Kilkenny Bar Named Overall Winner At Annual Sky Bar Awards

By Dave Simpson
Kilkenny Bar Named Overall Winner At Annual Sky Bar Awards

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.

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