Irish Pub Awards 2019

The search is well and truly on to crown Ireland’s best pubs


The Irish Pub Awards 2019 has moved into the judging stages after receiving a record number of 1,700 pub entries this year. The judging process will commence over the months of July and August. The judges will be reviewing pub entries across nine categories: Best Food Pub; Best Tourist Pub; Innovative Pub of the Year; Best Local Pub; Best Outstanding Customer Service; Best Music Pub; Best Newcomer; Best Outdoor Space and, new for 2019, Best Late Night Bar.

The 63 regional winners across all nine categories will be announced in September and early October while the National Gala Ceremony will take place on 20th of November 2019. The winners will be showcased as best in class in their region and will receive a prize package to the value of €20,000 comprising management training and media coverage to help them develop their business.  The media coverage will include a profile piece in a awards supplement in the Irish Independent on the day of the awards presentation on 20th November.

This years awards were launched in Dublin on  Wednesday 24th April 2019 at The Bankers Bar, Trinity Street, Dublin 2.  The Irish Pubs Awards are jointly presented by Vintners’ Federation Ireland (VFI) and the Licenced Vintners Association (LVA) . Entry was open to all members of VFI and LVA. 

This is the third year of the Irish Pub Awards, which acknowledge and recognise excellence and innovation across various categories in the pub sector.  The Glyde Inn, Annagassan, Co Louth won the Irish Pub of the Year title in 2018, while a further nine category winners reflected the high standard of pubs around the country.

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