'I must be doing something right,' says Sheriff Street native who's up for city's best barman title
finding a quality pint served with a smile is a quest for most Dublin revellers. With this in mind, 98FM is seeking the city's most talented bartender.
Aaron Caffrey is hoping his skills behind the counter will earn him that title after seven years in his job.
He has been working in Lloyds of Amien Street since he finished school and is thrilled that his hard work is paying off.
The 25-year-old electrical engineering student said he was delighted to be nominated for the awards dubbed the 'Oscars of Dublin'.
"I must be doing something right," he told the Herald.
"It's really nice to get a bit of recognition because it can be a tough job sometimes."
Though the hours are anti-social and Aaron often misses out on nights out with his pals, the young contender said that he enjoys his work in the city centre pub.
Those who nominated him commented on his good humour and speedy service behind the bar.
The secret, according to Aaron, is not in the technique but in his customer service.
"We have a lot of regulars and at this stage I know exactly what time to expect them in and where they will sit," he said.
"All the locals will be voting for me."
The Sheriff Street native is currently studying for his degree in Kevin Street DIT.
He balances his studies with five nights a week behind the bar. Aaron learned of his nomination while preparing for his summer exams.
He is up against last year's winner Dionne Curtis, who works in Kealy's of Cloghran.
There are three other nominees battling it out in this category.
The winners will be announced at a gala on May 27, which will be hosted by 98FM flagship presenter Adrian Kennedy.
Over the past month, hundreds of thousands of votes have been cast via the radio station with people rushing to give recognition to those who add something special to the capital.
Tomorrow, the Herald will introduce another nominee in the second annual Best of Dublin Awards.