Here are the nominees in the Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year section of the 2017 awards! Sláinte!
The Dylan (Kilkenny)
The Dylan Whisky Bar in Kilkenny is an old victorian style bar that specialises in fine whiskies. Our Whiskey Libraries now contains over 200 of the worlds finest whiskies, 40 premium gins & is continually growing. With comfortable leather seating, private snugs, an open turf fire & walls adorned with whiskey mirrors, old advertising and Bob Dylan memorabilia; this bar provides a warm cosy atmosphere in which to chat with friends while enjoying your dram. Our Whiskey Ambassadors and Barkeepers are stalwarts in the business are happy to guide you through your whiskey choice in order to give you a very informative, educational and relaxing experience. We provide a comprehensive range of whiskey tasting options to suit all tastes and have regular get togethers and tastings throughout the year. We also have a great selection of beers, wines cocktails and other choice Spirits.
The Dingle Whiskey Bar (Dublin)
Taking its name from the Dingle Distillery in Co. Kerry, The Dingle Whiskey 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 (where our own John McDougall was once distillery manager at the legendary Laphroaig) 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. When our own distillery's whiskey is ready, rest assured that we will be stocking it in its rightful place on those same eclectic shelves! Unsure what to order? Just ask our bartenders and they will guide you to suit whatever taste you are looking for. Trust us, we love this stuff. Despite our adoration for the craythur, however, we also enjoy a variety of wines, bottle craft beers, and diverse spirits with a particular focus on our own distillery's artisanal Dingle Gin.
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.
L mulligans (Dublin)
At L. Mulligan. Grocer, we believe Irish produce is special and worth celebrating. We are particularly keen on whiskey, beer, food and gin and love sharing our old favourites and new discoveries with people. Our whiskey, beer and food menus are seasonal and change regularly. Each of our main courses are matched with a beer or cider and our desserts are matched with a whiskey.
The Sky and The Ground (Wexford)
The Sky And The Ground is a traditional pub with plenty of character and a lively atmosphere on Wexford's South Main Street. They are particularly passionate about premium and craft products and offer an extensive range of whiskey, gin and craft beer. Live music and a friendly crowd are also given.
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!
Brewery Corner (Kilkenny)
We are Kilkenny's first and only dedicated craft beer bar, established in 2013. We've been working hard to expand our reputation amongst all drinks lovers and to do so have been improving our whiskey range over the last year. We're proud to have been involved in the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild since it began at the beginning of the year and are excited to host the final whiskey event this December!
Biddy Early's (Kilkenny)
Kilkenny's best Cocktail and Party Bar has been slinging shots, mixing drinks and giving nights to remember since 1996. Visit Biddy Early's and we'll get your party going - you won't want to leave.
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.
O’Loclainn’s Whiskey Bar is an authentic old style family run pub in the quaint village of Ballyvaughan on the west coast of Ireland. The pub has been in the family since the 1940’s. Peter, a son of the original owner and his wife Margaret took over the bar in the 1990’s and began to add to the whiskey collection of which they are so proud. Margaret has taken a particular interest in sourcing speciality Irish whiskeys. She always has a bit of a story to go with every whiskey and it is this knowledge and welcome that brings customers back time after time.
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.
Flanagan’s take massive pride in their extensive collection of Irish, Scotch and American whiskey. So much so, they’ve built their very own round stone Whiskey Tower in a nod to the Irish monks. The Whiskey Tower is a truly unique venue which is home to an exquisite selection of whiskey and a whiskey library. With its intimate surroundings and enchanting views across the River Shannon, The Whiskey Tower is the perfect place to enjoy guest tastings, a master class, private dining with whiskey & delectable cuisine pairings or simply just to relax with a warm measure from their impressive collection.
