The 2023 Irish Whiskey Awards

Irish Whiskey Awards 2023


November 29th 2023: Emerging and established Irish whiskey producers and patrons were honoured at the 2023 Irish Whiskey Awards which took place at the Jameson Bow Street Distillery in Co. Dublin. The evening commenced with a tour of the distillery and a drinks reception hosted by Irish Distillers at the Jameson Distillery, Bow Street in Dublin.

Keynote speaker, Patrick Rigney, Founder of The Shed Distillery, presented the awards, which are now in their 10th year and span 20 categories across Irish whiskeys and spirits.

Judging of this year’s awards took place earlier this August where organisers, Celtic Whiskey of Celtic Whiskey Shop Dawson Street, hosted several blind tastings in Dublin’s Flowing Tide pub on Abbey Street and have been coordinating other tastings throughout Ireland with members of the Irish Whiskey Society — Dublin and Dingle, Cork Whiskey Society, Waterford Whiskey Society, Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, Ennis Whiskey Club, 1875 Whiskey Club, Carlow Whiskey Society, Belfast Whiskey Club and the Aviator’s Whiskey Society.

The coveted Best Irish Whiskey of the Year prize was awarded to Connacht Irish Whiskey Distillery Exclusive Cask Strength.

The winners of the 2023 Irish Whiskey Awards are as follows:

Overall Winner- Irish Whiskey of the Year 2023

Best Irish Whiskey of the Year – Connacht Distillery Exclusive Cask Strength




Whiskey Liqueur

Winner: The Dubliner Honey
Gold: The Whistler Honey Liqueur
Gold: Tullamore DEW Honey


Cream Liqueur

Winner: St Patrick’s Cappucino Irish Cream
Gold: Two Stacks Double Irish Cream Liqueur
Gold: Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur



Winner: Straw Boys Poitín
Gold: Micil Heritage Poitín
Gold: Bán Cask Aged Poitín



Winner: Lough Ree 99 Vanilla Vodka
Gold: Míl Vodka
Gold: Istil Vanilla Vodka



Winner: Garnish Island Gin
Gold: Micil Gin
Gold: Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin


Best Other Irish Spirit

Winner: Stillgarden Café O’Maro
Gold: Stillgarden Berrissimo
Gold: Rebel City Distillery Series – Absinthe


Single Pot Still 11 and Under

Winner: Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Pinot Noir Cask
Gold: Jameson Single Pot Still
Gold: Powers Three Swallows


Single Pot Still 12 Year and Over

Winner: Red Spot 15 Year Old
Gold: Yellow Spot 12 Year Old
Gold: Redbreast 15 Year Old


Single Malt 11 Years and Younger

Winner: Jack Ryan Whiskey 5 Year Old Oloroso Finish Cask Strength
Gold: Dunville's 10 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Cask
Gold: The Irishman Legacy


Single Malt 12 – 15 Year Old

Winner: Tullamore DEW 14 Year Old
Gold: Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old
Gold: The Irishman 12 Year Old


Single Malt 16 Years & Older

Winner: The Irishman 17 Year Old
Gold: Dunville's 21 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask
Gold: McConnell’s Irish Whisky 20 Year Old Port Finish Single Cask


Blended No Age Statement

Winner: Writers' Tears Double Oak
Gold: Jameson Crested
Gold: Powers Gold Label


Blended Age Statement

Winner: McConnell’s Irish Whisky Sherry Cask (5 years)
Gold: The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
Gold: Clan Colla 13 Year Old


Blended Limited Release

Winner: Writers' Tears Japanese Cask Finish
Gold: Dunville's 1808 "Casked in Bond" Dick Mack's Honey & Hemp IPA Cask, Cask No. 1451
Gold: Writer's Tears Inniskillin Ice Wine


Peated Irish Whiskey

Winner: Micil Single Cask Release with Garavan's Bar
Gold: Killowen Barántúil Single Cask KD202
Gold: Celtic Cask 47 Daichead a Seacht 2016 Peated Oloroso


Single Cask 11 Years & Younger

Winner: Celtic Cask 44 Daichead a Ceathair 2014 PX Cask Finish
Gold: Dunville's PX 11 Year Old Single Malt Cask Strength
Gold: Dunville's 11 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Strength


Single Cask 12 Years & Older

Winner: Dunville's 22 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask No. 1204
Gold: Dunville's 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Strength Cask No. 990 56.2% ABV
Gold: Dunville's 21 Year Old PX Sherry Cask Finish - James J. Fox Single Cask


Cask Strength

Winner: Connacht Distillery Exclusive Cask Strength
Gold: Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength
Gold: Dunville's 20 Year Old PX Cask Strength, Cask 1644, 55% ABV


Single Grain

Winner: The Bridge - Galey Bay
Gold: The Bridge - Inny Bay
Gold: Method and Madness Single Grain


New Irish Whiskey

Winner: Pearse Genesis Irish Whiskey
Gold: Fercullen Single Malt
Gold: Fercullen Estate Series 'The Gates'


Commenting on the awards, organiser Ally Alpine — Managing Director of Celtic Whiskey Shop and organiser of Whiskey Live Dublin — said “We are very excited to be able to co-host this year’s awards at Jameson Bow Street Distillery. The IWA’s are always a fantastic night celebrating the excellence and innovation in the Irish Whiskey and Spirits industry, all whilst raising funds for our incredible charity partner Mary’s Meals. There are more than 64 million primary school-age children out of school around the world. In order to survive, they have to work or beg. Even if they do make it into the classroom, hunger affects their ability to learn. The money raised through the Irish Whiskey Awards each year ensures that 629 children are fed for a whole school year at the Kapatamoyo school in Zambia”.

The events charity partner, Mary’s Meals — — feed two million children everyday whilst ensuring they attend school. Tickets for the awards were priced at €60 and all proceeds from the night will be donated to sponsor the Kapatomoyo School in Zambia.


Drinks Industry Ireland were the event’s media partner as they have been for many years and key sponsors include the Irish Whiskey Association, Label Tech Tuath Irish Whiskey Glass.


The majority of the award-winning whiskeys named above are available for purchase from Celtic Whiskey Shop on 27-28 Dawson Street or online at

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Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year 2019 - The Nominees



Here are the nominees in the Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year section of the 2019 awards! Sláinte!




The Dylan Whisky Bar (Kilkenny)

A founding member of Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, The The Dylan Whisky Bar is where Victorian charm meets the traditional Irish snug.
This is the Medieval City’s very own temple to celebrate Uisce Beatha - The Water Of Life! We have 200 Premium World Whiskeys on offer including many rare vintage bottlings, and a range of great Tasting Platters available to try, there is something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. 
For those looking to expand their Whiskey knowledge we have a ‘Sipping School’ and Tasting Classes which offers the ultimate in sensory and taste experiences and at Kilkenny Whiskey Guild we host monthly collaborations and tastings with Ireland’s leading Whiskey distilleries and producers!
You’ll find nightly live music with some of Kilkenny’s best entertainers so you can really make an evening out of your visit. Call into the Dylan in Kilkenny savour all we have to offer. 


The Dingle Whiskey Bar (Dublin)

Taking its name from the Dingle Distillery in Co. Kerry, which is also owned by the Porterhouse Group, the bar aims to bring a taste of the western fringe to central Dublin. With its beautiful, cosy interior of reclaimed whiskey barrel oakwood, we are pretty sure you will get into the spirit of the place from the minute you enter the bar. As for the menu, we specialise in everything from Ireland's secret single pot still classics to the malts of Scotland's five traditional whisky regions. From the smoky malts of Islay to the honeyed white oak maples of Booker's small batch bourbon to the experimental concoctions and traditional stalwarts of Ireland's own exploding whiskey scene, we aim to celebrate the hard stuff in all its rich and wonderful diversity. The Dingle Whiskey Bar also hosts a whiskey tasting class with Fionnán O’Connor every Tuesday at 7PM. These classes are €23 per person and include a delicious whiskey tasting flight based on the topic of each class. The Dingle Whiskey Bar also offers private whiskey tastings which can be tailored to suit your budget and taste, starting from just €20 per person. Private tastings can be booked by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bowes (Dublin)

Bowe's is a magical place for whiskey drinkers, A place to sit and experience a vast range of whiskey from around the world, with attentive friendly and knowledgeable bartenders but more than that bowe's is where you really feel welcome: it has been a home from home from all over the world for decades,
Like a little piece of the countryside in the very heart of Dublin, it's not just the whiskey that warms the soul bowe's is a place to look out upon the vibrancy of the city while encased in a blanket of warm hospitality.


Paris Texas (Kilkenny)

Paris Texas has an extensive range of beers on tap and in bottle to meet and challenge your tastes – just as our food does. We also pride ourselves on our range of spirits. With over thirty gins and around one hundred and twenty whiskeys, we specialize in quality Irish whiskey. These can be tasted individually or in ‘flights’ – selections of carefully chosen spirits to educate and elucidate your appreciation of the distillers skill. The choice is yours and the opportunity may never come again!


Bison Bar (Dublin)

Sitting right on Wellington's Quay, in the heart of Dublin, is a slice of BBQ heaven with an impressive whiskey bar, boasting over 150 whiskies. From whiskey cocktails to bourbons, to Scotch and Japanese and of course Irish, there is a whiskey there for everyone at the Bison Bar in Dublin. 


The Palace Bar (Dublin)

A beautiful Victorian pub located in the heart of Dublin city which is renowned for a great pint of the black stuff. However, if you venture upstairs to their Whiskey Palace you’ll find plenty of hidden Irish whiskey gems including some of their own independent bottlings.  If you can get a seat you won’t be disappointed by their selection and customer service.


Darkey Kelly's (Dublin)

One of the best known pubs in Dublin for their traditional Irish music and vast whiskey collection. Darkey Kelly’s is located in one of the oldest parts of Dublin City and named after one of Dublin’s famous legends, the woman, Darkey Kelly. With a passion for all things Irish, visitors are sure to get a truly authentic experience when they arrive.


The Merrion Hotel (Dublin)

The secluded, intimate No. 23 cocktail bar in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin has the feel of a private club, offering the ideal surroundings for guests to enjoy one of their signature cocktails or a whiskey from their special whiskey tasting collection alongside the very best of warm Irish hospitality.


The Rag Trader (Dublin)

The Rag Trader is a unique Dublin bar experience offering a wonderful and diverse selection of whiskeys and craft beers. They also offer in-depth whiskey tastings, whereby one of their knowledgeable whiskey experts will guide you through the history of Irish whiskey, the process and an in-depth tasting.


Searson's (Dublin)

One of The Chawke Pub Group’s most iconic venues, we are the proud custodians of the ‘Charlie Chawke’ Midleton Single Cask Edition, the oldest Midleton Single Cask ever released, and the only bar in the world to have 2 Full Midleton Very Rare Collections on display. We have curated one of the finest selections of Irish Whiskey in Ireland while consistently developing our exceptional Whiskey experience to ensure any and all whiskey fans have a remarkable visit to our Whiskey Bar.


Jasmine Bar at Brooks Hotel (Dublin)

Jasmine Bar, voted one of the ‘Great Whisky Bars of the World’ by Whisky Magazine, and  part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland, offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy one of a hundred different whiskies from around the world, exotic cocktails and delicious dishes.

We are  delighted to offer a group Whiskey Tasting Experience in Jasmine Bar.  These tasting sessions can be tailored to suit any palate, from beginner to whiskey connoisseur.


The Airport View Hotel (Dublin)

The Airport View Hotel is a family run establishment in Lusk, Co.Dublin. They have a dedicated whiskey room which features an extensive Irish and world whiskey collection.


Grace's (Naas)

Grace's Pub Naas was established in 1998 by the Grace family. Recently renovated, this traditional family-owned pub is now a stylish, contemporary late bar, famous for its creative, handcrafted cocktails and range of whiskeys. 


The Brewery Tap (Tullamore)


The Brewery Tap Tullamore is a landmark pub situated in the heart of Tullamore town. It is Tullamore's first licenced premises dating back to the 1700s. The Tap is regarded as a premium pub that prides itself on great service, great food and a super array of drinks. Tullamore has a huge history of distilling and The Tap was actually once owned by the P&h Egan family who were famous distillers back in the day. The pub has now very close links with the William Grant family who now own Tullamore Dew. The Tap is filled with whiskey memorabilia and it has recently dedicated a large part of the back bar to hold our vast selection of Irish whiskeys. Whiskey tourism has become a large reason for bringing so many additional tourists to Tullamore and The Brewery Tap is honoured to embrace this and enhance our tourists visits to our great Town.


The Sky & The Ground (Wexford)

A traditional pub with plenty of character and a lively atmosphere on Wexford’s South Main Street. They place a strong focus on craft beer and a hundred plus whiskeys including an especially interesting bourbon collection with quite a few whiskeys that you would struggle to find in another pub in Ireland.


Langton's House Hotel Bar (Kilkenny)

Langtons is a family run business established in 1938. One of the founding members of the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild. We carry a wide range of Irish Whiskies, flights and cocktails across all brands. As part of the KWG we host a number of tastings throughout the year. We pride ourselves on our customer service and our ability to meet our customers needs.


The Left Bank (Kilkenny)

Opened on the 8th of May 2008 Left bank is arguably Kilkenny’s most popular pub, located in the centre of Kilkenny city. A recently renovated Bank Of Ireland Branch, Left Bank features a beautifully designed main bar with a lively atmosphere and friendly staff and a large covered and heated smoking area with its own indoor and outdoor bar and an outdoor fireplace. ​Catering to all needs both an outdoor and indoor function area available for groups and parties. All the latest sports and entertainment are shown on 5 plasmas screens located in both the bar and smoking area.​The main bar is a beautiful bar with a lively atmosphere for either a mid-week drink or a group night out at the weekend. Louie’s Backyard (outdoor area) is a fully heated and covered smoking area with its own outdoor fireplace and both an indoor and outdoor bar.




Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder (Killarney)

Nominated, but not eligible for votes. Please note this is included for display purposes only!

Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, a mecca for lovers of Irish whiskey everywhere! Close relationships with local suppliers allow the kitchen a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wonderful array of products and talent Kerry has to offer. The bar boasts one of Ireland's largest Irish whiskey collections and you will be amazed by shelf upon shelf of Irish, Scottish & international whiskies. Irish craft gins, a variety of craft beers and ciders, eclectic wine list, and a creative cocktail menu provide something for all to enjoy! A range of whiskey and wine will also be available to purchase and try at home. Whether you're seeking to further your whiskey education, be tempted by something new, or just relax over thoughtfully prepared cuisine Celtic Bar & Larder is the perfect place to visit in Killarney.


Dick Macks (Dingle)

In 2012, Dick Mack's pub was inspired to become Dingle’s first whiskey bar by Finn Mac Donnell and Peter White and consequently it has built a formidable collection of Irish, Scotch and other whiskey from around the world. Dick Mack's hosted the first Irish Whiskey Society tasting outside of Dublin in 2013. As a result, Dingle now has its own IWS Chapter of which Finn is a founding member and numerous pubs around the town have also added to their whiskey collections helping to put Dingle firmly on the whiskey map.
Whiskey conversation is centre stage in the pub now with regulars and tourists alike sharing a dram and eulogising the merits of Ireland’s national tipple in a very unique and warm setting. 


The Folk House (Kinsale)

Three Irish words come to mind when visiting the Folk House in Kinsale, coel agus craic. Translated this saying means fun and music, which describes this pub perfectly! It is an old world, yet trendy Irish pub that specialises in infused whiskeys, gin, craft beers and ciders. This is a pub with a difference and the wonderful range of exciting and tasty infused whiskeys they offer include, Fig Jameson, Date Paddy, Jameson Pickle Back, Chestnut Hot Whiskey and Sloe Jameson (our favourite!) Famous for its first class selection of whiskeys, atmosphere, friendly staff and central location in the heart of the beautiful town of Kinsale, you may just pop in for a drink and stay for the night! The Folk House has something for everyone and every mood. 


Shelbourne Bar (Cork)


The Shelbourne Bar has been serving customers since 1895. We are proud to have the largest collection of Irish Whiskey in Cork serving over 360 different Irish Whiskies. We specialize in tasting boards giving our customers a chance to taste different Irish Whiskies from all the distilleries. Irish whiskey is our passion and the team in the Shelbourne are passionate about giving their customers the best experience possible.


Welcome Inn (Cork)

Established in 1845 The Welcome Inn has always provided a safe haven for locals and strangers alike. We now boast a selection of Irish Whiskey which is in excess of 130 different bottles. Impressive considering the size of our space. We have an eclectic range of Whiskey which will satisfy the most discerning drinker of this delightful golden tipple. 


Armada Hotel (Clare)

The Armada Hotel is located in Spanish Point, West Clare; a place reflecting all that is good about the west of Ireland and the Atlantic Coast. The Hotel Reflects its locality in its food offerings, with local and Irish artisan food and beers, it offers stunning Atlantic views, with many rooms overlooking the coastline, put this all together with cosy fires, traditional music and of course a warm west Clare welcome! Johnny Burkes bar is the place to get a true feel for the magic that is West Clare with keepsakes from history adorning the walls, and a truly local atmosphere. Here you can meet the locals and enjoy an Irish craft beer or whiskey paired with some good wholesome food and a live traditional music session.


Paul Geaney's Bar  (Dingle)

For over 25 years, Paul Geaney's bar and restaurant have been providing quality food, drink and entertainment for the local community and tourists alike. Their whiskey selection is always growing and offers a range for both the novice and connoisseur. 


John Bennys Pub (Dingle)

Located opposite the pier in Dingle Town, John Benny Moriarty's is a superb place to eat, drink and be entertained. The bar showcases a range of different Irish whiskeys and has it’s own Whiskey of the Week recommendations!


O'Loclainn's (Clare)

An unforgettable, traditional pub that has over 300 bottles of whiskey including some collectable and highly sought-after bottlings from Midleton, Bushmills and Cooley to name but a few.


Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar (Waterford)

Revolution is a treat for the senses with its quirky decor, retro music, sound clientele, chilled atmosphere and huge choice of Craft Beer, Whiskey (almost 300 whiskeys including the full Midleton Very Rare range) & Gins. What was once considered a hidden gem has now become an institution with an absolutely incredible array of drinks served by pure craft professionals.


Davy Mac's (Waterford)

Waterford’s Newest Oldest Bar, Davy Macs is a Fantastic Hidden Gem in the Heart of Waterford city with a Fabulous & Unique Interior Décor. Although they are renowned for their rather impressive gin collection, they have an eclectic whiskey range which is continuing to grow.


The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega (Cork)

Originally Cork's only Irish Market, The Old Town Whiskey Bar is one of Cork City’s most elegant venues for dining and drinking. Housed in St Peter’s Market building Est. 1843 at the historic Coal Quay, the Old Town Whiskey Bar has timeless appeal, proudly boasting one of the most spectacular and extensive whiskey collections in the Republic of Ireland. 


