Kilkenny's Left Bank bar was named 'Best Overall Bar' at the annual Sky Bar of the Year Awards at Dublin's Clayton Hotel on Monday 21 August.
The event, which takes place every year in Ireland, rewards excellence among pubs and licensed drinking venues from across the country in over 30 different categories.
Among the other winners on the day were Galway's An Púcán, which was bestowed with the 'People's Choice Award' and the Highline at Sophie's in Dublin, which took home the trophy for 'Best Late Bar/Nightclub', as reported by The Irish Independent.
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Commenting on the festivities, Sky Business managing director David Rey, stated, "We’re delighted to be once again sponsoring the Sky Bar of the Year Awards and rewarding the people that are making the Irish bar industry such a success. Great venues are supported by hard-working and innovative individuals, and it’s important to take the time to recognise their efforts in helping the on-trade to flourish. A big congratulations to all the finalists."
The full list of winners was as follows:
Best 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
Best City Bar: P.Mac’s, Dublin
Best Cocktail Bar: Cask. Cork
Best Contemporary Bar: Blackbird, Dublin
Best Craft Beer Bar: Caribou, Galway
Best Gastro Bar Food: The ChopHouse, Dublin
Best Gin Bar: Tribeton, Galway
Best Hotel Bar: Panorama Bistro & Terrace @ The Montenotte Hotel, Cork
Best 5* Hotel Bar: The Sidecar @ The Westbury Hotel, Dublin
Best Late Bar/ Nightclub: Highline @ Sophie’s, Dublin
Best Live Entertainment Venue: The Quays, Galway
Best Local Bar: The Penny Hill, Dublin
Best Newcomer: Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny, Donegal
Best Outside Space: Filthy McNastys, Belfast, Antrim
Outstanding Customer Service: The Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim
Best Restaurant Bar: Candlelight Bar @ Siam Thai Restaurant, Dublin
Best Tourist Bar: Fitzpatrick’s Bar and Restaurant, Dundalk, Co Louth
Best Traditional Bar: Kehoe’s, Dublin
Best Whiskey Bar: Revolution Craft Bar, Waterford
Best Bar Manager: Tony Newell – Clayton Hotel Galway
Best 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, Co Cork
Southern Comfort People’s Choice - Connacht / Ulster: An Púcán, Galway
Overall Southern Comfort People’s Choice: An Púcán, Galway