Kilkenny’s Left Bank named Irish bar of the year at black-tie event


Kilkenny’s Left Bank has been voted Ireland’s best bar at the 2017 Sky Bar of the Year Awards. The winners were revealed at a black tie event hosted by Newstalk’s Tom Dunne in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, attended by over 400.

The event recognises excellence across the licensed trade with 25 drink, drink service and entertainment categories, and over 100 finalists in contention. Connect to the full album here.

Now in their 12th year, the organisers said the awards “acknowledge the outstanding work in the licensed trade throughout the country. A team of judges travelled all over the island of Ireland to judge gin and whiskey bars, outside spaces and music venues for their best brew, crafty cocktails and straight up excellence in customer experience.”

Aidan McCarrick, Jessica Byrne, Gillin Byrne and Peter Brady of Left Bank in Kilkenny who won The Best Designed / Inside Space Bar Award. Photo: Paul Sherwood

Winners included Tribeton in the Gin Bar category (sponsored by Drumshanbo Gundpowder Irish Gin/Dalcassian Wines & Spirits) and An Púcán for the overall Southern Comfort People’s Choice Award. Luke O’Meara from The Liquor Rooms brought home the title of the Bushmills Cocktail Bartender of the Year.

Whiskey Bar of the Year went to Revolution Craft Bar, Restaurant Bar of the Year which was awarded to Candlelight Bar @ Siam Thai Restaurant and Live Entertainment Venue which went to The Quays in Galway.

David Rey, Managing Director of Sky Business, said: “Great venues are supported by hard-working and innovative individuals and it’s important to take the time to recognise their efforts in helping the on-trade to flourish. A big congratulations to all the finalists.”

The winners’ list:

  • 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, 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
  • 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, Kilkenny
  • Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Munster JJ Coppingers, Midleton, Cork
  • Southern Comfort People’s Choice Connacht / Ulster                                             An Púcán, Galway
  • Overall Southern Comfort People’s choice An Púcán, Galway
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