Cronin's (Crosshaven)

A family owned pub and restaurant that is situated in one of Cork’s favourite holiday destinations who have a real grá for Irish produce whether it be delicious, local seafood or a remarkable range of Ireland’s national spirit.


The Tanyard Bar (Skibbereen)

The Tanyard is a newly established venue in the heart of Skibbereen, consisting of a sports bar, live events, whiskey and gin menus and a large range of local and international beers.


Thomas Maher (Waterford)

 Dating back to the early 1800s, this pub is named after local legend Tom Maher who was a great Wolves supporter. Maher’s previously had their own bottled whiskey which would have been distilled off-site and branded with the Mahers name on it.


J. & K. Walsh Victorian Spirit Grocer (Waterford)

This fully preserved and original Victorian Family Grocers & Bar located in the heart of Waterford City was established in 1899 and remains unchanged since then. Outside of the capital city this is one of the most fully intact examples of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and perhaps the finest.





Garavans (Galway)

Here at Garavan’s we have now been trading for nearly eighty years as a family run business, right in the heart of this vibrant city. We commenced trading in 1939 and we were called a “Spirit Grocer” which was the combination of a grocers and a bar. The original bar counter still remains in the same place since it was installed by my grandfather in 1939. We pride ourselves in our customer service and, the knowledge of Irish Whiskey that our staff offer our customers. We have one of the largest selections of both current and vintage Irish Whiskeys available in Ireland. We are a traditional Irish Whiskey Bar in its true sense. We strive to constantly improve all aspects of our service and offering to our customers. Slainte. 


Lowry's (Clifden) 

Located in the centre of the bustling town of Clifden in Connemara, Lowry’s Bar Clifden is an Iconic Irish pub, famous throughout Connemara, Galway and beyond for its warm and friendly atmosphere, legendary Irish Music, inviting character and vibrant mix of both locals and visitors. As the 2015 and 2018 winner of the Best Traditional Bar in Ireland at Ireland’s prestigious National Hospitality Awards, Lowry’s Bar Clifden can rightly claim to be one of the best traditional bars in the country! With live Irish music 7 nights a week in season and a famous whiskey selection, Lowry’s Bar Clifden is a must for anyone looking to experience a true Irish pub. Lowry’s Bar in Clifden is famous for its extensive Irish Whiskey collection. We take great pride in our Whiskey in Lowry's and as such we carry a over 150 different types ranging from rare old-aged Irish whiskeys to the more contemporary and well known whiskeys so one can enjoy, compare and contrast the Whiskey tasting experience.


The Dáil Bar (Galway)

The Dáil Bar is perfectly located in the vibrant Latin Quarter, at the heart of Galway’s social scene. From the moment you enter The Dáil Bar you know whiskey takes pride of places with cabinets brimming with the finest selection of Irish whiskey. Explore the dedicated whiskey menu, try a tempting whiskey platter or sip on a whiskey cocktail. The Dáil Bar is part of the renowned Galway Whiskey Trail with their in-house whiskey experts always happy to make a recommendation.


The 1852 Whiskey Bar, at the Skeff (Galway)

A central meeting place within The Skeff, and taking its name from the time this specific part of the building started to serve liquor, The 1852 Whiskey Club is a cosy, intimate bar located on the ground floor facing Galway's historic Eyre Square, where you'll feel right at home learning about the whiskeys of the world. The bar features an extensive, but carefully considered and always evolving, collection of predominately Irish whiskeys. We also stock a chosen few international products.

And don't worry if you don't know your single malt or your pot still, we just love talking whiskey and can share with you everything you need to know about Irish whiskeys and how they are produced. The 1852 Whiskey Club is about discovery and trying new things. We want, over time to encourage customers to build on their knowledge of whiskey by trying as wide a variety as possible in a comfortable and fun environment. Sláinte, agus filter go Gailimh.


Sonny Molloy's (Galway)

In the heart of Galway city you’ll find Sonny Molloy’s Irish Whiskey Bar, where the once famous drapery shop still boasts the same counter as when Sonny himself worked behind it! You will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by the bar’s whiskey ambassadors. Pull up a stool and explore the vast whiskey selection, enjoy one of five Whiskey Platters or book ‘The Whiskey Hour’ an interactive whiskey masterclass perfect for groups. With the team always happy to make a recommendation. It was a dream come true for the award-winning bar to have their own whiskey label, when Redbreast Whiskey chose Sonny Molloy’s as the first on-trade establishment in the word to release a Redbreast 16 Year Old All Sherry Single Cask. Sonny Molloy's was also a founding member of The Galway Whiskey Trail and is one of the only bars in the world to display the complete Midleton Very Rare collection, and you can also order the Midleton Pearl by the measure. 