Shelbourne Bar (Cork)
The Shelbourne Bar is a traditional Irish pub, which opened in 1895. It was originally two bars of equal size, divided by a pillar you can see in the middle of the bar counter. Up until 1996 the side of bar where the fireplace resides was called ‘An Siol Broin’, which translates from Irish to mean the ‘seed of the womb’ or the ‘seed of life’. In 1999 the two bars merged, creating one bar to be known as The Shelbourne Bar.The Shelbourne boasts the largest selection of Irish whiskey in Cork City with over 110 different choices to enjoy from all styles and flavour profiles. Each whiskey has its own story and our bar staff would be delighted to share it with you. Take a journey across Ireland, from the major distillers to the up and comers.
Established almost two centuries ago on Douglas Street, Coughlans is a pub steeped in history, unspoiled and untarnished by the passage of time. It is a pub that is held fondly in the hearts of its regular patrons and new visitors alike.
Since the early 1800's the Coughlan and Ellis families have plied their trade as Stone Masons, Publicans and Medical Practicioners on Douglas Street.
As a listed building elements of this history echo throughout the stone walled beer garden built in the 1860's, original medical memorabilia and old bottling equipment which was once used to bottle "The Black Stuff" on these very premises.
The Oval (Cork)
Established in 1759 The Oval bar on Cork's historic South Main Street has been serving Corkonians their due for over two hundred and fifty years and looks like it will continue to do so until the end of time.
While revolutions raged and new countries were born The Oval bar has overseen it all, standing firm against the test of time as one of the city's oldest and most endearing public houses.
Sin E (Cork)
The long-established home of Irish traditional music in Cork city, the Irish words ‘Sin é’ literally translate to mean ‘That’s it’, in reference to the funeral parlour located next door. Sin é is a sanctuary for locals and tourists alike, spend a few hours exploring the characters, the music, the wide selection of beers & spirits on offer and the unique decor - a tapestry of a life time worth of memories from visitors past and present.
Cronin Pub (Crosshaven, Cork)
Cronin's Pub and the Mad Fish Resturant is a family run, traditional Victorian pub in the Cork harbour village of Crosshaven. The history of the building dates back to 1892 as the town hotel, and is full of memorabilia, maritime and local history. The bar stocks an impressive selection of Irish and international whiskies, gins, rums and craft beers. Cronin's are also acclaimed for their award winning seafood menu, featuring a host of local produce including oysters, mussels and fresh fish landed daily.
Bull McCabes (Cork)
Flanagan's Whiskey Room @ Bull McCabe's is dedicated to the craft of Irish whiskey distilling down the ages. With a stock of over 50 Irish Whiskies, with a particular emphasis on Single Pot Still expressions, customers can enjoy the very best that Irish distilling has to offer in warm, friendly and relaxed surroundings.We are especially proud to feature Dungourney 1964. Redbreast Mano a Lamh and Green Spot Leoville Barton.
Flanagan's regularly plays host to Whiskey and food pairing nights where groups can sample the best of local produce matched with exceptional craft whiskies.
Welcome Inn (Cork)
Since 1845 The Welcome Inn has been frequented by locals and enjoyed by visitors alike. Always assured of a warm welcome (we still believe in having a chat with our customers), The Welcome Inn offers an excellent choice of fine spirits and local stout, a friendly service and a variety of entertainment (often provided by our colourful regulars!). We are proud participants in the Cork Live Music Experience and you can find free live music here every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. You wont find food here- we prefer to concentrate on the quality of our pints!
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.
Lucas Bar (Clare)
Mchughes Bar (Clare)
McHugh’s is a traditional pub tucked away at the bottom of Parnell Street in Ennis. It’s the home of the award winning Western Herd Brewing Company. Locally brewed craft beer and delectable cocktails are the speciality of the house. McHugh’s also boasts an enviable spirit selection to satisfy any whiskey connoisseur.
