Irish Pub Awards announce Winners representing East Region for 2018

Some of the finest pubs in Counties representing the East Region are celebrating following their success at the 2018 Irish Pub Awards Regional Finals, which took place in Lock 13, Sallins, Co Kildare on 19th September 2018.  All nine winners will now go forward to the final of the National Pub Awards at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin 4 on Wednesday 21st November when the National Category Winners and the overall Irish Pub of the Year will be announced.

The winners in the East Region are:

Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance:  Kavanagh’s Bar and Venue, Main Street, Main Street, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO: The Central Bar, Trimgate Street, Navan, Co Meath

Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors: Micky Finns at the Wicklow Brewery, Redcross, Co Wicklow

Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers: The Terrace at Dinn Rí, Tullow Street, Carlow Town

Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken: Silken Thomas Pub, Kildare Town

Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo: The Hideout Gastro Pub, Kilcullen, Co Kildare

Best Newcomer sponsored by Hennessy: The Brass Fox, Wicklow Town

Best Food sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace: The Hanged Man’s Pub, Milltown, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Pub Personality of the Year sponsored by Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard: Percy Clendennen, Giltraps Pub, Kinnitty, Co Offaly

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, President of Vintner’s Federation of Ireland (VFI), Padraic McCann expressed his delight in how well the Awards are going.  “Entries for this year have grown and are well ahead of last year.  Judging took place over the summer months and tonight we are announcing our regional winners here in Ireland East.  The winners will go forward to represent Ireland East in the National Final to be held in November.”

“The Awards were developed as part of our strategy to raise the profile of VFI member pubs around the country.  The Irish Pub is at the heart of every town and village and it is where locals gather to meet friends and neighbours for good food and craic.  It is also where tourists meet locals and enjoy Irish hospitality at its best along with being a major employment provider in our regions.  These Awards are an excellent vehicle to showcase what the pub has to offer the modern customer”.

The 63 winners from seven different regions will be represented as best in class in each area.  The prize package for all finalists will include a management training course to help them progress their business further.  They will also avail of comprehensive media coverage at local and national level, including a feature in the special awards supplement published in the Irish Independent on the day of the Gala Awards Ceremony at the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4 on Wednesday 21st November.

Partners to Irish Pub of the Year Awards are: Febvre Wine Company; Media Partners, Independent Newspapers, Trade Media Partner, Drinks Industry Ireland and Management Development Partner, Skillnet Ireland.


For further information, please contact:

Brian Foley, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Vintners Federation of Ireland

Tel: 01 492 3400,  Mob: 086 2690 281, email:


Sue O’Neill, Programme Manager, Irish Pub Awards, Shellcove Limited

Mob:087 9013311 email: