Ireland’s best pubs of 2018 have been named

Cask pub in Cork is Ireland's best pub for 2018

One of the many things Ireland is famous for across the world is the local Irish pub.

The Irish pub is known for its friendly welcome and talkative regulars – so much so that many tourists list having a pint in an Irish pub one of their must try activities when they visit.

So where should they go for the best experience?

Well the majority of Irish pubs do live up to their global reputation, so visitors would not go far wrong wherever they tried.

However, they might also like to try a pub from this year’s list of the best pubs in Ireland.

The winning pubs were nameded at a gala awards ceremony that took place at Dublin’s Clayton Hotel after judges had cast their eyes over 500 pubs across the country.

The biggest winner of the night was Cask pub in Cork, which wowed the judges for excellence in several categories to be named the 2018 Bar of the Year.

Judges particularly like Cask’s ‘unique design’.

One of many old pubs in Cork, the Cask has a waterfall at the back of the courtyard! #cork #caskcork #ireland #irishpubs

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It has been a good year for pubs in Cork and two more establishments took home highly coveted titles.

The Shelbourne Bar was named Whiskey Bar of the Year, while Ballymaloe House’s Traford Murphy was named as the Bushmills Cocktail Bartender of the Year.

The Gin Bar of the year was awarded to Co Antrim’s Gin Library at Galgorm Resort & Spa.

Galway’s An Púcan went home happy after being given both the People’s Choice Award and the award for the Connacht/Ulster region.

Other regional winners of the People’s Choice Award were Dolan’s of Limerick, who won the Munster title, Johnnie Fox’s pub won the title in Leinster and Devitts of Camden Street won the Dublin award.

As I promised in my previous post, will tell you about one of the most famous places in Ireland. It’s not a museum, it’s not a sightseeing, it’s a… Pub☘ • Oscar goes to… Johnnie Fox’s ? • Established in 1798, one of the oldest pubs. Renowned for being the highest pub in the country, situated in the peaceful township of Glencullen and surrounded by the beautiful scenery and serenity of the Dublin Mountains. • Traditional Irish music, fireplace, dances, old furniture to feel the Irish soul – all of that make me love this place more and more. And, of course, delicious food. • My kind tips: go for a walk to Wicklow mountains, say “hi” to awesome sunset and then with lots of love in the heart enjoy your dinner ? • Johnnie Fox’s Pub is approximately 25-35 minutes drive from Dublin City centre. Also they have shuttle bus, only ✅10euro round trip. Timetable: O’Connell St (Gresham Hotel) – 18:20 > Johnnie Fox’s – 19:30 • “Wherever you go, whatever you do, may Irish luck be there with you” – this pub will definitely bless you ?

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Event Director Katherine O’Riordan said: “The judges were blown away with the standards right across the board this year.

“Bars throughout Ireland continue to create, innovate and up their game. From the classic Irish pub to trendy cocktail bars, the variety and quality is what makes these bars stand out above the rest.

“We are delighted that these awards give us the opportunity to showcase the very best bars, pubs and clubs this country has to offer.

“Ireland is known the world over for our outstanding bars along with the craic they provide – if these winners are anything to go by, that reputation is in safe hands.”

For more information visit the Bar of the Year Facebook page 

Ní raibh scamall sa spéir agus bhí an ghrian ag scoilteadh na gcloc ☀️ #summer2018 #ireland

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Full list of winners

2018 BAR OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Licensing World CASK Cork

BAR FOOD OF THE YEAR Lemon & Duke Dublin

BAR MANAGER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Arc Noli Alngohuro Ashford Castle Mayo

BAR TO WATCH THE MATCH Sponsored by Sky Woolshed Baa & Grill Dublin

BEST DESIGNED/INSIDE SPACE Sponsored by Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka House Limerick

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BAR OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Rich Energy Drink Bridge Bar @ The Bridge House Hotel

CITY BAR OF THE YEAR Sponsored by drinksGenius / Bobby’s Dry Gin The Oyster Tavern Cork

COCKTAIL BAR OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Luxardo Cask Cork



GASTRO BAR FOOD OF THE YEAR The Tavern Bar & Restaurant Mayo

GIN BAR OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Gin Library @ Galgorm Resort & Spa Antrim

HOTEL BAR OF THE YEAR Sponsored by London Essence Brownes Bar @ The Great Southern Hotel Killarney Kerry

HOTEL BAR OF THE YEAR 5 Star Sponsored by Coca-Cola The Sidecar Bar @ The Westbury Dublin J
JUDGES CHOICE AWARD John Moriarty Kenmare Park Hotel Kerry

LATE BAR/ NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Rusty Dogg Rum Studio One Venue & Garden @ Silken Thomas Kildare

LOCAL BAR OF THE YEAR Brady’s Of Shankill Co. Dublin

NEWCOMER Sponsored by Pravda Vodka Stella Cocktail Club, Dublin

OUTSIDE SPACE Sponsored by Gin Mare An Púcán, Galway

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD Sponsored by Hotel & Catering Review Tigh Nora, Galway


STAFF PERSONALITY AWARD Breda Hogan The Dropping Well, Dublin

TOURIST BAR OF THE YEAR Franciscan Well Brew Pub, Cork


WHISKEY BAR OF THE YEAR Sponsored by The Dubliner Whiskey The Shelbourne Bar, Cork

BUSHMILLS COCKTAIL BARTENDER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Bushmills Traford Murphy Ballymaloe House, Cork

SOUTHERN COMFORT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Sponsored by Southern Comfort An Púcán, Galway

SOUTHERN COMFORT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Sponsored by Southern Comfort LEINSTER Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Co. Dublin

SOUTHERN COMFORT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Sponsored by Southern Comfort DUBLIN Devitt’s of Camden Street, Dublin

SOUTHERN COMFORT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Sponsored by Southern Comfort MUNSTER Dolan’s, Limerick


Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling