VFI and LVA launch Irish Pub Awards 2022

The Irish Pub Awards 2022 were launched today, Tuesday 3rd May 2022, at Lemon & Duke, Duke Lane, Dublin 2.  The Irish Pubs Awards are jointly presented by Licenced Vintners Association (LVA) and Vintners’ Federation Ireland (VFI).

Pubs are now free to enter up to nine categories with judging set to take place over the summer. The Irish Pub Awards Gala night, where the overall National Pub of the Year will be revealed, along with all category awards, will take place in Dublin on Wednesday, 16th November 2022.

This is the fourth year of the Irish Pub Awards, which celebrate excellence and innovation across various categories in the pub sector.  Previous ‘Pub of the Year’ winners include Paris Texas, Kilkenny City, The Gylde Inn, Annagassan, Louth and The Porter House, Castlebridge, Wexford, while the individual category winners reflect the extraordinarily high standard of pubs around the country.

The Irish Pub Awards 2022 are open to all members of VFI and LVA.  Entry to the awards is free – anyone interested in entering can do so via the dedicated website: www.irishpubawards.ie.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 3rd June 2022.

The nine categories are: Best Food Pub; Best Tourist Pub; Innovative Pub of the Year; Best Local Pub; Best Outstanding Customer Service; Best Music Pub; Best Late Night Bar; Best Outdoor Space and, new for 2022, Best Digital Campaign.

The 63 regional 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 an awards supplement in the Irish Independent on the day of the awards presentation on 16h November.

Speaking at the launch, President of VFI, Paul Moynihan said: “It’s great to see the return of the Irish Pub Awards, which sends a strong message that the pub sector is back and raring to celebrate what’s best about the trade. I can’t wait to see the quality of pubs that enter this year’s awards.

“In a few short years the awards have established themselves as the marque benchmark for all that’s best about pubs in Ireland. We have a unique offering that is copied across the world but nothing beats the home-grown pub.

“The Irish Pub Awards would not be possible without the fantastic support from our sponsors who have invested heavily in the pub trade over the years so I would like to put on record our deepest thanks for their continued involvement.

“All that remains to say is best of luck to all the pubs who enter this year’s competition.”

Chair of LVA, Noel Anderson announced: “While we are aware of the importance of the Irish pub around Ireland, they also play a very important part in Irish social culture, at the heart of our communities and a central part of our hospitality and tourism sectors.  Also, an Awards programme is fitting to reward the efforts of those contributing to one of the biggest employment sectors in Ireland”

“Now the definitive national industry standard, the Irish Pubs Awards are quickly gaining recognition throughout the trade as a programme that provides a credible and comprehensive assessment of the best in Irish Pubs.  It offers pubs in Dublin and around the different regions an opportunity to raise the profile of their business through national and regional media coverage. That, together with the technical and management training afforded to all regional finalists makes it an initiative the LVA are delighted to support”, he added.

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