True blues... dubs vote for best in city
The best pint in Dublin and the best bag of chips are within walking distance of each other, as voted by thousands of the city's residents.
The Confession Box on Marlborough Street and Marcos on Liffey Street among the winners at last night's 98fm's Best of Dublin Awards which took place at Temple Bar's Smock Alley Theatre.
One of Dublin's top attractions, Dublin Zoo, also came out on top last night winning two awards for both Best Date Place and Best Family Spot.
The bash was attended by Billy McGuinness of Aslan, 98fm Djs and hundreds of proud Dubs.
For the past few weeks Dubliners have been voting in their thousands for the awards with the 21 categories ranging from the Best 'Dub' to the best bus driver.
Marketing manager of 98fm, Kathryn Ryan told the Herald said that they received over 10,000 nominations and 100,000 votes over the last six weeks.
"It's been such an exciting night for all involved," she said. "The entire campaign with 98FM has been fantastic particularly because Dubliners really got behind it."
The awards were presented by 98fm co-presenters Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon.
Adrian Kennedy told the Herald that Dubliners are very particular with their choices.
"This is a great night for Dublin and for 98FM. Myself and Jeremy speak to Dubs everyday on 'Dublin Talks' and regularly hear stories about people and businesses doing great things in their community so it's fantastic to see many of them celebrated tonight," he said.
Wendy Acres and John Duggan of Dunore Butchers were beaming after winning the award for Best Butcher.
"Business is booming and we're moving to a bigger shop on Marrowbone Lane in the next few weeks so it's absolutely amazing to be bringing this award with us."
Local band, Key West, who are known to attract huge crowds on Grafton St were ecstatic with their win for Best Street artist. Speaking to the Herald, lead singer Andy Kavanagh said that "It's amazing to even have been nominated and our fans have really got behind us. We're finishing our EP this week and so to win Best Street Artist tonight is just topping off an already amazing week. 98fm are great and have always been so supportive of us so we're absolutely delighted."
Rob King and Ken Golding of Tallaght Theatre received the award for Best Gig Venue, was presented to them by Aslan's Billy Mcguinness.
Rob told the Herald that: "It's absolutely unbelievable, we were shocked to make it to the top five and we were in such a tough category, we're absolutely gobsmacked but so proud."