The best pubs and bars in Ireland have been revealed
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The best pubs and bars in Ireland have been revealed

IRELAND IS home to some of the best pubs and bars in the world.

Known for their distinctive, friendly, atmosphere and fine selection of drinks, many a hazy night has been had in an Irish boozer down the years.

It’s a unique experience and one wholly exclusive to the Emerald Isle.

Further proof of that was provided this week at the annual Bar of the Year Awards.

It’s a chance to celebrate all that is great and good in the world of pubs and bars across Ireland and this year was no different.

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The main winner this time around was the Cask in Cork, which was named Bar of the Year at the beer-soaked gala event.

A popular venue since it opened back in February 2017, the MacCurtain Street venue beat off stiff competition to claim the top prize.

Much of that was down to the bar’s distinctive cocktail menu, which has proven a hit with customers old and new.

With all of Cask’s cocktails made using ingredients grown in Ireland, it’s also a distinctively Irish experience, making it an essential experience for tourists visiting the region.

Cask wasn’t the only big winner on the night with The Old Orchard in Galway winning the award for Local Bar of the Year, while the Galway bar, Lowry's took home the Trad Bar of the Year award.

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The full list of winners can be viewed below. Drink them in:

Bar of the Year - Cask, Cork

Local Bar of the Year - The Old Orchard, Galway

Trad Bar of the Year - Lowry's Irish Music and Whiskey Bar, Galway

City Bar of the Year - Café en Seine, Dublin

Hotel Bar of the Year - Panorama Bistro & Terrace @ The Montenotte Hotel, Cork

Hotel Bar of the Year (Five-Star Hotels) - The Sidecar Bar @ The Westbury Hotel, Dublin

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Tourist Bar of the Year - Durty Nelly's Bar, Clare

Restaurant Bar of the Year - Wild Honey Inn, Clare

Bar Food of the Year - Blakes Corner Bar, Galway

Gastro Bar of the Year - Knights Bar @ Clontarf Castle, Dublin

Outside Space of the Year - The Central, Meath

Best Designed Bar/Best Inside Space - J.M. Reidy's, Kerry

Live Entertainment Bar of the Year - The Workmans Club, Dublin

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Late Bar/Nightclub of the Year - Opium Club, Dublin

Best Bar to Watch the Match - Buskers On The Ball, Dublin

Cocktail Bar of the Year - Cask, Cork

Craft Bar of the Year - Impala, Cork

Gin Bar of the Year - Russell's Saloon, Louth

Whiskey Bar of the Year - The Shelbourne Bar, Cork

Best Newcomer - J.M. Reidy's, Kerry

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Innovative Bar of the Year - The Virgin Mary Bar, Dublin

Dog-friendly Bar of the Year - Peadars Bar, Westmeath

Wine Bar of the Year - Piglet Wine Bar, Dublin

People's Choice Overall - 101, Limerick

People's Choice Dublin - Igo Inn

People's Choice Leinster - Left Bank

People's Choice Munster - 101, Limerick

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People's Choice Connacht/Ulster - Janey Mac's

Special Recognition Award - Charlie Chawke Group and Louis Fitzgeralds Group