They are: Garavogue Bar in Abbeyquarter North in Sligo (Connaught Region), Dead Centre Brewing in Athlone in County Westmeath (North East Region), Paris Texas in Kilkenny (South East Region), the Rising Sons Brewery in Cork (Cork Region), The Central in Naan in County Meath (East Region), Nora Culligans Bar in Ennis in County Clare (South West Region) and The Belfry in Stoneybatter in Dublin (Dublin Region).
So far, the Regional winners in the Best Food Pub and the Best Tourist Pub categories have been announced.
The Awards, in nine different categories, are being announced over the course of this month in advance of the Gala Awards ceremony taking place on 20th November in the RDS, Dublin.
In all, 63 regional winners will be showcased as best in class in their region and will receive a prize package to the value of €20,000 comprising management training and media coverage to help them develop their business.
Media coverage includes a profile piece in an awards supplement in the Irish Independent on the day of the national awards presentation.
The Innovative Pub category is sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance and other category winner announcements can be found at www.irishpubawards.ie.
Last year’s Innovative Pub Award of the Year was won by The Two Sisters in Terenure, Dublin.