An Púcán (Galway)

An Púcán is first and foremost, a genuine, great craic, proud to be Irish Bar. We are located on the corner of Eyre Square in the beating heart of Galway. With a fantastic chef, great bar staff and inside the beautiful surroundings of Galway’s city centre, An Púcán is a great place to eat or party, morning, noon and night. An Púcán offers Trad music daily, remarkable whiskey’s, all day dining, big screens, legendary bands, incredible events, late bar, Dj’s and more…


Green's Bar (Kinvara)

Greens Pub was originally opened in 1865 as both a public house and a grocery shop – this was very common in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Ireland. In the 19th century Kinvara was a busy port exporting timber to England, and grain to the distilleries and breweries in Dublin along with the importation of turf from Connemara and other goods from the city of Galway. As Green’s Bar is facing the harbour, the port would have been a main stay of the business for the pub and grocery shop. Further business would be provided by farmers from the surrounding area, coming to town to sell their produce and stock up on goods.

In 1980, the grocery shop was closed as it could no longer compete with the large scale supermarkets. But today Green’s Bar continues to thrive, particularly with the huge growth in tourist traffic through Kinvara. Green’s Pub has always remained popular with the locals, and visitors are also finding out why.

Drinking habits have changed down through the years. Irish drinkers today drink less whiskey and more beer than a century ago. But there is a discernible shift back toward whiskey again, with a phenomenal increase in the number of small craft distilleries now opening around Ireland. Green’s Pub has always specialised in whiskeys and today offers the largest choice of Irish Whiskeys available, together with a great range of other whiskeys and spirits from around the world.


Sean's Bar (Athlone)

Sean's Bar is Ireland's Oldest Pub and is a must-see destination for all. In recent years, they have brought out their own whiskey, an independent bottling called Sean's Bar Irish Whiskey which only adds to their extensive range of Irish whiskeys.


Rouse's Bar (Ballina)

An old world pub that has been family run since 1946 with hospitality second to none! 





Fealty's (Bangor)

Standing gracefully on Bangor's high street, Fealty's has been a meeting place of choice for generations. It boasts an impressive array of distillates with Irish whiskey dominant. Behind the bar there are multi-level, bespoke mahogany shelves showcasing over 150 bottles; from both established and new distilleries that encompass the different styles and expressions of the Irish Whiskey industry.
Regular tasting events are promoted and their inclusion in the newly established Northern Ireland "Whiskey Club" can only forward the exposure of this elder statesman of a bar that is proud to promote and educate the joys of the "Irish tipple".

The Duke of York (Belfast)

Over the years The Duke of York in Belfast's Commercial Court has been the life of the city. Outstanding murals, street signage, Belfast memorabilia and an unrivalled collection of Irish Whiskey to make it one of the most "must see" places in the city. Visited by many and missed by few, there is something here for everyone.


Madden's (Belfast)

A very traditional Irish pub, about as traditional as it gets, with a fantastic whiskey selection!


Bittle's Bar (Belfast)

Bittles Bar is a traditional family run pub that has been based in the city centre of Belfast for almost 30 years. The building is recognised for its distinctive Flatiron shape. We have around 1000 bottles of Irish whiskey in stock, including high end whiskeys such as Method & Madness 28 Year Old and 31 Year Old. We also specialise in local craft beers and gins.


The Merchant Bar (Belfast)

The Merchant Hotel Cocktail Bar first opened in 2006 and are proud to offer a range of over 100 whiski(e)s; primarily Irish whiskies of both current bottlings and select vintages. In 2018 and 2019, we were honoured to host the first Northern Ireland tasting of the Redbreast Dream Cask release and in 2018, we held the first tasting in Ireland of all 6 expressions of Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest. The Merchant Hotel offers over 100 cocktails, 250 spirits and over 200 wines and we pride ourselves on the prominence of Irish Whiskey in our Cocktail Bar.


McCaul's (Cavan)


Established in 1961, McCaul’s is a family run bar with a very largerange of Irish whiskey in a modern, yet cosy atmosphere. The perfect spot for visitors to meet friendly locals and enjoy a drink!


Crown Liquor Saloon (Belfast)

Known for it's individual style, exciting stories and charming personality, the Crown Liquor Saloon dates back to the 1880s and is a real gem of the Victorian era. Formerly known as the The Liquor Saloon in Great Victoria Street, Belfast, our ageless and priceless pub was one of the mightiest Victorian Gin Palaces in the city, and still boasts many of its original features, including gas lighting.

Along with their gin palace heritage, they also pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for whisky from both the UK and afar, from the subtle to the complex, there are a plethora of styles and flavours to suit everyone's taste — from the whisky novice to the avid connoisseur.


