After a lengthy search, including a publically nominated shortlist and a rigorous judging process, the world’s best Irish pubs were announced at the glitzy Irish Pubs Global awards night on Tuesday 9th October in the Galmont Hotel, Galway.

There were wins for Irish pubs in all corners of the globe, from Washington to Wellington, Beijing to Brisbane. Overall winner on the night was Tír na nóg, Madison Square Garden, which was awarded the Global Irish Pub of the Year.

Irish Pubs Global CEO Colm O’Reilly praised the quality of this year’s entries; “First of all we have to commend the public on their great taste, as the calibre of this year’s shortlist was phenomenal. It was a difficult process to decide the ultimate winners in each category, and we’re sure people will have their own opinions, but that’s the beauty of the Irish pub; we all have our favourites for our own unique reasons.”

Ireland          

Best Irish Whiskey Experience

The Dingle Whiskey Bar

Best Cocktail Experience

The Central, Navan

Best Sports Experience

An Pucan, Galway

Best Food Experience

The Laurels, Perrystown

Best Community Pub

John Kavanagh The Gravediggers

Best Chef

Helen Aherne – The Moorings, Dungarvan

Best Bar Person

Pat Dempsey – Slattery’s, Dublin

Best Marketing Campaign

Hyde Bar, Galway

Best Entertainment Experience

Dolans, Limerick

Irish Pub of Year

Toners, Dublin

Europe

Best Irish Whiskey Experience

The Scholars Lounge, Rome

Best Cocktail Experience

WB Yeats, London N4 3HU

Best Sports Experience

O’Casey’s, Den Haag

Best Food Experience

The Cheeky Pup, Portugal

Best Community Pub

Irish Pub at the Fleetenkieker

Best Chef

Paul Mackey – O’Shea’s

Best Bar Person

Ruby Butcher – The Star Inn

Best Marketing Campaign

Harat’s, Russia

Best Entertainment Experience

Dropkick Murphy’s, Edinburgh

Irish Pub of Year

Waxy O’Connor’s, London

North America          

Best Irish Whiskey Experience

The Celt, Texas

Best Cocktail Experience

Rí Rá, Washington DC

Best Sports Experience

The Celtic Cowboy, Montana

Best Food Experience

Egan & Sons

Best Community Pub

Paddy Barry’s, Virginia

Best Chef

Vincent Francoual – The Liffey

Best Bar Person

Lisa Walsh – Tim Finnegan’s

Best Marketing Campaign

Hennessy’s, Mexico

Best Entertainment Experience

The Irish Times

Irish Pub of Year

Tir Na N’Óg (MSG)

Asia, Africa, Middle East & Pacific   

Best Irish Whiskey Experience

Scruffy Murphy’s, Thailand

Best Cocktail Experience

The Irish Embassy, Koh Lanta

Best Sports Experience

McGettigan’s, Singapore

Best Food Experience

Murphy’s, Mandurah

Best Community Pub

Paddy O’Shea’s, Beijing

Best Chef

Anthony Francis – McGettigan’s

Best Bar Person

Vanessa Evans – Seumus’ Irish Bar Picton

Best Marketing Campaign

The D’Arcy Arms

Best Entertainment Experience

Finn McCool’s, Brisbane

Irish Pub of Year

The Irish Village Dubai

Global

Best Irish Whiskey Experience

The Scholars Lounge, Rome

Best Cocktail Experience

Rí Rá, Washington DC

Best Sports Experience

McGettigan’s, Singapore

Best Food Experience

Egan & Sons

Best Community Pub

Paddy O’Shea’s, Beijing

Best Chef

The Liffey, St Paul

Best Bar Person

Pat Dempsey – Slatterys

Best Marketing Campaign

Hyde Bar, Galway

Best Entertainment Experience

Dropkick Murphy’s, Edinburgh

Irish Pub of the Year

Tir Na N’Óg (MSG)