Monthly Archives: May 2018

31 05, 2018

Poll: Should bars trademark their cocktail creations?

30 05, 2018

The prize for Global Irish Pub of the Year 2018 has been revealed

We are excited to announce that this year’s Global Irish Pub of the Year will win a visit from Kilkenny Hurling legend DJ Carey! As part of the prize, DJ will spend two days with the winning pub and their community and will also host a training session for the pub’s local GAA club. The winners of the 2018 Irish Pubs Global Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 9th October in The Galmont Hotel, Galway, as part of the Gathering 2018 event "Famous For Food". Online voting for the 2018 Irish Pubs Global Awards will close on 26th June. Nominate your favourite Irish pubs worldwide HERE. Vote Now  

29 05, 2018

The Trouble with Irish Whiskey – Part One

Thomas Holland of Food For Thought (FFT) Magazine examines the current state of the Irish whiskey industry. This article is part one of a three-part series which was published on in August 2017. ORIGINS OF IRISH DISTILLERIES In the 18th century there were over 1,200 legal distilleries in Ireland, and Irish whiskey was the most popular spirit in the world. Up until recently however, there were just two distilleries left, acting as a monopoly for 30 years or so whilst Irish Distillers owned both Bushmills and Midleton. According to the Bord Bia Exports Performance & Prospects Report 2016-17, Irish Whiskey enjoyed growth of 8% in 2016, with sales of €505m. This makes it the fastest growing spirit in the world and sales have grown by 300% over the last decade. They are predicted to double by 2020 and, by [...]

28 05, 2018

Origin Spirits Ireland launches Single Malt Gin

The producer of the award winning Kalak Vodka range, Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, has now launched a single malt gin. Crafted from 100% Irish malted barley, ‘Ornabrak’ is four times copper pot distilled, then distilled for a fifth time with five carefully selected botanicals to create a complex and floral single malt gin. The name ‘Ornabrak’ is derived from the Gaelic ‘Eorna Braiche’ meaning Malted Barley. The new product was crafted following 36 distillation trials over 12 months, with input from some of the world’s best bartenders. Beginning the process with an initial palate of almost 30 botanicals, this was carefully narrowed down to just five - Juniper Berry, Douglas Fir Needles, Garden Angelica Root, Lemon Verbena Leaf and Lemon Peel - which were selected to best complement the complex and unusual Irish single malt base spirit. Ornabrak Single Malt Gin is one [...]

22 05, 2018

The best Irish pubs in the world to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Looking for a great pub to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup? Check out the best Irish pubs in the world for sport, as voted by the public. Each of the pubs listed here was shortlisted for Best Sports Experience in the 2017 Irish Pubs Global Awards, after receiving the highest number of nominations through our online voting campaign. Ireland Slatterys (Beggars Bush, Dublin) The Woolshed (Cork) The Mercantile (Dame St, Dublin) River Bar (Dublin) McGettigans (Letterkenny, Donegal) O’Connors (Tinahealy, Wicklow) The Bath (Sandymount, Dublin) The Storehouse (Lisdoonvarna, Clare) The Dail (Galway) Woolshed (Parnell St, Dublin) UK McSorleys (Edinburgh) 3 Sisters (Cowgate, Edinburgh) Malones (Glasgow) Dropkick Murphys (Edinburgh) O’Shea’s (Princess Street, Manchester) McCooleys (Concert St, Liverpool) Europe Scholars Lounge (Rome) O’Shea’s (Eindhoven) O’Caseys (Den Haag) Tir Na N’Og (Aarhus) Carrolls (Worms) Pat Murphys (Torremolinos) Barney Vallelys (Cologne) The Globe (Copenhagen) [...]

17 05, 2018

Irish Gin & Tonic Fest kicks off for its third year

The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest has just gone live for its third year. The 2018 event will feature 26 Irish gins that hail from every province in Ireland, made with a huge variety of both farmed and wild Irish ingredients, including potatoes, organic apples, Wexford strawberries and Dublin city rhubarb. Since the launch of the festival in 2016, many of the venues that have been involved have seen huge uptakes in Irish gins. Stimulating excitement in the bars has trickled down to the customers, as both locals and tourists have never been more keen to seek out spirits that are distilled on Irish shores and with the wide variety now available – there’s an Irish gin for everyone! Irish Gin & Tonic Fest will run from June 23rd - June 30th and any venue on the island of Ireland can get on board and register [...]

16 05, 2018

Dropkick Murphys Edinburgh gets a makeover

Dropkick Murphy’s Edinburgh has recently undergone a fantastic new makeover! During the refit, the building was stripped back to the old original stonework. The re-model also includes a new front entrance, hallway, toilets, and a new wooden floor throughout. There is a brand new bar and stage, with a new seating area to make the most of the live sporting events now showing on a 200inch HD projector screen, with other 60inch HD screens around the venue. The final touch to the makeover was reframing and mounting the pub’s jersey collection, which is now the largest collection in the UK. The jersey display features a complete collection of county jerseys, a club section, Munster section, Cork section and a Lions section as well as some special collectable items picked up by the owner at charity events including jerseys [...]

15 05, 2018

Irish Restaurant Award Winners 2018

The All-Ireland Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place last night in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin. Over 90,000 online nominations were received for Irish restaurants and hospitality businesses this year. Nominations were received for 21 categories that included all areas of the hospitality sector and keeping with recent movements, the awards introduced their newest category this year, Best ‘Free From’, which received an impressive response from nominees and the general public. On the night, Liam Edwards, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland spoke about the resilience of the industry saying, “As an industry, the restaurateurs, pub-owners and entrepreneurs of Ireland, continue to defy the odds. You strive to create jobs, expand upon Ireland’s understanding of food standards and world cuisine, all while maintaining exemplary customer service. Your support of Irish produce has never been greater and [...]

2 05, 2018

Pub Spotlight: McDonough’s Irish Pub, Savannah

On Thursday, December 21, 2017 Savannah, Georgia lost a legend. Billy Lee was a respected and beloved Savannah native. Lee began his career as a United States Marine; proudly serving his country during the Korean Conflict. After attending Armstrong University, Lee entered the insurance business but realizing insurance sales was not his passion he became a well-known publican in the Savannah community owning local bars such as Rascals, Fosters, and Chuckles. Knowing his community clung to its Irish history and heritage, Lee decided to open another pub on St. Patrick’s Day 1987! Just a few squares off the beaten path, or just a few “to-go” drinks away, from the hustle and bustle of tourist traps in downtown Savannah, Lee opened McDonough’s. Lee and his best friend, Robbie Davis (or “Snake”) had a long running joke about who actually named the [...]