McHughs (Belfast)

McHughs Bar is of historical and architectural significance as the earliest known building in Belfast. The original gable exhibits several early construction techniques that are rare in the context of Northern Ireland. In 2013, the bar was bought over by the Downeys Bar Group and today the main bar still has the same homely feel with open fires and local music throughout the week.


An Sibin (Belfast) 

Based on the Dublin Road, An Sibin first open its doors in early May, welcoming whiskey drinkers and musicians alike. A focal point for community, conversation and whiskey, An Sibin pays tribute to the pubs and spirit grocers of traditional Ireland, where storytelling and dancing are encouraged and whiskey never runs dry. With a carefully curated collection of Whiskey from across Ireland, Scotland and beyond, our team of experts can provide even the most experienced whiskey drinker with interesting quips and tasting notes that will ensure the experience is a memorable one!





Dillon Bar (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Whiskey bar with Over 150 whiskeys, live music thu to sat and the legendary Dj Andrea on weekends! Happy hour every day from 16:00 to 20:00. Big backyard. 

Whiskey & Alement (Melbourne, Australia)

Whisky and Alement is now a whisky bar that rivals the best in the world in terms of both its offering and its atmosphere. All the bartenders in this world class drinking venue possess the knowledge to lead you on a journey of discovery. We've been serving Melbourne's thirst for whisky since 2010. Our ever-changing menu of our 1000 whiskies features everything from the classics to independent bottlings, right through to some of the rarest whiskies in the world. Pair that with tasty cocktails and a rotating list of amazing local and international craft beers, and our friendly, cosy bar has you covered. Whether you're new to whisky or a devotee of the 'water of life', our team love talking whisky, whether over the bar or through our regular classes, events and private tastings. 


Patricks Le Ballon Vert Bar (Paris) 

Patricks Le Ballon Vert is a family run pub in existence since 2007.
A rotating drinks menu of 10 draught and 30 bottles of Irish Craft beer and cider Patricks at the forefront of Irish pubs in Europe promoting Irish craft beers .
Over 300 Irish whiskeys on the menu has developed Patricks into one of the première whiskey pubs in Paris promoting Irish Whiskey to the French and international market.


The Dead Rabbit (New York, USA)

The Dead Rabbit is a tri-level mid-19th century style Irish/New York drinking saloon located at 30 Water Street in Lower Manhattan. The Dead Rabbit won “World’s Best Bar” and “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” Spirited Awards at 2015 Tales of the Cocktail, representing the highest industry accolades, and World’s Best Bar at World’s 50 Best Bars 2016. This follows wins of “Best American Cocktail Bar” and “World’s Best Drinks Selection” in 2014, as well as “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” and “International Bartender of the Year” in 2013.


Seamus O'Dowden's Irish Pub & Shebeen (Vermont, USA)

A small cottage pub located in gorgeous Vermont offering the essential ingredients of an Irish pub: great chat and craic, mighty music nights, a cozy fire, good eats, the best pour in the state, and an amazing Irish whiskey collection (almost 750 different bottlings in our dedicated Whiskey Room).  Stop in to let our newly appointed Whiskey Ambassador give your tastebuds a tour of our tasting table or to schedule a private whiskey tasting.  Recently featured in the upcoming movie “Stormchasers”.


Bon Accord (Glasgow, Scotland)


The Bon Accord is a family run business, Paul and Thomas Mc Donagh have ran this bar for the last 19 years. They are an award winning bar with 54 awards in the last 18 years and far too many more to list! They have over 500 malt whiskies in the bar with their own APP that lists our whisky menu (live all the time). The dearest whisky is the Macallan 72 year old at £5000 per 35ml, plus they carry a large amount of whisky from around the world. Five whisky clubs meet there each month and they are home to the Glasgow Whisky Festival.


Milroy's of Soho (London)

The Milroy's Whisky Bar is situated inside the Soho shop, with a collection of around 300 carefully curated whiskies by London's original whisky specialists. 


Swift Bar (London)

 The downstairs at Bar Swift has an ever-expanding whiskey selection of 250 different drams from every corner of the globe. They've also worked some of these whiskies into a lengthier cocktail list alongside other spirits from around the world.


The Whiskey Bar @ The Dubliner Folk Pub (Oslo, Norway)

The Whisky Bar was founded just over 9 years ago next door to its bigger sister, The Dubliner, in the heart of Oslo to bring quality drams from all over the world to Norway where, just last year, whisk(e)y took the top spot as the nations most popular aged spirit. The selection contains over 500 different expressions from all over the world and are not arranged by geography, but by flavour, so expect to see Irish Pure Pot Still rubbing shoulders with Scotch Malt and Norwegian Wheat Whisky. The philosophy of the bar is to be entirely unpretentious, whether you drink your spirit neat, in a cocktail or on the rocks, our experienced and knowledgeable bartenders will be able to help you out.