The Revolution Bar (Waterford)
Revolution Craft Bar is Situated in Waterford’s Entertainment Quarter “The Apple Market”. Currently Stocking 227 Whiskeys inc some very rare whiskeys. Take a peek at the Midleton Cabinet featuring MVR from 1985 to date as well as limited releases with the Midleton Pearl for sale at an eye watering €1,200 a measure. We also feature a range of Japanese & Scottish Whiskeys inc Suntory Very Old Rare from the 1970’s and our collection from Bruichladdich (as Mark Reynier now owns Waterford Distillery) this is a Taste of what is to come at Waterford Distillery. Whiskey Classes are available for groups and can be a great way of getting an insight to our collection. Revolution also stocks 103 Craft Beers and 37 Gins. One Great Antique interior and bar staff available to tantalize your taste buds!
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.
An Pucan (Galway)
Tigh Neachtan’s (Galway)
Tigh Neachtain is located on the corner of Cross Street and Quay Street in the heart of Galway City. Since 1894, the former home of prominent animal rights activist Richard Martin has been a meeting place since it first opened its doors for a diverse and eclectic clientele. Tigh Neachtain’s strong connection with Galway’s arts and musical communities adds to the allure of its already welcoming interior. Whether you are looking for a seat by the fire on a chilly winter’s day or to soak up the atmosphere of Galway city while enjoying a drink in our beer garden, Tigh Neachtain’s door is always open.
Sonny Molloy's (Galway)
When you step inside Sonny Molloy’s you instantly know you are in a very unique Irish Whiskey Bar. The shelves and cabinets are brimming with an exclusive selection of local and international whiskey including; the Famous Galway Bay Irish Whiskey. The bar staff are whiskey experts, happy to make a recommendation to suit your taste and palate, while the atmosphere in Sonny Molloy’s is that of a lively local in the heart of Galway city. Located in The Latin Quarter, Galway’s cultural centre, it was once a famous drapery shop ran by Sonny Molloy and to this day the bar counter is still the same as when the man himself worked behind it! With beautiful old world architecture and original furnishings, the Sonny Molloy’s “Whiskey Tasting Experience” is rated as one of the best in the country, and the bar is also part of the much loved 'Galway Whiskey Trail'.
Situated right in the Heart of Galway City on High Street, Freeneys is a great place to get away from the crowds during the week when some of the larger pubs nearby are packed full. They stock a wide range of Whiskey and are part of the Irish Whiskey Trail. From the outside some people don’t even realise it’s a pub at all due to its display of Swiss army knives and Zippo lighters in its window. This compact property also houses a small fishing tackle and outdoor shop beside the pub. As recently as 1976 it was still a Pub and a General Merchant, acting as a grocers’ shop for the locals and supplying everything and anything to the many fishing trawlers in nearby Galway docks. They packed their own sugar and tea, bottled their own Jameson and Powers whiskeys from the cask, but as the small grocers trade changed with the arrival of supermarkets, the grocery shop was converted to a fishing tackle shop.
O’Connell’s was once a grocery and a small bar but has been solely a pub since the 1970’s. Our décor is truly stunning, with all original features including tiled floors, antique lighting, stained glass windows, solid wooden seating and an amazing pressed tin ornate ceiling in the main bar. Historic photos line the walls. The pub is currently subject to a preservation order so it will be staying much the same for the foreseeable future. The long bar also displays a wide range of whiskeys.
O’Connell’s is a popular venue attracting a diverse crowd, although it is particularly popular with professionals especially in the early evening after work. It has undergone expansion since it was sold in 2006. The venue now boasts one of Galway City’s best outdoor beer gardens which doubles as a smoking area and BBQ area. The beer garden features large picnic tables and wooden decking where its easy to forget you are in the very centre of the City. Parts of the beer garden are covered and heated so even in Winter you can at least pretend Ireland has a warm climate!
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 winner of the “Best Traditional Bar in Ireland“ at the 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 as recommended on the renowned Irish Whiskey Trail , coupled with consistently top class reviews on Tripadvisor.ie, Lowry’s Bar Clifden is a must for anyone looking to experience a true Irish pub.
