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22nd Aug 2023

New Cork bar crowned Bar of the Year 2023 at awards ceremony

Katy Thornton

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 A newcomer has taken the top prize.

Last night (Monday, August 21) the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road hosted the Bar of the Year 2023 awards ceremony. This awards night celebrates the very best bars all over the country, with one winning the top prize, the Bar of the Year, which went to Dublin spot Bar 1661 last year.

This year’s award went to Cork newcomer, Paladar, which was opened by the owners of Cask on Bridge Street in October 2022 – a huge congrats to them on this achievement, which is no small feat given they have been open for less than a year.

They also snapped up the Bronze Award for the best designed space, as well as Silver for best cocktail bar, and Gold for best newcomer.

 

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There were a total of 30 categories at Bar of the Year 2023, so without further ado, here are all the award-winners from last night’s ceremony.

5 Star Hotel Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – Bar No 23. at The Merrion Hotel, Co.Dublin
Silver Winner – The Courtyard Bar at Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, Co.Kildare
Bronze Winner – The Sidecar Bar at The Westbury, Co.Dublin

Bar Food of the Year

Gold Winner – Blake’s Bar Galway, Co.Galway
Silver Winner- The Blue Haven Kinsale, Co.Cork
Bronze Winner – The Hideout, Co. Kildare

Best Bar To Watch The Match

Gold Winner – Woolshed Baa & Grill Cork, Co.Cork
Silver Winner – Dignam’s Bar, Co. Monaghan
Bronze Winner – Buskers On The Ball, Co. Dublin

 

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Best Designed Bar / Inside Space

Gold Winner – The Montenotte Hotel, Co. Cork
Silver Winner – The Gables, Co. Dublin
Bronze Winner – Paladar, Co. Cork

Best Live Entertainment Bar

Gold Winner – The Porter House, Co. Mayo
Silver Winner – The Blue Haven Kinsale, Co. Cork
Bronze Winner – O’Donoghue Public House, Co. Kerry

Best Newcomer

Gold Winner – Paladar, Co. Cork
Silver Winner – Kodiak, Co. Dublin
Bronze Winner – The Gables, Co. Dublin

Best Value Pub

Gold Winner – Oasis Bar, Co. Donegal
Silver Winner – The Black Forge Inn, Co. Dublin

 

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City Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – Left Bank, Co. Kilkenny
Silver Winner – Lemon & Duke, Co. Dublin
Bronze Winner – The Front Door Pub, Co. Galway

Cocktail Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – BAR 1661, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – Paladar, Co. Cork
Bronze Winner – 9 Below, Co. Dublin

Craft Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – Caribou, Co. Galway
Silver Winner – Lock 13 Brewpub, Co. Kildare
Bronze Winner – Impala, Co. Cork

Gastro Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – The Dew Drop Inn & Brewhouse, Co. Kildare
Silver Winner – Monks, Co. Clare
Bronze Winner – Russells Seafood Bar, Doolin, Co. Clare

Gin Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – Andy’s Bar Monaghan, Co. Monaghan
Silver Winner – Tigh Nora, Co. Galway
Bronze Winner – HYDE Bar & Gin Parlour, Co. Galway

Hotel Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – HYDE Bar, Co. Galway
Silver Winner – The Montenotte Hotel, Co. Cork
Bronze Winner – Dunes Bar & Bistro at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Co. Cork

Innovative Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – BAR 1661, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – Nevins Newfield Inn, Co. Mayo
Bronze Winner – Cask, Co. Cork

Late Bar / Nightclub of the Year

Gold Winner – 37 Dawson Street, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – r.i.o.t. Dublin, Co. Dublin
Bronze Winner – 1314 at Jerry Flannerys, Co. Limerick

Local Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – Dignam’s Bar, Co. Monaghan
Silver Winner – Peadars Bar Moate, Co. Westmeath
Bronze Winner – The Railway Tavern, Fahan, Co. Donegal

 

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Outside Space of the Year

Gold Winner – House Dublin, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – Kenny’s of Lucan, Co. Dublin
Bronze Winner – Nevins Newfield Inn, Co. Mayo

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Gold Winner – The Landmark, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – Russell’s Saloon Gin Emporium, Co. Louth
Bronze Winner – Harrigan’s Bar & Grill, Co. Kildare

Restaurant Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – FIRE Steakhouse & Bar, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – The Club At Goffs, Co. Kildare
Bronze Winner – Mama Yo, Co. Dublin

Tourist Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – The Brazen Head, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – The Locke, Co. Limerick
Bronze Winner – Brass Fox Wicklow, Co. Wicklow

 

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Traditional Bar of the Year

Gold Winner – The Stag’s Head, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – Gracie’s Bar, Co. Sligo
Bronze Winner – The Brazen Head, Co. Dublin

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold Winner – Roe & Co Distillery, Co. Dublin
Silver Winner – Lock 13 Brewpub, Co. Kildare
Bronze Winner – The Black Forge Inn, Co. Dublin

Whiskey Bar Of The Year

Gold Winner – The Shelbourne Bar Cork, Co. Cork
Silver Winner – Sonny Molloy’s Irish Whiskey Bar, Co. Galway
Bronze Winner – Costigan’s Pub, Co. Cork

Pub Group of the Year

Gold Winner – Nola Clan

Staff Personality of the Year

Ian Murray

Bar Manager of the Year

Conor Moloney

People’s Choice Award

Dublin – The Black Forge, Co.Dublin
Leinster – The Hideout, Co.Kildare
Munster – The Locke, Co.Limerick
Connacht / Ulster – McHughs Bar, Co.Leitrim
Overall Winner – The Locke, Co.Limerick

Judges Choice

Winner – Jimmy Rabbittes

Gail Cotter Special Recognition Award

Winner – Mary Kerrigan, Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

Bar of the Year

Winner – Paladar

Header images via Instagram / Paladar

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