Congratulations on being shortlisted for the 2018 Irish Pubs Global Awards!

Shortlisted nominees are requested to fill out an entry form for their relevant category and upload a video telling us why they should be chosen as the winner. We encourage you to get creative with your video entry and take this opportunity to show us around your pub! Videos can be shot from a mobile phone and do not need to be of a high production quality to be submitted. If you are shooting your video from your phone, please ensure you record your video in landscape mode. Video entries must be no more than 2 minutes in length. If you have been shortlisted for multiple categories, please fill out a separate form for each.

We have included submission tips for each category below. Please review these carefully before submitting your form.

If for some reason you are unable to submit a video entry, we will also accept a text entry, which can be attached as a file on the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email hello@irishpubsglobal.com.

Please note the deadline for form submissions is 5pm on Friday 31st August.

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Irish Pub of the Year

Please tell us why your pub should be awarded Irish Pub of the Year for your Region. What makes your Irish Pub the very best in its class? In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Authenticity
  • Atmosphere
  • Design and facilities
  • Food and beverage offer
  • Staff and customer service
  • Entertainment on offer
  • Sense of community
  • Longevity and reputation
  • The Welcome that Everyone Gets!

Best Food Experience

Please tell us why your pub should be awarded Best Food Experience. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Menu – what do your customer love about your menu?
  • Ingredients – to what extent do you use fresh or indigenous ingredients in your dishes?
  • Originality – have you developed original dishes or do you take traditional dishes and add a new twist?
  • Menu Changes – how often do you change the menu? Are ingredients chosen on a seasonal basis?
  • Irishness – do you especially incorporate Irish food and ingredients into your dishes?
  • Signature Dish – is your pub famous for a particular dish or style of cooking / food?
  • Local Producers – how much support do you give local producers or is the menu specifically designed to showcase your area?
  • Drink Pairing – do you pair food with your drinks list?
  • Recongition – Have you won any local or national awards or received press coverage or been included in recognized guides?
  • Staff Knowledge – Do any of your staff hold specific qualifications or have won awards for their food?
  • Customer Reviews – Have your customers recognised your Gastro Food offer by way of strong reviews on Trip Advisor or Expedia?

Best Sports Experience

Please tell us why your pub should be awarded Best Sports Experience. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Category – what sports events do you cover in your pub? What is the primary sport?
  • Schedule – how many times per week do you run sports coverage?
  • Known – is your pub rated highly for a particular type of sports coverage?
  • Space – do you have a dedicated space in your pub for sports watching or have you made an special provision for sports?
  • Interaction – do you enable customers to participate or interact with the sports event you are showing?
  • Irishness – does your pub cover Irish sports (e.g. GAA) or sports that are played by the Irish National Team (e.g. soccer, rugby etc)? Does your pub attract Irish people on the basis of your sports coverage?
  • Recognition – Have you won any local or national awards or received press coverage for your sports? Do any sports teams or Supporters Clubs use your pub as a base or home?
  • Customer Reviews – Have your customers recognised the quality of your sports coverage by way of strong reviews on Trip Advisor or Expedia or through Social Media channels?
  • Special Events – do you organize special events around major sporting events that you cover? Provide an example!

Best Cocktail Experience

Please tell why your pub should be awarded Best Cocktail Experience. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Range – how extensive is your cocktail list?
  • Menu – do you have a special menu dedicated to cocktails?
  • Space – do you have a cocktail room or specific cocktail bar in your pub?
  • Quality – do you hand make your cocktails and develop your own original or contemporary recipes?
  • Signature Cocktail – is your pub known for a signature cocktail? If so what is it called and what are the ingredients?
  • Irishness – do you incorporate Irish brands and products into your cocktail menu? Give an example!
  • Staff Knowledge – Do any of your staff hold specific mixology qualifications or have expert knowledge of cocktail making?
  • Recognition – Have you won any local or national awards or received press coverage for your cocktails?
  • Customer Reviews – Have your customers recognised your cocktails by way of strong reviews on Trip Advisor or Expedia?
  • Special Events – do you organize special events during the year to get customers engaged with cocktails?

