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Monday 23 October 2017

Dubs hoping to be crowned best barman

There are many who claim to be the master at pulling the perfect pint but only a very few in Dublin have been nominated for the best barman gong.

One man who is anxious to find out if could be considered the capital's best bartender, according to 98FM's Best of Dublin awards, is Rathfarnham man Johnny Quilty.

Working at The Goat Bar and restaurant, Johnny is more than a barman. He's the fixer and contact for sporting fixtures and also turns his hand at entertainment when needed.

"You have to treat the customer like they're coming in to your own living room at home. I often say it to the younger lads and girls starting off, that's part of the secret," he told the Herald.

Johnny joined The Goat in Goatstown in 1998, but has been working as a publican for over 40 years.

He has doubled-up as the entertainment in the pub when a group might request a bit of live music. He is known by many a great musician, but only a select few know of his talent for the banjo.

"There's a group from Norway who came in a few weeks ago, and they rang ahead wondering if I knew anybody who could sing a song for them. They were a bit surprised when I was pulling pints for them one minute and singing for them the next," he laughs.

Now aged 63, Johnny isn't even thinking of retirement.

"I love having a bit of craic with the customers. If I win the title it will be a bit of craic too," he said.

However, the competition is particularly strong with four other entrants also in the running.

Conor Blount at Lanigans, Eden Quay has been given the nod as has Dionne Curtis at Kealys, Old Airport Road. Slim Denby at The Mezz, Temple Bar Bar and Damien Long, The Laurels in Clondalkin have also been nominated for the award.

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