Kings Head Pub (Galway)
The Kings Head Pub is located on High Street in the heart of Galway's Latin Quarter. This landmark pub has earned a fantastic reputation for live music and comedy, good honest hearty food and great craic over three floors. The Kings Head now adjoins the award-winning Malt House Restaurant.
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.
Eddie's Bar (Clonbur)
Eddies Bar was one of the first Bars in Ireland to house such a large selection of high end whiskeys, We currently have 180 whiskeys and 21 gins,including Teeling Vintage Reserve, Dingle Batch One, Inis Turk Beg and a few of years winners of the Irish whiskey awards. Whiskey tasting in Eddies Bar is very popular activity, sitting beside our real turf fire with a glass of Ireland's finest in hand."
Thomas Connolly (Sligo)
Thomas Connolly is Sligo’s oldest traditional Irish pub. There has been a pub here since 1780. First licensed in 1861, the pub came about during a time of plentiful maritime trade; deliveries of rope, linen and tea came into Sligo on ships from Europe. There was once a grocer’s shop at one end of the pub – popular for making sugar, selling tea and bottling whiskey. We pride ourselves on our premium whiskey offering of Irish, Scotch and Bourbon whiskies, with over 80 variations currently available. As part of our offering, we also do whiskey tasting trays and information sessions on request.
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)
The Duke of York is a welcoming and friendly pub with light reflecting from the antique whiskey mirrors onto the bright copper table tops.
Dozens of Irish whiskeys are crammed precariously onto the bar shelves and cabinets display whiskeys from long lost distilleries.
The staff are very proud of their whiskey heritage which includes single malts, pot stills, blends, single grain and small batch. They are happy to advise and inform each customer on a whiskey choice. This is the perfect setting for the regular customer, the expert, the novice or the tourist to enjoy their whiskey experience.
The Crown (Belfast)
Imagine molded ceilings, stained-glass snugs (private seating areas) guarded by lions and gryphons. Then add brocade, feathered motifs, fleur-de-lys and rich colours. Now toss in some liquor. The result? The glorious Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast, County Antrim – one of the last Victorian gin palaces on the island. Built in 1826, the Crown recalls a lavish baroque style that you don't normally see in bars.
McCauls bar (Cavan)
Mc Cauls Bar and Guest House is the perfect place to savour a glass of Irish Whiskey, and relax and enjoy good company. The bar offers a wide selection of whiskies from all four provinces, with Declan the owner, on hand to advise on the qualities and history of each. The bar also offers a creative matching of certain whiskies to local artisan cheeses and chocolates. Declan is the third generation of Mc Caul bar owners in Cavan. It is his interest and passion that is driving the growing reputation of Mc Cauls as the border region’s leading whiskey bar.
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)
Open from 2010, Whisky and Alement is one of Australia’s longest running whisky bars and one that has subsequently played a large part in re-introducing Australian’s to the whisky category with ease. Whisky Bar, Bottle Shop and School of Whisky, the bar operates weekly whisky classes and has educated over 8,500 Australian’s. A passionate and small team of eight staff travel annually to maintain their knowledge of whisky and meet like minded whisky enthusiasts from around the world. The bar’s collection is constantly evolving offering up to 20 new whiskies weekly, some hand selected from travels and others simply sourced for flavour alone. Whisky and Alement offers a great whisky collection, passionate bar team and a welcoming, cosy, local atmosphere for whisky lovers and novices alike.
Patricks 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 Sun Tavern (Bethnal Green, UK)
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.
The Black Rose (Boston, USA)
For over 40 years, The Black Rose has been Boston’s premier Irish pub and restaurant. Located in the heart of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, The Black Rose has been serving up perfect pints of Guinness and traditional Irish fare 365 days a year since 1976. It’s a beloved Boston institution, prompting the Boston Globe to call it “The Fenway Park of Irish pubs.”
Seamus O'Dowden's Irish Pub & Shebeen (Vermont, USA)