Best Irish Whiskey Experience

Please tell why your pub should be awarded Best Irish Whiskey Experience. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Range – how extensive is your Irish Whiskey portfolio?
  • Display – do you have a dedicated display of Irish whiskey in your pub/ bar? Do you use special lighting or pricing labels to highlight your Irish whiskey for customers?
  • Menu – do you have a special menu dedicated to your Irish Whiskey portfolio?
  • Rare Bottles – do you have any special edition or rare bottles of Irish whiskey in your portfolio?
  • Space – do you have a dedicated Irish whiskey room or specific bar in your pub?
  • Recongition – Have you won any local or national awards or received press coverage for your Irish Whiskey range?
  • Staff Knowledge – Do any of your staff hold specific qualifications or have expert knowledge of Irish Whiskey?
  • Customer Reviews – Have your customers recognised your Irish Whiskey range by way of strong reviews on Trip Advisor or Expedia or through Social Media channels?
  • Special Events – do you organize special events during the year to get customers engaged with Irish Whiskey?

Best Irish Community Pub

Please tell us why your pub should be awarded Best Irish Community Pub. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Does your pub run or house Irish language classes?
  • Does your pub run or house Irish music or dancing classes?
  • Does your pub organize and run local community events / projects?
  • Does your pub provide support to a local GAA team or Irish sports club?
  • Does your pub hold quiz nights or fund raising activities for the Irish community?
  • Does your pub hold competitions for locals and patrons (e.g. golf days)?
  • Does your pub act as an unofficial Irish community centre?
  • Does your pub provide Irish newspapers or information / literature from Ireland?

Best Marketing Campaign

Please tell us why your pub should be awarded 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. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • What as the objective of the Campaign?
  • Did you reach your audience ? How did they respond?
  • Could you measure how successful the campaign was?
  • Did you use one or multiple channels for the campaign?
  • Did you do something different to past campaigns?
  • Did you do something different to what your competition usually do?
  • Did your campaign succeed in delivering on it’s goals?

Best Entertainment Experience

Please tell us why your pub should be awarded Best Entertainment Experience. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Category – what is the key type of entertainment in your pub?
  • Entertainers – how highly rated are the entertainers who perform at your pub? Do you use the same acts or does it vary?
  • Schedule – how many times per week do you run your key entertainment?
  • Irishness – does your pub include Irish entertainment or build the entertainment offer around the Irish angle?
  • Known – is your pub rated highly for this type of entertainment? Is the pub well known or famous for it’s entertainment?
  • Space – do you have a dedicated space in your pub for entertainment? (e.g. dance floor, night club, stage etc)
  • Recognition – Have you won any local or national awards or received press coverage for your entertainment?
  • Staff Knowledge – Are any of your staff considered experts in the type of entertainment you run? Can they talk to customers knowledgeably about the entertainment program?
  • Customer Reviews – Have your customers recognised your entertainment by way of strong reviews on Trip Advisor or Expedia or through Social Media channels?
  • Special Events – do you organize special events during the year? Provide an example!

Best Chef 

Please tell us why your Chef should be awarded Best Chef. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Menu Design – has your Chef developed an outstanding and recognized menu for your business?
  • Customer Satisfaction – does your Chef demonstrate that customer satisfaction is at the core of what they do?
  • Quality – does your Chef constantly drive standards of quality in all aspects of Food service and delivery?
  • Leadership – does your Chef play a key leadership role in your business? How so?  
  • Knowledge & Understanding – does your Chef display outstanding knowledge for all aspects of their job / role?
  • Service & Development – How long is your Chef with the business? Has he/she been promoted or taken on more senior roles over time?
  • Coaching – is your Chef a great coach or mentor to their team ? Does he/she put learning and development at the core of what they do?
  • Locations – does your Chef have to oversee more than 1 location or kitchen?
  • Customer Reviews – Have your customers recognised your Food by way of strong reviews on Trip Advisor or Expedia?
  • Recognition – Has your Chef won any awards or has specific qualifications etc?

Best Bar Person

Please tell us why your Bar Server should be awarded Best Bar Server. In your answer you may wish to consider including the following:

  • Customer Satisfaction – does your Bar Server excel in dealing with customers and consistently deliver outstanding customer service? How so?
  • Leadership – does your Bar Server play a key leadership role in your business and within the Bar Service team? How so?
  • Team Player – is your Bar Server a great team player? Is he/she recognised and valued by the Bar Service team for that?  
  • Personality & Culture – does your Bar Server encapsulate the personality and culture of your pub?
  • Knowledge & Understanding – does your Bar Server display outstanding knowledge for all aspects of their job / role?
  • Service & Development – How long is your Bar Server with the business ? Has he/she been promoted or taken on more senior roles over time?
  • Coaching – is your Bar Server a great coach or mentor to colleagues or junior members of the team?
  • Customer Reviews – Have your customers recognised your Bar Server by way of strong reviews on Trip Advisor or Expedia?
  • Recognition – Has your Bar Server won any awards for Bar Service or has specific qualifications etc?