Whiskey Museum (Tel Aviv)


The Whiskey Bar & Museum is one of the largest complexes of its kind anywhere in the world, combining a bar-restaurant and a whiskey museum in one unique location. The walls are lined with more than 1,000 whiskey varieties that hail from an impressively wide range of countries, from classic whiskey-producing regions like Scotland and Ireland, to distilleries a little further afield, in Hong Kong and India. Every bottle you see in the Museum is available for tasting and purchasing. 


The Auld Alliance (Singapore)

Beautifully appointed bar in an Heritage Building, The Auld Alliance has one of the largest Whisky collection in the World with around 1,500 Whiskies from 1863 to 2000 vintages plus 30 different tasting sets to learn about whisky, rum, cognac and armagnac. 


The Copper Pot (New York)

The Copper Pot's interior reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to Brooklyn's past. The bar top — hosting an array of different drinks including a growing whiskey collection — is made from old floor beams of the exact floor it now rests upon from the recent renovation. With an elegant, farm house vibe the atmosphere captures the upscale, rustic farm-to-table cuisine.


O'Connor's Public House (Rochester, MI)

 An authentic Irish pub which features the best of Irish drinks, food and legendary craic!

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The Overall Winners of the Irish Whiskey Awards 2017


Teeling win Irish Whiskey of the Year, Irish Single Malt (13 Years & Over) & a Gold Medal for Irish Single Malt (12 Years & Under).

Garavan's in Galway win Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year & Best Irish Whiskey Bar in Connacht.

Other Whiskey Winners at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2017

Irish Distiller's win Best Irish Pot Still Whiskey for Powers John's Lane and Gold Medals for Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest & Powers 1817 

Tyrconnell win Best Irish Single Malt (12 Years & Under) for Tyrconnell Madeira

Teeling win a Gold Medal n the Irish Single Malt (12 Years & under) for Teeling Brabazon Series 2

Boann win a Gold Medal in the Irish Single Malt (12 Years & under) for the Whistler Single Malt Aged 7 Years

Teeling win Best Irish Single Malt (13 Years & over) for the Teeling Revival IV

Walsh win a Gold Medal in the Irish Single Malt (13 Years & over) for the Irishman 17 Year Old

Irish Distiller's win Best Irish Blended Whiskey (under €60) for Jameson Black Barrel 

Walsh win a Gold Medal in the Irish Blended Whiskey (under €60) category for Irishman Founder's Reserve

Shane win a Gold Medal in the Irish Blended Whiskey (under €60) category for Slane Irish Whiskey

Chapel Gate win a Gold Medal in the Irish Blended Whiskey (over €60) for J.J Corry 'The Gael'


Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder win Best Irish Single Cask Whiskey for Cill Airne Cask PX & a Gold Medal for Cill Airne Oloroso

Walsh win a Gold Medal for Irish Single Cask Whiskey category for Irishman Founder's Reserve Marsala Cask

Tullamore win Best Irish Cask Strength Whiskey for Tullamore Phoenix


Glendalough win Best Irish Single Grain for Glendalough Triple Barrel & a Gold Medal for Glendalough Double Barrel

Other Spirits, Liqueur & Beer Category Winners at Irish Whiskey Awards 2017


Dingle win Best Irish Vodka

Straw Boys Vodka win a Gold Medal in the Irish Vodka category

Dingle win Best Irish Gin

Brennan's Old House Irish Gin win a Gold Medal in the Irish Gin category

Thin Gin win a Gold Medal in the Irish Gin category

Merry win Best Irish Liqueur with their Salted Caramel & Gold Medals for their Toffee Buttermint & Pumpkin Spice

Ban Poitin win Best Irish Poitin 

Straw Boys win a Gold Medal in the Irish Poitin category

Mad March Hare Poitin win a Gold Medal for the Irish Poitin category


DOT Brew Best Irish Barrel Aged Beer for their Cab Sauv Session & a Gold Medal for their Cab Sauv Grain Rye

Boann win a Gold Medal in the Irish Barrel Aged Beers Category for their Boyne Brewhouse Imperial Stout

Bar Winners at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2017

The Folkhouse in Kinsale win Best Irish Whiskey Bar (Munster)

Dick Mack's win a Gold Medal for Irish Whiskey Bar (Munster)

The Dylan Whisky Bar win Best Irish Whiskey Bar (Leinster)

Garavan's win Best Irish Whiskey Bar (Connacht)

Sonny Molloy's win a Gold Medal for Irish Whiskey Bar (Connacht)

Duke of York win Best Irish Whiskey Bar (Ulster)

McCauls win a Gold Medal for Irish Whiskey Bar (Ulster)

Previous Winners at the Irish Whiskey Awards over the years

  Redbreast Jack Ryan's Bar 12 Year Old Single Malt wins Best Single Malt 12 Years and Under

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