They now go forward to the National Awards Ceremony on 8th November.
The winners in the South East Region
Innovative Pub of the Year: Malzards Bar & Pub, Stoneyford, Kilkenny
Best Music Pub: Matt the Millers Bar and Restaurant, Kilkenny
Best Tourist Pub: The Strand Tavern, Duncannon, Co Wexford
Best Outdoor Space: Bill Foley’s Bar, Lounge and Beer Garden, Cashel, Co Tipperary
Outstanding Customer Service: Oskar’s Bar and Restaurant, Waterford City
Best Local Pub: The Porterhouse, Castlebridge, Co Wexford
Best Food Pub: The Uluru Outback Bar and Restaurant, Waterford City
Pub Personality of the Year: Jim ‘Flash’ Gordon, Revolution Craft Beer and Whiskey Bar, Waterford City.
Jointly presented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland and the Licensed Vintners Association, a series of seven regional events take place around the country between 18th September and 4th October to announce the 56 finalists through all categories.
The awards were presented by VFI President Pat Crotty and the category sponsors:
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.
The National Irish Pub Awards are open to all VFI and LVA members. The 56 regional winners will be showcased as best in class in their area and win a prize package of management training to help them progress their business further. They will also avail of comprehensive media coverage including a profile in the special awards supplement which will be published in the Irish Independent on the day of the Gala Awards Ceremony in RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4, on Wednesday 8th November next. The National Category Award winners will also be featured by trade media partner Drinks Industry Ireland.