Dublin scoops most gongs in bar awards
Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel might be known for its five stars - but now its bar manager is officially the best in the country.
Ivan King of the St Stephen's Green hotel was last night crowned Bar Manager of the Year.
At the ninth Bar of the Year awards, which are organised by Licensing World, Mr King took home the top gong. Last year he narrowly missed out on an award in the National Cocktail Competition when he was runner-up for his Lemonhead drink.
And even though they are national awards, plenty of other Dublin hot spots took home prizes.
At the black-tie event in the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin's Porterhouse Central on Nassau Street received the Craft Beer Bar of the Year award.
The pub was recognised for hosting the most extensive and innovative range of imported and domestic craft beers in the country.
"We had a great evening celebrating the success of Irish venues," said Tracey Carney, the event's director.
"Given that the licensed trade industry has been hit hard in the last number of years, it's great to see that venues are committed to constantly improving their service and quality."
Another of the capital's night spots was honoured for its style and interior decor.
The Liquor Rooms on Wellington Quay won Style Bar of the Year.
And recognised for its use of social media was Sober Lane in Ringsend, Dublin 4. The new venue won the award for Best Use of Social Media.
Last June the bar's owner, 31-year-old Ernest Cantillon, launched a recruitment drive on Twitter, with applications only being accepted via Snapchat.
Dublin Bar of the Year went to the historic pub The Dropping Well on the banks of the Dodder in Milltow.
And the prize for Local Bar of the Year was presented to Rathfarnham watering-hole the Old Orchard Inn.
One other gong that went Dublin's way was the City Bar of the Year which was picked up by P Mac's on Lower St Stephen's Street.
The Bar of the Year award was presented to Navan pub, the Central Bar.