Irish Pub Awards 2017

The Irish Pub Awards recognise the best in class nationally

The Porter House, based in Castlebridge, Co Wexford, has won the overall Irish Pub Awards National Irish Pub of the Year 2017. The Wexford pub was crowned national champion after winning the Best Local Pub, one of eight categories announced at last night’s awards.

Pictured are overall winners of the National Irish Pub of the Year 2017, Myles and Sharon Doyle from The Porter House, Castlebride, Co Wexford

The Porter House, based in Castlebridge, Co Wexford, is owned by Castlebridge native Myles Doyle and his wife Sharon. The pub, which employs ten staff, completed a major redevelopment in 2015. Although the Porter House is a traditional old-style pub with deep roots in the local community through local sponsorships and the work it does in raising funds for charities, it is also constantly innovating and is focused on its customer’s changing needs. The pub has recently introduced a specialised gin menu, local craft beers and a new premium whiskey offering.

The Awards were presented by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., at the Gala Ceremony in the RDS Concert Hall on 8 November 2017. The winners were selected from over 500 applications in this joint national awards programme which is presented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA).

The Irish Pub Awards eight category winners are:

  • Innovative Pub of the Year:
    • The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
  • Best Music Pub:
    • Matt The Millers, Kilkenny City
  • Best Outdoor Space:
    • The Terrace at Dinn Rí, Co. Carlow
  • Outstanding Customer Service:
    • The Bog Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois
  • Best Tourist Pub:
    • The Stag’s Head, Dublin
  • Pub Personality of the Year:
    • Johnny Quilty – The Goat Bar & Grill, Clonskeagh, Dublin
  • Best Local Pub:
    • The Porter House, Castlebridge, Co. Wexford
  • Best Food Pub:
    • Mickey Finn’s, Redcross, Co. Wicklow

To read more about the Gala Ceremony and view photos from the night CLICK HERE 

Check out a video below from the night featuring all of the winners:


The Irish Pub Awards was launched in April 2017 to celebrate excellence and innovation in the Irish pub sector. This is a great opportunity to help promote your business through the extensive PR and media profile the awards will attract.

The judges screened all of the entries across eight categories and during the month of August they made anonymous visits to pubs around the country to evaluate further, in advance of the Regional Winners being announced.

Here’s a list of all the regional events that took place across Ireland and the regional winners in each category:

As part of the awards prize package all of the regional winners are invited to attend a two day management training course in Dublin which will take place on October 24th and 25th (incl. one night’s accommodation).

 Judging took place over the following 8 categories:

  • Best Food Pub
  • Best Tourist Pub
  • Innovative Pub of the Year
  • Best Local Pub
  • Outstanding Customer Service
  • Best Music Pub
  • Best Outdoor Space
  • Pub Personality of the Year

The Benefits

  • National Media Exposure
    Promotion in regional and national media.
  • Irish Independent Interview
    An interview/profile in a special Irish Independent Awards Supplement.
  • Sponsor Prizes
    Individual prizes from our generous Sponsors.
  • Management Training Package
    All regional winners will receive a comprehensive management training package sponsored by Skillnets.
  • Award Plaque
    The overall winner and individual category winners will receive a customized plaque for their premises, as well as digital assets for online promotion

For more information about the awards go to



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