The announcement took place in Maxwell’s Bar in Claremorris, County Mayo, last night as eight Regional winners found themselves looking forward to going on to compete in the national final on 8th November.
The various Award categories and sponsors are as follows:
Innovative Pub of Year – Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance
Best Music Pub – IMRO
Best Tourist Pub – Molson Coors
Best Outdoor Space – Bulmers
Outstanding Customer Service – Heineken
Best Local Pub – Diageo
Best Food Pub – Musgrave Marketplace
Pub Personality of the Year – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.
Connaught Regional winners:
Innovative Pub of the Year: An Púcán, Galway
Best Music Pub: Lowry’s Irish Music and Whiskey Bar, Galway
Best Tourist Pub: Lowry’s Irish Music and Whiskey Bar, Galway
Best Outdoor Space: An Púcán, Galway
Outstanding Customer Service: John Keogh’s, The Lock Keeper, Galway
Best Local Pub: Mellett’s Emporium, Swinford, Co Mayo
Best Food Pub: John Keogh’s, The Lock Keeper, Galway
Pub Personality of the Year: Roy Clancy, Powers Thatch Pub, Oughterard, Galway.
The Awards are jointly presented by the VFI and LVA.
The Irish Independent is media partner to the Awards with Drinks Industry Ireland the trade media partner. Seven regional events are taking place around the country between 18th September and 4th October to announce the 56 finalists through all categories.
Last night’s Regional Awards were presented by VFI President Pat Crotty and the category sponsors.