The 2018 Irish Pubs Global Awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner on 9th October in the Galmont Hotel, Galway, as part of the Irish Pubs Global Gathering event.

The theme for this year’s Gathering is “Famous For Food”, highlighting the importance of showcasing Irish food in Irish pubs and restaurants around the world. Over the course of the three-day event, delegates can take part in a series of interactive food-focused tours around the West of Ireland and enjoy locally produced food and drink, learning how to incorporate new ideas, recipes and products into their businesses.

Awards Process:

Online awards nominations will open on Tuesday 1st May and run until Tuesday 26th June. Pubs with the highest number of nominations will be shortlisted in their relevant categories and submit an entry to be judged by our international expert judging panel. Overall award winners will be announced at the Irish Pubs Global Awards ceremony.

2018 Voting Regions:

  • Ireland

  • Europe

  • The Americas

  • Asia, Africa & Middle East

2018 Award Categories:

Best Food Experience

Awarded to the Irish Pub who offers the best overall food experience for which Ireland is known and recognised, that reflects a sense of place and context, espouses Irish values and is presented in a confident and contemporary way.

Best Entertainment Venue

Awarded to the Irish Pub who provides the best entertainment venue for customers, incorporating the traditional Irish music style which Ireland is famous for and showcasing Irish acts.

Best Sports Experience

Awarded to the Irish Pub who provides the best sports experience for customers, showcasing Irish sport at its best with a regular schedule and range of showings including GAA, rugby and soccer.

Best Cocktail Experience

Awarded to the Irish Pub providing the best cocktail experience, utilizing Irish products within their cocktail menu in an original, modern and contemporary way.

Best Irish Whiskey Experience

Awarded to the Irish Pub demonstrating the best experience that Irish whiskey has to offer, including Irish whiskey offering and knowledge of products.

Best Bar Person

Awarded to the bar person who best demonstrates the understanding and level of service expected of a leading bar person amongst his/her peers, showing responsibility and leadership skills while also being a reliable team player.

Best Chef

Awarded to the chef who best demonstrates an understanding of traditional Irish food and has created an outstanding menu, which incorporates Irish dishes presented in a modern and contemporary style.

Best Irish Community Pub

Awarded to the Irish Pub that excels in demonstrating a community experience in its local area, including hosting local events, getting involved in local initiatives and giving back to the community.

Best Marketing Campaign

Awarded to the Irish Pub who has created the most effective marketing campaign such as a new opening, re-launch, promotion or event.

Irish Pub of the Year

Awarded to the Irish Pub that epitomises the very essence of what makes an Irish Pub the best in its class, including authenticity, atmosphere, food and beverage offering, design and customer service.