Scholars Lounge in Rome took the top prize and was crowned Global Pub of the Year last night following 16,000 public nominations and analysis from an expert judging panel. 400 Irish publicans from around the world gathered in the Round Room at the Mansion House for the Irish Pubs Global Gala Awards sponsored by Festy.ie.

The lifetime achievement award was presented by GRID Finance to the Founder and Chairman of the McGettigan Group, Jim McGettigan. The McGettigan Group has built up an incredibly successful group of Irish pubs across the globe in cities such as New York, Dublin, Dubai and Galway.

Jim McGettigan with Family and Friends

Speaking about the Awards Irish Pubs Global CEO, Colm O’Reilly, said: “Congratulations to all those nominated and in particular to the winners from this years Irish Pubs Global Awards kindly sponsored by Festy.ie. With over 16,000 public nominations this year the standard of pubs has been incredible. For two days we toured the best that Dublin has to offer in terms of pubs, distilleries and brewers. The Gala Awards in the Round Room was the highlight of the two days. Over 400 publicans and industry experts gathered from around the world to celebrate the best in the industry.”

Minister Ciarán Cannon with special responsibility for the Diaspora was a guest of honour along with Brian Cody, Senator Catherine Noone, Senator Billy Lawless. The evening was hosted by the hilarious Barry Murphy.

See the full list of winners HERE.