We all have a local favourite, a go-to drinking spot that never disappoints, but if you've been wanting to spice up your sesh life of late then we've got just the place.
The annual Sky Bar of the year awards took place last night, with over 100 finalists competing to win top spot of Best Overall Bar in the entire country. A pretty tough choice, but it's gotta be done.
And the lucky winner? Left Bank in Kilkenny, a beautifully renovated Bank Of Ireland Branch with a lively outdoor area.
David Rey, Managing Director of Sky Business, said:“These days the perfect pint does not the bar make, it is a multitude of things from ambience, customer service, to the overall experience."
And he's right too.
Here's the full list of winners: (AKA your ultimate bar guide for the rest of the year!)
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 - Caribou, Galway
Gastro Bar Food - The ChopHouse, Dublin
Gin Bar - Tribeton, Galway
Hotel Bar - Panorama Bistro & Terrace @ The 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, Donegal
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
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, Dublin
Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Leinster Langtons House Hotel, Kilkenny
Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Munster JJ Coppingers, Midleton, Co Cork
Southern Comfort People’s Choice Connacht/ Ulster An Púcán, Galway
Overall Southern Comfort People’s Choice - An Púcán, Galway