, Syrups and Shrubs which we supply to some of the best bars and bar tenders across the globe

We also have a range of pre-batch cocktails mixers and a cocktail on tap solution to help you create great tasting cocktails, quickly and consistently

Funkin can offer the full cocktail solution from insight and drinks creation to training and service tools which help you to make the most of the ever growing cocktail opportunity.


J&C Kenny

From humble beginnings in 1979, J&C Kenny Limited has grown into one of Ireland’s leading independent wholesalers.

This family run company is constantly committed to providing the finest quality wines & spirits, with competitive pricing and the highest quality service.


Lillet (pronunciation: ‘Lee-Lay’) is an award-winning wine-based aperitif.

Created in 1872 in the wine cellars of Podensac, a sleepy village in the south of Bordeaux.

Today Lillet is best enjoyed as a spritz, and the Lillet Rosé Spritz is the prettiest cocktail you’ll see this summer.

Lillet is a staple of sidewalk cafés and early evening cocktail parties in France and beyond.

A subtle blend of rigorously selected wines and fruit infusions, Lillet is still crafted on site in Podensac using methods passed down since the nineteenth century.

Lillet is an aperitif that is less than half the ABV of gin or vodka at 17%.

An essential ingredient in all the best cocktail cabinets across the world, Lillet continues to enjoy its rising popularity as a low alcohol drink.

London Essence

London Essence

Introducing The London Essence

A collection of light and elegant drinks for the 21st century. The entire collection is delicately light and low in calories, with naturally sourced sweetness and no more than 20 calories per 100ml. The result is a more sophisticated flavour profile that flatters discerning palates and allows the distinct notes of a spirit partner to shine through.


Established in 1821, and still 100% controlled by the founding family, Luxardo is one of
Europe’s oldest liqueurs producers. Our flagship Luxardo Maraschino takes 4 years to
perfect and is made from our own 29,000 Marasca cherry trees in Italy. In Ireland, Luxardo Sambuca is already becoming a firm favourite.

Paddy Irish Whiskey

In the whiskey that bears his name, the legendary spirit of Patrick J. O’Flaherty lives on today, worldwide. He was Paddy, to his friends, and they were legion. A kindly, generous and beloved fellow, Paddy traveled pub-to-pub across Ireland, selling Cork Distilleries Map of Ireland Whiskey and giving out rounds of free drinks along the way, for more than four decades, but the legend (and the whiskey) became a favorite well beyond Ireland. Before long, international patrons and publicans alike were clamouring for more “Paddy,” so the whiskey’s name was changed to honour the man himself, as global demand increased. Paddy’s namesake whiskey, triple distilled and aged in the oaken casks of County Cork, Ireland, was always light, balanced and pure. A smooth, accessible whiskey for nearly a quarter millennium, it remains just so today, wherever you enjoy it.

Rusty Dogg

Rusty Dogg Spiced Oro is a premium, hand crafted spirit from the Dominican Republic. Crafted from home grown Dominican Sugar Cane and Distilled in Custom Made Column Stills before being matured in American Oak Casks.

Our master blender uses Madagascan Vanilla and Argentinian Plums to perfect the spiced flavour.

Best served as a long drink or as a main ingredient in a cocktail like a Sweet Passion.

The Sausage Tree


Schweppes , Unique, unrivalled effervescence

The nations original and favourite mixer since 1783


Sky is the leading provider of entertainment and communication services which is built on over 25 years of market transformation and innovation.

Sky Business is the business-to-business division of Sky, providing a wide variety of commercial premises across the UK and ROI with unrivalled entertainment from unmissable live sport and breaking news, to the best drama and comedy, documentaries and films.

In addition to its entertainment portfolio, Sky Business provides communication services to its customers including Sky WiFi and Sky Ethernet. Sky Sports is the home of football, including the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL, SPFL, and UEFA Nations League. In addition to football, Sky Sports shows GAA, golf’s Majors, Formula 1, cricket, darts, NFL, NBA and much more.

For social media our twitter handle is @skysportspub

Southern Comfort

We’ve been crafting our smooth-drinking whiskey for over 140 years, ever since our founder M.W. Heron created the ‘The Grand Ole’ Drink of the South’ way back in 1874. Back then, he was fond of saying ‘None Genuine But Mine’ and it still holds true today – as whiskey lovers around the world reach for the unmistakable, smooth-drinking flavor of Southern Comfort.


Sponsoring this world class awards program like the Bar of the Year Awards will provide your business with a cost effective way to reach your target audience and engage directly with your customers and consumers. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to showcase your products, elevate your brand perception with consumers and create an activation  that wow the hospitality industry.

For more information on how you can sponsor the Bar of the Year Awards, contact:
Trish Murphy, Sales Manager, Licensing World Phone: 01 432 2231 or email [email protected]